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At every level within Volante, we have invested in outstanding talent. Each of our underwriting divisions is headed-up by recognised leaders in their respective sectors or territories – market experts that are results driven and fully empowered to forge ahead.
That level of best-in-class expertise is evident across all our operations, from our Technology Centre through to our claims management and risk control teams. We have set ourselves challenging targets which demand that we bring on board the calibre of teams and individuals necessary to achieve them.
WE HAVE SET OURSELVES CHALLENGING TARGETS WHICH DEMAND THAT WE BRING ON BOARD THE CALIBRE OF TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THEM
WE HAVE SET OURSELVES CHALLENGING TARGETS WHICH DEMAND THAT WE BRING ON BOARD THE CALIBRE OF TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THEM
That also means they must be motivated and committed to taking our organisation to the next level. While established practitioners in their particular arenas, Volante expects its people to be constantly looking ahead in an effort to find new, more effective ways of doing business.
We are constantly looking to add further depth to our talent pool across our organisation, whether attracting successful teams or outstanding underwriters to head-up new divisions, or innovative, tech-savvy pioneers looking to push boundaries.
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Founder, CEO & CUO
Talbir has more than 20 years of experience in the London Market. Prior to founding Volante, Talbir was the CEO and Group CUO of Dual International. Previously he held a number of managerial positions at QBE Europe, including Managing Director. He began his insurance career in 1998 at Willis in London before joining Swiss Re as a pricing actuary.
Chief Actuarial Officer
Chris has 22 years of actuarial experience covering a range of roles, from performance monitoring to pricing. Prior to joining Volante he was Head of Actuarial and MI for the Retail Division at QBE European Operations. He has also worked for RSA, Hymans Robertson and GE Capita.
Martin is a vastly experienced legal practitioner with a Magic Circle private practice background as well as previous specialist in-house experience as a General Counsel. Martin has worked and advised clients across a number of jurisdictions and sectors including within the UK and Asia Pacific.
Areas of specific expertise for Martin include corporate and commercial law and he has extensive insurance sector experience particularly with regard to managing general agents, their formation and governance.
In previous roles Martin has spent considerable time developing insurance and underwriting solutions and processes and he brings significant commercial experience to the legal role having previously founded and acted as a director of an underwriting agency focused on the bancassurance arena. Martin is also an FCA approved person.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Execution
Adin is SVP of Strategy & Execution at Nephila. He works closely with the founders and other senior management on strategy, execution and new business initiatives. Before joining us in 2014, he was MD at Iroquois Capital Group, an investment bank in Nashville, and General Counsel at private equity firm CapitalSpring. He also practiced corporate and securities law for 10 years. He has a BA in English from Rhodes College and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.
CEO, Nephila Syndicate Management
Adam is CEO of Nephila Syndicate Management. Before joining us in 2013, he spent 15 years with the Willis Group. He was an MD at Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, their investment banking unit, and CFO of Willis Re, their global reinsurance business. Adam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994.
Andrew has over 30 years of experience in the financial and professional lines sector across both underwriting and broking. Prior to joining Volante, Andrew was Divisional Head – Financial & Professional Lines at Barbican Managing Agency Ltd (Syndicate 1955). He has also held senior roles at Marsh FINPRO and BMS Bermuda, and was previously a Chair of the Lloyd’s Market Association’s (LMA) FI panel.
Head of Claims
Geoff is a highly experienced claims manager. Over the last 30 years, he has worked across the insurance, reinsurance and loss adjusting sectors in senior claims roles.
Prior to joining Volante, Geoff was Global Head of Crawford Global Technical Services, a division of Crawford & Company. His career also spans 19 years at Gen Re, where he rose to the position of Global Property & Claims Manager. He was also a member of the Gen Re Corp Board and Risk Committee.
Victoria has 20 years experience working in Human Resources and is MCIPD qualified. Prior to joining Volante, Victoria held a number of senior roles within various Financial Services institutions. She has also worked for Liberty Specialty Markets, Willis Towers Watson, Swiss Re and Lloyd’s.
