About us

We care about building lasting relationships with brokers and clients. How? By offering effective, bespoke coverage within specialist lines providing significant capacity with a strong balance sheet. By shaping innovative, informed solutions to new insurance challenges. And by always being available, proactive and ready to listen.

Our team

Our team

  • Richard Brindle

    Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Ian Burford

    Chairman of Specialised Risks

  • Daniel Burrows

    UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Belinda Tribley Chiaramonte

    Group Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Richard Coulson

    FUL Director of Underwriting

  • Richard Holden

    Head of North American Underwriting

  • Sharon Ingham

    Group Financial Controller / UK CFO

  • Laurent Jeanmart

    Group Chief Investment Officer

  • Charles Mathias

    Group Chief Risk Officer

  • Hinal Patel

    Group Chief Financial Officer

  • Patricia Roufca

    Group General Counsel

  • Ben Savill

    BDA CEO and Group Chief Underwriting Officer

  • Ian Turner

    Group Chief Actuary

  • Philip Vandoninck

    Head of International Underwriting

  • Andy Wetmiller

    Chief Technology Officer

  • Phenny Brindle

    Chief Canine Officer

  • Robert Ashton

    Underwriter

  • Ian Burford

    Chairman of Specialised Risks

  • Daniel Burrows

    UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Nick Cook

    Underwriter

  • Richard Coulson

    FUL Director of Underwriting

  • Charlotte Goodgame

    Underwriter

  • Andrew Hillier

    Head of Asset Insurance

  • Phillip Oldcorn

    Head of Asset Underwriting

  • Olivia Scotts

    Assistant Underwriter

  • Dominic Tillyard

    Underwriter

  • Kevin Adams

    Underwriter

  • Ben Fortune

    Underwriter

  • Richard Holden

    Head of North American Underwriting

  • Ben Savill

    BDA CEO and Group Chief Underwriting Officer

  • Philip Vandoninck

    Head of International Underwriting

  • Sam Drysdale

    Head of Claims & Delegated Underwriting Management

  • John Ringold

    Head of Operations

Richard Brindle

Group Chief Executive Officer

Before helping to establish Fidelis, Richard was the driving force behind Lancashire, founding the company in 2005 and acting as CEO until April 2014. Lancashire’s innovative and rigorous underwriting approach meant it consistently outperformed its insurance peers. Richard’s insurance career began in 1984 at Posgate and Denby Managing Agency, and since then has included spells at Syndicate 488, Charman Underwriting – where he was the main underwriter – Tarquin Underwriting from 1991 to 1998, and Ascot Underwriting Agency, where he was a non-executive board member.

Ian Burford

Chairman of Specialised Risks

Ian joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 30 years’ experience in the London market. Prior to joining Fidelis was at Novae, most recently as Underwriting Performance Director. He joined Novae in 1998 as deputy underwriter for Novae’s Syndicate 1241 and then Syndicate 2007, and was promoted to Joint Active Underwriter of the group in 2011. He also served as a Director of Novae Syndicates Limited. Prior to joining Novae he held technician, broker and underwriter roles. Ian completed his ACII qualification in 1997.

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Daniel Burrows

UK Chief Executive Officer

Daniel was co-CEO of AonBenfield’s Global ReSpeciality (GRS) division from 2013 until 2015. Specialising in non-marine retrocession and the aviation, marine and energy sectors, among others, he supported all of AonBenfield’s business hubs across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy CEO of the GRS division from 2008 until 2013. He began his career as a non-marine property broker at Greig Fester in the 1980s, later joining the retrocession team and then leading that team following a merger with Benfield in 1997.

Belinda Tribley Chiaramonte

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

Belinda joined Fidelis from Expertise, Bermuda’s largest management consultant and business process outsourcing company, where she was a partner since 2002. Expertise worked mainly with financial services clients, and Belinda served as Practice Leader for the HR consulting, recruitment, accounting and payroll services, among others. She also served as co-Managing Partner, overseeing the group’s financial and legal aspects, premises and business development and marketing. Prior to this, Belinda held management positions in operations and human resources at Bacardi Limited, Bank of Bermuda and L D Foods.

Richard Coulson

FUL Director of Underwriting

With fifteen years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Richard joined Fidelis from RK Harrison, where he was Executive Director of Political Risk, Structured Credit and Surety. His early career was spent at MMC Capital and Marsh, where he focused on structuring alternative risk transfer, and captive solutions. After Marsh, Richard spent three years at Hiscox underwriting the company’s space and satellite and offshore energy books - winning the Hiscox Award for Innovation whilst there, before returning to broking and serving as a partner at JLT, specialising in Credit and Political Risk. Richard was elected a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Insurers and Chartered Institute of Risk Management eleven years ago and during his career has also won the IRM Award for Risk Analysis excellence and the ABI Young Insurer of the Year award - recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry.

