White made the announcement during a speech at the annual BIBA Conference – held in Manchester, UK, on 10–11 May.
The decision ends 10 years of service as CEO of BIBA – making White the longest serving head of the association since its foundation 47 years ago.
BIBA stated that during White’s tenure, ‘he has strengthened the association in terms of financial position, governance structure, and making BIBA the go-to place for brokers, politicians, media and the regulator on insurance broker issues’.
They added that over the past decade, the BIBA conference has also ‘grown significantly to become the largest insurance broking event in the UK’, while ‘BIBA’s commercial function, and the Find Insurance Service are unrecognisable’. They concluded that the organisation’s annual manifesto had also become an ‘influential and transparent tool in lobbying for BIBA members’.
“In my first opening conference address in 2013 I told you that BIBA is only as good as the quality and quantity of the engagement of its members,” said White. “I encouraged members to not just join but to join in. Many did, and continue to do so, and we thank all the members for rising to that challenge.”
BIBA Chair Jonathan Evans confirmed that the BIBA Board has now formed a sub-committee to select a new CEO for the association, and added that: “The Board and its members are very grateful to Steve for steering the business steadily and successfully through what has latterly been choppy waters. The Board thanks him for the sterling job he has undertaken so enthusiastically over the last 10 years.”
BIBA’s Executive Director, Graeme Trudgill, discussed the role that brokers can play in satisfying the demands of customers in a changing travel market in the September 2022 issue of ITIJ.