Fidelis’ market leading position and proactive underwriting approach gives us the ability to access business in excess of our own risk appetite, and share capacity for that excess with key partners. This allows our partners to benefit from Fidelis’ intellectual property, expertise and origination efforts and access our business in an efficient way.

We share this excess capacity in bespoke, specialty and reinsurance business through rated quota share partnerships and through our sponsored collateralised special purpose insurer, Socium Re.

In addition, we sponsor innovative closely defined products through our incubator platform Pine Walk.

Our team

  • Philip Vandoninck

    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.

    Phone: +1 441 279 2501

  • Daniel Burrows

    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.

    Phone: +44 203 846 6071

  • John Symms

    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 .

    Phone: +44 203 8466065, +44 7825 078 534

  • Matt Ranson

    Matt joined Fidelis in 2017 from MUFG Investor Services where he held the role of Senior Fund Accountant with a focus on ILS clients. Originally part of the Operations team specializing in process and systems improvement, Matt joined the Socium team in 2019 to support the continued growth across Bespoke, Specialty and Reinsurance lines of business. Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Allison University.

    Phone: +1 441 279 2532, +1 441 707 4424


  • David Griffiths

    David joined Fidelis in April 2022 as Outwards Reinsurance Technical Operations Manager.  David previously worked for CNAHardy for the past seven years with the last four years as the Reinsurance Operations Manager. David has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry in a variety of roles ranging from claims, placing broking and operational management. He entered the insurance industry working for the broking house J.H.Minet and Co Ltd where he specialised in Non-Marine Reinsurance Claims. More recently furthering his career at CNAHardy, JLT, AON and Willis.

    Phone: +44 203 948 8249, +44 779 589 7099


  • Patrick Brown 

    Patrick joined Fidelis in March of 2021 as a Ceded Reinsurance Analyst working with the Outwards Team. Prior to joining the reinsurance industry, Patrick worked for 4 years in economic/insurance consulting in Washington, DC. Patrick has a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering with a minor in Economics; and an MBA from INSEAD

    Phone: +1 441 279 2569, +1 441 524 2569


  • Jamie Hanwell

    Jamie joined Fidelis in December 2021 as an Outwards Reinsurance Analyst. Prior to joining Fidelis, Jamie spent three years working in Reinsurance Operations at Chaucer Group, having graduated from Swansea University with a BA in Human Geography.

    Phone: +44 771 780 1069


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