Chief of Staff
Toyin has 25 years experience within the banking and finance sector. She is an accomplished Chief of Staff, Operating Officer and Program Manager with extensive experience managing business operations and people within large globally dispersed departments.
Prior to joining Volante, Toyin worked at Morgan Stanley for over 20 years and held a number of senior management positions. She also has a Masters in Investment Management and a BSc in Computer Science & Business.
Languages spoken other than English: Norwegian and Yoruba.
Chief Risk Officer
Philip has over 30 years experience in audit, risk and compliance within the insurance industry. His most recent role was as Risk & Compliance Director for Hastings Direct where he was responsible for all second line activities including risk, compliance, data protection, business resilience and financial crime. He held a similar role for 8 years at AXA Insurance having previously held Head of Audit roles at HSBC and Winterthur.
Chief Operating Officer
Monique is a qualified accountant with an MBA and has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, having held senior positions in finance, technology, operations, risk and regulation. She is respected and recognised in the market as an expert in delivering diverse, operationally effective change for global and Lloyd’s Insurance businesses to drive performance and cost efficiencies across the UK, Europe, India and USA. Prior to joining Volante she was a Solution Owner within the Future at Lloyd’s programme, and prior to that Director of Operations for Brit Insurance.
Portfolio Director, Facultative
Volante Emerging Markets Limited (Imara)
Adam joined Imara in April 2020 to lead the development of the Facultative portfolio proposition, and brings with him almost 20 years of broad Lloyd’s and London market Underwriting experience.
His most recent appointment was as Class Underwriter for International Property D&F at the Barbican 1955 syndicate in Lloyd’s, where he was responsible for the portfolio planning, development and performance of a profitable niche portfolio of worldwide property business.
Prior to this appointment, Adam spent 6 years at Zurich, and 4 years at Aspen Re in a variety of UK corporate and Property Investors, and International Underwriting roles.
Throughout his career, Adam has demonstrated a proven track record of developing beneficial business relationships in multiple territories, and many years of experience in dealing directly with C-Suite insurance and non-insurance professionals including some of the world’s largest organisations, advising on Insurance placements and wordings.
Head of Underwriting Administration
Adam joined Volante in October 2019 as the Head of Underwriting Administration. He has over 20 years’ experience in the London Insurance and Reinsurance Market, spanning both underwriting and operations functions. He stated his career at Lambourn Insurance Services where he worked at several Lloyds syndicates, brokers and run-off companies on projects that ranged from the implementation of reinsurance systems through to the reconciliation of client ledges and claims processing.
Adam then spent several years at Novae Syndicates Limited with roles spanning from commutations, underwriting and management.
Prior to joining Volante, he worked at Starr Insurance Companies as the Casualty Underwriting Support Manager.
His technical expertise stems from the wide-ranging roles he has undertaken throughout his career and his sector knowledge spans accident & health, aviation, bloodstock, marine hull, war and liability, professional indemnity, property and political and credit insurance.
Adhwaite is a part qualified ACCA accountant and is in the final stages of his study. Prior to join Volante, Adhwaite was a finance assistant in a group company that had a diverse portfolio of companies and was incorporated in numerous countries. Even though he does not have experience within the insurance industry his previous experience of working with a company in multi countries has helped him transition into volante.
Volante Speciality Risk
Annie has over 12 years’ experience in the United States insurance industry on both the broker and the underwriting side.
Prior to joining Volante Specialty Risk, Annie was an Executive Underwriter at Chubb Insurance in Atlanta, Georgia. Annie began her career at Willis (now Willis Towers Watson) in New York and later joined Wells Fargo Insurance Services (now USI Insurance Services).
Horizon Europe AG
Arnaud has over 20 years of actuarial experience in the reinsurance sector, having held numerous senior roles.
Prior to joining Horizon, he was Chief Actuary for Europe at Canopius Europe, responsible for pricing, price monitoring, reserving and planning. He was also Chief Actuary across ACE Insurance Switzerland, ACE Reinsurance Switzerland and ACE Tempest Re Zurich. He began his actuarial career at Partner Re in 1999 and also worked for XL Re Europe.
