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One of the best things about this show is that it gives me the perfect excuse to meet people who I have been meaning to meet for ages. Monica Cramer Manhem, President, International Reinsurance at SiriusPoint is one such guest. Over the last fifteen years many mutual friends have recommended I try to get an audience with her, saying that we would g…
 
Today’s podcast is in two parts. It starts off as a quick run through the state of the market through the eyes of two very senior underwriting practitioners But then it dives right into the heart of the state of the underwriting profession itself and how the life of an underwriter is going to change in the future. In their high-profile careers both…
 
When my notebook is put away and the microphones are switched off, after a couple of drinks, people in the market often lament the lack of personalities in the modern insurance and reinsurance industry. They say that it’s just not like it used to be and that massive consolidation has pushed the individual to the sidelines within ever larger, ever m…
 
Today’s guests are the executives behind the fast-growing specialist aviation broker start-up Piiq Risk Partners.In a very short space of time Philip Smaje CEO [picture left] and Marcel Chad President [picture right] have put Piiq on the front pages of the trade press with some eye-popping household name client wins. In a time of seemingly permanen…
 
Clive Washbourn is a legendary figure in the marine insurance market. His enviable track record of profitability has made him probably the nearest thing to a celebrity within that very particular, and often very difficult to underwrite, subset of our sector. So when the news came out that he had started his own marine MGA Navium, on Fidelis’s Pine …
 
Today’s guest is part of a team busy building a reinsurance broker to challenge the big three almost across the board. We’ll never see the numbers but it is highly likely that his firm has invested the most of all the challenger reinsurance brokers in the past two years.During that time it has seen its headcount quintuple to two hundred and twenty-…
 
Today’s special episode does exactly what it says on the tin - plus a little more.AdvantageGo organised a prestigious panel of three prominent US-focused P&C CEOs and I got to work with them on dissecting the state of the market.Marc Adee, CEO of Crum & Forster, Andrew Robinson CEO of Skyward Specialty and Greg Hendrick the CEO of Vantage Group wer…
 
I have to admit that today’s guest took me by surprise. Could she be the most powerful female CEO in the world? Well, maybe. She sits at the head of a global broking organisation that has six billion dollars in revenue and handles around sixty billion dollars in gross premiums. If Willis and Aon finally merge, Olga Collins will be the CEO of the wo…
 
Today’s special episode is all about how to build a company culture that helps your business to win. To this end I was very lucky to be joined by John Fay MBE (pictured bottom right) and Edward Gordon Lennox (pictured bottom left) of Delta V Partners to help me dig deeply into the subject. John and Edward are experts in the field who are much in de…
 
It is only a recently rebranding exercise that has made the size and scale of today's guest's broking and MGA operation come into view. David Bearman is the founder and CEO of London-based Aventum, a group that houses the Rokstone MGA and broker Consilium and controls over £600mn in gross written premium. The group has been around for 25 years but …
 
Today’s guest is someone I have known for almost 30 years. That’s because I used to broker business to him back in the 1990s when I was working in the London Market. Back then he was making a name for himself as a lead market in the international casualty class at UK composite Eagle Star. As my career changed completely his took off and at QBE Euro…
 
As Chief Underwriting Officer of Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) Matthew Shaw has one of the top ten individual underwriting jobs in the London market, marshalling a stamp capacity of one and a half billion pounds at one of Lloyd’s best-known lead markets, Syndicate 510.In many ways this business is a microcosm of the London Market as a whole. A soft marke…
 
Executive Chairman Neil Eckert and Group CEO Trevor Carvey are the team behind Conduit Re, a new London-listed Bermuda-based reinsurer.Neil is one of the insurance industry’s most successful serial entrepreneurs, so when someone of his experience and pedigree senses an opportunity we should all take notice.Conduit’s single-location pure reinsurance…
 
Today’s podcast with Steve McGill, Founder and CEO of McGill and Partners was recorded live. The Voice of Insurance was invited to produce the opening fireside chat at the highly successful Insurtech 3 point 0 insurtech event and we thought it would be fun for a change.Doing things truly live is always different and often unexpected.You’ll find thi…
 
Today’s guests head one the largest and best-placed new businesses in the market. This is because it had a long head-start on the class of 2020. Before the market turn became obvious last year it already had $1.7bn in capital committed and underwriting teams in place. Then with the hardening in full swing it accelerated its growth plan and almost d…
 
Today’s guest has one of the biggest single jobs in our business. As President of Property & Casualty for Swiss Re in the US Keith Wolfe has huge responsibility This is because on most measures his employer is the largest writer of reinsurance in the US.This gives him unrivalled visibility on what is the largest insurance market in the world. I hav…
 
