Upstream Energy

At Fidelis we provide niche Upstream Energy products including excess of loss ‘Named Windstorm Only’ and Decommissioning Bond solutions for our clients with assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Our sponsored MGA Kersey offers more conventional Operational and Construction coverage in the Upstream Energy market.

Downstream Energy

We also provide Insurance & Reinsurance for Operational Downstream Energy / Power & Utilities risks. Downstream Energy scope includes Oil & Gas & Petrochemicals Refining, Processing, Marketing & Distribution. Power & Utilities encompasses both Conventional & Renewable Energy Power Generation assets. We provide coverage for All Risks of Physical Loss or Damage and Business Interruption with a preference to attach excess of Critical Natural Catastrophe and CBI sub limits.

We are committed to driving forward anti-coal initiatives, we look to shape change by not offering insurance to companies to support coal extraction or to generate energy using coal.

Our team

  • Richard Coulson

    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.

    Phone: +44 203 846 6072

  • Key contact
    Savannah Thompson

    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.

    Phone: +44 203 846 6091, +44 7824 811 130

  • Key contact
    Michael Davern

    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.

    Phone: +44 203 8466030, +44 739 3762 697

  • Hannah Charnaud

    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.

    Phone: +44 203 846 6109, +44 792 057 7223

  • Simon Crone

    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.

    Phone: +44 7710 513217

  • Samantha Message

    Samantha joined Fidelis in 2021.  Prior to this, she has held underwriting positions at Ascot Group, HSB Engineering and AXA XL underwriting renewable energy, construction, marine hull and war.  Samantha began her career in insurance in 2007 and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers.  She graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci in Chemistry.

    Phone: +44 203 846 6173, +44 7586 499 258

  • Seán Harty

    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.

    Phone: +353 1 566 8082, +353 87 170 6356

  • Gary Redmond

    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.

    Phone: +353 1 566 8097 , +353 87 172 8009


  • Lesley Grace

    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.


  • Sinéad Cunningham 

    Sinéad Cunningham joined Fidelis in June 2021 as an Underwriting Assistant. Prior to this, Sinéad worked at AXIS Capital in Dublin as an Underwriting and Operations Intern. Sinéad graduated from the University of Limerick in 2021 with a Bachelor of Business Studies honours degree with a major in Risk Management and Insurance. 

    Phone:  +353 1 566 8020 


  • Christine Penny

    Christine joined Fidelis in July 2021, from Hamilton Insurance, where she worked in their Underwriting Operations team. Christine graduated from the University of Limerick in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business and French degree, majoring in Risk Management and Insurance.

    Phone: +353 1 582 2324


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