Simon Cooter to leave Covéa Insurance in 2019

23rd October 2018

Covéa Insurance has today announced that Simon Cooter will be stepping down from his role as Commercial Lines & HNW Director, and leaving Covéa Insurance, in 2019. His decision is driven by a desire to change the pace of his working life, creating time for him to do different things.

Simon joined Covéa Insurance in early 2013 and has played a critical role in leading the development and growth of its Commercial & HNW business, as well as contributing to the wider company through his role on the Executive Committee and Board.

Commenting on the news, James Reader, Chief Executive said “Simon has been an important member of the Covéa Insurance team since joining us in 2013.  Under his leadership, the Commercial & HNW business has grown into a £270m GWP operation with a strong team delivering fantastic service to its partners and customers. We will be very sorry to see him go but he and I are equally keen to ensure a smooth transition for our people and customers and, with that in mind, we have agreed not to set a specific date for his departure at this stage, other than to confirm that it will be at some point in 2019.  This will give us the time to make sure that we identify the right person to take over from Simon, and to manage an effective handover of his responsibilities.  Until then, I’m pleased to say that it will be very much business as usual and I know that Simon remains as committed to the success of Covéa Insurance and to delivering to our Commercial & HNW partners and customers as ever.”

Speaking about his decision, Simon has said “leaving Covéa has been a really tough decision. It’s a great business with great people and I think that together we have built a fantastic reputation for delivering fantastic service and being a company that our partners love doing business with. If I had wanted to carry on running a Commercial Lines & HNW business it would be here, but I have always had an idea that I wanted to change pace when I reached 55 (which I do in January, sadly!) and that is exactly what I am going to do. I hope to find different things to do that will mean working significantly fewer days than I do currently. It’s exciting and scary at the same time!  Whatever I do next I will watch the next stages of the Covéa journey closely and I’ll be wishing you all the continued success that you deserve.

Simon Cooter




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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