Britannia P&I has set strengthening the Club’s position in Asia as a key strategic goal with the announcement of new staff.
John O’ Flaherty will head up the Club’s new Singapore operation. Mr O’ Flaherty previously worked for five years at JLT in Dubai having worked for Skuld P&I Club and brokers AON Heath Lambert.
The move to put an underwriting presence in Singapore comes as the Club looks to bring parity of operations across the Association which will also see current London head office based underwriter Richard Inman relocate to the Association’s Hong Kong office later this year.
To complement the expanding overseas operation and to enhance underwriting capacity from Britannia’s London headquarters, the Club has recruited Andrew Reynolds from brokers Marsh and Helen Todd from Shipowners P&I Club.
Andrew has worked for Marsh for 22 years having started his career as a claims handler with Thomas Miller, whilst Helen worked for SOP for 11 years, having previously worked for the American Club.
The appointments add to the Club having recruited Simon Williams, from North P&I Club, in early 2017. Simon will take on the no.2 slot from Steve, supporting Mike Hall (Britannia’s CUO).
The Asian region accounts for nearly 50% of the Club’s business.
The latest recruitment drive coincides with the retirement of Britannia underwriter Steve Myatt after 30 years at the Club.
“All three appointments bring a wealth of experience and industry knowledge. They join the Club at an exciting time as it looks to build on a strong performance during the 2017 policy year and at renewal 2018. I’d like to welcome all our new appointments to the Club and wish Richard well in his relocation to Hong Kong,” said Andrew Cutler, chief executive at Britannia.
“Finally, I thank Steve for his 30 years of loyal service to Britannia and for his professionalism and skill as an underwriter. I wish Steve well and hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.”