Thatcham Research chief executive steps down


Peter Shaw, chief executive of Thatcham Research, has stepped down from his role due to ill-health.

Shaw (pictured) has been chief executive and a board member for seven years. He steered Thatcham Research through a period of notable change, with the organisation increasingly recognised as a global centre of excellence for assisted and automated driving assessment and testing.

The recruitment process to identify Shaw’s successor is now underway. Strategic duties at Thatcham Research will continue to be managed by Neale Phillips and Ruth McRitchie.

Graham Gibson, chief claims officer at Allianz Insurance and chairman of Thatcham Research, whose board is drawn from its 24 member insurers, which fund research on vehicle safety, security, personal injury and accident damage repair, commented: “Peter has achieved so much for the business and our position in the industry since joining us.”

“He has played a pivotal role in driving a new focus upon testing and influencing vehicle safety and security performance to minimise motor insurance costs. This has been hugely important due to the technological advances in active and passive car safety.”

“Under Peter’s leadership, Thatcham Research has never been more relevant than it is today, and keeping our members informed and educated will remain vital.”

“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Peter who has been an outstanding chief executive and board member since 2011. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Ruth and Neale, who have maintained our strategic agenda so strongly in the interim period.”

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