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  • About NIG

    NIG has been insuring UK businesses through brokers since 1894. We specialise only in insurance for SMEs, meaning we have a detailed understanding of our customers and the needs of their business.

    NIG is part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc and is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited. As well as boasting 120 years’ commercial insurance expertise, it combines the financial strength and security of an A-rated underwriter with the scale of a FTSE 100 company.

    NIG offer a portfolio of motor, property and liability products that can be traded through one of NIG’s 8 regional trading offices, online via NIG’s full cycle trading platform - The Hub, or via a software house.

    NIG was proud to be voted number 1 for eTrading in the Insurance Times eTrading Broker Insight Survey 2015.


NIG’s MD Neil Manser to become Deputy CFO at Direct Line Group


Direct Line Group is pleased to announce that Neil Manser will be moving into the role of Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 1st August.

In his new role Neil will be responsible for the Group's financial reporting, financial planning and business partnering, as well as financial control. He will also be driving finance's change agenda.

Over the last couple of years heading up the NIG business, Neil has been an integral member of the Commercial leadership team, developing and implementing the NIG strategy and improving both financial and operational performance. Neil previously led Investor Relations and Strategy, therefore he will bring to this role a strong understanding of the external perspective and commercial aspects of the business.

Neil Manser commented: “This will be my second stint in finance having spent five years (from 2011 to 2016) looking after a variety of areas including Investor Relations and Strategy. It’s particularly exciting to be joining at time when we are driving major change projects both within finance and across the business.

“The last two years in Commercial, as MD of NIG, has given me even more insight about how finance has a direct impact, through business partnering, cost control, managing the balance sheet, helping to reconcile and collect outstanding balances with brokers or a huge number of other activities.”

Penny James, Chief Financial Officer, said: “For the last two years he has been a key part of the Commercial team, leading the NIG business. Neil’s experience means he brings to the role a strong understanding of the external perspective and commercial aspects of our business.

“I’m really excited to be working with Neil along with the finance leadership team as we strive to provide clear financial and strategic leadership to our business, with strong, efficient tools and processes, that reflect the capabilities we’re building.”

Jon Greenwood, Managing Director of Commercial at Direct Line Group said, "I am pleased to announce that after two successful years as MD of NIG,  Neil has been appointed as Deputy Chief Financial Officer reporting to Penny James, our Group Chief Financial Officer.

During his time in Commercial, Neil has been an integral part of my leadership team, developing and implementing the NIG strategy to be effortless to trade with, and in doing so giving NIG and its leadership team clear strategic direction and leaving them well placed for future success in the market. Neil will be moving into his new role effective August, and I am now in the process of securing his successor."