Rupert Atkin
Non-Executive Chairman
Rupert Atkin is the Chairman of Talbot Underwriting and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for 34 years. Prior to Validus’ purchase of Talbot in 2007 he was the active underwriter for syndicate 1183 from 1991 until 2007. He is a director of all Talbot Group companies. He was appointed Chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association with effect from 1 February 2012 and has been a member of the Council of Lloyd’s since 2006 and became Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s in February 2014. He has served on various market bodies, including the Lloyd’s Regulatory Board and has chaired both the Lloyd’s Underwriters Association and the Joint War Risk Committee. He is a trustee of the Lloyd’s Charities Trust. He had previously helped form Catlin and was Deputy Underwriter at Catlin in its formative years between 1985 and 1990. Prior to 1985 he worked as an underwriting assistant with Posgate and Denby. Rupert has an MA in Modern History, having studied at St John’s College, Oxford.
Peter Bilsby
Global Head of Insurance, Chief Executive Officer of the Talbot Group
Peter Bilsby currently serves as Global Head of Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of the Talbot Group. Prior to this, Mr. Bilsby served as Managing Director of Talbot. Mr. Bilsby joined Talbot as Head of Global Aerospace from XL London Market Ltd. in September 2009 and served as Director of Underwriting until his appointment as Managing Director in November 2013. Peter Bilsby has almost 30 years’ experience in the insurance market.
Jane Clouting
Corporate Services Director
Jane Clouting is the Corporate Services Director at Talbot Underwriting Ltd, Syndicate 1183 at Lloyd’s, being responsible for the Legal Department and additionally fulfilling the role of Company Secretary. Jane joined the company in 1992 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for over 30 years.
Michael Gould
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Gould has been Chief Operating Officer of Talbot Underwriting Ltd since 2015. Mr Gould was most recently Director of Thinking Operations Ltd, from 2014 to 2015. He previously served as Group Chief Operating Officer of Hiscox Ltd from 2008 to 2014 and Chief Operating Officer of AON Ltd, from 2003 to 2008. Prior to joining AON, Mr Gould worked for Nedcor Ltd from 2002 to 2003, American Express from 1988 until 2002, Europair Africa from 1982 to 1988 and Etam Ltd from 1981 to 1982. Mr Gould has achieved qualifications from Harvard Business School in 2010 and 2012, Kellogg School of Management, part of the AON High Achievers Programme in 2007 and American Express Graduate Management Programme in 1998 to 1989. In addition to this, he also graduated with an MBA from City University Business School, achieved a 3.78 GPA Dean’s Honours from Wharton Business School in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from Edinburgh University.
David Morris
Active Underwriter
David Morris is the Syndicate Active Underwriter for Talbot Underwriting Ltd. He was previously Head of Underwriting for Talbot Risk Services Pte Ltd and the Head of Property D&F International for Talbot Underwriting Ltd. David was appointed Senior Underwriter for Talbot Underwriting MENA Ltd (formerly Underwriting Risk Services Middle East) at its inception in 2009 and was instrumental in the establishment of Talbot’s Middle East platform. Prior to that, he spent eight years in Lloyd’s (four in Marine and four in Property) after joining Talbot as a graduate in 2002. He has an MSc postgraduate degree and is ACII qualified.
Julian Ross
Chief Risk Officer
Julian Ross is the Chief Risk Officer and a Director at Talbot Underwriting Ltd (“Talbot”), having previously held the roles of Talbot Chief Actuary from 1997 to 2009, and Validus Group Chief Risk Officer from 2010 to 2011. Julian is also the sponsor of Talbot’s Solvency II Programme. He joined the company in 1997 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for 17 years. Julian has served on various market and professional committees throughout his career including as Chairman of the London Market Actuaries Group (“LMAG”) for 2000/2001, during which time he was also a member of the General Insurance Board of the Institute of Actuaries. He was also a member of the Lloyd’s Market Association (“LMA”) Committee of Actuaries in the Lloyd’s Market (“CALM”) from 1997 to 2007, and Chairman of CALM for 2006/2007. Julian has been a member of several actuarial and Lloyd’s working parties. He has been a co-author of a number of papers, including an actuarial sessional paper on the Lloyd’s Reinsurance to Close process, presented to the Institute of Actuaries in March 2000, and the Institute of Actuaries’ paper on the US Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. Prior to joining Talbot, Julian was Corporate Actuary for St Paul Re in Europe from 1995 to 1997. He began his career as a consulting actuary, working for Lane Clark & Peacock from 1988 to 1995, initially on the employee benefits side, before transferring to non-life insurance in 1992. Julian has an MA (OXON) in Mathematics from Merton College, Oxford and is a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries.
James Skinner
Director of Underwriting & Active Underwriter
James Skinner is the Director of Underwriting for Talbot Underwriting Ltd and the active underwriter of Syndicate 1183. James was appointed Head of Marine for Talbot in 2002, Active Underwriter of the Syndicate in 2007 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for 29 years. James has been instrumental in the development of syndicate 1183 since its formation in 1991, having started his career at Catlin. He has served on various senior committees throughout his career including the Lloyd’s Marine War Committee and the Lloyd’s Terrorism Committee.
Nigel Wachman
Chief Financial Officer
Nigel Wachman has been Chief Financial Officer of Talbot Underwriting Ltd since its formation in 2001. Mr Wachman was most recently Finance Director of Alleghany Underwriting Ltd, the predecessor firm to Talbot, from 2000 to 2001. He previously served as Finance Director of RGB Underwriting Agencies Ltd from 1996 to 2000 and Chief Financial Officer/partner of Ellinger Heath Western & Co, a Lloyd’s broker, from 1990 to 1995. Prior to joining Ellinger, Mr Wachman worked for Employers Reinsurance Ltd from 1987 to 1990, Babcock Power Ltd, a boilermaker, from 1984 until 1987 and Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co, a predecessor firm of KPMG, from 1979 to 1983 where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Mr Wachman received an MA in Mathematics from Peterhouse, Cambridge and an MSc in Statistics from University College, London. Mr Wachman has served on the LUAA Finance Committee and other market bodies throughout his career.