Carole Nash, founder of the eponymous Groupama-owned motorbike insurance broker, is a generous supporter of the arts and supports charities local to her native Manchester. She built her business up to be the UK's favourite motorcycle insurance specialist and retired in 2006. Beneficiaries of her generosity also include the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), The Lowry, The Halle orchestra, Manchester Cathedral and The Prince's Trust.
Carole expressed her delight and amazement at receiving the honour: “When I received the letter marked On Her Majesty’s Service I thought it was a jury summons or parking ticket, so I put it to one side for a couple of days. I couldn’t believe it when I opened it. I’m obviously delighted and extremely proud to have been honoured for something I’ve always loved doing – giving back to the community.”
Lucie Kennedy, Director of Marketing and Development for Chetham's said: “We are thrilled that Carole has been so deservedly recognised for the incredible impact she has had on the community through her generous support of The Arts. Not only is Carole one of our most crucial donors, helping us to make our new School Building dream a reality, but we consider her to be part of the extended family of Chets!"
Carole founded Carole Nash Insurance Consultants in 1985 as a vintage and classic motorcycle insurance specialist. She later moved into the modern bike sector and then onto classic car insurance. Today the company employs over 300 people across the Altrincham and Dublin offices, with our policies now protecting 300,000 classic, vintage, modern, custom and off road motorcycles.