Our People

Our team brings together years of cumulative experience in broking, underwriting, corporate, actuarial and operational roles, all working towards a unified goal of innovative disciplined underwriting and operational excellence.

With offices in Bermuda, London and Dublin, our efficient organisational structure focuses our underwriting and partnerships across all three platforms.

Meet the team

Our team

  • Richard Brindle

    CHAIRMAN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & GROUP CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER

  • Daniel Burrows

    Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

  • Ian Burford

    UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Richard Coulson

    UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

  • Jonny Creagh-Coen

    Head of Strategic Relationships

  • Richard Holden

    Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

  • Robert Kelly

    Ireland Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

  • Charles Mathias

    GROUP CHIEF RISK OFFICER & GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Hinal Patel

    Group Chief Financial Officer & Bermuda Chief Executive Officer

  • Patricia Roufca

    GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & GROUP GENERAL COUNSEL

  • Philip Vandoninck

    Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

Richard Brindle

CHAIRMAN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & GROUP CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER

Mr. Brindle has a career of over 35 years in the insurance industry. Before establishing Fidelis, Richard was the driving force behind Lancashire, founding the company in October 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 from December 2001 to September 2005.

Daniel Burrows

Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

Dan joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to this he 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. Dan is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Ian Burford

UK Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 30 years’ experience in the London market. Prior to joining Fidelis Ian 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 underwriting roles. Ian completed his ACII qualification in 1997.

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Richard Coulson

UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

Rich Coulson joined Fidelis in 2015. With fifteen years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Rich 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, Rich 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. Rich 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 an ABI Young Insurer of the Year award – recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry. Rich is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Jonny Creagh-Coen

Head of Strategic Relationships

Jonny joined Fidelis in July 2018. Bringing over 20 years’ experience, Creagh-Coen joins from Lancashire where he was Head of Investor Relations and Marketing for 10 years. Prior to that he was founding member of Execution Limited, which provided asset managers with execution, sales, trading, research and corporate access services. Jonny is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Richard Holden

Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

Rich Holden joined Fidelis in 2015. Richard’s career started in the London market at Wellington Underwriting, a leading Lloyd’s syndicate. After spending his initial years in the marine team, Richard moved to Reinsurance in 2004 to help build a new global reinsurance portfolio. In 2007 he joined Amlin Bermuda, to facilitate the growth of their North American Treaty portfolio. By 2013 he was a leading class underwriter.  In 2015 Richard joined Fidelis to Head the North American Underwriting team, focusing on inwards and outwards Reinsurance, portfolio management and developing proprietary rating tools. Richard is a member of the Executive Committee.  

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Robert Kelly

Ireland Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Robert joined Fidelis in September 2018. With 18 years experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Robert was most recently at PartnerRe where he worked for 5 years in various finance roles including Head of External Reporting and as CFO of PartnerRe’s insurance entity. Robert began his career with PwC Dublin before transferring to their London office, working in the Global Capital Markets Group. He joined Aviva from PwC, working in Group Finance in London and managing their reinsurance captive in Dublin. He is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Ireland, qualifying in 2004.

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Charles Mathias

GROUP CHIEF RISK OFFICER & GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Charlie joined Fidelis in 2015 and brings over three decades of broking and underwriting experience.  Charlie was previously at Lancashire until November 2015 where he was Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the group’s enterprise risk management. He started at Lancashire at its launch in October 2005, and his roles there 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. Charlie is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Hinal Patel

Group Chief Financial Officer & Bermuda Chief Executive Officer

Hinal joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to that he was the Bermuda Chief Actuary at Catlin. 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 and a member of the Executive Committee.

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Patricia Roufca

GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & 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 and London. Patricia is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Philip Vandoninck

Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

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. Philip is a member of the Executive Committee.

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  • Richard Brindle

    CHAIRMAN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & GROUP CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER

  • Ian Burford

    UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Daniel Burrows

    Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

  • Richard Coulson

    UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

  • Jonny Creagh-Coen

    Head of Strategic Relationships

  • Simon Crone

    Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

  • Richard Holden

    Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

  • Sharon Ingham

    GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER & UK CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

  • Robert Kelly

    Ireland Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

  • Charles Mathias

    GROUP CHIEF RISK OFFICER & GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Hinal Patel

    Group Chief Financial Officer & Bermuda Chief Executive Officer

  • Patricia Roufca

    GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & GROUP GENERAL COUNSEL

  • David Smith

    Group Chief Investment Officer

  • David Turner

    Group Head of Claims

  • Ian Turner

    GROUP CHIEF ACTUARY

  • Philip Vandoninck

    Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

  • Andy Wetmiller

    CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

  • Phenny Brindle

    CO-CHIEF CANINE OFFICER

  • Salvador Brindle

    CO-CHIEF CANINE OFFICER

Richard Brindle

CHAIRMAN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & GROUP CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER

Mr. Brindle has a career of over 35 years in the insurance industry. Before establishing Fidelis, Richard was the driving force behind Lancashire, founding the company in October 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 from December 2001 to September 2005.

