Ecclesiastical announces that UKGI managing director John Blundell will retire next year

19 September 2019

John Blundell, managing director of Ecclesiastical’s UK general insurance business, has announced his intention to retire during 2020.

John joined Ecclesiastical in September 2016 and he has enjoyed a successful time at the company, leading the business through a period of ongoing change and year on year profitable growth.
John’s career in the insurance industry has spanned 35 years. He started as a graduate trainee at Norwich Union (now Aviva) and went on to co-found insurance start-up St Andrews Group, where he was managing director. He later joined Sterling Insurance Group as managing director, which he saw through to a successful trade sale to Covéa in 2015. 
Immediately before joining Ecclesiastical, he was deputy CEO at Covéa, a role he undertook after the sale of Sterling. 
John said: “I’ve had a wonderful 35 years in insurance but, from a personal perspective, the time is right for me to step away from a day-to-day executive role to pursue other interests and opportunities.  I’ve really enjoyed my time at Ecclesiastical and I will miss the many people inside and outside the organisation that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical, said: “I’d like to thank John for his considerable contribution to Ecclesiastical’s success over the past three years. Although we will be sorry to see him depart, he will be leaving the UK general insurance business in great shape, well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities going forward.”
John will continue to run the business while a successor is sought, ensuring a smooth handover when he steps down.