GRiD announces new chair: Colin Fitzgerald

Press release 16 January 2024.

GRiD today announces it has appointed a new chair: Colin Fitzgerald, as Paul White comes to the end of his three-year tenure in the role.

Fitzgerald is the Distribution Director of Group Protection at Legal & General and his career in the employee benefits industry spans more than 40 years, including leadership roles at Unum and Bupa.

As chair of GRiD, Fitzgerald will focus on bringing more visibility to the contribution the group risk industry makes to employers, employees and their families, as well as highlighting the potential for growth. Employers are increasingly focused on workplace wellbeing, and provider propositions have been enhanced significantly over recent years to meet this need.

Fitzgerald’s focus will be on bringing members together to collaborate in educating clients on the key role Group Risk benefits play as part of an organisational wellbeing strategy. He will work with the industry to inform discussions with clients, build better awareness of value-added support, and provide employers with clear messages they can use with their employees to drive engagement.

Colin Fitzgerald, new chair of GRiD, said: “What we do matters, and so many more employers, their employees and their families should be benefiting from the products and services we provide.

“I’m proud of how, as an industry, we’ve evolved from the focus purely on paying claims to bringing additional value through a comprehensive range of support services for employees. It’s the most significant change I’ve witnessed in my career. It’s exciting to see how the value-added benefits within group risk support employees of all ages, as well as their families, and a key part of my role at GRiD will be to work with the industry to tell this story better.”

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For further information please contact:

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

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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 well-being 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 Colin Fitzgerald  (Distribution Director – Group Protection, L&G Retail) 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.

Follow Katharine Moxham on Twitter @KMoxham