Ian Burford

UK Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 30 years’ experience in the London market. Prior to joining Fidelis Ian 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 underwriting roles. Ian completed his ACII qualification in 1997.

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Daniel Burrows

Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

Dan joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to this he 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. Dan is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Richard Coulson

UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

Rich Coulson joined Fidelis in 2015. With fifteen years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Rich 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, Rich 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. Rich 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 an ABI Young Insurer of the Year award – recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry. Rich is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Jonny Creagh-Coen

Head of Strategic Relationships

Jonny joined Fidelis in July 2018. Bringing over 20 years’ experience, Creagh-Coen joins from Lancashire where he was Head of Investor Relations and Marketing for 10 years. Prior to that he was founding member of Execution Limited, which provided asset managers with execution, sales, trading, research and corporate access services. Jonny is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Simon Crone

Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

Simon joined Fidelis in 2019 from AmTrust where he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Mortgage & Credit division. Simon has over 20 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from underwriting to operations to project management. Previously he was at General Electric and Genworth Financial. Simon holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

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Richard Holden

Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

Rich Holden joined Fidelis in 2015. Richard’s career started in the London market at Wellington Underwriting, a leading Lloyd’s syndicate. After spending his initial years in the marine team, Richard moved to Reinsurance in 2004 to help build a new global reinsurance portfolio. In 2007 he joined Amlin Bermuda, to facilitate the growth of their North American Treaty portfolio. By 2013 he was a leading class underwriter.  In 2015 Richard joined Fidelis to Head the North American Underwriting team, focusing on inwards and outwards Reinsurance, portfolio management and developing proprietary rating tools. Richard is a member of the Executive Committee.  

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Sharon Ingham

GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER & UK CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Sharon joined Fidelis in 2015. With over a decade of experience in insurance and reinsurance, Sharon joined Fidelis from Catlin. The Bermuda-based speciality insurance and reinsurance company had 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.

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Robert Kelly

Ireland Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Robert joined Fidelis in September 2018. With 18 years experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Robert was most recently at PartnerRe where he worked for 5 years in various finance roles including Head of External Reporting and as CFO of PartnerRe’s insurance entity. Robert began his career with PwC Dublin before transferring to their London office, working in the Global Capital Markets Group. He joined Aviva from PwC, working in Group Finance in London and managing their reinsurance captive in Dublin. He is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Ireland, qualifying in 2004.

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Charles Mathias

GROUP CHIEF RISK OFFICER & GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Charlie joined Fidelis in 2015 and brings over three decades of broking and underwriting experience.  Charlie was previously at Lancashire until November 2015 where he was Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the group’s enterprise risk management. He started at Lancashire at its launch in October 2005, and his roles there 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. Charlie is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Hinal Patel

Group Chief Financial Officer & Bermuda Chief Executive Officer

Hinal joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to that he was the Bermuda Chief Actuary at Catlin. 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 and a member of the Executive Committee.

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Patricia Roufca

GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & 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 and London. Patricia is a member of the Executive Committee.

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David Smith

Group Chief Investment Officer

David joined Fidelis in 2019 as Group Chief Investment Officer. David started his career with KPMG in Bermuda and spent time in Dublin before moving back to Bermuda to join Harbor Point in 2007 where he was VP of Investments & Treasury. When Harbor Point merged with Max Capital In 2010, David moved to the UK to work for Alterra at Lloyd’s and remained as Assistant Director of Investments until 2013. David was most recently at Chaucer Syndicates Limited where he held the position of Head of Risk and Investments. David is a member of The Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder.

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David Turner

Group Head of Claims

David joined Fidelis in 2020 following a 30 year career at Amlin, most recently as the Global Claims Director responsible for claims across all of their regulated entities. David has experience across multiple classes of business, managing technical claims as well as Operational and Strategic Claims Management roles. He has held a variety of Committee roles in the London Market through the years, and is a strong believer in delivering a first class claims experience for our Clients globally.