Bilal is a seasoned re/insurance professional, with experience across underwriting and pricing roles in London, Zurich and in high-growth markets.
Prior to joining Volante, Bilal was Director of Underwriting at a London-based investment fund which owned and operated insurance businesses in high-growth markets in Africa and Asia. He oversaw the successful turnaround of underwriting performance across the group.
As a board member of portfolio companies, he drove portfolio shifts towards profitability, implemented a strong governance culture and enabled a step-change in operational efficiency through the use of state-of-the-art underwriting technology.
Previously, Bilal spent several years at Swiss Re in underwriting and pricing roles, where his clients included some of the largest global insurers, advising them on reinsurance structures, solvency optimisation and risk management.
Bobby has over 16 years of insurance industry experience across the London Market and Africa.
During his career, Bobby was Chief Financial Officer at a London-based investment fund which owned and operated insurance businesses in high-growth markets in Africa and Asia. Prior to this, he was a Director at EY, overseeing all aspects of providing assurance and advisory services to a client portfolio of large and listed global re/insurance groups.
Recently, as a board member of a Nigerian insurance company, he played a central role in greatly improving the firm’s performance prior to the company’s sale to Allianz.
Bobby has worked with boards and C-Suite executives of insurance businesses to set their vision and strategy, and has mentored teams to become more client-centric, improve their operations and grow profitably.
Head of Property Underwriting
Brian has an extensive knowledge of the European property reinsurance market, with over 17 years of underwriting experience in the sector.
Prior to joining the Horizon team, he was Senior Treaty Underwriter and Deputy Head at Aspen Re Europe working across the European property sector. Before this, he was a Senior Treaty Underwriter for Continental Europe at Sompo Canopius Re. He began his underwriting career at Ace Tempest Re in 2002.
Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Directors & Officers
Charlotte works directly with the Volante F&PL team in her capacity as Assistant Underwriter.
She joined Volante from Barbican Insurance Group where she was an Underwriting Assistant, primarily focusing on FI, but also working across the broader Financial Lines portfolio, including Commercial D&O, Commercial PI and Cyber.
Charlotte is Cert CII qualified.
Charlotte is part of the General Counsel’s team at Volante Global. She works alongside the General Counsel, attending to a mixed portfolio of legal matters encompassing amongst other areas corporate, commercial and company secretarial concerns. She joined Volante Global having been awarded her bachelor’s degree in law (with Honours) from the University of Lincoln. Charlotte is currently continuing her studies at the post-graduate level undertaking the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School.
Actuarial and Data
Before joining Volante, Chris was the first graduate actuary taken on at Advent underwriting, where he specialised in Reserving and Pricing. Working across all lines of business and territories, Chris introduced a number of new processes and embedded these within the company. His breadth of knowledge resulted in him being the actuarial lead for the annual Lloyd’s Business Plan process. Starting his career in 2012, Chris fully qualified as an Actuary in 2016.
FP&A and Treasury manager
“FCCA Qualified Accountant, with extensive Corporate Finance experience within leading financial services companies. Daniels’ core experience sits within the Insurance and Broking sector, bringing a wealth of analytics and reporting capabilities to the FP&A and Treasury function at Volante Global. Prior to joining Volante Global, Daniel held senior finance positions at Willis Towers Watson and Aon.”
Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Professional Indemnity
David Mercer is a highly respected professional indemnity practitioner with over 30 years of insurance industry experience spanning both the broking and underwriting arenas.
Most recently, he was a Director of PI at an international MGA, having joined that firm in 2008. Prior to this, David was an Executive Director of the PI team at Lockton and their predecessors Alexander Forbes and Nelson Hurst. He is ACII qualified.
Davood is a highly experienced underwriter with a strong track record for developing diverse, successful books of business.
