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BMS makes senior energy hire

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the hire of Duncan Hayward as a Director in its Energy division. Hayward, who joins in 2019, will lead the casualty initiative within the Energy division.

Hayward joins with 14 years’ experience in the insurance market, most recently serving as a Divisional Director at Price Forbes. Prior to that, he served as an associate at JLT, having begun his insurance career as an Oil and Gas Broker at Agnew Higgins Pickering.

Ian Gormley, Director, BMS Group, said:

“Our London Wholesale platform has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with market-beating growth. We place exceptional value in our people and work hard to attract the very best talent in the market. Our client-centric and flexible model of broking, combined with our employee-ownership structure, lies at the heart of our success. We are very pleased that it continues to draw the best and brightest individuals from across the market and I would therefore like to welcome Duncan to our team.”

BMS expands in Australia with Senior Hires

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that two senior leaders, Stuart Davies and Samantha Ford, have joined BMS Australia, effective immediately and reporting to BMS Australia CEO Andrew Godden.

Davies joins as a director with 25 years of industry experience in the UK and Australia, having most recently served as state manager for New South Wales at Gallagher. He has previously held senior roles at Aon and JLT, having begun his career as a sales executive at Hill House Hammond. At BMS, he will specialise in all aspects of corporate risks, including D&O and PI, as well as advising on placements across key emerging risk areas such as cyber, litigation risk (adverse costs), warranty and indemnity insurance and reputational risk.

Ford joins as a corporate broker with 15 years’ industry experience at Lloyd’s and in the Australian market. She began her career as an office administrator at Lloyd’s underwriting agency Booker International, before moving to Newline Group as syndicate administrator. She then moved to Marsh’s Australian division as an assistant account executive in 2006, before finally serving in a variety of senior roles at Gallagher’s Australian unit since 2008.

Andrew Godden said:

“At BMS we are always looking for the best and the brightest to join our team. We are a different kind of broker, client-centric, flexible and innovative. Our employee-ownership model means that our brokers are engaged and singularly focused on delivering market-beating client outcomes. Stuart and Samantha are fantastic additions to the team and will form part of our continuing strategic build-out in the region. I am therefore very pleased to welcome them to BMS Australia.”

BMS Group appoints Simon Kemp as group chief legal counsel

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that Simon Kemp has been appointed group chief legal counsel, effective 1st November. Simon will be based in London and reports to Nick Cook, BMS Group CEO. He joins from Clyde & Co, where he is a partner, once he has joined BMS he will continue part-time at Clyde & Co as a Consultant.

Simon has practiced in the London market since 1984. His specialisms include coverage disputes with an international element, regulatory issues for businesses and individuals and employment law. He is also currently the joint editor of Thomson Reuters’ “Law of Insurance Broking”.

BMS Group CEO Nick Cook said:

“As BMS continues on a path of strategic growth and attracts talent in both established and emerging markets, the expertise and experience of individuals such as Simon becomes invaluable. We have ambitious plans, both internationally and in the London market, and, with Simon in place, we are confident in the knowledge that we have one of the leading legal lights in the sector. I would like to warmly welcome Simon to BMS and look forward to working with him.”

Simon Kemp said:

“BMS Group is a dynamic, growing and entrepreneurial business, one of the outstanding brokers in the market. There is huge ambition and appetite for growth, and I am very much looking forward to working with Nick and the team to take these plans forward.”

BMS builds its Australian operation as Andrew Godden starts as CEO and Dylan Wilkinson is appointed COO

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that Andrew Godden has taken up his role as CEO of Australia. Based in Sydney, he reports directly to Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group. Dylan Wilkinson has been appointed as COO of BMS Australia reporting to Godden.

Godden has spent 30+ years in the insurance industry and has an established, outstanding reputation in local markets, based on an entrepreneurial track record of building insurance businesses. Most notably, in 2003, he co-founded Specialist Broking Associates. Since its 2010 purchase by Arthur J. Gallagher, Mr Godden was CEO of Australia for the combined business.

Wilkinson was latterly Director of Operations at The Corporate Playground, having previous held similar senior roles with wealth manager AMP.

Godden’s appointment will further enhance the significant reach BMS has already developed in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region. The addition of Dylan Wilkinson demonstrates the commitment BMS has to building a formidable organisation able to offer outstanding client service.

Andrew Godden, CEO of BMS Australia, said:

“Clients in the Australian and Asia Pacific markets have long needed a broker that can provide a full suite of risk products while retaining the distinctiveness of an independent, entrepreneurial business. BMS recognised early on the attractiveness of its commitment to offering its clients an individually focused level of service and tailored products, and has been developing its regional network. We see a fantastic opportunity here for BMS to grow, and I am therefore ready and excited to begin our work with Nick and the team.”

