The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has announced the appointment of Shayne Halfpenny-Ray (pictured) as its new head of policy and public affairs effective November 14.
Halfpenny-Ray, who currently serves as social affairs manager at Phoenix Group, will assume responsibility for key elements of BIBA’s policy, representation, and lobbying efforts that were previously overseen by BIBA chief executive Graeme Trudgill.
Trudgill expressed his confidence in Halfpenny-Ray’s appointment and highlighted the importance of the position in strengthening the association’s policy team.
“Shayne has all the right experience and knowledge that we need to further bolster our team,” Trudgill said in a news release. “I am committed to providing the best operational support and representation for members, and I look forward to Shayne joining next month and playing a key role in championing the big issues for brokers.”
Halfpenny-Ray joins BIBA from Phoenix Group, the FTSE100 company where he has been leading engagement efforts focussed on social policy issues and has worked closely with the likes of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Business and Trade.
His background also includes time spent at the Chartered Insurance Institute where he served as public affairs manager. In this role, he provided secretariat services for the Insurance & Financial Services APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) and sat on both the Access to Insurance Steering Group and BIBA’s Access to Insurance Committee.
Commenting on his appointment, Halfpenny-Ray expressed his excitement about joining BIBA at a pivotal time for brokers.
“I am a passionate advocate for access to valuable advice and guidance, and I believe the support brokers provide is intrinsic to a well-functioning market for all types of customers,” he said. “I look forward to meeting with and championing the voices of our diverse membership.”
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