During his 15-year career in the insurance industry he has held a number of senior underwriting positions. Most recently, he was Head of Commercial D&O at Aspen Insurance UK. Prior to this, he spent six years at Starr Underwriting where he progressed to Head of Management Liability. He has also worked at QBE Europe and AIG.
Deepti is an ACCA qualified accountant with 15 years of experience in the insurance sector. Prior to joining Volante, Deepti was Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (UK) at DUAL Corporate Risks (MGA). Previously she has held senior finance positions in AIG Europe and Euler Hermes.
Doug has 25 years industry experience in motor and non-motor classes, spanning both motor underwriting (8 years) and broking and account servicing for large corporate clients, (17 years). He has specialised in the placement and underwriting of nonconventional motor business for 20 years and has extensive expertise in underwriting public-sector business.
Eric has over 25 years of reinsurance market experience, spanning both the underwriting and broking arenas. Most recently, he was CEO, European Reinsurance at Sompo Canopius Re (formerly Canopius Europe) from 2011 to 2017. Prior to this, he worked at Ace Tempest Re Europe and Ace Reinsurance Switzerland for 9 years, becoming Head of Continental Europe. He has also held roles at XL Re Europe, Groupe Walbaum and MCR.
Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian
Geoff is a wordings consultant for the Edison Motor division. One of the most experienced members of the team, his career in the UK motor insurance market spans over 50 years.
Most recently, he was a technical underwriter for QBE. He joined following its acquisition of Ensign Motor Policies where he was a senior underwriter. During his extensive career he has held numerous underwriting positions at firms including Enterprise Motor Policies and Holdsure Motor Policies. He entered the motor insurance market in 1967 when he joined the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society.
Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Cyber Lockout
Graeme has over 30 years of experience as an IT consultant, a technology and intellectual property lawyer and a cyber and technology E&O underwriter. A highly respected figure in the cyber insurance arena, he is at the forefront of the evolution of cyber risk mitigation solutions as a driver of cyber insurance and the use of AI to assess cyber risk.
Previously, Graeme was Business Group Leader for Cyber and Tech at Barbican Insurance, among the top five cyber markets in London. From 2012 – 2014, he led a regional team of technology and cyber underwriters at Allianz, focussing on large global primaries. Prior to that, he specialised in underwriting Tech E&O risks for Hiscox in London, India and Australia.
Hans is a Financial Lines specialist, with extensive insurance experience across Europe. Prior to joining Volante, he spent 10+ years at AIG in various underwriting and management functions across the Nordics, London, Germany and Switzerland. Hans is an InsurTech enthusiast and developer of Activist Protection Insurance.
Claims Operations Manager
In his role as Claims Operations Manager, Harry is responsible for TPA management, process oversight and stakeholder management. As part of the Volante Global Service Centre, he works closely with clients to provide extensive claims management capabilities. Providing a single, consistent claims-handling function, he helps ensure the delivery of a diligent and efficient response to all claims scenarios.
Before joining Volante, Harry was a Delegated Claims Analyst at Aspen insurance, responsible for on-boarding claims outsource arrangements, ongoing third-party oversight and audit coordination. His claims experience also encompasses roles at Travelers and CSC, formerly Xchanging.
Placement student studying BSc Economics with Politics. Working across various teams to understand the core practices of their functions, conduct research and manage assigned projects within the business as required.
Director, VTX Partners
Hussein has over 12 years of cross-functional experience spanning senior roles in sales, underwriting, claims, finance and investments.
He was previously Vice President of an emerging markets private equity firm, where he specialised in the purchase and turnaround of composite insurance companies achieving successful exits in Nigeria, Rwanda and Pakistan.
Hussein began his insurance career at Zurich Insurance Company in London as a multiline captive underwriter prior to moving to the finance function where he was responsible for setting and heading up the FP&A team. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Global Claims Controller in the group claims function in Switzerland responsible for claims performance management across 40 countries.
Hussein specialises in performance and operational enhancement, business strategy, financial reporting and analytics. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering and is a qualified CIMA accountant.
