Thatcham Research appoints new chairman

Thatcham Research, the independent voice of automotive safety and repair, has announced the appointment of Allianz’s Graham Gibson as the new Chairman of its Board.

As chief claims officer at Allianz Insurance, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, Graham is an industry advocate with extensive experience in a range of market initiatives across claims and personal injury. He also serves on a variety of insurer related groups, including Board Member for the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

Graham said, ‘I am excited to have been given this opportunity to work closely with Thatcham Research. Their passion and commitment to improving automotive safety and security demonstrates a dedication to both the insurance industry and vehicle manufacturers.’

He replaces current chairman Ian Currie, who is retiring from his role as UK Motor and Injury Claims Director at RSA, after two-and-a-half years at the helm.

The Thatcham Research Board is drawn from its 24-member insurers, who fund the essential research on vehicle safety, security, personal injury and accident damage repair.

Ruth McRitchie, Thatcham Research Director of Finance, welcomed Graham’s appointment,
‘I am delighted to welcome Graham as our new Chairman. He brings a wealth of experience from his role at Allianz, together with his commitment and enthusiasm for Thatcham.’

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realis the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’.