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BMS continues expansion of energy division

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the expansion of its Energy division with four hires. They will report to James Chicken, managing director of Energy and will join early next year.

Lynsey Green brings 20 years of experience to BMS. She joins from JLT, where she focused on North American Energy clients. Green began her career in the Energy division of Aon before moving to the Energy Casualty team at Agnew Higgins Pickering and Company in 1999 and then to Lloyd and Partners (part of the JLT Group) in 2010.

Kevin Page has over 30 years’ industry experience working for Sedgwick, Marsh and Price Forbes. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the power and nuclear sectors for both American and multi-national clients, providing technical insurance coverage analysis, policy wording development and client management at Price Forbes.

Robin Gibbs began his career at JLT in the natural resources team, before joining the power and downstream Energy team at Price Forbes in 2014. He is ACII certified and has a Master’s in economics and international business.

Darren Jones brings 28 years of industry experience to BMS, having begun his career with Marsh’s Marine & Energy division in 1990. In 2002, he became a part of Agnew Higgins Pickering (later JLT), where, among others, he was focussed on UK and US Energy accounts and establishing a Casualty offering for the Energy sector. He joins from Price Forbes, where he was part of the Power, Nuclear and Construction unit since 2010.

Ian Gormley, director of BMS Group, said:

“Sustaining exceptional client focused services is at the heart of our culture, and, as we grow, we continue to attract the industry’s leading talent to our entrepreneurial team. Lynsey, Kevin, Darren and Robin are well respected in their fields and their breadth of expertise compliments the knowledge within our growing energy division. We are a significant step closer to achieving our ambition of building the London market’s leading Energy team. I would like to offer them all a very warm welcome.”

BMS Group wins “Broker of the Year” at the Insider Honours

BMS is pleased to announce that we were awarded the title “Broker of the Year” at this year’s highly coveted and prestigious Insurance Insider Honours.

The award ceremony took place on 6th September at Old Billingsgate, London. The “Broker of the Year” category was open to all regulated insurance and reinsurance intermediaries serving the global P&C markets and was awarded to a company that could demonstrate continued incremental business expansion and improvement in turnover, margins and profits over the previous year.

Nick Cook, Chief Executive Officer of BMS Group, said:

“I am very proud to announce that at this year’s annual Insurance Insider Awards dinner, BMS won Broker of the Year. To win is recognition of our hard work, our innovation, our growth and our financial performance.  Winning Broker of the Year vindicates our group strategy. We have worked hard to develop our individual and collective excellence, built on the strong foundations of our entrepreneurial and team culture. Every employee across our entire business has contributed to BMS winning. My congratulations to everyone on this outstanding achievement”.

BMS Group gana el premio de “Broker del Año” de Insider Honours

BMS se complace en anunciar que recibió el premio de “Broker del Año” en la renombrada y prestigiosa gala de Insurance Insider Honours de este año.

La ceremonia de entrega de premios tuvo lugar el 6 de septiembre en Old Billingsgate, Londres. La categoría “Broker del Año” comprendía a todas las compañías intermediarias de seguro y reaseguro reguladas que prestan servicios a los mercados mundiales de seguros de Daños Materiales y Responsabilidad Civil. El premio sería otorgado a una compañía que pudiera demostrar incremento en su expansión comercial  de forma continuada y mejoras en los ingresos, los márgenes y las ganancias en el transcurso del año anterior.

Nick Cook, Consejero Delegado de BMS Group, afirmó lo siguiente:

“Me enorgullece anunciar que BMS ganó el premio como Broker del Año en la cena anual de entrega de premios de Insurance Insider de este año. Este premio es un reconocimiento al trabajo arduo, a la innovación, al crecimiento y al desempeño financiero que hemos logrado.  Ser ganadores del premio de Broker del Año consolida la estrategia de nuestro grupo. Nos hemos esforzado arduamente para desarrollar nuestra excelencia individual y colectiva sobre la base de los sólidos pilares de nuestra cultura empresarial y de equipo. Todos los empleados de la compañía han contribuido a que BMS reciba este galardón. Mis felicitaciones a todos por este destacado logro”.

BMS Group’s Australian wholesale operation rebrands as Lions Gate Placement Services

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that its Australian wholesale broking operation has rebranded to Lions Gate Placement Services (“Lions Gate”), to mirror BMS Group’s wholesale underwriting agency Lions Gate Underwriting.

Lions Gate is led by Brett Field and will maintain its distinct character as a wholesale broking operation, operationally and structurally separate from the niche specialist broker BMS Australia, led by Andrew Godden. Lions Gate’s core business will continue to be Lloyd’s-supported liability and property placements, particularly in the construction, sport and hospitality areas as well as hard to place business.

Brett Field, managing director, Lions Gate, said:

“We are very pleased to announce the rebrand to Lions Gate, which will retain focus on our independent retail broking and underwriting agency partners. Our wholesale operation in Australia has earned a terrific reputation, combining local service, product innovation and expertise with direct access to Lloyd’s and the London market. We have ambitious growth plans in the sector and look forward to growing our partnerships in the region.”

BMS continues Australia expansion with senior broking hire

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that Danny Gluszkiewicz is joining the growing BMS Australia team as a Director of the Australian operations, effective August 2018. Based in Brisbane, he will form an integral part of BMS Australia’s national team and report to Andrew Godden, BMS Australia CEO.

Gluszkiewicz joins with nineteen years’ experience in the insurance industry, having begun his career as an account executive at QBE in 1999. He subsequently held a succession of senior roles at InterRISK Australia, building a vast array of expertise in client solutions and advocacy, before becoming managing director of InterRISK Queensland in 2009.

