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About Group Risk Development

Founded in 1998, Group Risk Development (GRiD) aims to promote and enhance the status and uptake of corporate group protection benefits on behalf of its members within the UK insurance, reinsurance and adviser markets.

A collective voice

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.

To encourage best practice

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.

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Our Team

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.

Paul White

Chair

Paul was appointed chairman of GRiD in January 2021. Paul has been a member of the GRiD Steering Committee for…

Paul White

Chair

Paul was appointed chairman of GRiD in January 2021. Paul has been a member of the GRiD Steering Committee for almost 10 years. Paul is passionate about the industry and believes GRiD makes a significant contribution in promoting the benefits of group risk to its members and wider society.

Paul considers GRiD to be unique in that it covers the whole of the industry (re-insurers, insurers, embedded service providers and advisors) all of whom play an active role. This combination, ensures that GRiD is able to respond to issues and drive the debate, as well as engage at all levels to make sure the important messages are delivered to those who can benefit from this valuable suite of services and products.

Paul has been involved as an intermediary in the Group Risk industry for over 35 years. He is currently head of technical at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing and has worked in many different roles at a number of leading intermediaries over the years.

 

Jacqui Humphris

Secretary

Jacqui has been involved with GRiD since the mid 1990s, was appointed GRiD Secretary in April 2019 and is also…

Jacqui Humphris

Secretary

Jacqui has been involved with GRiD since the mid 1990s, was appointed GRiD Secretary in April 2019 and is also a member of both the GRiD Steering and Regulatory Committees.

She has over 30 years’ worth of experience in the Group Risk industry working in both the reinsurance and provider markets. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and also supports the CII with regard to GR1, the institute exam specifically developed for group risk practitioners.

Jacqui is currently undertaking a specialist role at Canada Life.

Gary Briggs

Treasurer

Gary was appointed GRiD Treasurer in April 2019 and is also a member of GRiD’s Steering Committee. In his day…

Gary Briggs

Treasurer

Gary was appointed GRiD Treasurer in April 2019 and is also a member of GRiD’s Steering Committee.

In his day job, Gary is Managing Director of BriggsFiscal and advises both global brands and local small businesses on workplace pensions, employee wellbeing & benefits. Gary has over 30 years' experience as a financial adviser in both the individual and corporate markets.

 

Katharine Moxham

Spokesperson

Katharine Moxham is spokesperson for Group Risk Development (GRiD), a position she’s held exclusively since May 2009. Katharine works to generate…

Katharine Moxham

Katharine Moxham

Spokesperson

Katharine Moxham is spokesperson for Group Risk Development (GRiD), a position she’s held exclusively since May 2009. Katharine works to generate a wider awareness and understanding of group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness) and their benefits for employers and employees. She 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, Katharine built a profile as a driving force in the UK group risk market 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.

Catherine Baxter

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…

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Catherine Baxter

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 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.

Barry Waring

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. He is…

Barry Waring

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.

He is currently the head of broker distribution at new tech start up YuLife. He is passionate about the Group Risk market, and has previously worked at Omnilife for 9 years holding a similar position.

His career has been predominately focused in the Group Risk market with a short stint at Scottish Life where he was 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, and has a real passion to support the growth of the Group Risk Market.

Simon Hodgson

Workplace Public Policy Chair

Simon was appointed Chair of the Workplace Public Policy Committee in January 2020. Simon was previously a Whitehall civil servant,…

Simon Hodgson

Workplace Public Policy Chair

Simon was appointed Chair of the Workplace Public Policy Committee in January 2020.

Simon was previously a Whitehall civil servant, advising Ministers on labour market and social policy communications at the Department for Work and Pensions before leading strategy in the Government’s joint Work and Health Unit, where he worked closely with special advisers in Downing Street and briefed Ministers for debates in Cabinet and in Parliament.

Simon now leads public affairs for Unum.

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If you are active in the group risk market and would be interested in gaining a greater share of voice and working more closely with your contemporaries in the industry please get in touch by completing this page.

Benefits of membership:

A STAKE IN POLICY

A STAKE IN POLICY

The opportunity to influence group risk policymaking.

VALUE BY ASSOCIATION

VALUE BY ASSOCIATION

GRiD is a respected voice in the protection sector – as such, membership enhances the status of member organisations.

ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION

ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION

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.

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