Lloyd’s insurer Sportscover has taken another step in its plans for expansion with the announcement that it has appointed a “highly respected Bloodstock underwriter, Robin Blunt.”
He has been in the insurance industry for more than 40 years, initially as a broker but the latter half of his career as an underwriter in the Lloyd’s market, most recently with Lloyd’s insurer Brit. He has been specializing in bloodstock since 1979, and becomes Bloodstock underwriter for Sportscover’s Lloyd’s syndicate 3334 with immediate effect.
Blunt said he is very much looking forward “to working with Sportscover’s talented and growing team of specialist underwriters, “adding that the company has “ambitious plans for the future. I am pleased to be part of a team who are determined to be the best in sports and leisure insurance”.
Ally Halstead will join Blunt at Sportscover. She has worked in the London insurance market since 2006, spending two years handling Bloodstock claims for AIG’s Lexington Insurance Company.
In 2008 she joined Marketform syndicate to handle Bloodstock claims, later expanding her role to include PA, Marine and Specie claims. “She has a keen interest in horse racing, but her main focus is the Sport Horse industry, in particular show jumping and eventing,” the bulletin noted.
Matthew Riley, CEO of Sportscover Underwriting Limited, welcomed the two to the company. He also noted that “we are implementing our agreed development strategy and the recent appointments show that we are making real progress towards our goal of sustainable growth through diversification by employing top quality specialists.”
The new appointments follow the employment of Contingency underwriter Simon Lyons in July last year. He specializes in specific contingencies, including “Cancellation, Non-Appearance, Prize Indemnity, Contract Bonus, Weather Day and Commercial Producers Indemnity. His employment has led to a significant increase in open market contingency business written by 3334.”
Sportscover has also announced that Murray Anderson has become joint Active underwriter for Syndicate 3334 with Chris Nash.
As the name indicates, Sportscover is one of the world’s leading sports and leisure insurance services groups. It has offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, and the Pacific Islands.
Its business uses a worldwide broker network, specializing in accident, liability, property, contingency and travel insurances for sport and leisure. Sportscover’s main underwriting operations comprise Sportscover Underwriting Ltd, Syndicate 3334, Sportscover Australia Pty Ltd, Sportscover Europe Ltd., Sportscover Insurance Ltd, SCI Capital Ltd.