Today’s guest is the leader of one of London’s oldest independent broking houses. Greg Collins is CEO of Miller, which via major new investment has just extricated itself from the Willis Towers Watson Group. In this podcast we get right to the heart of why the firm’s innovative experiment with Big-three ownership didn’t work out and what this whole…
 
Today’s guest is an amazing person with an incredibly interesting story to tell. After 10 years in the British military and distinguished service in Iraq, Forbes McKenzie was determined to apply the skills he had learned in military intelligence in the civilian world. A decade and lots of hard work later, McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) is bri…
 
Today’s guest is an example to those of us who feel we ought to change with the times but might not feel we are fully equipped to do so. Matthew Wilson is the Group CEO of Brit and is a Lloyd’s man through and through. He has spent most of his career going about his business in the same analogue way that most of us are familiar with. Yet he has emb…
 
I really enjoyed interviewing today’s guest. I think it was because I was picking up on the energy, enthusiasm and buzz emanating from someone who is running a start-up business. Mitch Blaser, the CEO of Mosaic has done this before and it is his clarity of vision and purpose that shines through our discussion. He has the benefit of experience to kn…
 
This week’s podcast is a great encounter with a UK MGA pioneer at the top of his game. Colin Thompson is the CEO of Nexus Group, a firm he founded in London 13 years ago. That business is projecting punchy organic growth of a third this year to $600mn in premiums written. It is also on the hunt for ever larger acquisitions and is looking to back so…
 
Today’s guest is one of the best-known and most experienced executives in the reinsurance broking world.Ross Howard is Global Executive Chairman of Lockton Re and has launched himself into a major project to help build a challenger reinsurance broker for the Lockton Group. In this podcast we find out why he thinks the current market opportunities a…
 
This episode could easily be called “everything you wanted to know about insurtech but were afraid to ask.”This is because today’s guests are insurtech pioneers who spend their time finding new insurance ideas and the entrepreneurs behind them.They knock the rough edges off, apply expertise, lend regulatory licences so that ideas can be tested and …
 
Today’s guest is one of the industry’s brightest stars and I think the podcast you are about the listen to amply proves why he has earned that moniker. The Voice of insurance has also been lucky enough to speak to him at an exciting time for him and the industry itself. A veteran of the Bermuda class of 1992, he is back again with a substantial sta…
 
Today’s special guests are technology entrepreneurs looking to digitise and revolutionise the reinsurance marketplace.Their radical free-to-use platform has the goal of making the cumbersome submission and placement process pain-free for practitioners.But with these two there’s a big difference. Both Jerad Leigh and Ben Rose of Supercede gave up su…
 
After an extended build-out Pina Albo’s Hamilton Group now has significant Lloyd’s, Bermuda and Dublin platforms covering specialty insurance, reinsurance and third-party asset management and is building further capabilities on the ground in the US E&S market via an MGA structure. It’s also fully committed to a tech-enabled US brokered small commer…
 
Today’s guest is a broking CEO on an ambitious mission to grow global revenues many times with the backing of a strategic owner. That may sound familiar to regular listeners, but Steve Hearn of Corant Global is going about things quite differently. At a time when most broker holding companies are at pains to hive up all their underlying brands into…
 
This week’s guest is a longstanding and integral member of one of the most successful underwriting teams in the specialty insurance and reinsurance world. Charles Mathias was an original member of staff at Lancashire and is now a core member of the team at Fidelis. As Chief Risk officer and board member he has total visibility of Fidelis’s strategy…
 
In my job I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs and particularly insurtech entrepreneurs. Very often I find that they know their tech but really haven’t yet got to understand the insurance world. And that often means that they are solving problems that perhaps don’t exist in the minds of insurance people and their business are unlikely to succeed. Well …
 
Nick Cook of BMS Group is a man in a hurry to make the most of global opportunities to grow the 41-year old firm he runs. Nick is refreshingly straightforward and to the point and here we get detail on BMS’s ambitious global buildout away from its more traditional markets in London and North America and into Latin America, Asia and Europe. We also …
 
Today we're talking to Matthew Moore President & Managing Director at Liberty Specialty Markets – LSM. Matthew is one of the rising stars of the London Market and is currently serving as the chair of industry trade body the London Market Group. Yet his role is global in nature. He oversees a specialty, wholesale and reinsurance operation with gross…
 
Today’s podcast is a meeting with a senior market figure most of us have known for many years. Sean McGovern served in different board level capacities at Lloyd’s for just over 2 decades, before leaving to join the then XL Catlin in 2016 ahead of its 2018 acquisition by AXA. Last summer he was made CEO of AXA XL’s UK and Lloyd’s business – the firs…
 
This podcast is all about looking to the future of broking. In a world of automatic, algorithmically controlled capacity where huge rivers of data flow direct from insureds and reinsureds to carriers and beyond where does this leave the broker? Brokers and technological change haven’t necessarily always gone hand in hand in our markets. It was brok…
 
