Paul Hudson

Cirencester Friendly Society

Paul joined Cirencester Friendly Society as Chief Executive in February 1997 and will celebrate 25 years’ service in 2022. During that time Paul has overseen the successful expansion of the Society from £25M with 13,000 members and 6 staff, to £172M with over 43,000 members, close to £22M premium income and 86 staff at the end of July 2021. Away from work Paul is a family man with 3 grown up children Paul and enjoys cycling, reading, and has recently enrolled in the Open University to study a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature.

Paul has worked within the Mutual Sector since 1974 holding various roles in a number of different Friendly Societies. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 1994, Master of Business Administration since 1997 and Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments from 2011. 

Paul served as a Board Member of the Association of Friendly Societies (AFS) 2005-2009 and was honoured to be elected President of the Association in 2009. Following the merger of the AFS with the Association of Mutual Insurers in 2010 Paul continued to serve the sector as a Director of the Association of Financial Mutuals representing the Committee for Smaller Friendly Societies and Mutuals. Paul retired from the AFM Board in 2012 before re-joining the newly reformed AFM in 2016 to support its restructuring and development, following the departure of some of the larger providers earlier in 2016.

During his 47-year Friendly Society career Paul has always been a keen advocate of smaller mutual providers because he believes they represent a ‘real’ alternative to much larger proprietorial providers in the market. Over the years he has also served as Chairman of the Holloway Friendly Societies Group and has been associated with a number of other forums keenly representing the interests of smaller providers in the market. 

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