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Insurance Insider Honours 2023 winners have been announced!


On Thusrday 7th September, we celebrated the best and brightest leaders from the wholesale, specialty and (re)insurance markets at our 12th annual awards ceremony at The Hilton on Park Lane.

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 12th annual awards gala. Click here to view photos of the night. It was wonderful to welcome you all back for an evening full of entertainment and celebration!

Winners 2023

Broker of the Year — Sponsored by Arch Insurance


Broking Innovation of the Year

Marsh McLennan, Community- based catastrophe insurance (CBCI)

Carrier of the Year — Sponsored by DLA PIPER

Tokio Marine Kiln

CFO of the Year — Sponsored by Lloyds Bank

Sally Lake, Beazley

Claims Service Award


Diversity & Inclusion Award

Lloyd’s of London – LGBTQ+ Mentoring Programme (Led by Adam Triggs)

Employer of the Year

The Texel Group – ‘People Strategy’

ESG Initiative of the Year

Ninety – ARK, Ensuring humanity’s future

InsurTech Product of the Year — Sponsored by Tokio Marine Kiln

hyperexponential – hx Renew

Lifetime Achievement Award

Matthew Wilson

M&A Transaction of the Year

Howden – Acquisition of TigerRisk Partners by Howden Group Holdings

MGA of the Year


Operational Innovation of the Year

LMG Data Council chaired by Sheila Cameron

Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Distribution — Sponsored by Allied World

Dominic Christian, Global Chairman Reinsurance Solutions, Aon UK

Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Risk — Sponsored by EY

Andrew Brooks, former CEO, Ascot Group

Underwriting Innovation of the Year — Sponsored by NEAM

Arbol Inc and Centauri – dRe Lifecycle

Women in Insurance Award

The Insurance Breakfast Club

Young Broker of the Year

Nicholas Parker, WTW

Young Claims Professional of the Year — Sponsored by DOCOsoft

Hannah Smedley, Senior Claims Specialist, Liberty Specialty Markets

Young Underwriter of the Year — Sponsored by MS Amlin

Struan Todd, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Pandamatics UW

The Insurance Insider Honours has always been a celebration of the rich wealth of talent, expertise and innovation we enjoy in the (re)insurance industry, and this year’s Honours has been no different.  

It’s a great reminder that this market is never short of innovation, new ideas or the desire to improve its service to clients. 

Click here to download the Insurance Insider Honours 2023 winners book!


Meet our judges

Selected for their expertise with a cross-section of market knowledge, our judges are independent and will review your entries against a clear set of criteria. Judges will meet for a judging day in person to select our winners.


Caroline Wagstaff

CEO, London Market Group

Caroline has spent the last 35 years immersing herself in the financial and professional services, including commodity trading, spread-betting, accountancy, money broking, legal services and particularly commercial insurance.

Caroline was appointed CEO of the London Market Group in April 2021 and her priorities are the challenges of making the market fit for the future with the best business environment and by attracting and retaining young talent to speciality insurance.

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Clare Lebecq

Group COO, Specialist Risk Group

As Group Chief Operating officer Clare is responsible for the operations of the company including IT, Compliance and Risk. She brings more than 30 years of insurance experience to SRG. Her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions and driving efficiencies through the intelligent use of process standardisation.

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David Croom-Johnson

Previous CEO of AEGIS London

David Stepped down after a hugely successful career as the CEO of AEGIS London, one of the most profitable managing agencies in the Lloyd’s market over the past decade.

He has chaired the LMA Marine Committee and the Joint Liability as well as being a member of the LMA Board. Since retiring David has taken on a Non Executive role at Munich Re Syndicate Limited and spends much of his time being an unpaid Über driver to his four children!


Ed Gaze

CEO and co-founder, IRL (Innovative Risk Labs)

Ed is CEO of IRL, a UK-based insurance broker, and (soon to be) Lloyd’s broker, dedicated to helping launch new insurtech brokers and MGAs, and securing them capacity in the Lloyd’s market.

 Prior to this Ed headed up the Lloyd’s Lab, the home of InsurTech and innovation at Lloyd’s of London, from it’s launch in 2018 through to the start of it’s ninth cohort in 2022. Through this period he met hundreds of insurtechs from the UK and the US, and helped to accelerate dozens of solutions.


