Meet the 2017 Insurance Day London Market Awards judging panel.
Global chairman, Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business. 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.
Dominic is a Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a Director of The Bermuda Society, Chairman of the Lloyd's Tercentenary Research Foundation and Chairman of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). In 2014 he was honoured to be elected as a Member of the Council of Lloyd’s. For 2015/16 he was President of the Insurance Institute of London. He was recently re-elected to the Court of Common Council of The City of London. He leads the Inclusion@Lloyd's Group – a contemporary approach to Diversity and Inclusion being in his view central to future business success. He was recently appointed Chair of ClimateWise.
Dominic holds an Honours Degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law.
Managing director, AEGIS London
David Croom-Johnson has a long-established reputation as a marine and energy specialist in the London market. Having started his career at the Jackson Green Syndicate in 1986, Croom-Johnson began to specialise in the marine and energy casualty markets. He moved to Aegis London, a subsidiary of US energy and gas utility insurance mutual Aegis, four years later. He has remained with the company for the subsequent 17 years, with a series of promotions seeing him assume a leadership position at the firm. Having taken over as active underwriter in 2007, Croom-Johnson was appointed managing director in 2015 and remains at the helm.
Insurance industry non-executive director and former chief executive at CNA Hardy
Barbara Merry is best known for her leadership at Hardy Underwriting, where she spent more than 12 years as chief executive. During this period, Hardy grew its premium base from £25m to more than £300m, leading to its acquisition by US insurer CNA Financial in 2012. Having qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983, Merry went on to join the Corporation of Lloyd’s, where she worked as general manager in the regulatory division. Merry left CNA Hardy in 2014, and has since held several non-executive directorships and chaired the Independent Women in Insurance Network. She currently serves as non-executive director of Ed Broking and Domestic and General.
Managing director, Managing General Agents' Association
A broking veteran of more than 25 years, Peter Staddon currently serves as managing director of the Managing General Agents’ Association. He has served in the role for four years, a period which has seen rapid expansion of the association’s membership and a huge rise in interest in MGAs across the sector. During his 25 years as a broker, he held responsibility for delegated authority schemes. He joined the British Insurance Brokers Association in 1996, serving as head of technical services and holding technical responsibility for the formation of BIBA’s technical committees and member schemes. He is also a published author of both the CII insurance title ‘Insurance Broking’ and co-author of the Institute of Exports study book on the Certificate of International Trade for Insurance Brokers examination.
Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Market Association
Position he has held since 2006. He is a member of the London Market Group Board and has been Chairman of the London Market Committees of the Insurance Institute of London since 2013.
His early career was spent in the London Stock Exchange where he contributed towards the modernisation of the market which resulted in the 'Big Bang' in 1986. He was Director of Regulation at Lloyd's of London from 1995 to 2002 where he developed and implemented a regulatory regime at Lloyd’s fit for FSA purposes ahead of the changeover to statutory regulation at the end of 2001. In 2002 he joined Wellington Underwriting Plc, where he was a member of the group’s Executive Committee and a Director of Wellington Underwriting Agencies Ltd.
David has held many Board and Chairman positions throughout his career. He was a Board member of the General Insurance Standards Council (1999 to 2002) and the Financial Services Skills Council (2004 to 2010), and Chairman of the London Market Faculty (CII) (2007 to 2009).
David was named as a key influencer for both 2015 and 2016 in the Insurance Day’s ‘Power 50’ list.
Group claims director, Hiscox
Jeremy Pinchin joined Hiscox in 2005 as Hiscox’s first Claims Director, responsible for coordinating and developing claims services across the Group. Jeremy came from Lloyd’s of London where he was the first Head of Claims following the creation of the Franchise Team, and was responsible for the market’s first coordinated claims strategy and Claims Management Principles. He joined Lloyd’s as a consultant in early 2002 to head up a team coordinating the market’s management of its exposure to the losses arising from September 11th. Jeremy trained as a Solicitor, and served as General Counsel, and later, Board member of Sedgwick Group, the international insurance broker now part of Marsh. In 2012 Jeremy moved to Bermuda and became Chief Executive Officer of Hiscox Bermuda and the Group Company Secretary. In 2013 Jeremy was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Hiscox Re.
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