Jo Whyman has joined Ecclesiastical Insurance as its risk management director taking over from Mark Matthews who retired last year.
Jo has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services and risk management sectors and joins Ecclesiastical from Zurich, where he worked for more than 25 years in various roles. His most recent role was as risk engineering property and energy practice leader where he supported a culture of innovation through the use of digital solutions.
During his time at Zurich, Jo introduced a number of technologies to enhance the risk management proposition, including virtual consulting and Zurich Risk Advisor, a self-assessment app. More recently he focused on non-technical training recognising the crucial role risk teams place in the customer experience and relationship management.
Commenting on his appointment, Jo said: “I am thrilled to be joining Ecclesiastical, which has such a great history. Its reputation as an insurer with incredibly deep market and customer knowledge, and unique societal values really resonated with me and I am excited to be part of the Ecclesiastical team. It is a real privilege to be the custodian of this wonderful, long standing and renowned risk management team.”
Ecclesiastical’s in-house risk management team offers specialist support and advice to its customers across the UK. In 2019 the team piloted a number of risk management trials including using drone technology to survey the UK’s historic properties and the supply of Leakbot technology with brokers and High Net Worth clients.
John Blundell, UKGI managing director at Ecclesiastical, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jo to Ecclesiastical. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and his focus on digital solutions will help to drive forward our approach to risk management innovation.”
Jo will take his position as risk management director with immediate effect.