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Richard Holden

Head of North American Underwriting

Previously Leading Class Underwriter for Amlin Bermuda, Richard has substantial experience of inwards and outwards reinsurance, portfolio management and developing proprietary pricing tools. He joined Amlin in 2007, specialising in North American treaty reinsurance. By 2013, the North American portfolio had grown to become the second largest in the London broker market. Richard’s career began in the Lloyd's market at Wellington Underwriting, where he was instrumental in building their reinsurance team.

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Sharon Ingham

Group Financial Controller / UK CFO

With almost a decade of experience in insurance and reinsurance, Sharon joined Fidelis from Catlin. The Bermuda-based speciality insurance and reinsurance company has the largest syndicate at Lloyd’s, and Sharon’s roles at Catlin included UK Head of Reporting, with responsibility for all external reporting for UK Catlin entities, and Head of Group Reporting. Before joining Catlin, Sharon worked for KPMG in Bermuda. She trained as a Chartered Accountant in London and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2005.

Laurent Jeanmart

Group Chief Investment Officer

Laurent joined Fidelis in 2016. He was previously Global Head of Investment at Platinum Capital Management Ltd, where his responsibilities included overseeing the firm’s actively managed funds and its funds of hedge funds. Laurent’s early career included spells at BNP Paribas SA, Lazard LLC and GLG Partners LP, and he served as Head of Hedge Funds Research and Investments at Signia Wealth Ltd prior to joining Platinum.

Charles Mathias

Group Chief Risk Officer

Mathias brings nearly three decades of broking and underwriting experience to Fidelis. He joined Fidelis in 2016, coming from Lancashire where he was Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the group’s enterprise risk management. He started at Lancashire at its launch in 2005, and his roles for the group also included Chief Underwriting Officer of the Bermuda entity and Group Underwriting Operations Director. Prior to 2005 he held a number of roles with brokers and MGAs in London, the USA and Mexico.

Hinal Patel

Group Chief Financial Officer

Hinal came to Fidelis from Catlin, where he was the Bermuda Chief Actuary from 2011 until 2015. After graduating from the London School of Economics, Hinal began his career at actuarial consultancy Bacon & Woodrow. He went on to work for Mercer, before joining Catlin in the London office in October 2003, with responsibility for providing actuarial support to the Reinsurance business group. His role expanded in 2009 to oversee the actuarial support for the short tail classes of business in the UK. He was appointed Chief Actuary for Catlin Bermuda in 2011. Within that role, Hinal oversaw the actuarial, catastrophe modelling and capital functions for the Bermuda entity. Hinal is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Patricia Roufca

Group General Counsel

Patricia joined Fidelis in 2016 after more than a decade at Aspen Insurance Holdings in London. She was Associate Group General Counsel from 2007 to 2016, Group Company Secretary from 2011 to 2016 and Group Head of Legal from 2014 to 2016. While at Aspen, Patricia advised the Board on governance matters, evaluated and executed strategic initiatives including UK and US acquisitions, led capital raises and successfully defended an attempted hostile takeover. Prior to Aspen, she was a Senior Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, L.L.P. in New York.

Ben Savill

BDA CEO and Group Chief Underwriting Officer

With 18 years’ reinsurance underwriting experience, Ben joined Fidelis from Amlin Bermuda, where he led the North American Market Unit. His responsibilities included underwriting Amlin’s US reinsurance property portfolio and handling specialty lines business. Ben began his career at Harvey Bowring, a Lloyd's syndicate managed by the Amlin group. He has been heavily involved in many facets of reinsurance, including the development of internal rating models and portfolio analysis systems, and the integration of proprietary ratings tools and risk analysis methodologies.

Ian Turner

Group Chief Actuary

Ian joined Fidelis as Head of Capital Modelling in 2016, and was promoted to Group Chief Actuary in 2017. He began his career at actuarial consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock and went on to work for EMB (Willis Towers Watson), before joining Catlin in the London office in 2006. Ian spent nearly a decade at Catlin progressing from Actuary to Platform Capital Actuary and finally to Group Capital Actuary. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and holds an MA and MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University.

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Philip Vandoninck

Head of International Underwriting

Philip joined Fidelis after a highly successful decade with Hiscox. Joining the firm’s Belgian office in 2004, he moved to the non-marine treaty reinsurance team at Hiscox’s Lloyd’s syndicate before helping to set up the company’s Bermuda office in 2005. In Bermuda, he underwrote within an extensive global property reinsurance and retrocession portfolio, becoming Head of International Property Reinsurance Business in 2013. With the creation of Hiscox Re, Philip became Chairman of International Reinsurance, responsible for underwriting in Bermuda, London and Paris.