George Beattie

Head of Innovation, CFC

George is head of innovation at CFC, leading the company’s disruptive product innovation strategy with overall responsibility for the ideation, design and trading of brand-new solutions.

George was previously at Beazley where he established the Incubation Underwriting function- delivering solutions for intangible assets, health & weather risks among others. George is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Management Institute.


Karen Graves

Chair, GreenKite

Karen has been working in the Lloyd’s and London market for over 30 years, starting her career in the compliance arena, moving on to a COO and then a CEO role within the Lloyd’s market for an established Lloyd’s Managing Agency.

Experienced start up advisor and consultant. She is the Senior Independent Director for the USAA Limited and USAA SA, a Trustee of the CII’s Education & Training Trust and Chair of GreenKite Associates.

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Kirat Kaur Nandra

Credit Control Manager, Chubb

Kirat is the Elder Care Champion for Insurance Family Networks and named as one of the 50overFifty exceptional women in insurance.  Top 40 D&I Reinsurance professionals, short-listed for Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2022 & and a winner of elite women in insurance 2023.   12-time marathon runner raising over £50,000 for charities and more recently completed Atlantic Coastal Challenge 3 marathons 3 days for fun… and loves to sew!


Mike Keating

CEO, Managing General Agents' Association

Currently CEO of the Managing General Agents Association, a position he has held since September 2021, Mike has crafted a successful and varied career in the industry. In 2022 Mike was included in the Top 100 Global Leaders by Insurance Magazine

Beginning his career as an underwriter in the company market he joined AXA Commercial. Leaving AXA in 2011, he joined the board at UK General, one of the UK’s largest MGAs, where he took responsibility for the Commercial portfolio introducing a successful targeted UK small regional broker strategy.

Peter Ford

Peter Ford

Executive Vice President, Head of European Insurance Division, Allied World

Based in London, Peter Ford is the Executive Vice President and Head of European Insurance Division for Allied World. In this role, he provides strategic oversight of the division and the business strategies for the company’s UK and European insurance platforms and Lloyd’s Syndicate 2232. Peter joined Allied World in 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry.
In 2021, Peter assumed his current role as Executive Vice President and Head of European Insurance Division for Allied World.

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Philip Smaje

Insurance Market Executive

Philip Smaje is a well known figure across the global insurance markets having operated in a number of senior roles in the London market, specialty and placement/distribution space.

Philip worked for wtw (and predecessor companies) for over 30 years. Amongst other roles Philip ran Willis global aviation and space business and was latterly Global Head of Broking.

Following the acquisition of Piiq by Ardonagh in 2021, Philip changed roles to become Head of Broking for Ardonagh Specialty. Philip has recently moved on from Ardonagh.

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Richard Askey

Managing Director, Head of Insurance, Lloyds Bank

Richard leads a London-based team covering a global set of clients involved in the insurance and reinsurance sector. 

He joined Lloyds Bank in 2007, Richard has extensive experience of originating and financing solutions for clients in the London, Bermuda, US and European specialist insurance markets.

Prior to Lloyds he worked for Barclays Capital in FI DCM and has been involved in the insurance market since 2001.


Rob Jarvis

Head of Innovation, Tokio Marine Kiln

Rob is responsible for developing and leading Tokio Marine Kiln's product and operational innovation strategy.

 Rob joined Tokio Marine Kiln in 2018 and prior to his current role was Tokio Marine Kiln’s Head of Enterprise Risk Management. Rob has held various roles around the Lloyd's market and in the InsurTech space, including learning valuable lessons in trying to start his own insurance start-up, which informed his view of risk and innovation.

Rob is a qualified actuary and is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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Romaney O’Malley

Group Chief Financial Officer, bolttech

Romaney leads bolttech’s finance function and is a member of the executive committee. In her role as Group CFO, she plays a pivotal role in driving our financial strategy and management, and is involved in strategic planning and execution across the group.

Romaney brings with her more than 20 years of leadership and senior finance experience in the insurance industry. She previously held leadership roles at AIG, Liberty, Swiss Re and GE Insurance.


Suneeta Padda

Managing Director, Padda Consulting

Suneeta has undertaken and managed a wide range of regulatory engagements for numerous insurance firms, holding senior positions within a number of these firms, more recently working with StarStone International as the International Director of Compliance.

Suneeta actively participates in a number of market wide Committees focused on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion across the Market and sits on the advisory board of RATL – Race Action Through Leadership.


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