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Key appointments made by leading finance firm

Cirencester Friendly has made two key appointments to support their growing presence in the Income Protection market.

Andy Morris and Shirley Fell have been appointed to the newly created roles Finance Director and Operations Director.

These two new appointments coincide with the retirement of the Society's Deputy Chief Executive, Peter Brown after almost 15 years' service.

During this time the Society has grown considerably, with Peter Brown has played a key role in that expansion.

Andy Morris has over 20 years' experience in Financial Services having held senior roles including CFO and COO roles at various organisations including Leek United Building Society, Nationwide Building Society and Royal Bank of Scotland.

He said: "I am very excited to be joining Cirencester Friendly as we look to build on the Society's firm foundations and continue its success long into the future.

"As an advocate of mutuality, I strongly believe that Cirencester Friendly is well placed to enhance the benefits of this ethos for all of our current and potential future Members."

Shirley Fell has almost 35 years' experience in Financial Services with expertise in Operations in Customer Services, holding senior roles at MetLife UK, HBOS and Zurich.

Shirley is also a Non-Executive Director for the Institute of Customer Services.

She said: "Cirencester Friendly is an impressive business with great products and claims payment record, financial strength, reputation and ambition.

"I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time for the business and look forward to working with the team to continue to build on the strong foundations already in place, enhancing the service experience for both Advisers and our Members".

Paul Hudson, Chief Executive at Cirencester Friendly added: "I am delighted to welcome Andy and Shirley to the Executive Team at Cirencester Friendly.

I am very confident that they will enable the Society to continue to meet its ambitious growth plans over the coming years.

"Andy and Shirley bring a high degree of knowledge and experience to the team and we all very much look forward to working with them.

"Their arrival coincides with the retirement of Peter Brown the Deputy Chief Executive with whom I have worked very closely over a long number of years and I would like to take the opportunity to thank Peter for his support and assistance and to wish him all the very best in his retirement."

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