The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has appointed Dr Matthew
Connell as director of policy and engagement - a role covering the
operations of both the CII and Personal Finance Society (PFS).
Connell commenced his new role on 6 March following his most
recent position as head of regulatory developments and policy at
Zurich. Connell was also previously the chairman of the Investment
and Life Insurance Group. As part of the group, Connell worked to
bring investment and insurance practitioners together with
policymakers to produce better outcomes for consumers, especially
on key EU and UK regulatory initiatives.
In the newly created role, Connell has responsibility for
managing the development of the CII and PFS's policy, public
affairs and public relations strategy. He will build on the
organisation's existing policy and research work and drive ongoing
engagement with regulators and public bodies.
Keith Richards, PFS chief executive, said: "We are delighted to
welcome Matthew to our team. Matthew has a strong reputation in the
regulatory world and brings a wealth of policy and public affairs
expertise, which will be key to building public trust in the power
of professional standards in the insurance and financial advice
"I look forward to working with Matthew on providing insightful
content, which will help our members engage with their clients, and
position the CII and PFS as a thought leader in the insurance and
financial advice professions."
Commenting on his appointment, Connell said: "I am excited about
joining the CII and PFS at a time of increasing regulatory
"New technology, demographic change and higher expectations from
consumers are all demanding new standards of professional and
ethical behaviour from the financial services sector. I'm looking
forward to working with insurance and financial advice
professionals and policymakers to find practical ways to maintain
and increase trust in the sectors."
The CII has also appointed former Nucleus Financial content
editor Jun Merrett as content and engagement manager.
The two appointments represent the CII and PFS's focus on
bolstering both organisations' thought leadership functions.