Further strengthening of regional trading teams

3rd June

Covéa Insurance has announced a number of senior commercial lines appointments to further strengthen the company’s regional trading capability.

In the North, Martin Hyde joins from Arista as Regional Underwriting Manager for the company’s Newcastle and Glasgow regional offices; Suzanne Thomas joins from UK General as Senior Underwriter for the North East area and Anthony Leonard, from AXA, joins the company’s Manchester regional office as Motor Trade Regional Underwriter.

In the South, Nick Cook and Steve Chinn have been promoted to Regional Underwriting Managers for the company’s Chelmsford and Reading regional offices respectively, with Bill George, ex Aviva, joining as Business Development Manager for the South.

These appointments are the latest in the company’s ambitious recruitment drive as it continues to invest in its capabilities to create new trading opportunities in the regional mid-market commercial sector and develop its schemes and micro SME business.

Simon Cooter, Commercial Lines Director at Covéa Insurance commented:

“I’m delighted that we’re continuing to attract strong, talented individuals to our business and provide meaningful career progression for our established team. Our ongoing investment in people demonstrates our intent to have the best local trading teams which we believe is the single biggest difference we can make to brokers and their clients.”




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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