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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

Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

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. Philip is a member of the Executive Committee.

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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.

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Phenny Brindle

CO-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!

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Salvador Brindle

CO-CHIEF CANINE OFFICER

Born in April 2015, Phenny’s boisterous brother Salvador joined Fidelis in 2018 to share the Chief Canine Officer duties. Phenny & Salvador love nothing more than sharing client and broker entertainment!

  • Matthew Bellamy

    Senior Underwriter

  • Ian Burford

    UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Daniel Burrows

    Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

  • Jamie Cann

    Underwriter

  • Hannah Charnaud

    Assistant Underwriter

  • Richard Coulson

    UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

  • Simon Crone

    Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

  • Michael Davern

    Head of Direct & Facultative Property Insurance

  • Ben Farley

    Underwriter

  • Mark Herget

    Underwriter

  • Louise Jarvis

    Group Head of Contract Wordings

  • Keith Jernigan

    Underwriting Assistant

  • Mel Puskar

    Underwriter

  • Hassane Rhazouani

    Underwriter

  • Jason Shrubb

    UNDERWRITER

  • Kayley Stewart

    Head of Specialty

  • John Symms

    Head of Outwards Reinsurance

  • Savannah Thompson

    Underwriter

  • Dominic Tillyard

    Head of Bespoke UK

Matthew Bellamy

Senior Underwriter

Matthew joined Fidelis in November 2019.  After graduating from the University of Southampton in 2006, Matthew joined Amlin, where he was an Underwriter in the Property Reinsurance team.  He joined the Acappella Syndicate in 2014 to develop the North American Reinsurance book, eventually being appointed Head of Property Treaty in 2017 and then Deputy Active Underwriter for the Syndicate in 2018.

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Ian Burford

UK Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 30 years’ experience in the London market. Prior to joining Fidelis Ian 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 underwriting roles. Ian completed his ACII qualification in 1997.

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Daniel Burrows

Group Managing Director and Socium Chairman

Dan joined Fidelis in 2015. Prior to this he 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. Dan is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Jamie Cann

Underwriter

Jamie joined Fidelis in 2020 after almost 14 years at Liberty Specialty Markets, 12 of which as an underwriter in the Aviation team.  Jamie has experience in both Airline and General Aviation and prior to joining Liberty, spent 5 years at Aon where we was a Market Security Analyst.

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Hannah Charnaud

Assistant Underwriter

Hannah joined Fidelis in 2018 and has worked across several Bespoke & Specialty Lines of business, as well as Property Reinsurance. Prior to joining Fidelis, Hannah completed the Lloyd’s graduate scheme and holds a BA degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Manchester.

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Richard Coulson

UK Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Bespoke and Specialty Insurance

Rich Coulson joined Fidelis in 2015. With fifteen years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Rich 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, Rich 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. Rich 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 an ABI Young Insurer of the Year award – recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry. Rich is a member of the Executive Committee.

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Simon Crone

Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

Simon joined Fidelis in 2019 from AmTrust where he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Mortgage & Credit division. Simon has over 20 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from underwriting to operations to project management. Previously he was at General Electric and Genworth Financial. Simon holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

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Michael Davern

Head of Direct & Facultative Property Insurance

Michael joined Fidelis from AXA XL in March 2020. After graduating from Oxford University with a Master of Physics degree in 2003, he joined Lane Clark & Peacock Actuarial Consultancy. He joined Catlin in 2008 and qualified as Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA). He was the property actuary responsible for pricing, reserving and capital modelling for all property lines worldwide across the group. He moved over onto the underwriting side in 2010 as class underwriter writing International and US D&F property business for the Lloyd’s of London Syndicate. He progressed to Underwriting Manager and established the middle market cost centre writing a combination of delegated authority and open market business. Michael will be writing a shared and layered D&F portfolio through the London Market Wholesale Broker network.

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Ben Farley

Underwriter

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Mark Herget

Underwriter

Mark joined Fidelis in May 2020 as an Underwriter for Property Direct & Facultative. Mark began his career at Commonwealth Insurance Company in Vancouver Canada in 2004, becoming the Senior Underwriter for production and marketing throughout the US. In 2012 Mark moved to London to work in the Lloyd’s of London marketplace where he helped build the Navigators and Vibe property portfolios.  Mark has a BA degree in Education from the University of Alberta.

