Covéa Insurance appoints Phil Bird to head its Personal Lines Department

14th October 2014

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 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

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 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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