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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.

Steve Bridger

Chairman

Steve is chairman of GRiD and was appointed in January 2018. Steve is also an active and long-serving member of…

Steve Bridger

Chairman

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.

Jacqui Humphris

Secretary

Jacqui was appointed GRiD Secretary in April 2019 and is also a member of both the GRiD Steering and Regulatory…

Jacqui Humphris

Secretary

Jacqui was appointed GRiD Secretary in April 2019 and is also a member of both the GRiD Steering and Regulatory Committees.

She has been involved with GRiD from the mid 1990s and currently collates the industry-wide group risk claim stats on behalf of GRiD. Jacqui also supports the CII with regards to GR1, the institute exam specially developed for group risk practitioners.

In her day job, Jacqui heads up Munich Re’s Group Risk team for the UK, primarily looking after scheme pricing and client relationships.  Jacqui has many years of experience working either as a Reinsurer or an Insurer.

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 Vintage Corporate and advises both global brands and local small businesses on workplace pensions and benefits. Gary has 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. Barry 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.

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. 

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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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