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ABI appoints Director of Membership and Commercial Development

Sheryl Fernando is to join the ABI in the newly created role of Director of Membership and Commercial Development. Sheryl will report to ABI Director General, Hannah Gurga, and takes up the role from late November.

Sheryl currently works at UK Finance where she has held the role of Director, Membership and Member Governance since 2017. Prior to joining UK Finance, Sheryl was Executive Director of Strategy International, a consultancy covering multiple industries including finance and technology.

Hannah Gurga, ABI Director General says, “We are delighted to welcome Sheryl to the ABI. Ensuring we are delivering for members is my priority and Sheryl brings a wealth of experience on member engagement and collaboration, as well as commercial development and in running events. I have had the privilege to work with Sheryl previously and know first hand what a great asset she will be.”

Sheryl Fernando.PNGSheryl Fernando says, “It is an absolute honour to be joining Hannah and the team at the ABI at such a seminal time for the industry. Insurance and long-term savings have always been an essential part of the consumer and economic agenda, and more so now in these innovative and changing times. The ABI and its members are at the forefront of the opportunities and challenges that presents, and I really look forward to working with them on that journey.”


Barry O’Dwyer, ABI President and Royal London Group CEO says, “This is an important new role to support the ABI in delivering the very best outcomes for members. Sheryl has outstanding experience in this area and I look forward to welcoming her to the ABI later in the year.”

As Director of Membership and Commercial Development, Sheryl will have overall responsibility for the ABI’s event, membership and commercial income and will be a member of the Executive Team.

Notes for Editors

Enquiries to:

Sarah Aspinall                                  

020 7216 7412        

Mobile: 07725 245297    

Malcolm Tarling                 

020 7216 7410        

Mobile: 07776 147667   




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Last updated 27/09/2022