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Paul White announced as new chair of GRiD

Press release 20 January 2021.

Group Risk industry body, GRiD has announced a new chair, as Steve Bridger’s tenure in the role comes to an end. Paul White, head of technical for Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing takes up his role this month.

Paul White, new chair of GRiD said: ‘Some Thirty per cent of employees in the UK benefit from participation in one or more group risk arrangements, which of course is great for them, but we have more to do and GRiD has an important role to play in that. Group risk has never been more needed, or indeed appreciated than right now, and we have an opportunity to build on this. From our work representing our members’ views in lobbying government and responding to consultation papers, through to raising awareness of the benefits of group risk to employers, and training members to help them deliver high quality advice, we’re incredibly proactive and it’s great to see the results.

“I’d like to recognise the work of my predecessor, Steve Bridger and thank him for all his contributions and I look forward to building on his good work.”

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Sharon Mason 
SMUK Marketing and PR 
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Katharine Moxham
Spokesperson for GRiD
Mob: 07887 512508

Notes for editors

About GRiD

Group Risk Development (GRiD) is the industry body for the group risk sector, promoting the value to UK businesses of providing financial protection for their staff, enhancing their wellbeing and improving employee engagement. Our membership includes insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and those operating in (or with other interests in) the UK group risk market. Together this forms a collective wealth of experience built over many years. Under the chairmanship of Paul White (head of technical, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing) GRiD aims to promote group risk through a collective voice to Government, policymakers, stakeholders and employers.

GRiD works with government departments and regulators involved in legislation and regulation affecting group risk benefits, and with other organisations involved in the benefits and financial protection arenas. GRiD also seeks to enhance the industry's standing by encouraging best practice and by participating in industry-wide initiatives such as the professional qualification in group risk managed jointly with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

GRiD’s media activity aims to generate a wider awareness and understanding of group risk products and their benefits for employers and employees.

GRiD's dedicated spokesperson, Katharine Moxham, provides expert media comment on a full range of group risk issues.

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