Mutual's finance director acknowledged in awards

Posted in: Corporate Last updated: 14 Sep 2009

Graham Henderson, finance director at engage Mutual in Harrogate, has been recognised with an award for outstanding achievement at the Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year Awards at Rudding Park.

Sponsored by Ernst & Young, Hammonds, and Sewell Moorhouse, the awards which took place on 23 September, recognise the contribution to businesses made by finance directors across the Yorkshire region.

Graham has been finance director at engage Mutual since 2004 and has brought progress and innovation to the organisation’s financial planning and risk and reporting processes, with changes that have contributed to greater business efficiency. In his role, Graham has also helped steer the customer-owned organisation through the economic challenges of the past eighteen months, delivering good results, and growing its customer base.

Graham commented:

“I am sincerely thrilled to receive the recognition of the Yorkshire business community, and wish to acknowledge the support of the finance team at engage Mutual, and of its board and executive. By sticking to our strategy, we have been able to respond to challenges, to grow our mutual proposition, and deliver good results in difficult circumstances”.
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1. engage Mutual is based in Harrogate and is a member of the Association of Mutual Insurers (AMI), which represents 98% of mutual insurers in the UK. AMI has 38 member organisations which represent 19 million policyholders and £84bn in policies. Mutual insurers currently provide 1.9 million of the child trust funds in the UK, see www.mutualinsurers.org

2. engage Mutual Assurance is a trading name of Homeowners Friendly Society Ltd (HFSL), Registered and incorporated under the Friendly Societies Act 1992, Registered number 964F and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, engage Mutual Funds Limited (eMFL) and engage Mutual Insurance Ltd (eMIL). Both HFSL and eMFL are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). HFSL’s Register number is 110072, eMFL’s Register number is 181487. eMIL is authorised to conduct general insurance business by the Financial Services Commission Gibraltar and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority for the conduct of UK business. eMIL’s FSA Register No is 485680. You can check this on the FSA’s Register by visiting the FSA website www.fsa.gov.uk or by contacting the FSA on 0845 606 1234.

3.engage is one of the larger UK mutuals providing simple, value for money savings, protection and investment products. It currently helps over 420,000 customers of all ages to protect, preserve or enhance their welfare, with some of the most straightforward products on the market. engage prides itself on being a family-oriented, modern mutual, providing products that help enable households of all kinds to plan their finances to help meet their future needs. More information on engage Mutual is available at www.engagemutual.com

4. engage supports mutuality, friendly societies and the regional financial services industry through links with the Association of Mutual Insurers, the

5. engage Mutual Funds Limited (EMFL) is a provider of the Child Trust Fund direct and in partnership with organisations including Yorkshire Building Society and Scarborough Building Society.

6. engage Mutual has been the title sponsor of the Rugby Super League since 2005 and has extended its agreement to 2010.

7. engage Mutual announced its entry into the health cash plan market in July 2008 following an agreement of partnership with Wakefield & District Hospital’s Contributory Scheme (WDHCS). Further to this, 30,000 health cash plan customers transferred from Premier Health Benefits (part of WDHCS) to engageMutual Insurance Ltd.