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Cirencester Friendly announces new board member and Chair

Cirencester Friendly has announced that Vicky Churcher has been appointed as a new non-executive director and Janice Banks, previously the senior independent director, has become their new Chair.

They both bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and the appointments demonstrate the society's ambition to progress, harnessing the very best expertise in the sector.

Vicky Churcher brings to Cirencester Friendly more than 35 years of experience in financial services and insurance. She has held leading roles in highly respected organisations such as Bupa, Ageas and AIG Life.

Her recent roles have focused on enhancing the customer experience and transformation, helping businesses to navigate the changing needs of customers and the effective use of system thinking.

Vicky said: "I am delighted to be joining Cirencester Friendly's board as a non-executive director and taking on a fresh challenge. This is my first role with a mutual and I look forward to upholding their core values, helping to make protection accessible to more people.

"I am excited to be joining the society now as they focus on growing the business and I look forward to helping to take the organisation to new heights."

Janice Banks has been a non-executive director with Cirencester Friendly since January 2016. She becomes the second female Chair in the society's 133-year history.

Janice said: "It is a great honour to become Chair of Cirencester Friendly. Over the last seven-and-a-half years I have been proud to be part of the board, overseeing the society's evolution to meet the changing needs of modern society.

"I look forward to helping to raise the profile of the organisation further, ensuring they can protect the livelihoods of even more individuals at a time when it's needed more than ever."

Cirencester Friendly CEO Andy Morris said: "I am delighted to welcome Vicky to our board. She is one of the most respected voices in the protection industry and her in-depth knowledge of the sector will be of enormous value to Cirencester Friendly. Her appointment further enhances our reputation and shows we're serious about becoming an active leader in the income protection market.

"I am also thrilled that Janice has become our new Chair. We have an excellent working partnership and as a long-serving non-executive director, she has built a strong connection to the society, providing vital guidance and support. 

"I look forward to working closely with both Vicky and Janice as we seek to achieve our ambitious growth strategy over the next few years."

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