Ian has worked in the commercial motor insurance sector for 10 years, providing operational support to stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. His knowledge and understanding of the essential systems and requirements needed to service motor accounts took him overseas for four months, to implement processes and provide full training, from introduction to go live, as part of a multi-million-pound project to relocate services. His experience covers conventional and non-conventional risks.
Chief of Staff Office
Ifeyinwa is an experienced marketing professional with over 7 years of experience in communications, content creation, branding and strategic digital marketing techniques. She has professional experience working across a diverse range of industries including financial consulting, oil and gas, technology and several media agencies across West Africa and Europe.
After graduating from university in 2018, Jack began his career within Insurance at AmTrust. Jack joined Volante, as an Underwriting Assistant for the Financial Lines team, in 2019.
Jacob has 3-4 years’ experience within the Insurance market. Working for Aon, Tokio Marine Kiln and joined Volante as an Underwriting Assistant for the Financial & Professional Lines team in 2019.
James joins Volante after 7 years in Investment Banking and Financial Services Administration. Whilst he is new to the Insurance Sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from Investment Operations, where he serviced client Investments and Pensions. Looking for a new challenge, he chose a career within the motor insurance sector, as an Underwriters Assistant.
James has over 14 years of technical experience spanning all aspects of the small satellite sector. He has held numerous senior engineering roles across all functional aspects of the technology, giving him a unique insight into satellite capabilities right down to the individual component level.
Prior to joining Aesir Space, James worked at a leading commercial small satellite company. Most recently, he was Head of Avionics for the Project Engineering Division, managing outputs across various functional areas including on-board data handling, global navigation satellite systems, Attitude and Orbit control subsystem, and RF.
During his 14 years at the firm, James was also Head of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Group Leader and On-Board Data Handling Team Leader. He joined the firm in 2004 as Senior Hardware/Software Development Engineer.
Jenna joins Volante with our regional PI team, she has 8 years experience in the insurance industry and is Cert Cii qualified. Starting off as an insurance technician within a Lloyds MGA, Prior to joining Volante, she was a professional indemnity underwriter at CNA Hardy.
Delegated Authority Manager
Chief Operating Officer Office
Jennifer has 20 years experience in the insurance industry and is ACII qualified. As delegated authority manager, she is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and general governance of all of delegated authority contracts and agreements globally. Prior to joining Volante, she was delegated underwriting manager at Canopius Managing Agents Ltd.
Data & Reporting Analyst
Having worked in the insurance industry for 20 years, John has extensive experience of underwriting and operations/business processes across company, syndicate and MGA markets. He is also CertCII and CITIP qualified. In his role as Data and Reporting Analyst, John is responsible for maintaining/developing data systems, and reporting to internal/external stakeholders.
Assistant Financial Accountant
Juan is a finalist ACCA accountant. Prior to join Volante, Juan worked for 3 years as accountant within the financial services sector for a spread betting company where he gained most of his accounting experience which has helped him with his transition into Volante.
Kathleen has worked within the insurance industry within the Credit Control function for over 16 years and brings a wealth of experience as she has worked for both brokers and underwriters, including Aon, Xchanging and Sagicor previously to that Kathleen experience was in Banking and the Finance industry.
Regional Portfolio Manager
Kristy Mannin is a well-respected professional indemnity practitioner with over 12 years of insurance industry experience spanning both the broking and underwriting arenas.
Most recently, she was an Underwriter at DUAL, having joined that firm in 2014. Prior to this, Kristy was Team Leader of a Commercial Wholesale broking department. She is DIP qualified and currently working towards her ACII. Kristy has also been nominated for two Women In Insurance Awards including Underwriting Professional of the Year.
Volante Financial & Professional Lines - Financial Institutions
Liana has over 15 years of experience in the London market specialising in Financial Institutions.
Prior to joining Volante Financial and Professional Lines, Liana was a Financial Institutions Underwriter at Canopius Managing Agents, underwriting a portfolio of predominantly US domiciled Financial Institutions risks. Liana began her career in the London insurance market in 2002, when she joined Trenwick International (now known as Canopius Managing Agents).
