New deputy chair for insurer

New Cornish Mutual deputy chairman Ian Pawley

A new deputy chairman for south west rural insurance firm Cornish Mutual has been announced.

Ian Pawley has taken up the role having been a board member since November 2008.

Pawley, now a non-practising solicitor, but formerly managing partner at regional legal firm Stephens Scown, has lived and worked in Cornwall for all his professional life. He understands the agricultural sector well having dealt with many issues concerning farmers and farming and inheritance tax.

Pawley, who retired from Stephens Scown in 2008, holds non-executive director positions with Cornwall Care and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as being a trustee of the Duchy Health Charity.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed deputy chairman of Cornish Mutual – as such, I’m fully committed to supporting and expanding the company and servicing the needs of our members. I believe the mutual status holds great benefits for both members and the business; it’s something of which we should be very proud and is one of Cornish Mutual’s major attributes – something a limited number of insurers can boast as a credential.”

The announcement comes as Cornish Mutual is organising a special members’ forum and breakfast event at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show for the first time.

The session for members at the annual agricultural show will be held in Cornish Mutual’s marquee, opposite the Pavilion Centre at the Wadebridge showground on Friday June 11 at 8.00am.