Email Philip +1 441 279 2501

Andy Wetmiller

Chief Technology Officer

With over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, Andy joined Fidelis from Hiscox Re in 2015. As Head of Systems and Lead System Architect he was responsible for the architecture, design, construction and support of their core business systems, leveraging his deep technical knowledge and business expertise. Prior to joining Hiscox in 2011, Andy held several roles with companies in Canada and Bermuda, including the Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group, Paragon Bermuda, Logic Communications, and his own consulting firm FAIT Accomplis Solutions Inc.

Phenny Brindle

Chief Canine Officer

Born in October 2015, Phenny has been a part of the Fidelis team her whole life. Bringing a natural joie de vivre, she happily greets and plays with clients and brokers especially when furnished with treats!

Robert Ashton

Underwriter

Rob joined Fidelis in 2017 after more than a decade at Hiscox. Most recently he focused on the development of the Speciality Treaty Portfolio which grew over the last 3 years to encompass classes such as cyber, nuclear and mortgage. Prior to that he worked within the Treaty Reinsurance Division of Hiscox writing North American and International Cat, Risk and Pro Rata Treaty business, and as Deputy Line Underwriter for the Personal Accident account underwriting diverse and unusual risks. Rob began his career at AIG underwriting with the Accident and Health Division.

Email Robert +44 203 846 6055

Ian Burford

Chairman of Specialised Risks

Ian joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 30 years’ experience in the London market. Prior to joining Fidelis was at Novae, most recently as Underwriting Performance Director. He joined Novae in 1998 as deputy underwriter for Novae’s Syndicate 1241 and then Syndicate 2007, and was promoted to Joint Active Underwriter of the group in 2011. He also served as a Director of Novae Syndicates Limited. Prior to joining Novae he held technician, broker and underwriter roles. Ian completed his ACII qualification in 1997.

Email Ian +44 203 846 6088

Daniel Burrows

UK Chief Executive Officer

Daniel was co-CEO of AonBenfield’s Global ReSpeciality (GRS) division from 2013 until 2015. Specialising in non-marine retrocession and the aviation, marine and energy sectors, among others, he supported all of AonBenfield’s business hubs across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy CEO of the GRS division from 2008 until 2013. He began his career as a non-marine property broker at Greig Fester in the 1980s, later joining the retrocession team and then leading that team following a merger with Benfield in 1997.

Nick Cook

Underwriter

With 9 years of industry experience Nick joins from RKH Specialty where he was the Divisional Director for the wholesale team in the Political Risk and Structured Credit division. Prior to joining RKH Nick spent 3 years working at Marsh where he worked in Captive Consulting before joining the Political Risk and Structured Credit team. Nick has been an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers for 7 years.

Email Nick +44 203 846 6074

Richard Coulson

FUL Director of Underwriting

With fifteen years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Richard joined Fidelis from RK Harrison, where he was Executive Director of Political Risk, Structured Credit and Surety. His early career was spent at MMC Capital and Marsh, where he focused on structuring alternative risk transfer, and captive solutions. After Marsh, Richard spent three years at Hiscox underwriting the company’s space and satellite and offshore energy books - winning the Hiscox Award for Innovation whilst there, before returning to broking and serving as a partner at JLT, specialising in Credit and Political Risk. Richard was elected a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Insurers and Chartered Institute of Risk Management eleven years ago and during his career has also won the IRM Award for Risk Analysis excellence and the ABI Young Insurer of the Year award - recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry.

Email Richard +44 203 846 6072

Charlotte Goodgame

Underwriter

Charlie joined Fidelis from Marsh where she spent over 3 years placing transactional risk insurance for private equity and corporate clients. Charlie completed the Marsh graduate scheme in 2015, becoming an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers in the process. Charlie holds a BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Water and Environmental Management from the University of Bristol.

Email Charlotte +44 203 846 6064

Andrew Hillier

Head of Asset Insurance

Andrew joined Fidelis in 2016 from Dual Asset where he continues as Executive Chairman. Dual Asset is part of Hyperion Insurance Group, and Andy operates in a split role between the two companies. Dual Asset specializes in title and indemnities insurance for property investors and lenders and has written policies in over 20 countries throughout the world. Andrew brings considerable property industry expertise to the role having spent 25 years as a chartered surveyor. A career entrepreneur, he has launched ventures in a number of areas including the leisure, renewable energy and IT sectors.

