UK’s MGAA Elects New Board Members Birrell and Manchester

February 24, 2016

The London-based Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) announced the election of new board members Mark Birrell, chief executive of Castel Underwriting, and Charles Manchester, chief executive of Manchester Underwriting Management.

They join directors Catherine Bell, chairman of inet3, Charles Earle, non-executive director of Advent Solutions Holdings, James Gerry, chairman of GB Underwriting and Jeff Turner, chief executive of Miramar Underwriting, who were all re-elected to the board.

The six member-elected directors are joined by representatives from the association’s market practitioner and supplier membership. Keith Stern, regional manager, UK & Ireland at Lloyd’s, was re-elected as supplier representative, and Bill O’Malley, senior vice president, business development and broker management at Arch Insurance Group remains as market practitioner representative until his current term ends in February 2017.

The board also includes directors representing the association’s two largest full MGA members by gross written premium: UK General and Pen Underwriting. Following Peter Hubbard’s retirement from UK General earlier this year, he has stepped down from the board and his place will be taken by Mike Keating, UK General’s commercial managing director. Tom Downey, managing director of Pen Underwriting’s specialty division, remains on the board.

MGAA chairman and a founder of the association Reg Brown has retired from his position. Fellow founder Sian Fisher did not stand for re-election following her recent appointment as CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Peter Staddon, managing director of the MGAA, said: “This is an important time for the association as we drive ahead with a strategy to continue the growth in membership, build on our position and influence in the industry, increase the focus on education, professionalism and ethics in the MGA sector and the level of engagement in Europe and beyond.”

Staddon thanked Reg Brown and Sian Fisher “for their commitment and support to the MGAA since its formation,” as well as Peter Hubbard, Nicholas Hales and Darren Doherty “for their contribution to the work of the association. Their legacy will continue to go from strength to strength under our new board.”

Source: Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA)

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