A veteran diplomat who previously served as governor of the British Virgin Islands has moved to the insurance industry, joining London-based travel insurer Consularcare as an adviser.
Boyd McCleary, a retired senior public servant, will now provide strategic advice to Consularcare, drawing on his international experience in the diplomatic service that spanned 40 years.
Explaining his move to the insurance industry, McCleary said he “immediately saw the synergy between his own experience and the company.”
“I wanted to work with a start-up company with high potential, and when I heard about Consularcare and met with [company founder] John Morgan I was really interested in their work and saw what value I could bring to the organisation,” McCleary said.
He believes that travel insurance providers like Consularcare have an important role today as more and more people are travelling.
“People of all ages are on the move, seeking excitement, travelling more widely… but when you enter new space, you’re exposing yourself to new risk. We are aiming to mitigate that risk,” McCleary said.
A renowned name in the UK diplomatic service, McCleary was involved in facilitating global business partnerships, shaping policy and managing major projects in several countries, including Germany, Canada, Korea and Turkey.
Within 10 days of taking up his post as British Virgin Islands governor, he had to lead the territory-wide emergency operations and manage the response to the devastation of Hurricane Earl in 2010.
McCleary also served as the high commissioner to Malaysia and held key roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Trade and Investment department.
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