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Cirencester Friendly announces a new board member and chairperson

31 July 2023

Cirencester Friendly is thrilled to announce that Vicky Churcher has been appointed as a new Non-Executive Director and Janice Banks, previously a Non-Executive Director, has become their new Chairperson. They both bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and the appointments demonstrate the Society’s ambition to evolve, harnessing the very best expertise in the sector.

Vicky Churcher brings to Cirencester Friendly more than 35 years of experience in financial services and insurance. She has held leading roles in highly respected organisations such as Bupa, Ageas and AIG Life. Her recent roles have focused on transforming the customer experience and transformation, helping businesses to navigate the changing needs of customers and the effective use of system thinking.

Vicky said: “I am delighted to be joining the Cirencester Friendly’s board as a Non-Executive Director and taking on a fresh challenge. This is my first role with a mutual and I look forward to upholding their core values, helping to make livelihood protection more accessible to more people. I am existed toexcited to be joining Tthe Ssociety now as they focus on growing the business and I am looking forward to helping to take the organisation to new heights.”

Janice Banks has been a Non-Executive Director with Cirencester Friendly since January 2016. She becomes the first second female Chairperson in the Society’s 133-year history.

Janice said: “It is a great honour to become Chairperson of Cirencester Friendly. Over the last seven and half years I have been proud to be part of the board, overseeing the Society’s evolution to meet the changing needs of modern society. I look forward to helping to raise the profile of the organisation further, ensuring they can protect the livelihoods of even more individuals at a time when its needed more than ever.”

CEO Andy Morris said: *“I am delighted to welcome Vicky to our board. She is one of the most respected voices in the protection industry and her in-depth knowledge of the sector will be of enormous value to Cirencester Friendly. Her appointment further enhances our reputation and shows we’ are serious about becoming an active leader in the Iincome Pprotection market.

I am also thrilled to see Janice become our first second female chairperson. As a long-serving non-executive director, she has built a strong connection to the Society, providing important guidance and support. I look forward to working closely with both Vicky and Janice as we seek to achieve our ambitious growth targets over the next few years.”*

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