We are a small, dedicated team of multi-disciplinary professionals who pride ourselves on providing an excellent level of customer service to our clients at all times. Our insurance staff have been working with the Catholic Insurance Service Ltd’s clients for many years and so you can rest assured that we understand your insurance needs and we are likely to have dealt with any situation in which you find yourselves many times previously.
As the vast majority of our clients are Catholic organisations and all are insured under the same Scheme policies, we have a detailed knowledge of the insurances we arrange and the organisations with which we work. This is particularly important because understanding the unusual legal structures of Catholic dioceses and religious orders, the unique nature of religious buildings and contents, and the broad range of activities that our clients undertake is essential in providing effective solutions and a high quality of service.
BA (Hons) PGCE (Oxon) PGDL
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kathy joined the Catholic Church Insurance Association in 2010 as the Deputy General Manager. She was appointed as General Manager on 1 January 2016 and led the business through incorporation and authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2017 before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the new company, Catholic Insurance Service Ltd.
Kathy is a fully qualified and practicing solicitor. Prior to joining CIS, she was an Associate in the insurance practice group at national law firm, Hill Dickinson LLP.
Willie Hartley Russell
Willie was appointed as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of CIS Ltd in 2016, and brings a wealth of experience in both governance and investment management (specifically in the charity sector) to the Board. Willie is Director of Client Investments at CCLA.
Willie is Vice Chairman od the National Almshouse Association and Chairman of Donnington Hospital Trust and Jesus Hospital, Bray. He is also a member of the Court of the University of Reading. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2011 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire in 2016. He is High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire 2021-2022.
Willie has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford Brookes University and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (ACSI).
Michael is an actuary with over 35 years’ experience in the insurance industry, gained both as a senior executive and a consultant. From 2007 to 2013, he was Group Chief Executive Officer of Ecclesiastical Insurance. His main experience is strategic leadership of insurance operations, and he has a particular interest in ERM/Operational Risk. Michael is currently Deputy Chair of the Actuarial Profession’s General Insurance Board.
Michael was appointed by the Board of Catholic Insurance Service Ltd in 2016 and brings significant strategic leadership, governance and board experience to CIS Ltd.
Hugh Davies is a Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Sylvester and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Recently retired as Director of Finance and Development for the Diocese of Northampton and Trustee of the Diocesan Education Trust, a position he held for 10 years, Hugh also has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry.
Having previously Chaired the Insurance Committee, Hugh was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of CIS Ltd in 2013 and brings his diocesan and property experience to the Board.
Fr Anthony Kay
Fr Anthony is a priest of the Diocese of Salford and has worked as a priest in a number of ministries for over twenty-five years. Having been Moderator of the Curia, with responsibility for the oversite of the financial, legal, property and insurance aspects of the Diocesan Trust for a number of years, Father Anthony is now Parish Priest at St. Mary’s (The Hidden Gem), Manchester.
He was appointed by the Board of CIS Ltd as a Non-Executive Director in 2016 and represents the clergy and the Northern diocesan policyholders on the Board.
Fr Thomas Boyle
For over 30 years, Fr Tom has been a priest of the Diocese of Paisley. During those years, as well as pastoral responsibilities in various parishes, he has had roles for the Diocese of Paisley and for the Catholic Church nationally in Scotland. In particular, he supported the implementation in the Diocese of Paisley of the new accounting standard set for Charities by the new Scottish charity regulator OSCR.
Fr Tom was awarded a Master in Business Administration from the Open University in 2013.
In 2016, Fr Tom was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of CIS Ltd., representing the clergy and the Scottish diocesan policyholders.
Paul joined the Archdiocese of Southwark in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. He is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience in central and local government. Before joining the Archdiocese, Paul was Director of Financial Transformation at the Metropolitan Police. Paul was a school governor for many years and is currently a Director of Safe Spaces (England & Wales).