Steve Ferrari

Steve Ferrari

Chief Transformation Officer at OneFamily

OneFamily
OneFamily's Steve Ferrari explores how technology is fuelling growth and innovation within the finance industry

As a mutual, OneFamily’s goal is to help modern families thrive financially, offering affordable and accessible products that are right for them. It’s owned by its members, for its members, and it has nearly 1.6m customers and £5.5bn in funds under management.

OneFamily offers ISAs, lifetime ISAs, junior ISAs, child trust funds, bonds, lifetime mortgages and over 50s life cover, as well as life insurance and critical illness cover, under the Beagle Street brand.

Over recent years, the business has undergone enormous technological transformation, with the aim of giving its customers even more control, access and autonomy over their finances. 

Leading on OneFamily’s technology and IT change projects is the organisation’s Chief Transformation Officer, Steve Ferrari. Since joining OneFamily in 2013, Steve has developed and delivered strategies to improve the experience for its customers, partners and colleagues. Much of his work focuses on the use of technology to boost efficiency within the business, particularly through AI and in the future using gen AI.

Steve said: “It’s a fantastic time to be working in technology within the financial services industry, as developments in the area are advancing all the time. My goal is to create and implement a strategy that enables OneFamily to use these new technologies in a way that benefits our customers and makes life as easy for them as possible. For example, we use speech analytics to review the calls we receive and improve our understanding of where our customers may need a little more support during our conversations with them. 

“In time, we also see our chatbot potentially offering customers a richer experience as we start to explore the capabilities of generative AI.”

The surge in AI over recent years is affecting many different aspects of work and life and, according to a recent ONS Report, 32% of adults said they feel AI will benefit them. But using AI and Gen AI is not without its challenges. Many have concerns about the rise in this type of technology, as 28% of adults think AI brings greater risks than benefits and 36% do not think AI can have a positive impact on their lives. 

Steve said: “AI will bring a big change to the way businesses operate, there’s no doubt about that. And with big changes there are naturally going to be some fears – but there are also going to be some fantastic opportunities for those that really embrace the future.

“Of course, as a responsible organisation, our approach will be cautious - we want the AI we use to be safe, proven technology. And we will always ensure the right checks and balances are in place – that’s sensible business practice.”

OneFamily’s partnership with iPipeline to drive growth

To further support its plans for growth, OneFamily has partnered with software development company, iPipeline, to launch a new digital platform. This will enable the migration of its customer policies from multiple platforms to one singular, self-service platform.

Steve said: “Ensuring customers are satisfied with our service is our priority and this new digital platform will make it even easier for them to have more access and control over their finances. The move to iPipeline’s SSG (Self-Service Generation) platform is our biggest recent technological development and last year we completed our first major migration of 1.2m policies over one weekend. 

“The modernisation of our internal systems has also delivered increased efficiency within OneFamily’s award-winning customer services team.”

Looking to the future, Steve’s priority is to continue working on the successful delivery of SSG. Steve said: “Over the next 12 months, our goal is to continue the migration work with iPipeline on the next phase of re-platforming to move the remaining smaller books of business over to the new system.”

These technologies are a vital part of OneFamily’s plans for growth and will allow the organisation to continue providing the best service for customers as possible.

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