Cirencester stalwart John Bridge to retire

John Bridge has retired from his role as director of sales and marketing at Cirencester Friendly Society as of 31 March, following a short period of illness.

He was appointed to the role in October 2011 having previously been a non-executive member of the Cirencester board from May 2005.

He also served as senior independent director from September 2005 until October 2011.

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Before joining Cirencester Friendly Society he worked for the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society, and also served as an expert witness for mortgage-related court cases.

Adam Shaw, a spokesperson for Cirencester Friendly Society said Mr Bridge’s former duties would be distributed internally among the team. He said: “Cirencester Friendly are currently reviewing the requirements of the role but as yet no decision has been taken, and we’ll make an announcement at the appropriate time.”

Kevin Burnham, protection director at national adviser Charles Derby Group, said that Mr Bridge “did the right thing. He was an honourable guy who was forward-thinking and innovative, and he will be missed. He had a lot of energy and was keen to develop and grow the protection movement.”