Covéa Insurance appoints Phil Bird to head its Personal Lines Department

14th October

Covéa Insurance has secured another senior industry figure by hiring Phil Bird, former Underwriting and Claims director at Groupama, to head its Personal Lines Underwriting Department.

Phil joins Covéa Insurance with over 30 years of service within the insurance industry. He spent 7 years at Groupama before moving on to roles at the Motor Insurance Bureau and the Insurance Fraud Bureau and most recently running his own brokerage business. He has also sat on a number of ABI committees covering a broad range of insurance disciplines.

Simon Kneller, Actuarial Director at Covéa Insurance comments:

“We are very pleased that Phil has joined as Head of Personal Lines Underwriting. Phil’s broad experience of underwriting, broking and his industry knowledge were all important in our decision to bring him to Covéa Insurance. He will take a lead in developing our personal lines underwriting business, working closely with our distribution and pricing teams to develop mutually profitable lines of business with new and existing broker partners.”




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.9 billion Euros in premiums in 2018.  

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa.  It has Gold Investors in People accreditation and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels. Employing over 1800 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and is signatory to the HM Treasury Women In Finance Charter. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

In 2018, Covéa Insurance were recipients of the Personal Lines Insurer of the Year award at both the British Insurance Awards and the Insurance Times Awards and was the top rated insurer in the Insurance Times Broker Service Survey for both Personal and Commercial Lines.

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