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Louise Jarvis

Group Head of Contract Wordings

Louise joined Fidelis in 2017 with over 28 years of industry experience, including both underwriting, broking and buying. Louise joined Fidelis from Hiscox, where she was a Group Reinsurance Contract Specialist.  Her early career was spent at the London Processing Centre and Denis Clayton after which she moved on to become Head of Contract Wordings for Swiss Re UK. Louise specialises in all lines of inwards and outwards reinsurance, together with bespoke and specialty insurance, supporting all of the underwriters across the group, including the structuring and development of innovative new products.

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Keith Jernigan

Underwriting Assistant

Keith joined Fidelis in 2018 after completing his BSc in Finance and International Business from the University of Maryland, College Park. He moved to London to complete his MSc in Insurance & Risk Management from City University, CASS Business School whilst continuing to support Fidelis across the underwriting, risk capital, and catastrophe modelling teams. Upon receiving a distinction, Keith now focuses on Property Reinsurance specifically in North America.

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Mel Puskar

Underwriter

Mel joined Fidelis in 2019 from AmTrust where she was an Underwriter for the Mortgage & Credit division. Mel has nearly 15 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from risk management, pricing and underwriting. Previously Mel was at HSBC and Genworth Financial. Mel holds a degree in Applied Statistics and Mathematics.

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Hassane Rhazouani

Underwriter

Hassane Joined Fidelis in April 2020 with 18 years Energy Insurance experience in both Broking and Underwriting roles. His previous role was Class Underwriter for Downstream Energy at IGI, preceded by terms as Energy Underwriter at XL Insurance and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in London.  Hassane spent the first half of his Insurance career as an Energy and Power Broker at Marsh and AJG respectively.

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Jason Shrubb

UNDERWRITER

Jason joined Fidelis in 2015. Having originally been involved across all lines of business, Jason is now focusing on Property Reinsurance specifically in North America. Jason graduated from Bates College in Maine with a degree in Politics and Mathematics.

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Kayley Stewart

Head of Specialty

Kayley joined Fidelis in November 2019. Prior to this she worked at Liberty Syndicate 4472 as Senior Underwriter on the War and Terrorism account. She joined Lancashire in 2009 as Underwriter and prior to that worked at Aon as international casualty broker.

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John Symms

Head of Outwards Reinsurance

John joined Fidelis in January 2020 as Head of Outwards Reinsurance and brings over 30 years of insurance and reinsurance market experience. Prior to joining Fidelis he was the Reinsurance Manager for Talbot Underwriting from 2004 to 2019, placing and managing reinsurance for the syndicate across numerous lines of business. Prior to this he spent 10 years at Reliance National where he carried out a number of underwriting, reinsurance management and reinsurance purchasing roles. John started his career at English and American on their turn-key business in the late .

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Savannah Thompson

Underwriter

Savannah joined Fidelis in 2017. She has worked across all Bespoke & Specialty Lines of the business, as well as Property Reinsurance, specifically in North America. Savannah graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Violence, Terrorism & Security.

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Dominic Tillyard

Head of Bespoke UK

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. Since joining Fidelis Dominic has  worked on the development and execution of a number of high profile bespoke insurance products and managing strategic client relationships. Dominic is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers and holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester.

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  • Kevin Adams

    Senior Underwriter

  • Nick Cook

    Head of Bespoke

  • Brian Espie

    UNDERWRITER

  • Ben Fortune

    SENIOR UNDERWRITER

  • Richard Holden

    Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

  • Philip Vandoninck

    Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

  • Jahvon Washington

    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

Kevin Adams

Senior Underwriter

Kevin has been in the reinsurance industry for 10 years. He joined Fidelis in 2017 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.

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Nick Cook

Head of Bespoke

With +12 years of industry experience Nick joined Fidelis in 2016 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 +1 441 279 2527

Brian Espie

UNDERWRITER

Brian has 15 years of industry experience across a number of roles evaluating catastrophic risk. He joins Fidelis from Tokio Millennium Re in Bermuda where he was a Vice President responsible for North American catastrophe underwriting. Prior to his five years at TMR, Brian spent eight years with Tokio Marine Technologies, a subsidiary focused on R&D for companies within the Tokio Marine Group.

