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Motor Insurers’ Bureau chief awarded OBE

Ashton West [1]

West: shared success

Ashton West, chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) since 2003, has been awarded an OBE for services to road safety.

Mr West was a founder member of the Civil Justice Council and is a member of the Association of British Insurers’ motor committee and personal injury panel.

He was a member of the working party which developed the personal injury pre-action protocols and the code of best practice on rehabilitation. He was also involved in the negotiation of agreements on the resolution of large-scale industrial disease claims.

A spokesman for the MIB said that since 2005 the number of uninsured drivers had dropped by 50% to around one million, while the cost of claims involving uninsured or ‘hit and run’ drivers had fallen from £417m in 2008 to £247m in 2014.

The spokesman said a “key factor” in the success was investment in the Motor Insurance Database. He said that since 2011, MIB had worked in partnership with the DVLA to introduce ‘continuous insurance enforcement’, which systematically matches records of vehicle keepers with insurance records on the database.

Steve Maddock, chairman of MIB and managing director of claims and business services at Direct Line Group, said the bureau was using technological advances and work with enforcement agencies to remove “drivers who flout the law” from the roads.

“Under Ashton’s guidance, the MIB has transformed itself and while it may not be visible to everyone, its impact is far-reaching.”

Before joining the MIB, Mr West had management roles in the insurance industry at Iron Trades Insurance and Rubicon Limited, was chairman of ReIntra and a claims consultant at Bavarian Re UK.

A law graduate, he described the award of an OBE as a “shared success”.