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Allen and St.Pier lead the inaugural Aviation Rankings

  • Insurance Insider launched its first-ever talent survey aimed at the aviation insurance market and some 165 professionals made it to the overall ranking

  • Chubb’s Graham Allen won the underwriting ranking and Starr’s Andy Trundle took second place

  • Daniel St.Pier Aon was voted as the best aviation broker while a less-experienced Andy Durcan of AJG was placed as the runner-up

Graham Allen, a senior underwriter at Chubb, has emerged as the top aviation underwriter in the London market, according to Insurance Insider’s inaugural Aviation Rankings survey. Meanwhile, Daniel St.Pier of Aon was voted as the best London market aviation broker.

The survey, which was the first of its kind in the Rankings series, invited aviation underwriters and brokers in the London market to vote for who they thought were the top three insurance professionals in this industry. Brokers were able to vote for underwriters while underwriters could vote for brokers.

Top underwriters

Allen received 12 nominations from brokers who took the survey and finished at the top of the league table with an overall score of 30. Scores are calculated using a Borda count methodology whereby three points are awarded to a respondent’s top choice, two to their second choice and one to their third.

Allen, who has been in the aviation insurance market for around 18 years, took first place in the Rankings comfortably with a 12-point lead over the runner-up.

The senior underwriter’s nominations were relatively diverse as brokers of all levels of experience voted for him.

Unsurprisingly though, it was clear that brokers with a similar level of experience to Allen had a preference for him as 50% of his nominations were from brokers in the 10-20 years’ experience bracket.

One broker described Allen as having a “fair and consistent approach, strong technical ability and quick response times”.

Elsewhere, Starr Insurance Companies’ Andy Trundle clinched the runner-up position on the underwriter rankings with an overall score of 18 from eight nominations. Trundle joined Starr in 2017 as global head of airlines and has recently been appointed global head of aviation. He began his career as an airline underwriter and has more than 35 years of aviation experience.

Meanwhile, third-placed Andrew Innes of Axa XL and Paul Clarke of Travelers trailed Trundle by just two points, taking third place in the underwriter ranking this year.

Innes and Clarke both received eight votes in the survey – the same number as Trundle – but lagged the runner-up as they both received fewer nominations from brokers placing them as their top-choice underwriters.

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Top brokers

Competition was close on the broking side, with just six points’ difference between the top-ranked broker and third place.

Aon’s Daniel St.Pier was voted to the top of the table by 11 underwriters and finished with an overall score of 27, beating second-ranked Andy Durcan of Arthur J Gallagher by just two points.

St.Pier has been working in the aviation market for over 16 years and joined Aon as a senior broker in 2016 after more than 12 years at Marsh.

When nominating St.Pier, one underwriter described him as “an extremely polished and diligent broker who represents his clients and Aon incredibly well”.

Durcan received one more nomination than St.Pier did but, after receiving fewer top-choice and second-choice nominations, finished with a slightly lower score of 25.

Durcan is the only broker in the top three to have less than 10 years’ experience in the market. He joined the aviation insurance sector in 2014 at JLT Specialty and moved to Arthur J Gallagher in 2019.

With nine nominations, Willis Towers Watson’s Martin Collins came third with an overall score of 21. He has been with Willis for over 10 years and has been operating in the aviation market for over 15 years.

Collins is one of four Willis brokers that featured in the top-10 aviation brokers list.

In its first year, 88 top brokers were identified in the Aviation Rankings survey, while 77 professionals made it onto the underwriting ranking.

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To download the report containing headline results of the survey, or for details on how to get access to the full results click here.

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