Today’s guest is one of the industry’s smartest analysts and it is great to welcome him back to the show. David Flandro is the Managing Director of Analytics at HX, the tech and research-focused part of the Howden Group and today we are dissecting the state of the market after the 1.1.21 renewals. David has had a long career in the financial market…
 
Today’s guest is one of the industry’s most experienced and most respected reinsurance brokers with an incredibly broad and deep perspective to share on the industry. His broking house Willis Re is always first out of the blocks after the major renewal dates with its first view reports into the state of the reinsurance market Given the exceptional …
 
Today’s guest is someone highly thought of in the London Market whose skills are in high demand. Three years ago he set out to start his own business and reshape the MGA model in a highly radical way that seeks to align the agent as closely to the carriers backing them as possible. Many businesses say they are going to break the mould but what Talb…
 
Today’s guest is a year and a half into a role running the best performing major reinsurer of the past 15 years. Hannover Re has been a business that has managed to grow profitably in hard and soft markets alike, maintaining a lean structure and keeping underwriting and rigorous capital management to the fore.With a global market hardening in full …
 
Today’s guest is one of the most experienced and widely travelled executives in the global insurance world and someone I have been interviewing regularly for the past 15 years. During that time he has been in the fairly unique position of having worked on either side of the fence for a broker and carriers alike as well as for the Corporation of Llo…
 
As journalists we tend to sprinkle superlative terms such as industry legend around a little too liberally. But today’s guest definitely qualifies. As a founder of Renaissance Re Jim Stanard helped completely transform the way the industry analyses and underwrites catastrophe risk and cemented Bermuda’s place in the insurance and reinsurance world.…
 
Ascot has been one of Lloyd’s great success stories of the past 2 decades yet its CEO Andrew Brooks doesn’t have the sort of public profile that one would expect to go with the job. After many years waiting out the soft market Ascot is now in aggressive expansion mode backed by a very patient, very deep pool of capital.Given its cautious and pruden…
 
Alex Maloney has been running the Lancashire group of companies for six-and-a-half years. For much of that time the business has been keeping its powder dry waiting for a moment to exploit a change in market conditions and resume growth.That moment seemed to come in Q2 of this year, with a new equity capital raise.In this interview I ask Alex all a…
 
Mapfre Re is a top 20 global reinsurer but it probably doesn’t have the public profile that this size should command.Given my insurance work experience in the Spanish market I thought this was a wrong that needed righting.Mapfre Re has many peculiarities, not least that it is one of the few reinsurers to still be part of a major global insurance gr…
 
I’ve known David Howden for a very long time. When I became a broker in 1992 he was the wholesale D&O specialist who looked after a big book of business for the Spanish broker I worked for.When Aon took over that broker it was my cue to go off and become a journalist and for him it fired the starting gun on an adventure that doesn’t show any sign o…
 
In today’s episode we meet a strong broker of many years’ experience and with subject expertise and contacts that many would take multiple careers to accumulate. She has had a senior career at many of the top independent brokers. Over recent times I have come to know and respect her as one of those people that always speaks their mind and comes as …
 
Today’s guest is someone with a long history of implementing technology into the Insurance Market.Bart Patrick, Managing Director, Europe for Duck Creek really understands the demands of the industry and the sometimes fractious and strained relationship with technology that it has had over the years. Well all of that is changing and this discussion…
 
I’ve got to know the interviewees in today’s episode quite well over the last few years.That means I have been able to follow closely their remarkable journey from small subsidiary of the Hyperion Group to an independent employee-owned MGA writing over 500 million dollars of premium in 2020 and still projecting organic growth of 20% in 2021.So how …
 
Welcome to the Voice of Insurance in association with Advantage Go - enabling Underwriters to increase the speed and accuracy of decision making. It was great experience recording today’s episode because it was the first time since the Covid 19 crisis began that I was able to do an interview face to face instead of a video call. And it seemed even …
 
The seeds for today’s episode were sown at a meeting in Chicago in the early Spring of 2019. I had been chairing a conference there and was making the most of the trip by visiting as many of the insurance people with their offices in the Windy City. So it was that I met today’s guest for the first time over breakfast in the centre of town. It was a…
 
We all know about the protection gap and financial sustainability and resilience goals for the developing world set by global bodies such as the World Bank and the United Nations. We also know about the massive growth potential of many emerging economies and the role the insurance industry can play in enabling and accelerating its development. This…
 
Most Voice of Insurance episodes tend to be with industry CEOs. This way you can get to know the real people behind the public persona and learn about how the industry really works by finding out what makes its leaders tick. But of course it doesn’t give you a huge amount of class-specific detail. Industry titans at public companies know a ton of d…
 
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