Our Executive

Julian Tighe
Chief Executive

Julian TigheJulian Tighe has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years, spending the last 14 with Asta.  Julian was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2014, prior to that he has held other roles at Asta, including COO, CFO and Strategic Acquisitions Director. Julian has extensive experience in advising clients on business plans and launching new syndicates at Lloyd’s.

Prior to joining Asta Julian held senior finance positions at Reliance National and Orion Insurance Company.

Julian is also a member of the board of Asta Capital Ltd

 

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Simon Norton
Director of Underwriting

Simon HortonSimon Norton has worked in the London Market for 26 years, joining Asta in 2009.  Simon was appointed Director of Underwriting on 1 January 2014 having previously held the roles of Joint Director of Underwriting and Head of Underwriting Management.  Simon has extensive experience in leading and managing underwriting portfolios in both the London Company and Lloyd’s Market.  Prior to joining Asta, Simon worked at the Franchise Performance Directorate at Lloyd’s.

 

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Lorraine Harfitt
Chief Operating Officer

Lorriane HarfittLorraine Harfitt joined Asta in September 2013 as Head of Risk Assurance in a broad ranging role working with the COO, CRO and the Joint Directors of Underwriting in implementing the new Lloyd’s standards but also bringing her considerable market experience to bear in a number of other areas.  As of 1stJanuary 2014 Lorraine was appointed Chief Operating Officer with the aim of further enhancing and refining Asta’s successful operating model.

Lorraine joined Asta from Lloyd’s where she held a number of senior positions including specific responsibility for implementation of the Solvency II project across the Lloyd's market.  Lorraine has over 20 years of experience within the Lloyd’s market.  She is ACII qualified and completed the Lloyd’s leadership course at London Business School in 2010.

 

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David Hunt
Chief Financial Officer

David HuntHaving qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), David Hunt entered the insurance industry in 1990 with English & American heading up the back office team for the Aviation underwriting pools.

David joined Asta as CFO in September 2012.  He was previously part of Pro Insurance’s senior management team since its formation in 1993 and CFO from 1997 to 2009, focussing on client service management both in traditional run-off and schemes of arrangement Following the acquisition by Tawa plc David moved to head up Tawa’s M&A team with particular focus on financial modelling, including structuring and pricing for finality solutions, and debt purchase.

 

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Clare Barley
Chief Risk Officer

Clare DarbyClare Barley is a qualified Actuary. After graduating with a masters in mathematics from Warwick University, Clare worked as a Pensions Actuary before joining Lane Clark & Peacock in 2010 where she provided clients with actuarial advice on a range of insurance matters, including Solvency II, reserving and pricing.

Clare joined Asta’s risk team in 2014 and has worked across all areas of risk management, with particular focus on the ORSA process and model validation. She was appointed Deputy CRO in 2014 and promoted to CRO in February 2016.

 

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Other Key People 

Richard Barke
Chief Actuary

Richard BarkeRichard Barke is a qualified actuary who has worked in the insurance industry since 2003 previously at KPMG and Aspen Re. He was made Deputy Chief Actuary at Asta in 2013 and Chief Actuary in 2015.

Richard has been involved with all aspects of the actuarial work at Asta including leading the actuarial Solvency II preparations and has been responsible for the construction and validation of the Syndicate capital models.

Richard has been part of the Actuarial team at Asta since 2011 when Asta and the independent actuarial consultancy UMACS agreed a long term resourcing partnership.

 

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Ann Bearwish
HR Director

Ann BearwishAnn Bearwish has worked in the HR team of Asta for over 20 years and was appointed HR Director in 2006.

Ann has a breadth of HR experience, advising Asta and a number of other managing agencies on all aspects of HR. This includes assisting start-ups with contracts and policy development, benefit structures as well as advising on employee relations issues, terminations and managing TUPE transfers.

Ann is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a director of Asta Management Services Ltd.

 

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Charmaine Chow
Company Secretary

Charmaine ChowCharmaine Chow is a qualified solicitor and chartered secretary.  She joined Asta as Company Secretary in February 2012.

Charmaine previously practised as a solicitor and then as company secretary at both FTSE and AIM listed companies.  As an alumni of the Lloyd’s leadership programme conducted at the London Business School in 2013, she remains an active member in the Lloyd’s community.

 

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Matt Lane
Chief Information Officer

Matt LaneMatt Lane has been working in insurance technology since 1998. After graduating with a BSc in Physics from Bath, Matt launched his career as an IT consultant, working on numerous insurance system implementation projects across North America & South East Asia. Matt completed his MBA in Rotterdam in 2005 and subsequently held London Market positions with ACE Europe & Tokio Marine Europe in IT & Programme Management.

He entered the Lloyd’s Market in 2011 working as Solvency II programme delivery manager at the Corporation of Lloyd’s, before joining Asta in 2014. As Head of Business Intelligence, he led the implementation of Solvency II’s Pillar 3 reporting regime within Asta, establishing a reputation as a leading market authority on the subject. Matt was appointed CIO in February 2016.

 

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Keith Nevett
Client Executive

Keith-NevettKeith Nevett has worked for Asta for over 20 years, recently appointed Client Executive who is responsible for the Integration and Migration timetable of Asta’s client base in addition to the management of current and prospective client relationships. Keith has worked and advised on 11 new Lloyd’s start-ups and 8 syndicate migrations in the last 7 years and has been integral to the success of these achieving approval from both the PRA/FCA & Lloyd’s. In 2006 Keith completed an MBA in project management from Henley Management College.

