Chris Hanks to succeed Sir Francis Richards as NSI chairman

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the name of its future chairman. Chris Hanks will succeed current chairman Sir Francis Richards with effect from November this year.

Following a detailed series of selection interviews, Chris Hanks has been selected to chair the NSI’s Board. Chris has enjoyed a distinguished career in the insurance sector, his most recent appointment being with Allianz Insurance plc.

Hanks began his career as an underwriter in casualty and property insurance, and soon progressed to be UK manager for NEM Insurance. He became head of business units for AGF Insurance Group before promotions took him to the role of general manager for Allianz Insurance’s commercial operations in the UK. Here, he was tasked with responsibility for the profitability, growth, sales and operation of all commercial and engineering business as a member of Allianz UK’s Management Board.

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Chris Hanks: the next chairman of the National Security Inspectorate

Hanks also held the appointments of chairman, Allianz Business Services Ltd and director, Allianz Engineering Ltd. He has served as a Board Committee member for Reinsurance, IT Major Projects, Talent and Risk, as a director at the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Trustee for the Chartered Insurance Institute Pension Fund and chairman at Polaris (UK) Ltd.

A prominent figure within the insurance market, Hanks has been an FSA Approved Person for 15 years and has held executive and representative roles for a number of market bodies (among them the ABI, BIBA, FPA, Polaris and CII). He has a personal passion and commitment around the development of professionalism and talent in industry.

Change and opportunity in the security and fire sectors

On his new appointment at the NSI, Hanks explained: “I’m delighted to be joining the NSI at a time when there is so much change and opportunity in the fire and security sectors. New technology, new regulatory regimes, ever-changing business models and, of course, new standards at the national, European and international levels will set challenges in every area.”

Hanks continued: “I hope that my commercial background and experience within the insurance industry will add significant value to the NSI’s future operations. I also wish to stress the inherent value of sector-specific third party certification to specifiers, procurers, insurers and end users alike. I’m particularly passionate about developing professionalism and talent in industry, and I hope to draw upon my commitment to this during my tenure as chairman of the NSI.”

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little, CEO at the NSI, commented: “These are exciting times for the fire and security sectors. The NSI is adapting to the new business reality of the 21st Century. We look forward to welcoming Chris as we move towards a more risk-based, customer friendly NSI while at the same time continuing to strive for improved standards across both sectors.”

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