Project Manager, Chief of Staff Office
Lisa has spent 14 years in the Banking Industry, working in a variety of Operational roles, spanning line management in Equities & Listed Derivatives, business development, project management and strategic responsibilities.
Prior to joining Volante, Lisa was Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Clearing Operations division.
Loraine has worked in the Insurance industry for over 25 years and began as a trainer before entering the field of business analysis. Prior to working with Volante, she has implemented software solutions and analysed business processes at Argo, Neon, Willis Towers Watson and an insuretech company, among others. Loraine has a Master’s in Business Information Technology.
Trainee Actuarial Analyst
Having recently graduated with a First Class Honours in Actuarial Science from Queens University Belfast, Marc is currently working through the actuarial exams.
Prior to joining Volante, he was involved in the pricing of personal lines products at Liberty Insurance, focusing mainly on private motor and household insurance.
Marc enjoyed his first steps into insurance and was determined to become part of the London Market and build his knowledge of specialty product lines.
Chief Technology Officer
Morten has over 20 years of risk management experience in the space industry and over 15 years in the insurance market. His technical knowledge gives Aesir Space a unique perspective on the space insurance market.
During his underwriting career, he was Founder and Managing Director of ViVet Limited, an MGA focused on space, aviation and energy. He was also UK Branch Manager at Glacier Insurance (now Starstone Insurance) and a Space Underwriter at Assicurazioni Generali.
His risk management credentials stem from his work as Group Risk & Insurance Manager at EADS Astrium Satellites (now Airbus Defence and Space) starting his career as a Reliability engineer on LEO meteorological satellites.
Volante International Motor
Neil Smith has over twenty-five years of experience in both the UK and international motor insurance markets. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager, International Motor at QBE and prior to this he was a senior underwriter at Ensign Motor Policies and also at Torch Motor Policies. Most recently, Neil held a senior position within the broking sector.
Senior Development Underwriter
Nick has specialised in the Sports, Leisure and Film sectors since joining the insurance industry in 2001. He had held underwriting roles within Marsh, HSBC insurance brokers, Fusion and Geo Specialty, underwriting on behalf of A-rated carriers. Nick’s previous roles have allowed him to focus on account development and portfolio management and to deliver a range of bespoke products supported with multiple lines of business.
Underwriting Manager, Liability & Financial Lines
Peter is Underwriting Manager for special liability and financial lines at Bridge Underwriting. He has over 15 years of industry experience and was most recently regional underwriting manager at QBE for all classes of business in the Nordics, including special liability, financial lines, property and motor. Prior to his time at QBE, Peter spent seven years in the broking sector, working for Willis and subsequently Marsh.
Director of Operations
Peter joined Volante from DUAL with knowledge spanning many departments. Starting his career working in finance, he then moved to work under the Chief Actuary and help grow DUAL’s Actuarial function. In Actuarial he spent 3 years focusing on reserving, rate monitoring and small pricing projects before being asked to head up Data & Reporting for the DUAL Group.
Peter is a Senior Underwriter for Casualty and Financial lines at Bridge Underwriting. He has close to 20 years of industry experience and has been active as Nordic Underwriting Manager for Financial Lines business in QBE and most recently Senior underwriter of Casualty, Financial Lines and Commercial Combined business in Protector. Prior to his time at QBE, Peter spent almost ten years in the broking sector, working for a small local broker and subsequently Marsh.
Rachel has a wealth of experience at Heath Lambert in the wordings team, Swiss Re on the RI side, moving back to Heath and then joining Millers. She has also supported the UW teams at Antares.
Rachel’s last role before joining Volante was 6 years at Maven, Aon’s MGA, in the PI team.
Portfolio Manager, Property & Commercial Lines
Rein is portfolio manager and senior underwriter for property and commercial lines at Bridge Underwriting.