Email Brian +1 441 279 2522

Ben Fortune

SENIOR 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

Bermuda Chief Underwriting Officer & Executive Head of Reinsurance

Rich Holden joined Fidelis in 2015. Richard’s career started in the London market at Wellington Underwriting, a leading Lloyd’s syndicate. After spending his initial years in the marine team, Richard moved to Reinsurance in 2004 to help build a new global reinsurance portfolio. In 2007 he joined Amlin Bermuda, to facilitate the growth of their North American Treaty portfolio. By 2013 he was a leading class underwriter.  In 2015 Richard joined Fidelis to Head the North American Underwriting team, focusing on inwards and outwards Reinsurance, portfolio management and developing proprietary rating tools. Richard is a member of the Executive Committee.  

Email Richard +1 441 279 2514

Philip Vandoninck

Socium CEO & Head of International Reinsurance

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. Philip is a member of the Executive Committee.

Email Philip +1 441 279 2501

Jahvon Washington

UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

Jahvon joined Fidelis in 2015. Originally working in the operations department he switched to underwriting supporting North American Underwriting. He now supports the Property Reinsurance team on whole being both International and North America. Jahvon graduated from St. John’s University in New York City with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. He also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate  in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.

Email Jahvon +1 441 279 2528
  • Simon Crone

    Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

  • Aisling Farragher

    Assistant Underwriter

  • Seán Harty

    Assistant Underwriter

  • Gary Redmond

    Assistant Underwriter

Simon Crone

Ireland Chief Underwriting Officer & UK Senior Underwriter

Simon joined Fidelis in 2019 from AmTrust where he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Mortgage & Credit division. Simon has over 20 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from underwriting to operations to project management. Previously he was at General Electric and Genworth Financial. Simon holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Email Simon +44 7710 513217

Aisling Farragher

Assistant Underwriter

A graduate of the University of Limerick in 2012 (BBS degree majoring in Risk Management and Insurance), Aisling joined Fidelis in 2018 from AXIS Capital where she spent six and a half years working on various product lines including Aviation, Marine, Energy, Property and Terrorism, specialising in Aviation since 2015.

Email Aisling +353 1 566 8088

Seán Harty

Assistant Underwriter

Seán joined Fidelis in April 2020. He has over 6 years’ experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He most recently worked with ffh Management Services (Fairfax company) where he held Reinsurance Technician and Team Leader roles. Seán also completed a 24 week intercompany rotation programme in London with Advent Syndicate in 2017 with the Exposure Management and Casualty Treaty teams. Seán graduated from the University of Limerick in 2013 (BBS degree majoring in Risk Management and Insurance) and holds the Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Email Seán +353 1 566 8082

Gary Redmond

Assistant Underwriter

Gary Redmond joined Fidelis in 2020 from Zurich where he worked in New Business Underwriting dealing primarily with Property & Casualty lines. Prior to this he worked for Aon in their Global Inwards Team where he held a position on their EMEA Board of “Millennials”. He graduated from DIT with a BA in International Business & Chinese Language.

Email Gary +353 1 566 8097
  • David Turner

    Group Head of Claims

  • Geoff Fazan

    Head of UK Claims and Group Claims

  • Sonya Smith-Richardson

    Bermuda Claims Manager

David Turner

Group Head of Claims

David joined Fidelis in 2020 following a 30 year career at Amlin, most recently as the Global Claims Director responsible for claims across all of their regulated entities. David has experience across multiple classes of business, managing technical claims as well as Operational and Strategic Claims Management roles. He has held a variety of Committee roles in the London Market through the years, and is a strong believer in delivering a first class claims experience for our Clients globally.

Email David +44 203 846 6068

Geoff Fazan

Head of UK Claims and Group Claims

Geoff Fazan joined Fidelis in 2018 from Singapore where he was Senior Adjuster for specialty claims at Axa XL (formerly XL Catlin). Prior to that he worked as an Aviation claims specialist with Catlin and XL Catlin in London. Before joining the insurance industry, Geoff worked for 6 years as a project manager in the arts and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2006) and a Master of Studies from Oxford (2012).

Email Geoff +44 203 846 6069 +44 7342 020 909

Sonya Smith-Richardson

Bermuda Claims Manager

Sonya joined Fidelis in 2016, bringing over 20 years in claims experience across a number of lines of business. Sonya previously worked at Platinum Underwriters Bermuda where she was AVP Claims at for seven years, and then consulted to RenRe during the merger transition. Prior to joining Platinum, Sonya worked for a number of insurance and reinsurance companies.

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