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Chris Rash
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Rash joined Talbot Underwriting on 9th December 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Chris joined Talbot from StarStone Group, where he was most recently interim Group CEO, having previously served as CEO of International and Deputy Group CEO. A seasoned executive with extensive international leadership experience in insurance and finance, Chris joined StarStone in August 2018 as Executive Chairman before assuming the newly created role of President in October 2018 to lead execution and operational capabilities. Formerly, he was Group CFO for MS Amlin plc and previously served as Commercial Director and CFO at the National House Building Corporation, and prior to that as Group Chief Accountant at RSA Group.
Russell Bean
Chief Underwriting Officer
Russell Bean joined Talbot in 2002 from RSA and currently holds the roles of Head of Specialty and Joint Acting Active Underwriter for Syndicate 1183. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Global Head of Financial Lines for the Validus Group. Russell has sat on a number of London Market committees, acting as Head of the Bankers Underwriters Group, Chairman of the LMA Financial Lines Panel and Deputy Chairman of the LMA Non-Marine Panel. Russell’s role as Chief Underwriting Officer is subject to regulatory approval.
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. 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.
Ian Peterson
Active Underwriter for Syndicates 1183 and 2019
Ian Peterson is the Active Underwriter for Syndicate 2019 and Syndicate 1183. Ian joined Talbot Underwriting in 2006 as part of the graduate intake. He has steadily progressed gaining experience as a Marine and Energy underwriter, being appointed Head of Marine in 2019. Ian is also Chief Executive Officer of Talbot Underwriting Risk Services Ltd where he has overseen the formation of Talbot’s UK Political Violence Managing General Agent and Stirling Risk Solutions. Ian was involved in creating Talbot’s innovation unit – INDEX, alongside a new underwriting division for new and emerging risk ‘Alternative Risk’. He also Chairs Talbot’s Innovation Committee and Insurance Management Committee. Ian has a degree in accounting and management and has completed the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Insurance.
Diane Gallacher
Human Resources Director
Diane Gallacher is the Head of Talent, Performance & Leadership at Talbot, where she leads strategic initiatives on culture, engagement and development of future skills. Diane is also a member of the GI International HR Leadership Team, where she has been instrumental in setting and implementing the talent strategy. Diane joined Validus three years ago, following 20 years in occupational psychology consultancies, most recently as a partner in one of the UK’s leading executive assessment and leadership development firms. Diane has a passionate interest in understanding each individual’s potential and how organisations can create environments where diverse talent can build rewarding careers. Diane’s move into consultancy followed 10 years working as a violinist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, during which she studied psychology. She holds a BSc (Hons) from the Open University and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from City University.
Glen Browse
Chief Information Officer
Glen Browse is the Chief Information Officer of Talbot Underwriting Ltd., and was appointed in July 2018. He was previously the Head of Information Technology, having joined the company in August 2016. Prior to joining Talbot, Glen spent 5 years in QBE European Operations as the Head of Management Information. In this role he successfully delivered a major reporting transformation and led the establishment of a successful analytics practice. Prior to QBE Glen spent 5 years in Brit Insurance, initially within Finance Change prior to setting up a newly formed Information Management Team. Glen started his career in Barclays and spent 18 years in the bank in a large variety of roles. He initially started via their management program and held a number of finance, MI and change roles. Glen holds a variety of qualifications, is married and has two grown up children.
Catherine Barton
Chief Financial Officer
Catherine Barton joined as Talbot’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2020. Having held various roles in insurance and finance, Catherine has extensive experience and will bring new perspectives as a member of the Talbot leadership team. Starting her career with Bacon & Woodrow, Catherine become a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1999, before being made Partner at Deloitte in 2005. Having also held the role of Partner within the General Insurance Actuarial Team of Ernst & Young, Catherine was Commercial and Finance Director of the UK Bupa business from 2015 to 2017 and General Manager for Bupa Dental Care in 2018. Since 2017 she has also been a Non-Executive Director and chair of the Audit Committee of Sabre Insurance Group plc. Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.
Shalin Haria
Chief Actuary
Shalin Haria, Chief Actuary, started his career in actuarial consultancy at PwC, qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2007. He then moved into the insurance industry in 2008, joining as Branch Actuary for the London Branch of OdysseyRe, after which he joined Brit Insurance in 2011 where he held a dual role as a Group Actuary and Actuarial Business Partner, with responsibilities extending across pricing, reserving and insurance risk. Shalin joined Talbot as Head of Reserving in September 2018 and was promoted to the newly created role of Chief Actuary in July 2019, with overall responsibility for the Reserving, Pricing, Exposure Management and Cat Modelling teams at Talbot. Shalin has significant actuarial and management experience and holds a BSc (Joint Hons) degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Nottingham. He was appointed to Talbot’s Executive Committee in April 2020.