He has 30 years of experience within the re/insurance industry. He began his career placing outgoing facultative and treaty reinsurance for a major domestic carrier. After 10 years in the reinsurance sector, Rein became a senior property underwriter for large industrial clients at a major industrial insurance company. He then joined Aon in Sweden as a specialist broker. In 2008, he joined the launch team for the Corporate Division of carrier Moderna Försäkringar as property manager.
Managing Director, Commercial General Liability
Volante Canada Limited
With over 20 years of casualty market experience, including 16 years in the Canadian insurance market, Richard is a veteran of the sector.
His technical underwriting expertise and ability to achieve profitable growth have helped him secure senior positions with international carriers in the Canadian market. Most recently, Richard was Underwriting Manager for Casualty and Auto at QBE in Canada and was also a North American Liability Practice Group Leader at Allianz.
Ricky has extensive experience across the insurance sector in different capacities as an investor, InsurTech specialist, investment banker and underwriter.
He was previously a Vice President at Greenoaks Global Holdings, a private equity firm focused on emerging markets, where he was responsible for the insurance operations of their portfolio of companies. Ricky was also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prime Insurance Rwanda. During his career, he also worked at Morgan Stanley, focusing on insurance and FinTech within their Investment Banking Division. Prior to this, he spent over 5 years as an underwriter in the Financial Institutions Group at AIG.
Ricky holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School and an MBA from INSEAD.
Managing Director, Property
Robert has over 14 years of experience in property insurance in the Canadian market, working across virtually every major industry sector. His expertise also extends to facultative reinsurance.
During his extensive career he has held numerous senior positions at firms including FM Global, QBE and most recently Swiss Re, where he was a Senior Property Facultative Underwriter. He has established a strong track record in building and maintaining successful client relationships and has secured an extensive client network.
Rob has previous experience as an Insurance Broker for the FinPro Commercial D&O team at Marsh, where he spent 2 years working in a wholesale role focusing predominantly on larger global clients.
His most recent role before joining Volante Global was as a Health and Safety advisor for a marine geophysical/environmental service company, working both on and offshore.
Ryan has been working within the insurance industry for two and a half years, where he has had multiple roles working within Lloyds syndicates, working both operational and underwriting assistant roles. Before his time in insurance, Ryan studied at university where he got an upper second class degree.
In her role as People Partner, Sophie is responsible for providing strategic and operational People services, spanning the People lifecycle to all Volante Global operations across the UK and internationally.
She is currently studying part-time for her Masters in Human Resource Management and CIPD Level 7 qualification.
Operations Director, Senior Underwriter
Stephan is operations director and senior underwriter for commercial and property lines at Bridge Underwriting.
His career spans over 25 years working in both the insurance and risk engineering industry. He began his career at a domestic insurance company responsible for risk engineering and product development. After nine years, he moved to Aon in Sweden where he held several key positions. In 2008, Stefan joined a team launching the Corporate Division of carrier Moderna Försäkringar as head of underwriting for commercial lines.
Stephen has over 17 years of insurance industry experience, including 14 years working within the amateur sports, leisure and entertainment sectors. His extensive market expertise spans all forms of coverage that are required.
Prior to Affinity, Stephen was an Underwriting Manager at a specialist international MGA in the sports sector. Previous roles have included Underwriter for property, leisure and sport at Prosight Syndicate 1110 and Underwriter at AEGIS London Syndicate 1225. He entered the sports and leisure sector in 2005 when he joined QBE.
Stephen has recently retired from Britam where he served as Principal Executive Director overseeing performance of business units in seven countries. In his 26-year tenure at Britam, Stephen’s leadership helped to drive the growth of the company from a small life insurer in Kenya to a leading diversified financial services group operating in seven countries in Africa. Stephen continues to serve Britam as a Non-Executive Director. In addition, Stephen also held other highly prestigious roles as Chairman of the Association of Kenya Insurers and a former Governor of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.