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“BMS has been building its reputation in Australia and Asia Pacific as an independent, employee-owned broker that provides an outstanding level of tailored services to clients. That an individual of Andrew’s calibre has joined our efforts is testament to BMS’s success. BMS is absolutely committed to developing an impressive client led operation throughout the region and we are demonstrating this with our investment in an operational leader of Dylan’s experience. I am very pleased to welcome both Andrew and Dylan to BMS and look forward to continuing our successful build-out together.”

BMS makes trio of senior hires to form new energy division

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the formation of a new energy division with the appointment of three senior energy brokers.

Leading industry figures James Chicken and Charlie Bowring become managing director and chairman of the new division respectively, and Sebastian Graham joins as a director.

James Chicken joins from Price Forbes where, as a director, he has spent the last 15 years specialising in power & utilities. He is a proven leader and producer with extensive experience in the global energy market. As leader of Price Forbes’ downstream energy, power and renewables practice he developed and managed a global wholesale account heavily focussed on the US. In recent years Chicken expanded the geographic footprint of the account beyond the US to EMEA and Asia Pacific markets.

Charlie Bowring has been in the insurance markets for over 40 years and has, for the last 20, specialised in the downstream energy and power markets. He began his career as a broker with CT Bowring Reinsurance Brokers, worked in London and New York with Marsh McLennan, was a founder member of Agnew, Higgins & Pickering and has, since 2010, been a director of Price Forbes.

Sebastian Graham gained his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2009 and joins from Miller Insurance Services where he specialised in power & utilities, renewable energy, midstream and downstream energy.

The division will report to Ian Gormley, board director of BMS Group and the three appointees will join upon completion of contractual obligations.

Ian Gormley, director of BMS Group said:

“BMS has an established presence in the energy reinsurance market and we have had ambitions to make the logical step towards the direct energy markets for some time, but were determined to do so only with the right people. BMS’s reputation for independence has been a key factor in our ability to attract three of the market’s most respected professionals to our team. I look forward to welcoming them and working together as we build this new division, which will be heavily focussed on US and international growth.”

Nick Cook, chief executive officer of BMS Group added:

“The development of a new energy division led by some of the market’s leading practitioners is a strategic investment for BMS as we continue to achieve significant growth in our core markets in the US and internationally. We fully expect the division to expand in the relatively near term as we invest further to bring additional expertise on board for the benefit of our growing client base.”

BMS Hires Andrew Godden as CEO of Australia

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointment of Andrew Godden as CEO of Australia. He will report directly to Nick Cook, CEO of BMS and be based in Sydney.

Andrew has established an outstanding reputation during his 30+ years in the insurance industry, based on his strong entrepreneurial approach to building insurance businesses. Most notably in 2003 he co-founded Specialist Broking Associates. Since its 2010 purchase by Arthur J. Gallagher, Mr Godden has been CEO of Australia for the combined business.

Andrew’s appointment will further enhance the significant reach BMS has been developing in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region, which is based on its commitment to offering its clients an individually focused level of service.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS, commented: “BMS has been building its reputation in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific and I’m delighted that the entrepreneurial culture we have created has allowed us to attract an individual of Andrew Godden’s calibre. Andrew shares our belief in an employee-owned business with an absolute focus on high quality customer service, which will be invaluable as we expand our reach right across the region.”
Andrew’s appointment will take effect upon the expiration of his contractual obligations to Arthur J. Gallagher.

BMS Group Limited appoints John Hoare as Managing Director, BMS Harris & Dixon Marine

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointment of John Hoare as Managing Director of BMS Harris & Dixon Marine, BMS’s specialty marine division with immediate effect. John succeeds current Managing Director Tony Pryce, who will remain Chairman of the business. John and Tony will work closely together on developing the expanding portfolio of BMS Harris & Dixon Marine.

John brings 32 years of experience in the marine insurance industry. He most recently served as International Marine Director at H. W. Wood Limited, having joined H. W. Wood from Heath Lambert. He began his career in the insurance industry at Sedgwick in 1985.

