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. From 2007 to 2016 he held the role of Talbot CEO. 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, Peter served as Managing Director of Talbot and Director of Underwriting, where he was instrumental in the development of the overall strategy of the business, including pricing, catastrophe modelling, operations and claims. He is Director of a number of Talbot group companies and Western World Insurance Group. He sits on the Validus Operating Board. Peter joined Talbot in September 2009, as Head of Global Aerospace from XL London Market Ltd. During his time at XL, Peter was accountable for the Global Aviation P&L of $500m and Deputy Head of Specialty. Prior to XL, Peter held the role of Managing Director for the Aviation Division of Markel International. Peter Bilsby has almost 30 years’ experience in the insurance market and has served on various senior committees throughout his career. In October 2004 he was named as one of the “40 under 40 people to watch” by Business Insurance.
Jane Clouting
Chief Corporate Services Officer
Jane Clouting is the Chief Corporate Services Officer for Talbot Underwriting Ltd. She is responsible for the Governance and Legal functions and additionally fulfils the role of Company Secretary. Jane joined the company in 1992 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for over 35 years. Jane is a Director at Talbot and a number of other Talbot group companies.
Michael Gould
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Gould is the Chief Operating Officer of Talbot Underwriting Ltd. Prior to joining Talbot in January 2015 he held the role of Group Chief Operating Officer at Hiscoxfor 6 years. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer at Aon, within the Aon Risk Services and Employee Benefits divisions, for 6 years. Michael also spent 14 years at American Express where he held a number of different roles including; Chief Executive Officer of a start-up, Director of European Transformation of Operations, Director of IT development and infrastructure and Marketing Executive. Michael has an MBA from City University Business School and attained a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from Edinburgh University. He is happily married and has two delightful children.
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. David is also a Director of several Talbot group companies.
Julian Ross
Chief Risk Officer
Julian Ross is the Chief Risk Officer and a Director of Talbot Underwriting Ltd. He previously held the roles of Talbot Chief Actuary from 1997 to 2009, and Validus Group Chief Risk Officer from 2010 to 2011. Julian joined the company in 1997 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for over 20 years. Julian has served on various market and professional committees throughout his career.He is currently a member of the Lloyd’s Market Association CRO Committee. Former appointments include Chairman of the London Market Actuaries Group for 2000 and 2001, during which time he was also a member of the General Insurance Board of the Institute of Actuaries, and Chairman of the LMA Committee of Actuaries in the Lloyd’s Market for 2006 and 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 a recent LMA paper on model validation, an actuarial sessional paper on the Lloyd’s reinsurance-to-close process 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
Chief Underwriting Officer
James Skinner is the Chief Underwriting Officer and a Director of Talbot Underwriting Ltd. 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 27 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 is the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Talbot Underwriting Ltd. Prior to joining Talbot in 2000 held the role of Chief Financial Officer of RGB Underwriting Agencies Ltd from 1996 to 2000 and Chief Financial Officer/partner of EllingerHeath Western & Co, a Lloyd’s broker, from 1990 to 1995. Prior to joining Ellinger, Nigel 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. He has an MA in Mathematics from Peterhouse, Cambridge and an MSc in Statistics from University College, London. Nigel has served on the LUAA Finance Committee and other market bodies throughout his career.