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Jeremy Brazil
Director of Underwriting, Markel International

Jeremy was appointed to his current position in 2008, and has been an underwriter in the London market since 1989. As Director of Underwriting, he is responsible for the strategic management of Markel International’s underwriting divisions and also has responsibility for its reinsurance-buying strategy.
Jeremy started out as an assistant underwriter at Camomile Underwriting Agencies. In 1995 he became class underwriter with Malcolm Warrington’s Syndicate 1069 at Cotesworth before joining Octavian Syndicate 1239 as class underwriter in 1997. Following Octavian’s acquisition by Markel in 2000, Jeremy became director of reinsurance in 2001. In 2003 he was also appointed managing director of the professional and financial risks division and in 2005 he was promoted to the position of director of London underwriting.


Dominic Christian
Executive Chairman of Aon Benfield International
and CEO of Aon UK Limited


Dominic Christian is CEO of Aon UK Ltd and Executive Chairman of Aon Benfield International. He is a member of the Global Executive of Aon.
Prior to this he was co-CEO of Aon Benfield.  He was a Group Board Director of Benfield Group plc, CEO of its International Division and CEO of Benfield Ltd. Dominic began his career in the mid-1980s at specialist broker JK Buckenham, joined broker Greig Fester in 1989 and became a director in 1994. He has spent a significant portion of his career broking retrocession business and, when his colleagues allow, he endeavours to continue to do so.



Jonny Creagh-Coen
Head of Investor Relations, Lancashire


Jonny Creagh-Coen joined Lancashire in June 2008 and is responsible for the group’s investor relations. Jonny has extensive experience in the insurance industry specialising in the international property and casualty arena at Sedgwick, Minet and latterly as an Executive Director at HLF Group. He is a founding member of Execution Limited originally working within the sales and sales trading team as an Equity Sales Trader.



David Croom-Johnson
Managing Director, AEGIS London 


David began his insurance career at the Janson Green Syndicate in 1986 specialising in Marine and Energy Casualty. He joined AEGIS London in December 2000. He became Chief Underwriter in 2007.

Matthew Fairfield
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ANV Holdings BV


Matthew Fairfield is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ANV Holdings BV, a specialty insurance company providing underwriting for specialty risk solutions for global organizations. From its initial beginnings, Matt has grown the ANV executive team and expanded the firm’s lines of business working globally as an MGA; Lloyd’s Syndicates 1861, 5820 and 779; and as a risk-bearing insurer. Before ANV, Matt was the founder and CEO of HCC Global as well as the founding employee and Managing Director at AXA Global Risk D&O. Matt began his insurance career as an underwriter with AIG.



Steve Hearn
Group CEO, Ed


Steve is Group CEO of Ed. Prior to joining Ed in November 2015, Steve served as Deputy CEO of Willis Group Holdings. He joined Willis in 2008 as a result of its acquisition of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) and held a number of senior roles including Chairman and CEO of Willis Global, CEO of Willis Re and CEO of Willis Limited, the Group’s principal UK regulated entity. Prior to its acquisition by HRH, Steve was Chairman and CEO of privately owned London wholesale insurance broker, Glencairn Limited. Earlier in his career, Steve was President and CEO of Marsh Affinity Europe, having previously held a number of positions at Marsh and Sedgwick Limited. He has served as Chairman of both the London Market Group (LMG) and the London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA) and as a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London. Steve is executive director of global broking group Brokerslink.



Peter Staddon
Managing Director, Managing General Agents' Association


Peter is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and spent 25 years as an Insurance Broker where he had responsibility for Delegated Authority schemes. He joined BIBA in 1996 where he was Head of Technical Services and had executive responsibility for the formation of their technical committees and member schemes. Peter lead the delegation to ECGD which produced the first ever Insurance Broker contract of insurance.
Peter joined the MGAA as Managing Director in November 2013.
Peter is a past author of the CII insurance book 930 – “Insurance Broking” and co-author of the Institute of Exports study book an examination CITIB [Certificate of International Trade for Insurance Brokers]. He contributes to the course book and sits on the panel of experts reviewing the examination papers of P66 Delegated Authority.

Barbara Merry

Educated at the London School of Economics, Barbara is a chartered accountant and has over 30 years' experience in the insurance industry. Until early 2014, she was the CEO of Hardy Underwriting Group at Lloyd's, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange until it was acquired in 2012. Barbara has served on the Lloyd's Market Association Board, was a member of the Council of Lloyd's from 2007 to 2009 and is a current Court member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers (WCI). Currently, Barbara devotes time to talent management and diversity and inclusion through the Inclusion@Lloyd's group, the Insurance Supper Club, and IWIN, the women's forum she established under the auspices of the WCI; she has a number of charitable interests, including as a trustee for both the Barbican Arts Centre and the research charity Fight for Sight and also as a fundraiser for the charity Women for Women International; she is a business angel investor and a non executive director for Domestic and General Insurance Limited, Lloyd's broking group Ed. and the British Friendly Society Limited and was recently appointed as chairman of Age UK Enterprises Limited.


Peter Staddon
Peter Staddon

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