Specialist insurer to strengthen focus on locally-based underwriters

Ecclesiastical has reorganised its regional network with offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Gloucester expanded to become major service centres.

Ecclesiastical’s network of home-based development underwriters will increase to 20 from 18 immediately. This number will include new regional development manager roles with a key sales focus.

Ian Wainwright has been appointed as broker sales director.

New regional directors will be appointed to manage the three offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Gloucester. New regional development manager roles will be appointed to drive sales in all areas of the country. Ecclesiastical’s offices in Newcastle and Eastbourne will close in Q2 2009.

All of the changes are planned to be in place for Q2 2009.

Wainwright said: “These changes are designed to make Ecclesiastical fit for the future. We’re increasing capacity to ensure our service is always market-leading; strengthening our focus on locally-based underwriters with the authority to make decisions; and working to shout about what Ecclesiastical has to offer.”

Steve Wood, managing director of Ecclesiastical’s insurance business in the UK & Ireland, said: “We’ve worked very hard over the past few years to establish ourselves as the best insurer for care, charity, education and heritage business. But we can’t stand still. If we want to fulfil our ambitions to grow, we need to ensure we have the right infrastructure and setup for the future. This reorganisation strengthens everything we already do so well, and at the same time it will help us target more specialist business and improve the service we provide to brokers.”