At a meeting of the board today, Charles Manchester was selected as the new chairman of the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) following the decision of James Gerry to stand down.
Manchester will assume his responsibilities with immediate effect after Gerry stepped aside to concentrate on commercial commitments.
Manchester is chief executive officer of Manchester Underwriting
Management Ltd (MUM), a Managing General Agent (MGA) underwriting UK and international business with an emphasis on financial lines, both through UK regional brokers and in the London market. He has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry with senior positions in an MGA, insurance companies, a Lloyd’s syndicate and Lloyd’s brokers.
Peter Staddon, managing director of the MGAA, said: “We are sorry that James is not able to continue in the role of chairman and we want to extend him our thanks for his commitment to the Association.
“Charles has already brought the board the benefits of a strong understanding and experience in the MGA sector. In his role as chairman, the Association and its members will benefit from his commitment and vision to support the growth and development of the sector.”
Speaking about his appointment, Charles Manchester expressed his enthusiasm for his new role.
“With the full support of the board, I will continue to drive ahead with a strategy to increase the focus on education, professionalism and ethics in the MGA sector, and build on our position and level of influence in the insurance industry,” he said.
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