Barnett takes up role at resilience centre
The business resilience delivery arm for the Scottish Government and Police Scotland has announced a further high-profile appointment, with Douglas Barnett joining the board as a non-executive director.
Mr Barnett, who is AXA’s head of customer risk management, joins the Scottish Business Resilience Centre as it aims to boost relations with the insurance sector and to help it offer expert advice on risk to businesses.
He brings with him 30 years experience in the insurance sector, the last 15 of which he has spent with AXA, the world’s largest insurance firm. His time with the company has seen him work on projects across Europe – and he is currently part of the firm’s global loss prevention board.
He said: “I was enthusiastic about joining the SBRC due to the growing reach it has and its commitment to impact positively on Scottish businesses.
“Having worked with the SBRC as a customer and then recommending its services to our own clients, I am very aware of its strengths and I’m excited to be able to contribute to its ongoing success.
“I hope I am able to bring some of my industry knowledge, as insurance has such an important role to play in business resilience. It is essential that small businesses fully understand risk to their business, to limit the impact of scenarios which could cause a business to lose vital staff or prevent potential customers getting through the door.”
Director of the SBRC, Mandy Haeburn-Little, said: “We are delighted to have someone with Douglas’ expertise and reputation to join us as a non-executive director.
“Douglas’s knowledge and experience will help us greatly in many different areas – in particular we are all keen to understand how we can forge much closer links with the insurance sector and what small businesses can do to ensure they receive the right level of insurance and that they have all the critical areas of their business covered.”