Steve has worked in the motor insurance sector for 40 years across both the underwriting (30 years) and broking arenas. Most recently, he worked on large corporate and complex risk accounts. Previously, Steve was head of motor fleet for a motor book in the Lloyd’s and Composite market. He also spent 10 years as an associate director at one of the London market’s leading wholesale brokers. He has extensive expertise in underwriting public-sector business.
Steve has over 30 years of experience in the London market, including 25 years specialising in Financial Institutions. Writing business on a worldwide basis, he has gained an incredible insight into the unique coverage requirements of different territories and industry sectors.
Prior to joining Volante Financial and Professional Lines, Steve was Financial Institutions Manager at Antares Underwriting working across a diverse portfolio of business. Previous roles have included Financial Institutions Underwriter at Württembergische Versicherung and Deputy Accident Underwriter Eagle Star Re.
He began his career in the London insurance market in 1986, when he joined Trinity Insurance.
Managing Director, Auto
Steve is a vastly experienced senior underwriter in the fleet and commercial auto sector, having worked in the Canadian automobile market for over 29 years.
He has held numerous leadership roles and has been responsible for the establishment of new auto teams at a number of insurance carriers. Previous companies have included Zurich Allianz, Aviva Canada and most recently Berkshire Hathaway where he played a central role in setting up the Canadian auto division for BHSI Canada.
Risk Control Lead
Stuart is a risk engineer at Edison Motor. He is one of the most experienced risk specialists in the UK motor market, having worked in law enforcement and commercial fleet risk management and fleet driver education for over 35 years.
Stuart specialises in designing and delivering human factors and behaviour-focussed solutions that influence driver performance. He led the fleet risk management support response to Glasgow City Council following the major refuse truck incident in December 2014 and continued to work with them for a number of years after. He has also provided direct support and consultancy into several UK Police services.
He is qualified to Masters’ degree level in driving behaviour and education, is a Graduate member of IOSH and holds a level 6 Diploma in occupational safety and health from NEBOSH. In addition, he holds a number of vocational qualifications, RoSPA advanced driving examiner and DVSA Licensed trainer. He is also a visiting Consultant to Cranfield University, Driving Research Group.
Thomas graduated from Bath University with a master’s in mathematics specifying in probability and statistics. He is studying for the actuarial exams and has experience in data science and is keen to utilise this knowledge in a commercial setting.
Tina has over twenty-five years Insurance experience specialising in the Commercial Motor market, during which she has worked at various Lloyds motor syndicates as well as large corporate. Tina comes to Volante with a track record of having previously built renewal books within the MGA sector.
Torkel is managing director of Bridge Underwriting, and senior underwriter for financial lines and liability insurance.
He has over 25 years of experience in the Nordic insurance market. Torkel was previously general manager for the Nordic Region at QBE Insurance, having set up the regional operations in 2009. He also held several senior positions at Marsh and Willis in Sweden, including head of risk management, and practice leader for financial lines and casualty business, as well as heading up liability and financial lines underwriting at Chubb.
Market & Sales Leader, Senior Underwriter
Ulf is the market & sales leader and senior underwriter for property and commercial lines at Bridge Underwriting.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. During this time, Ulf held several senior positions at If, Marsh and Aon, before joining Moderna Försäkringar, owned by Tryg, where he started a green-field operation focusing on the industrial and commercial insurance sector. He was later promoted to head of the Corporate Division and senior vice president of the company.
Financial Reporting Accountant
Qualified as ACCA in 2003, 9 years of insurance industry experience in Life & Pensions, GI, Lloyds, Reinsurance, Retrocession and Insurance Brokerage. Areas of expertise include Group consolidations and Financial controls design and implementation, System Implementation and upgrade projects, Statutory accounts, Group restructurings, Transfer pricing, acquisitions and disposals.
Zuzana has been active in the insurance industry for 15 years. Before joining Bridge, Zuzana was the CFO at Howden Insurance Brokers (part of the Hyperion Group) in Stockholm. Prior to that she worked for 7 years as Finance Manager within the facility management sector.
Zuzana graduated from Stockholm University with Master of Laws degree (LLM) and Bachelor degree in BA.
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