Prior to working in the business development team he worked in a number of operational and project management roles within Asta.

 

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Non-Executives 

Tom Riddell
(Independent Non-Executive Chairman)

Tom RiddellTom joined KPMG in 1983, becoming a partner in 1993.  He retired as a partner in 2007.  Tom advised insurance sector clients, specialising in run-off. He was the joint scheme administrator of English & American Insurance Company Limited, and provisional liquidator and scheme administrator in the UK for HIH Casualty & General Insurance Company Limited and other HIH group companies. He joined Asta Managing Agency limited as a non executive director in 2008 and Riverstone Insurance Limited in 2012.

Andrew Hubbard
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Andrew HubbardAndrew qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 having trained with a small firm in the City of London.  His early career was spent in general practice in firms of chartered accountants in the City.  In 1978 Andrew joined Neville Russell & Co (now Mazars LLP) as an audit supervisor in their insurance practice, progressing to become a partner in the firm in 1990.  He was a founder member of the firm’s International Insurance Group and was head of the firm’s insurance and pension funds practices for a number of years responsible for developing and maintaining the firm’s technical procedures and training, the firm’s profile in the market and for business development in those sectors.  Andrew was involved in all aspects of Lloyd’s and the London Insurance Market, working with brokers, syndicates, managing and members’ agencies, service companies and corporate capital vehicles, (re)insurance companies and mutuals, as well as the Corporation of Lloyd’s itself, including being responsible for the non-marine balance-of-account aspect of the Equitas project. Andrew has undertaken a wide variety of assignments including external (statutory) audit, litigation support, acting as expert witness in the UK, the Irish Republic and Bermuda, transaction support including due diligence, reporting accountant, listing and delisting, special investigations and compliance reviews.

Over the years Andrew has had considerable involvement with general insurance aspects of the actuarial profession (including speaking at conferences and participating on working parties of the Institute of Actuaries) which led to being accepted as an Affiliate of the Institute of Actuaries.

Andrew retired from practice in 2012 and is currently a Non Executive Director of Asta Managing Agency Ltd and a Lloyd’s members’ agency.

Professional affiliations:
• Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
• Affiliate of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.
• Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

James Ramage
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

James RamageJim Ramage was appointed non-executive director of Asta Managing Agency Ltd in July 2010.  Jim has long standing experience in the insurance sector.  He was previously the Chairman of the Business Development Committee at JLT Reinsurance Brokers Ltd, where he helped set up JLT’s new specialist Reinsurance Broker. He took on the position of Head of Non-Marine after six months and was then made a director of JLT Re.  Prior to that, Jim led Guy Carpenter’s London Market and Retrocessional division and subsequently became deputy CEO of Guy Carpenter London.  He was responsible for helping rebuild the LMX division following a significant downturn.  Between 1994 and 1997, Jim was director on the North American and London Market Division at JH Minet Reinsurance Brokers Ltd, where he was responsible for producing and developing new business opportunities.  During his 42 year career in the Lloyd's and London market Jim has held directorships in both Lloyd's brokers and Lloyd's managing agents. He was active underwriter of Syndicate 1005 and director of FLP Secretan & Company, Sturge Reinsurance Underwriting and Merrett Underwriting Management.

Kalpana Shah
(Independent Non-Executive Director)

Kalpana ShahKalpana joined the board of Asta Managing Agency Ltd  as an Independent Non Executive Director in October 2016. Following an early career on the trading floor working in business development for the London Commodity Exchange, Kalpana started her insurance career as deputy to the director of underwriting at Groupama Gan. She served at Hiscox for 19 years where she was Group Chief Actuary and Partner. She has worked on a number of international industry and regulatory committees. In 2014, as Chair of the Actuarial Function working group for the London Market Association she produced the first widely used practical guidance for Chief Actuaries responsible for meeting the requirements of the new regulatory insurance framework. Over the years she has worked on various working groups for the Bank of England, Lloyd's of London and the Bermuda Monetary Authority on the implementation of Solvency II.

She is also Independent Non-Executive Director of RiverStone Managing Agency Limited and RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited. Kalpana was recently included in the inaugural Upstanding list of the Financial Times featuring 100 UK and US executives who have reached senior roles in business whilst also fighting discrimination and championing ethnic diversity and inclusion.

Marvin Mohn
Non-Executive Director (Shareholder Representative)

Marvin MohnMarvin joined the Asta Managing Agency board in 2016. He was one of the founding shareholders of Tawa plc in 2001 and was appointed that company’s general counsel in 2007. Tawa was renamed Pro Global Insurance Solutions plc in 2014 and the ACHP plc in 2017, and Marvin was appointed a director of ACHP in 2017. He previously served as the chief executive officer of Tawa’s former subsidiaries, PXRE Reinsurance Company Limited, Lincoln General Insurance Company, and QX Reinsurance Company, and he presently serves as a director of CX Reinsurance Company Limited, Island Capital Limited, and Asta Capital Limited. Marvin is a member of the California bar and a qualified English solicitor. Before joining Tawa he was with the restructuring practice of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and before that was a lawyer with Chadbourne & Parke LLP.