About Me

I started my career at the R.J. Kiln & Co managing agency in 1981 as a computer programmer, moving fairly rapidly to the underwriting side of the business working on the Accident and Health account. I was given my own portfolio to manage (Financial Institutions and Commercial Fidelity) after gaining the ACII qualification in 1986, and in addition worked extensively on the RSMD and SASRIA business.

In 1990 I moved to Hiscox as Accident Line Underwriter for syndicate 624, where I wrote A&H and Financial Institutions business, whilst assisting on a small oil & gas account. 1996 saw me move to Sturge, which became Ockham syndicate 219, which ultimately turned into ACE Global markets syndicate 2488, where I focussed entirely on A&H business.

My final move was to AIG in 2000, initially as Regional Underwriting Manager for the A&H account, via EMEA A&H manager, and latterly Chief Underwriting Officer for the PA, Travel and Warranty Service accounts for EMEA.

Following an extensive restructure at AIG, Iā€™m now branching out on my own.

Qualifications:

  • BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester (1981)

  • MBA from City University (now CASS Business School) (2000)

  • ACII (1986)

  • Chartered Insurer (1992)

    Note I am not currently a member of the CII

Skills/ experience:

  • Strong communication skills

  • Extensive underwriting knowledge of a wide variety of non-marine insurance classes, delivered via multiple channels

  • Familiar with governance and compliance around the sales of consumer insurance in regulated markets

  • Familiar with B2B, B2C and B2B2C channels, both direct and intermediated

  • In last role I was Chairman of the Insurance Risk Committee, a member of the Risk and Capital Committee, a member of both the Pricing and Aggregation Sub-Groups, all of which gave me exposure to a wide variety of classes of insurance outside of A&H.

  • Was member of the Trustee Board of both DC and DB Pension schemes

  • Delivered training in multiple countries, with significant levels of very positive feedback.

  • Trained mentor

  • Team management and motivation

  • Cross-cultural working

  • Remote management

  • Strategic planning

  • Growing businesses

  • Product design and associated compliance procedures

  • Familiar with delivering content at board level and to regulatory authorities