Ashton West, the chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to road safety.
West joined MIB in April 2003 and has worked closely with the insurance industry, Government departments and enforcement agencies to tackle the issue of uninsured driving in the UK. Under his watch, the MIB has seen a 50% reduction in uninsured drivers, while the number of claims arising from accidents caused by uninsured and drivers has fallen too. In 2008 accidents of this type cost the insurance industry £417m; in 2014 that figure had dropped to £247m.
“I have always enjoyed being part of a team, so this is a shared success,” said West.
“The strength of MIB lies in the quality and commitment of our people and I am incredibly proud to work with such a professional and enthusiastic team.”
Steve Maddock, chairman of MIB and managing director of claims and business services at Direct said that West’s award was well-deserved.
“The Bureau has existed since 1946 and continues to perform a valuable function for society ensuring that victims of uninsured driving are assisted appropriately. Most significantly it is using advances in technology and working with enforcement agencies to remove those drivers who flout the law from our roads. Under Ashton‟s guidance, the MIB has transformed itself and while it may not be visible to everyone, its impact is far reaching,” said Maddock.