Currie takes over from Zurich UK claims head Tony Emms

Crash dummies at Thatcham research centre in Berkshire

Crash research centre Thatcham has appointed RSA motor and injury claims director Ian Currie as its new non-executive chairman in a board reshuffle.

Currie replaces Zurich UK chief claims officer Tony Emms, who has held the chairman’s role for nearly three years.

Currie will lead a restructured non-executive board at Thatcham.

Also joining the board are Lloyd’s Market Association non-marine manager David Powell, who is the new deputy chair, Zurich motor and casualty claims director Karl Helgesen, LV= general insurance claims director Martin Milliner, and ABI general insurance manager Rob Cummings.

Currie said: “Having been a member of the Thatcham Board since 2012 I have first-hand experience of the ground breaking research being carried out from which the insurance industry and all of us as motorists can benefit.

“It’s a great honor to take up this appointment and I’m very much looking forward to working with [Thatcham chief executive] Peter Shaw and his senior management team to ensure that great work continues in sharp focus, particularly in light of the new challenges for the motor insurance industry provided by new technologies and the increasing complexity of cars.”

Shaw added: “As a highly proactive and influential board member, Ian has already shown his leadership credentials and I am therefore delighted that he has agreed to take up this new position and help steer us through the next period of Thatcham’s development.”

Thatcham’s board is drawn from the research centre’s 27 member insurers, plus the ABI. Members contribute a combined £8.4 million annual levy payment to fund the essential research on vehicle security, accident damage, personal injury and repair.