Foresters Friendly Society appoints new CEO

Foresters Friendly Society, the mutual financial services provider, has appointed Rachel Hardy as Chief Executive Officer.

Rachel has had a long association with Foresters Friendly Society stretching back to 2006 when she was part of the external audit team performing the Society’s annual financial audit. Rachel, impressed by the Society’s culture and member focus, joined as Head of Finance in January 2015. After a brief interlude back in consulting, she re-joined as Finance Director in September 2017 and was elected to the Board as an Executive Director in June 2018.

She has 20 years’ experience in commercial businesses and large accountancy practices enabling her to approach issues from both a strategic and regulatory perspective.

In her new position as Chief Executive Officer for Foresters Friendly Society, Hardy will continue the growth and strategic development of the Society following the delivery of a 35% increase in individual premium income in 2019, as well as heading up the management team and maintaining close working relationships with key stakeholders including the Society’s members, staff and intermediaries.

Rachel Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am thrilled to assume this leadership position and welcome the opportunity to enhance Foresters Friendly Society’s position within the mutual financial services sector. My personal objective will be to continue and enhance our member-focused culture and maintain the Society’s healthy financial, administrative and community wellbeing at the same time as delivering on our strategic objectives.  This really is an exciting chapter for Foresters Friendly Society.”