BMS Australia CEO Andrew Godden said:

“Danny is an exceptional insurance professional with a longstanding track record of leadership and building businesses in the Australian market. There is huge demand in Australia for BMS’s signature offering as an independent, flexible and client-centric broker, and Danny will play a key role in our ongoing expansion. Our Brisbane office is growing and always on the lookout for new talent to drive growth. I am therefore very pleased to welcome him to BMS Australia and look forward to working with him to build out our entrepreneurial team.”

For further information on joining BMS’s Brisbane team please contact Andrew Godden at Andrew.godden@bmsgroup.com or 0432 805 729.

BMS announces a tied representative agreement with Turkish insurance and reinsurance broker Rönesans

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces it has entered into a tied representative agreement with Turkish specialist (re)insurance broker Rönesans Reasürans ve Sigorta Brokerlik A.Ş. (“Rönesans”).

As part of the agreement, Rönesans and BMS will develop a joint marketing plan for Turkey and offer jointly-branded products to clients in Turkey. As a result of the agreement, Rönesans will facilitate BMS’s access to Turkey and neighbouring countries, while BMS will provide mutual clients with know-how and expertise developed during their 30 years as a wholesale reinsurance and insurance broker. BMS will also offer Rönesans clients access to Lloyd’s and the London market. The agreement will form a model for similar arrangements between BMS Group and select brokers in target geographies.

Selva Eren, majority partner and managing director of Rönesans Reasürans ve Sigorta Brokerlik A.Ş, said:

“Over the past two years, Rönesans and BMS have worked closely together.  We realised there was an exciting opportunity to cement our ties to the benefit of BMS, Rönesans and our insureds.  Our clients deserve the very best in service and the most comprehensive product offering available. Through this partnership with BMS, we can improve our service and provide just that.”

David Battman, head of international at BMS Group, said:

“As part of our longstanding international strategy, BMS has been looking to expand into key financial centres in a range of markets across the globe, either directly or through close partnerships and joint ventures.  From these hubs, we can better access business in neighbouring countries.  We identified Turkey as a target for our ongoing expansion and have been working with Rönesans to provide our signature independent, high-quality service.

This agreement further strengthens our relationship with Rönesans and directly provides clients with the excellent service quality and knowledge offered by both our teams, particularly in the energy and construction sectors.”

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 continues energy expansion with senior hires

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointment of Kristina Juul and Richard Force as divisional directors in BMS’s growing energy division. Both will report to James Chicken, newly-appointed managing director, energy, who joins BMS in August, following completion of contractual obligations.

Kristina Juul will work closely with Charles Bowring, chairman of energy at BMS, on the servicing and placement of energy liability accounts once Bowring is in post, also following completion of contractual obligations. She joins BMS from i4Intelligence Limited, where she provided advice on the insurance market to H5, an AI and data analytics service. Prior to that, she was vice president in the Global Energy division and leader of the energy liability team at Lockton. She joined Lockton from Alesco, where she was an energy broker and risk analyst.

Richard Force joins from Price Forbes, where he served for 14 years, most recently as senior account executive in the energy division. He will provide senior technical resource to the downstream property team at BMS, as well as placing renewable energy business.

Ian Gormley, director of BMS Group said:

“The establishment of an energy division is a key plank of our growth strategy at BMS. We have identified substantial opportunities in the sector, as demand from clients grows for a broker that will provide sharp, tailored and focused solutions to the risks they face. We are assembling a growing team of recognised market leaders as part of our expansion into the energy sector, and I am delighted that such high-calibre individuals as Kristina and Richard will form part of our expert team. I would therefore like to welcome them to BMS.”

BMS Innovation Labs launched in transformation drive

BMS Group Limited (BMS), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the launch of BMS Innovation Labs, a platform to drive change and innovation within the company and the wider insurance industry.

BMS Innovation Labs will focus on how to deliver the best possible outcomes for clients using all available tools, including new technology and business approaches that can add value to and enhance BMS’s offering. BMS Innovation Labs will be employee-led, providing a forum for individuals from across the business to contribute to the development of innovative and disruptive approaches and technologies.

The launch event for BMS Innovation Labs was held on the morning of 15th March at the Grange City Hotel and focused on further strengthening BMS’s client-centric, design approach to solving complex business problems and driving innovation to the benefit of the businesses BMS supports. BMS employees were introduced to the Design Thinking tools and techniques developed by Pancentric Digital, a specialist in disruption in insurance.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“The launch of Innovation Labs epitomises BMS’s client-centric thinking and approach, which has driven growth in recent years, challenging industry norms and employing technology that is rapidly changing our industry. Through the creation of BMS Innovation Labs, we are declaring our intent to remain at the forefront of innovation in our industry as we deliver further targeted, bespoke solutions to our clients.”

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 Canada wins national award

We are delighted to announce that BMS Canada Risk Services’ Ottawa-based team has won the Insurance Business Awards 2017 for ‘Outstanding Customer Service by a Brokerage.’

BMS was one of 12 finalists nominated. Insurance Business said:

“This award acknowledges a brokerage with a proven track record of providing their clients with superior support, and an industry player that has mastered that service and is number one on all fronts.”

This is the team’s first time entering an awards event, after being nominated by several clients.

The team started in 2012 and now provides coverage to more than 500,000 healthcare and regulated members through 70+ associations across Canada. It has 100% client and staff retention.

A huge congratulations to BMS Canada Risk Services CEO Brian Gomes and his team.