I was an equine and livestock broker for 25 years, broking business all over the world. I then spent a decade at Catlin, XL Catlin and AXA XL, where Ollie and I built the biggest portfolio of livestock business in the London market.
I already knew Niall Mckibbin from my time as a broker. In fact, it was because of him that I moved into underwriting. So when he invited me to join Convex, I saw the opportunity to build a portfolio again – but do it differently.
As a new entrant in a limited market, we’ve received a lot of support from brokers. They’ve worked with Ollie and I as a team for years, so they know we can add value. And we’re already getting good feedback about the speed of our knowledgeable response.
I’ve worked in the livestock market since leaving university, first at XL Catlin, AXA XL and now at Convex totalling 5 years.
What makes Convex different is our ability to be agile, our operational efficiencies and our innovative approach to understanding and pricing livestock risks globally. Being given the opportunity to build the Livestock portfolio at Convex from a blank page was a really attractive proposition.
We are already hearing positive feedback about our service which we feel is key to our continued development. Rob and I know each other and our brokers well, but we also know our sector, both from first-hand livestock farming experience back at home and from visiting client farms around the world.