17 April 2018

Jamie McGivern joins Board as Finance Director

We’re delighted to announce that Jamie McGivern has been appointed as Principal Insurance’s first finance director.

Jamie’s arrival completes a major restructuring of the group’s senior executive team.

Jamie has joined us from private medical insurance specialist Chase Templeton where he was financial director. His insurance experience also includes five years as head of finance at motorcycle broker, Carole Nash.

A qualified chartered accountant, he in addition gained further boardroom experience with employment law and health and safety advisors, Bibby Consulting & Support and support services specialists, Mynt Facilities Services.

New executive board complete


His appointment completes the expansion of Principal’s executive board which in recent months has also seen Paul Hughes and Penny Wardale (right) join Managing Director Dave Bowcock and Chairman Damian Keeling as directors.

Paul, who joined us from Bollington Insurance Group, was appointed as Sales & Operations Director. Penny, formerly Autonet’s HR director, was recruited as HR, Training and Compliance Director.

We also simultaneously strengthened the senior management team with the elevation of Jackie Bircham and Matt Byrne to newly created roles. Jackie was promoted to Head of Business Transformation whilst Byrne became Head of Distribution.

Sales & Operations Director

Paul Hughes (standing) with Matt Byrne and Jackie Bircham

Commenting on his appointment, Jamie said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Principal. This is a focused yet dynamic business which as well as being fast-growing is fast-maturing. Recent reinvestment in people, systems and office space have laid particularly firm foundations upon which to build a major broking force.”

Chairman (Director)Welcoming Jamie’s arrival, Damian Keeling (right)  said: “Jamie represents the last piece in the management jigsaw. As with Paul and Penny he brings exceptional experience and expertise to the group which will prove vital in effectively managing our continuing and rapid growth.”

Group now serves over 40,000 policyholders


Principal buys Rampdale motorcycle insuranceFounded by Dave Bowcock (left) in 2011, Principal now serves over 40,000 policyholders through our extensive portfolio. This embraces specialist motorcycle, motor, van, motorhome, home and commercial insurance lines. These are marketed directly and through leading aggregators.

Rapid growth saw us create over 100 jobs in little over 18 months, with over 130 staff now employed at our Manchester headquarters and offices in Lancaster and Dublin.


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