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GRiD aims to promote group risk through a collective voice to Government, policymakers, stakeholders and employers. GRiD’s media activity aims to generate a wider awareness and understanding of group risk products and their benefits for employers and employees.
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 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 members all have the opportunity to get actively involved in what we do. That might involve making a regular commitment by sitting on one of our working groups or it might be that you would prefer to limit your involvement to joining in our regular meetings and debate.
Here are a few of our team.
Steve is chairman of GRiD and was appointed in January 2018. Steve is also an active and long-serving member of…
Steve is chairman of GRiD and was appointed in January 2018. Steve is also an active and long-serving member of GRiD's Steering Committee. He believes the strength of GRiD lies in the fact that its membership goes right across the group risk industry, with advisers, reinsurers and providers all actively participating. Steve believes that this uniquely places GRiD as the leading authority on workplace protection, technical insight and market commentary.
Steve's day job is Managing Director Group Protection at Aviva. He has worked in the group risk market for over 28 years in all disciplines, at all levels and at a variety of providers.
Paul is a member of GRiD's Steering Committee. He was appointed GRiD Secretary in 2004. His involvement with GRiD though…
Paul is a member of GRiD's Steering Committee. He was appointed GRiD Secretary in 2004. His involvement with GRiD though goes back much further to the mid 1990's and the early tentative discussions considering a market representative group that evolved into GRiD.
In his "day job" Paul is a member of Swiss Re's specialist group risks team working in the UK and Irish markets. He has a broad role covering technical advice, client relationships, scheme pricing and product development.
Iain was appointed GRiD Treasurer in June 2016 and has been a member of GRiD’s Steering Committee since 2013.In his…
Iain was appointed GRiD Treasurer in June 2016 and has been a member of GRiD’s Steering Committee since 2013.
In his day job, Iain is responsible for the overall management and strategy of Zurich Corporate Risk, a division of Zurich Assurance Limited which provides insurance products for employers to cover their employee benefit risks.
Iain’s background includes 25 years experience in the financial services industry managing businesses in all parts of their life cycle including start-up, growth, turn-around, sale/acquisition and closure.
Katharine was named spokesperson for GRiD in May 2009. Katharine regularly contributes to industry and business publications and debate and has actively…
Katharine was named spokesperson for GRiD in May 2009. Katharine regularly contributes to industry and business publications and debate and has actively raised the profile of the group risk industry with the media and business organisations.
Prior to joining GRiD, she built a profile as a pioneering force in the evolution of UK group risk working for Towers Perrin, Aon Consulting and JLT Benefit Solutions, where she was Consulting Director of the Health & Risk practice. This broad based industry expertise makes Katharine ideally placed for her role as industry commentator on issues affecting the group risk market.
Katharine works exclusively for GRiD.
Regulatory Committee Chair
Catherine chairs GRiD’s Regulatory Committee and has done so since 2009.The Regulatory Committee responds to Government consultations and keeps GRiD…
Catherine chairs GRiD’s Regulatory Committee and has done so since 2009.
The Regulatory Committee responds to Government consultations and keeps GRiD members informed on regulatory changes. The Committee has strong relationships with BIS, DWP, Fit for Work and the Law Commission, amongst others. GRiD has a louder voice with its members working together and is often seen as being less self-interested than others. As our membership goes right across the group risk arena, we look more broadly at what employers want. There is a huge combined depth of knowledge and specialities across the Regulatory Committee – for example some specialise in Welfare Reform, others in Data Protection or Pensions. This means that GRiD members are fully represented in matters affecting the sector.
Catherine is Commercial Product Manager for Unum.
Raising the Profile Working Party Chair
Barry was appointed Working Party Chair in January 2019 and is also a members of GRiD's Steering Committee. Barry is…
Barry was appointed Working Party Chair in January 2019 and is also a members of GRiD's Steering Committee.
Barry is Group Risk Sales Manager of Omnilife. He is currently responsible for the Broker Development Managers as well as the Broker Support team with the task of raising the profile of Omnilife's Group Risk products via Employee Benefits Consultants and IFA's. Barry's career has been focused predominantly in the Group Risk market at Omnilife albeit with a short stint at Scottish Life in a Group Pensions Role.
Barry has extensive knowledge of the Group Risk Market, as well as holding a number of CII exams in the Financial Services market as a whole.
The opportunity to influence group risk policymaking.
GRiD is a respected voice in the protection sector – as such, membership enhances the status of member organisations.
Privileged access to output from the various working groups, including consultation responses, regulatory updates, employer research and pan industry claims data. GRiD members also gain exclusive access to industry speakers at member meetings.