Ageas Retail has made five, high level appointments to its Partnerships team as part of plans to develop its partnership strategy under the leadership of Ant Middle. Caroline King, Steve Price, Claire Green, Victoria Wilkinson and Lara Spencer have joined the business in a series of newly created roles. Ageas Retail partners some of the UK’s strongest brands including John Lewis, Tesco Bank and Age UK.

Caroline King has been appointed as Partnerships Operations Director, with responsibility for managing the sales and service aspect of the Ageas partnerships proposition. This provides partners with innovative outsourced solutions, available across all touch points of the customer insurance journey, delivered in the partner’s brand. Caroline joins Ageas Retail from Stream Live, bringing over twenty years’ experience in senior leadership roles, including Operations Director of Strategic Partnerships at AXA insurance.

Steve Price takes on the role of Head of Partnerships Development with responsibility for developing the partnerships proposition, ensuring comprehensive and bespoke strategies are delivered to meet customer needs. Reporting into Steve Price, Lara Spencer, Business Partnerships Manager, will focus on managing the acquisition of new partners.

Steve Price has previously worked at Marks and Spencer Money, HSBC, Tesco Bank, RBS Insurance and the Co-Operative Insurance, holding leadership roles including Head of Insurance Propositions, Director of Motor and Head of Intermediated and Commercial Lines. Lara Spencer brings valuable experience in Sales, Marketing and Affinities, following positions at HSBC Insurance Brokers as the Head of Sales and Marketing and at Towergate as the Affinities Development Director.

Claire Green has been appointed as the Head of Strategic Partnerships, bringing seventeen years’ experience at Aviva, including five years in the strategic partnership division. Claire will focus on developing existing and new partnerships, ensuring that service and strategy is continuingly developed to connect with partners’ target customers.

Victoria Wilkinson takes on the role of Partnerships Manager and has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry. She began her career at Winterthur Insurance in Switzerland as a Casualty Underwriter and joins from Axa Insurance where she was responsible for managing retail, travel and banking partner relationships.

Ant Middle, Ageas Retail Partnerships Managing Director said: “Caroline, Steve, Victoria, Claire and Lara bring a powerful mix of skills and experience which will help us build on already strong foundations to grow the Partnerships business. Our aim is to be the insurance partner of choice for the UK’s most well-known and respected brands, delivering a service specific to the needs of their customer bases – from point of quote right through to claim, all in the partner’s brand. We are delighted to have made these appointments at such an exciting time for the development of the Ageas Retail partnerships business.”