Covéa Insurance continues to build Commercial Lines team with further senior underwriting appointments

10th February

Covéa Insurance announces further investment in its Commercial Lines underwriting team, with the appointment of three senior underwriters.

Richard Heathcote has been appointed to the role of Senior Trading Underwriter, Property Owners and joins from AXA bringing with him 25 years of underwriting experience. Building on the successful growth of Covéa Insurance’s property owners portfolio, Richard will focus on supporting the company’s 8 regional underwriting teams across all major UK insurance markets.

Mark Docherty has been appointed Senior Mid-Market Underwriter and joins with 25 years experience in commercial underwriting. Having previously held roles at Zurich and RSA, he has a wealth of experience in complex casualty business and will utilise his solid technical and trading background to define the company’s mid-market proposition.

Paul Hodgson, Director, Commercial Underwriting & Business Operations commented:

“Mark and Richard’s roles will both be broker facing, as we are absolutely focused on providing our trading partners easy access to empowered underwriters. We understand how important this is to our partners; in a recently survey 94% of the brokers we asked stated that 'access to decision-making underwriters' was the most important factor to them when choosing their insurance provider”.

Adeel Qureshi has been appointed as Senior Technical Underwriter, Property and joins from RSA with 11 years' international experience underwriting property exposures. In his new role, Adeel will focus on delivering technical underwriting material to enable the company to write larger, more complex property risks, further adding to the company’s existing underwriting capabilities in this sector.

Paul concludes:

“These senior appointments demonstrate our on-going commitment to building and developing our underwriting capabilities and ensuring that we are creating the right platform to write a broader footprint of regional brokers’ business.”




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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