National Friendly has appointed Graham Singleton as CEO.
Singleton, who joined the Bristol-based health and protection specialist insurer at the end of 2019 before taking on the interim CEO role following the passing of predecessor Jonathan Long in December 2020, began his career in life and pensions marketing.
Since then, the qualified actuary has held financial officer roles in various companies ahead of becoming CEO of the Phoenix Resolution Life Companies, and more recently CEO of Swiss Re’s UK insurer, Reassure, together with its life and pensions outsourcing business, Admin Re.
Commenting on his appointment, Singleton (pictured) said: “National Friendly has a fantastic mutual heritage and I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead it at a time when the social need for the products and solutions which National Friendly specialise in has probably never been greater. We are and will continue to be innovative in our approach to meeting clear insurance needs, underpinned by excellent member service.”
National Friendly’s newly appointed chair Geoff Brown added: “Graham joined National Friendly’s Board as a non-executive director in December 2019 and had stepped in as interim CEO, following the sad and untimely passing of Jonathan Long in December 2020.
“We are delighted to have appointed Graham to the permanent CEO role – his knowledge of the Society coupled with significant market knowledge and expertise mean that the Society will continue its ambition to strongly grow its membership delivering value for money sickness and health products and services firmly underpinned by the mutual ethos.”