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Great addition: Andy Cornish has spent many years at the top level of the insurance industry in Australia and abroad, and is expected to bring a “strong commercial perspective” to ANCAP.

THE Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has appointed leading insurance industry veteran Andy Cornish to its board of directors.

Mr Cornish has more than 40 years’ experience in the insurance sector and retired from executive service last year, having spent the previous eight years in senior roles at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) – the parent company of brands such as CGU, SGIO and NRMA Insurance – including chief operations officer, chief executive (personal insurance) and chief executive (direct insurance).

He is also a former managing director of RBS Group, NIG Insurance and Direct Line Insurance International and, among other positions in Australia and overseas, served as chief executive of Green Flag Group Limited – the UK’s third-largest motor breakdown organisation.

In announcing Mr Cornish’s appointment to the board, ANCAP chair Wendy Machin said he would bring to the table “a strong commercial perspective which will enhance the relevance and applicability of ANCAP’s work”.

“With his extensive experience across the insurance and automotive assistance sectors both in Australia and abroad, Andy is well positioned to assist with the governance and oversight of our organisation,” Ms Machin said.

“I am certain Andy will play an important role in leading Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority into its next phase.”

Mr Cornish kickstarted his term as an independent director by attending an ANCAP crash test in Sydney last month.

He commented that the test he witnessed “highlights the vital role ANCAP plays in effecting change in vehicle safety through industry encouragement and consumer advocacy”.

As well as Ms Machin and ANCAP CEO James Goodwin, other members of the board include VicRoads director (transport futures) Stuart Ballingall, Australian Automobile Association CEO Michael Bradley, acting WA road safety commissioner Iain Cameron, NSW Transport executive director (Centre for Road Safety) Bernard Carlon, SA department of planning, transport and infrastructure acting manager (safety strategy) Fiona Cartwright and two representatives of the federal department of infrastructure and regional development, both from the surface transport policy division – executive director Judith Zielke and general manager (vehicle safety standards) Sharon Nyakuengama.

As GoAuto has reported, veteran Australian road safety advocate and former ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh retired from the ANCAP board at the end of last year after more than 20 years of service.

He has, however, remained on Global NCAP’s board of trustees and earlier this month succeeded Max Mosley as chairman of the peak body representing the world’s independent NCAP crash-test authorities, including ANCAP.

By Terry Martin

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