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

Covéa Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa (which includes the global reinsurer PartnerRe since July 2022). 

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of UK customers, across a range of product lines; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa.  

Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos and 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. In 2022 Covéa Insurance was named Insurer of the Year at the British Claims Awards and Personal Lines Insurer of the Year at the Insurance Times Awards.

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