Affinity insurance provider, Hood Group, has appointed Jonathan Beaven as Head of Finance.
An ACMA qualified accountant, Jon joins Hood Group from the Whitehouse Leisure Group where he spent 10 years as group financial controller managing the Finance, IT and HR functions. Prior to that he spent four years as finance manager for HML Marketing, then a subsidiary of Cox Insurance Group. Jon’s earlier career was spent in the city working with Plc’s including Cable and Wireless and Dow Jones.
Hood Group Finance Director, Bob Gildie, says: “I am delighted to welcome Jon to the finance team at Hood Group. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working in different sectors. As well as having experience of the insurance industry, he has spent time in the wholesale, retail, financial services and communications/technology sectors in both private and publicly quoted companies. His addition to our finance team will help us support the Hood Group both financially and commercially as we extend the range of affinity partners we work with and expand the range of insurance products that we provide to those partners.”
Commenting on his new role, Jon adds: “Many people may not believe me when I say that I really wanted to return to the insurance industry – but it’s true! It’s huge, diverse and full of challenges. I was drawn in particular to the Hood Group not only because it is an ambitious company that is growing fast, but because it really invests in and supports its people. My remit will cover many aspects but will focus around providing strong financial leadership, and I’m looking forward to utilising my commercial background to aid decision making and help achieve the group’s overall objectives in this busy and exciting time.”