Email Andrew +44 203 846 6067

Phillip Oldcorn

Head of Asset Underwriting

Phillip joins Fidelis from Dual Asset, the underwriting arm of Hyperion Insurance Group, where he also retains a role as Chief Underwriting Officer. He had previously worked as a partner at real estate insurance specialists Penn Street Partners, and as Senior Vice President of FAF International, part of First American. After beginning his career as a solicitor in the early 1990s, Phillip established First Title Insurance in 1995 as a start-up for First American, and spent the next 14 years developing insurance businesses for First Title in Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Email Phillip +44 203 846 6068

Olivia Scotts

Assistant Underwriter

Olivia joined the firm in November 2015. She has worked across all Specialty Lines of the business but has a particular focus on Political Risk, Terrorism and Aerospace. Olivia graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with an honours degree in Geography.

Email Olivia +44 203 846 6073

Dominic Tillyard

Underwriter

Dominic joined Fidelis from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions where he was an Underwriter in the Political Risk Insurance team. Prior to joining Swiss Re Dominic spent 4 years at Aon where he completed the graduate scheme before working in the Political Risk and Structured Credit team. Dominic is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers and holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester.

Email Dominic +44 203 846 6062

Kevin Adams

Underwriter

Kevin has been in the reinsurance industry for 10 years. He joins Fidelis from Guy Carpenter in Philadelphia where he was Vice President in Treaty Broking and brings a background in catastrophe modelling and exposure analytics. Kevin has a strong knowledge of the US Mutual Marketplace having worked with many mutual insurance companies.

Email Kevin +1 441 279 2523

Ben Fortune

Underwriter

Ben has worked in the London market for 8 years in a number of roles including actuarial, broking and underwriting. He joins Fidelis from London ILS Fund Leadenhall Capital Partners, where he was responsible for Retro, ILW and Specialty Investments as well as leading the company’s analytical work. Before then, Ben worked in the Aon Benfield retro team, providing pricing and structuring support for brokers.

Email Ben +1 441 279 2520

Richard Holden

Head of North American Underwriting

Previously Leading Class Underwriter for Amlin Bermuda, Richard has substantial experience of inwards and outwards reinsurance, portfolio management and developing proprietary pricing tools. He joined Amlin in 2007, specialising in North American treaty reinsurance. By 2013, the North American portfolio had grown to become the second largest in the London broker market. Richard’s career began in the Lloyd's market at Wellington Underwriting, where he was instrumental in building their reinsurance team.

Email Richard +1 441 279 2514

Ben Savill

BDA CEO and Group Chief Underwriting Officer

With 18 years’ reinsurance underwriting experience, Ben joined Fidelis from Amlin Bermuda, where he led the North American Market Unit. His responsibilities included underwriting Amlin’s US reinsurance property portfolio and handling specialty lines business. Ben began his career at Harvey Bowring, a Lloyd's syndicate managed by the Amlin group. He has been heavily involved in many facets of reinsurance, including the development of internal rating models and portfolio analysis systems, and the integration of proprietary ratings tools and risk analysis methodologies.

Philip Vandoninck

Head of International Underwriting

Philip joined Fidelis after a highly successful decade with Hiscox. Joining the firm’s Belgian office in 2004, he moved to the non-marine treaty reinsurance team at Hiscox’s Lloyd’s syndicate before helping to set up the company’s Bermuda office in 2005. In Bermuda, he underwrote within an extensive global property reinsurance and retrocession portfolio, becoming Head of International Property Reinsurance Business in 2013. With the creation of Hiscox Re, Philip became Chairman of International Reinsurance, responsible for underwriting in Bermuda, London and Paris.

Email Philip +1 441 279 2501

Sam Drysdale

Head of Claims & Delegated Underwriting Management

Sam joined Fidelis from Renaissance Re Syndicate Management, where he was the Assistant Manager of Claims. The role, which Sam held from 2012-16, involved managing the Syndicate’s team of claims adjusters, handling claims arising from all classes of business written, onboarding and managing claims TPAs, as well as formulating the returns related to Lloyd’s Claims Minimum Standards and Conduct Risk Minimum Standards. Prior to working at Renaissance Re, Sam was a Reinsurance Claims Adjuster at Brit Insurance Group, where he gained significant experience in a number of specialist sectors now within Fidelis’ portfolio, including marine, energy and aviation.

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John Ringold

Head of Operations

John Ringold joined Fidelis in November 2015 as Head of Insurance Operations. He was previously employed by Lancashire in various roles since 2006, and upon departure he headed up the Bermuda Operations and Claims functions. Prior to joining Lancashire, John worked at KPMG in Bermuda. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Bermuda, and holds an Associate in Reinsurance.

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