Tony said: “John’s appointment comes at a vital moment for BMS Harris & Dixon Marine. We have been steadily growing our book of business, and John will play a crucial role in the continued build-out of our capabilities. It has been a privilege to lead the BMS Harris & Dixon Marine division for almost thirty years, and it is now time for an orderly and managed transition to a new generation of leadership. John embodies the values of client service we hold so dear at BMS, and I therefore look forward to working with him to ensure the continued success of the business.”
John said: “BMS Harris & Dixon Marine has an unparalleled reputation in the marine market and has gone from strength to strength in recent years since its integration into the BMS Group. With ambitious plans and an expanding portfolio, BMS Harris & Dixon Marine will be an absolute pleasure to lead. I am delighted to be joining BMS Harris & Dixon Marine and working with as experienced a figure as Tony.”

BMS Group appoints James Gordon to lead Cyber & Technology Division as Managing Director

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointment of James Gordon as Managing Director of its Cyber and Technology Division. He will take up his position after serving his current notice period, reporting to Ian Gormley, managing director, BMS Risk Solutions.

Gordon has 13 years’ experience in the (re)insurance industry and joins BMS from Lockton Companies LLP, where he served as vice president, Global Technology & Privacy Practice (GTTP). Under Gordon’s leadership, the GTTP grew to become the largest such team in the London market, handling all kinds of technology, media and network security related business, predominantly for financial institutions, the healthcare and retail industries. Previous employers include Jardine Lloyd Thomson Ltd. and HSBC Insurance Brokers.

Ian Gormley, Managing Director, BMS Risk Solutions said: “I’m delighted that James will be joining BMS. Following the hire of Ryan Jones earlier this year, James’ appointment represents the next step in our ambition to provide a market leading cyber offering to clients. His track record in business development and market reputation for supplying cyber and technology expertise will be instrumental as we grow our presence in this sector.”

James Gordon said: “I’m very pleased to be joining BMS to lead the Cyber and Technology Division. This is an exciting time in the market as demand for cyber and technology expertise continues to exceed supply. BMS’ global presence and existing reputation for providing an unmatched level of client service provides the perfect platform from which to build a leading cyber and technology team.”

BMS Group appoints Ryan Jones as Director of Cyber Risk Intelligence

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointment of Ryan Jones as Director of Cyber Risk Intelligence. He takes up his position with immediate effect, reporting to Ian Gormley, Managing Director, BMS Risk Solutions.

Ryan has extensive experience as a cyber risk specialist and has advised a number of (re)insurance brokers, Lloyd’s syndicates and (re)insurance businesses on cyber protection, risk management and building and managing enterprise risk management programmes. Ryan previously had a successful career as a Sergeant of Marines with the United States Marine Corps.

Ian Gormley, Managing Director, BMS Risk Solutions said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to BMS, whose hire represents another significant step in our plan to build a market leading Cyber Intelligence Division. His specialist technical expertise and broad knowledge of cyber security will play a key role in our continual drive to be a one stop shop for our clients, as we develop a broking team that’s devoted to providing cyber risk solutions to our diverse client portfolio.”

Ryan Jones commented:

“I’m very pleased to be joining BMS. Cyber risks and exposures are complex, varied and continually evolving in the way they are assessed by both insurers and insureds. BMS’ internationally recognised brand offers the perfect platform from which to build and develop a team of devoted cyber experts who will facilitate cyber risk solutions for both existing and new clients.”

BMS Group appoints David Battman as Head of International

BMS Group Ltd. (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that David Battman will join the Company as Head of International in the New Year, reporting to Nick Cook, CEO of BMS.

David joins BMS from Arthur J. Gallagher International (“Gallagher”) where he was Managing Director, International Business Development and a Partner at Alesco RMS. He joined Gallagher in 2006 to develop and help implement the strategy to expand Gallagher’s global footprint and grow its international income. During his tenure, he developed the group’s strategies for regions including Latin America and Asia-Pacific, both of which have since been implemented successfully. David also ran Gallagher’s international broker network, the GGA, matching partner firms’ placement needs with the group’s wholesale capabilities. He recently joined the executive team of Alesco, with responsibility for M&A strategy, distribution and production.

David’s previous employers include Lloyd’s of London, with whom he spent 8 years in roles that included establishing the Lloyd’s Asia underwriting platform in Singapore, and Managing Director, Lloyd’s Spain. Before that, he ran the political risks consulting team at Control Risks Group.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to BMS. His depth of experience and impressive track record of designing and implementing sales, marketing, project and risk management strategies in the Lloyd’s and international (re)insurance markets will play a key part in BMS’ ongoing development as a leading independent broker.”

David Battman said:

“It’s a great pleasure to be joining BMS, whose brand is already internationally renowned for the quality of its client service and technical expertise. I look forward to playing my part in the continued growth of its international operations and expansion into new and existing territories.”