Education Mutual was founded by like-minded education professionals disillusioned with increasing premiums and a decreasing service. A mutual isn't a new concept, they've been around for centuries but in Today's climate they offer a stable, trusted alternative to traditional insurance.
Members not Customers
Mutuals do not have to make money for investors or shareholders. Education Mutual is owned by its members - schools, colleges and nurseries, all education providers, with the purpose of keeping more of the budget within Education. Education Mutual is operated solely for the benefit of the members with all members paying a contribution to the mutual which is used to pay claims. Members can attend Annual General Meetings and vote on important issues such as who is elected to the board, cover improvements and contribution levels.
The mutual board will consult members on how any surpluses should be spent. These will include;
- Refunds to Members
- Reductions in Contributions
- Cover Enhancements
- Member Grants
- Member Training Events
Board Chairman - Nick Hurn OBE
CEO Trinity Catholic MAT and Headteacher, Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Nick started out as a teacher of Design and Technology in 1985, then became a Head of Department, Deputy Head Teacher and was appointed as Head Teacher at Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead in 2005. As well as being Head Teacher at Cardinal Hume he was also Executive Head Teacher at St Robert of Newminster in Sunderland between 2013 and 2015. Prior to his role at St Roberts he was Executive Head Teacher at St Wilfrid's RC College in South Tyneside between 2010 and 2013 taking the school out of Special Measures to 'Good' within 12 months. Cardinal Hume was awarded Teaching School status in March 2013 (The Trinity NE Partnership) with its key partners St Roberts, Cramlington Learning Village and St Benet Biscop's.
Cardinal Hume Catholic School was judged as outstanding following Ofsted inspections in November 2008 and January 2014. The school also featured in the NCSL's Successful Leadership programme, aimed at promoting the achievement of white working-class pupils and Ofsted's Raising Standards through Literacy programme. More recently the school was named in the Chief Inspectors Report for Schools in 2014 for its excellent work with 'Closing the Gap', an initiative which focuses on raising the standards of our most disadvantaged and pupil premium students. He was awarded an OBE in 2014 in recognition for his services to education.
He currently serves as Chair of the Ascent Special Schools Trust, is a Board member for Gateshead Further Education College, a member of the Climate and Achievement committee at Northern Education Trust and an elected member of the Head Teacher Board for the Regional Schools Commissioner of the North since 2014. He was re-elected to the RSC Head Teacher Board in October 2017.