My strongest field of expertise is in Specie. I have been working in this field for more than 25 years and have extensive experience in negotiating claims concerning damage and depreciation in Fine Art, Jewellery, ranging from some of the most important houses in the world, to wholesale diamond dealers, Bank risks and Cash in Transit. Apart from claims, I have also been very interested in promoting good practice in the industry and calling for more effort and investment in good risk management and loss prevention techniques.
I also have a lot of experience in Marine claims and risks and I have spent a lot of time involved with this sector. Much of Specie business internationally is written in the Cargo Market, and so there are very obvious synergies there. I have also been very much involved in Cargo and Project Cargo matters, in my career, both as a Broker and also when representing Experts in this field.
I have been involved in lecturing and speaking about matters including Reinsurance, Specie and the nature of the London Market to bodies as diverse as the Lloyd’s Under 35 Marine Group, the Singapore College of Insurance and Falconbury training seminars.
Concerning other aspects of my life, it may be of interest to inform you of other matters that I have been involved with. I have quite substantial seagoing experience having grown up as a yachtsman and sailed round the world from 1983 – 1986. I was also a seagoing member of the Royal Naval Reserve from 1982 until 1994. I am an elected District Councillor and also fought the Derby South Parliamentary Constituency in 2005 for the Conservative Party in the UK. Although I was not successful at that Election, I did learn a great deal about the media and dealing with the press and broadcast organisations. This stands me in good stead in my representative role with the Companies that I work with.
I have been elected as a Practising Associate of the Academy of Experts. I also serve as a Board member of the Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Service Providers (AIRSP).