Ageas announced today the appointment of Nick Lemans as interim Managing Director for Ageas Retail Direct, the business responsible for the RIAS and Castle Cover brands. Formerly, Finance Director for Ageas Retail, Nick will take up the position from the beginning of October, while the business works through the succession plans for Peter Corfield who is leaving the company for another senior position outside of the industry. Nick’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

Nick joined Ageas in 2006 as Finance Director for RIAS. He then took up the position as Finance Director for Ageas Retail in 2011 following senior management changes. Nick is a chartered accountant with 20 years experience in the financial services industry and prior to that worked with PWC and British Aerospace.

Commenting on the leadership change, Ant Middle, CEO, Ageas Retail said: “With Nick’s experience of the business, he is a natural replacement for Peter and will no doubt play a pivotal role in the continued development of both the RIAS and Castle Cover brands. Peter has been a significant contributor to the development of Ageas Retail Direct and has been a key member of the Ageas Retail Management Committee. In his time with the business, he has led a strong team, achieving significant recognition within the industry and by our customers for good quality service. We will be sorry to see Peter leave, but recognise this is a good opportunity and will allow him to transfer his expertise beyond the industry.”

Ageas Retail Direct is a leading insurance provider in the over 50s market place. The business is recognised for its commitment to customers with RIAS recently being named a top five most loved home insurance brand in the UK . It achieved the Which? recommended provider status in December 2014 and has maintained its Defaqto five star rating for five consecutive years.