Listening to clients and using our combined market expertise and nimble, disciplined, underwriting approach we have built a unique book of products that meet bespoke needs. We seek to cover risks where we can generate innovative, tailored and mutually beneficial solutions. Our lines to date include asset – backed non-payment, e-cat, mortgage indemnity, political risks, structured credit, title, tax indemnity and surety.  We offer significant capacity and work with our broking partners to design innovative bespoke solutions to clients needs – both directly and via our sponsorship of MGAs including through our incubator, Pine Walk.

KEY DRIVERS OF DEMAND:

 

  • Bespoke is a specific risk transfer opportunity often driven by regulatory capital relief, capital efficiency or transaction facilitation versus more traditional drivers of insurance procurement
  • Customised modelling and wordings that closely define that exposure

CHARACTERISTICS OF BESPOKE PRODUCTS:

 

  • Highly specialised models and policy wordings, tailored to the risk profile and driven by extensive data history
  • Low and stable attritional loss exposure
  • Carefully defined tail loss exposure
  • Little/no correlation to peak catastrophe perils so highly capital efficient

HOW IS FIDELIS POSITIONED TO SUCCEED?
 

  • Fidelis sets and leads the terms and conditions with embedded intellectual property and barriers to entry
  • Each bespoke transaction requires an understanding of the specific risk driver
  • Strong engagement with counterparties and technical expertise is key

Our team

  • Key Contact - Bermuda
    Nick Cook
    HEAD OF BESPOKE - BERMUDA

    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.cook@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +1 441 279 2527, +1 441 531 2527

  • Key contact - UK
    Dominic Tillyard

    HEAD OF MARINE, AEROSPACE & 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.

    Email: Dominic.tillyard@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 203 846 6062, +44 783 308 4870

  • Key Contact - Ireland
    Simon Crone
    HEAD OF PARTNERSHIP UNDERWRITING & FIID CUO 

    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.crone@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 7710 513217

  • Richard Coulson
    CEO OF INSURANCE & CUO UK

    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.

    Email: Richard.coulson@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 203 846 6072

  • 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.

    Email: Savannah.thompson@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 203 846 6091, +44 7824 811 130

  • 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.

    Email: mel.puskar@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 203 846 6097, +44 7823 346 972

     

  • Hannah Charnaud
    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.

    Email: hannah.charnaud@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +44 203 846 6109, +44 792 057 7223

  • 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.Redmond@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +353 1 566 8097, +353 87 172 8009

  • 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: Sean.Harty@fidelisinsurance.com
    Phone: +353 1 566 8082, +353 87 170 6456

  • Lesley Grace
    ASSISTANT UNDERWRITER

    Lesley Grace joined Fidelis in 2021 as an Assistant Underwriter. Prior to this Lesley worked as a Captive Underwriter for Willis Towers Watson, and also as an Underwriter for the self-managed captive Leaseplan Insurance. Lesley started her career in 2010 working for RSA in their Claims team, and she also worked as a documentation specialist in the Governance team in FBD Insurance. Lesley has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University of Limerick (majoring in Risk Management and Insurance), and holds the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) through the CII.

    Email: lesley.grace@fidelisinsurance.com

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