Inver Re appoints Alun Thomas as Global Head of Property Reinsurance
Inver Re – the reinsurance arm of the Ardonagh Group - has...
Inver Re has made another key appointment to its leadership team, with Chris Sharpe joining the new reinsurance platform as Strategy, Innovation and Business Development Director.
Chris will report to Ardonagh’s CEO of Reinsurance and Capital, Steve Hearn, and brings with him a wealth of reinsurance experience. Having set up the Hiscox business in Bermuda and turning it into the organisation’s most profitable team, Chris went on to create Hiscox Re - bringing together Hiscox’s reinsurance operations across London and Bermuda.
Chris went on to found Kinsu, the first app to sell insurance in the UK, creating a quote-and-buy policy backed by a Lloyd’s syndicate in a few clicks. He has also been a non-executive director at former client Geovera Reinsurance Limited, and runs his own commercial property business in the South West.
Steve Hearn comments: “Inver Re feels very much like a start-up, and no one knows start-ups better than Chris. It’s his vision, unique experience, digital first mindset and technical understanding of the reinsurance landscape that make him an invaluable asset to Inver Re’s proposition as we continue to grow. His relationships across global reinsurance markets will help us generate opportunities, and his entrepreneurial imagination will help us create different, dynamic reinsurance solutions.”
Chris says: “Sitting within Ardonagh's $13 billion portfolio, we have a compelling opportunity to craft Inver Re within today's dynamic reinsurance market and unsettled broker landscape. Inver Re has the platform, the plan and most importantly the people to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to helping Steve Hearn and the rest of the team build Inver Re into a world class, technology enabled, boutique reinsurance brokerage. I’ll be working across geographies and product lines to drive smart and sustainable growth, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ardonagh recently completed its acquisition of the insurance and reinsurance broking operations of BGC Partners, adding significant growth to its specialty broking operations and building on its ambitions to deliver capital solutions for insurance and reinsurance clients.
Notes to Editors
Founded in 2021 as part of The Ardonagh Group, Inver Reinsurance Brokers Limited aims to bring a fresh perspective to reinsurance and establish a credible alternative in a market where choice and flexibility are increasingly limited. Our energy and purpose are born out of a unique combination of the scale and resources of the UK’s largest independent insurance broking group and the flair and expertise of our team.
THE ARDONAGH GROUP
The Ardonagh Group is the UK’s largest independent insurance distribution platform and a top 20 broker globally. We are collection of best-in-class entrepreneurial and specialist brands with a network of more 100 locations and a combined workforce of more than 8,000 people. Across our portfolio, we offer a highly diversified range of insurance-related products and services across the full insurance value chain in the UK, Ireland and broader international markets. From complex multinational corporations to individuals purchasing personal insurance policies, our understanding of the communities we serve, together with our scale and breadth, allows us to work with our insurer partners to deliver a broad range of product and risk solutions that meet customer needs.