David Stoddard's summary

First and foremost, I am delighted to be joining a firm with such a strong reputation for independence and which shares my own values of putting our people and our clients first.

As unusual as the global pandemic circumstances are, Jane has done an exceptional job and it is a privilege to be taking the reins from her in a very robust and well organised business.

Like any forward thinking organisation, the coming year will see us place an increased focus on our commitment to both people and local communities.

Our Sustainability strategy, our work in Diversity and Inclusion as well as Talent Development are particularly high on our agenda. All three are underpinned by our core principle of doing the right thing, and these priorities will help the business to establish a consistent focus on our wider role in the world.

We will also drive continued innovation and investment in our technology, as well as improvements in both efficiency and effectiveness. These innovations and investments will be to the benefit of our clients and help secure the fantastic culture that has long established a free thinking approach at all levels.

Undoubtedly the world has changed, but it has always been our approach to change ahead of it, implementing an operational strategy that is agile enough to embrace both the opportunities and to tackle any challenges together. While we may reflect on the successes, now is the time to look ahead and find new ways to build on the strong foundations Barnett Waddingham has laid down.

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