about fig

The Financial Industry Group (fig) is a partnership of leading firms, local government and higher education.

fig aims to develop a thriving cluster in Norwich that is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for insurance, financial and professional services. In doing so, fig creates value for people, firms and local communities.

Established in 2001, fig is the only financial services trade association in England outside London. fig comprises senior executives from leading companies, local government and senior UEA faculty. From UEA, fig employs the latest thinking and research findings for achieving sustainable cluster growth and organises a range of activities to promote the cluster.

fig strategy

fig has four strategic objectives:

Partnership

Partnership

Develop alliances with key influencers in local firms, education providers, trade associations and government.

People

People

Attract, develop and retain talent of the highest calibre. Support community well-being, diversity and cultural heritage. Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills across the cluster.

Profile

Profile

Promote the brand and goals of the cluster and expand the impact of its activities.

Prioritisation

Prioritisation

Focus on the cluster’s competitive advantages and core firms that underpin the growth of a broader ecosystem of firms in financial services, professional services and technology.

fig activities are underpinned by the following core values:

Collaboration

Collaboration

We value working together with those inside and outside the cluster to achieve shared goals,
and build a stronger sense of community.

Innovation

Innovation

We embrace technology, support experimentation, inspire creativity and learn from our outcomes.

Responsibility

Responsibility

We are committed to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Community

Community

We are a business community within a wider community. We aim to engage openly and constructively with government, other businesses, public-sector bodies and the public at large.

meet the board

The fig Board, chaired by Steve Davidson, Managing Director at Marsh in Norwich, comprises a team of professionals from Norfolk’s thriving financial services community and local authority partners who, together, are dedicated to developing a thriving financial cluster that is recognised as a centre of excellence in the UK.

To contact the fig Board, email us at info@fignorwich.org

Steve Davidson

Steve Davidson

Steve is the Head of Office for Marsh in Norwich and is a Managing Director in the firm. He has lived in Norwich since 1989 and is committed to the development of the financial sector in the local area. Steve currently chairs the FIG Board and has recently assumed the role of Chair of the Advisory Board at Norwich Business School, UEA.

Raphael Markellos

Raphael Markellos

Raphael is Professor of Finance & Director of Research at Norwich Business School, UEA. His academic interests are in financial modelling and he teaches the MBA module on Investment Appraisal and Valuation. His professional experience includes over 20 years of consulting and training for regulated industries, car leasing, corporate real estate and infrastructure.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

Andrew is a Head of Finance Shared Services for Aviva with more than 20 years of finance experience ranging from small to large organisations in the UK and overseas. As a former UEA student too, he is very passionate about helping grow the Norwich financial community.

Ellen Tilney

Ellen Tilney

Ellen is Economic Development Manager at Norwich City Council. Starting her career in at McCann Erickson and then in a variety of fast-growing SME businesses; Ellen moved to the local area in 1998 focusing on business support and managed workspace at Business Link and also as chief executive of a local enterprise agency before joining the city council. Ellen is also director of a small media business alongside her husband.

David Dukes

David Dukes

David has worked in economic development for 25 years, most recently heading up Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development team. He has always recognised the importance of the financial sector to Norwich and played a key role in setting FIG up in 2001.

Stephen Scowen

Stephen Scowen

Stephen is Economic Development Manager at Broadland District Council. Responsible for contributing to the delivery of an ambitious growth agenda, he works with a variety of public and private sector stakeholders to achieve this. Stephen has been involved with FIG since 2015 and provides secretariat support.

Alastair Drew

Alastair Drew

Alastair is the Finance Director at the Alan Boswell Group. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in Financial Services in Norwich since qualifying (previous to Alan Boswell Group with Norwich based bank Virgin Money).

Anna Douglas

Anna Douglas

Anna is relationship manager for business, financial and legal services at UEA. Her role is to promote collaboration and partnerships with external organisations to support growth and innovation. Anna's career spans a number of sectors including insurance, legal and voluntary services.

Hamish Melville

Hamish Melville

Hamish is Head of Economic Development at Broadland District Council and is responsible for a broad range of functions including operational and strategic economic development, business training, business engagement, tourism and a wide variety of culture, sport and leisure programmes.

Simon Lubbock

Simon Lubbock

Simon is Commercial Banking Director for NatWest in Norfolk. His team work with Norfolk’s larger businesses to help them achieve their ambitions through the provision of banking services and expert help. He has worked for NatWest in Norfolk since 1986.

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News

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Pure supports Eastern region’s businesses to prepare for potential IR35 changes

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February 25, 2020

Pure has worked with Birketts LLP and accountancy firm PEM to deliver a series of business breakfasts designed to help demystify the potentially imminent IR35 changes to ‘off-payroll’ workers in the private sector.

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Events

Finance Leadership Programme 2020 – Norwich

Finance Leadership Programme 2020 – Norwich

March 24, 2020

Pure Norwich, 16 Queen Street

Our Finance Leadership Programme provides the opportunity for finance professionals to reflect on soft skills, and develop the knowledge needed to progress their careers and achieve their full potential. Delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton, this invite-only group aims to introduce a balance of business insight and leadership development within a relaxed and informal environment.

HR Energy – Relationship intelligence

HR Energy – Relationship intelligence

March 10, 2020

Mills & Reeve - Norwich, 1 Saint James Court

How can we, as HR professionals, enhance alliances across organisations and how can we take our rightful place as true business partners whilst maximising the impact and influence of HR? To help us answer these questions, Joe Mills from The Tree Academy will present the concept of Relationship Intelligence at our March HR Energy event.

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