The six members of the Construction Consortium at Lloyd’s are among the market’s most experienced insurers of worldwide construction risks.

Axis is a diversified insurance and reinsurance business operating through syndicates 2007 and 6129 at Lloyd's and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Group has operations in London and Bermuda and underwrites over 30 lines of business through its three divisional units: property, casualty and marine, aviation and political risk. The combination of expert underwriting, consistent performance and dynamic capital management are the cornerstones of Axis's strategy and are integral to achieving its market leading performance across the Group.

Steve Cross
Construction Unit Head

Steve is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 10 years' industry experience before moving into Insurance in 2000. Steve has worked as a risk engineer at Allianz and numerous underwriting roles at Zurich Insurance, before establishing the construction unit at Hardy Syndicate in 2009. In 2016 Steve was recruited by Axis to launch a construction unit.

Ian Smith
Senior Underwriter

Ian is a mechanical Engineer with 7 Years Industry Experience before moving into Insurance.

Ian has over 30 years insurance experience with a number of companies including Eagle Star SA, Generali SA, Allianz Cornhill, Zurich Insurance plc, ACE, and Hardy Syndicate.

Ian is a prominent member of LEG and has a strong focus on training younger underwriters in the engineering sector.

Alex Coulton
Underwriting Assistant

Alex studied mechanical engineering at university before starting work in insurance.

Alex has 2 Years insurance experience working with the Starstone construction team before joining Axis in 2016.

Beazley plc

Beazley plc is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations in Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America and Asia. Beazley manages six Lloyd’s syndicates and, in 2017, underwrote gross premiums worldwide of $2,343.8 million. All Lloyd’s syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best. Beazley’s global business is transacted through five divisions: marine; political, accident & contingency; property; reinsurance; and specialty lines. The diversity of Beazley’s portfolio and the expertise of the group’s underwriters have supported an unbroken 32 year record of profitability.

Colin Rose
Global Head of Construction & Engineering

Colin has over 30 years experience in Construction & Engineering, Operational Power and associated lines. He is the Global Head of Construction & Engineering at Beazley, leading a team of underwriters across all continents. During his career he has worked in London, Germany and the US, for companies such as Travelers, Ace, GE, Cologne Re. He has underwritten all engineering classes, including major contractor annual covers and types of construction projects such as major buildings, power generation, oil and gas and heavy industry projects.

Colin joined Beazley in September 2004. After spending 5 years underwriting and helping to establish the Construction & Engineering team in London, Colin moved to Chicago to lead the Inland Marine team, which include Builders Risk and other Inland Marine products. He is based in London and now leads an established specialist team with hubs in London, the US, Singapore and Latin America.

Georgie Collings

Georgie graduated from University College London in 2009 and began his career on the Lloyd’s graduate scheme the following year, spending time within the Corporation and on the Property D&F box at Liberty Syndicate. He subsequently moved to the Construction & Engineering team at Beazley where he has worked for 6 years, successfully achieving his ACII qualification and progressing to underwriter.

Kyrie Allen
Assistant Underwriter

Kyrie completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma in May 2014 and shortly afterwards joined the London insurance market as an assistant at Antares Underwriting working across various classes including property, marine, aviation and terrorism. In October 2014 she joined Beazley’s Construction and Engineering team in London as underwriting assistant and is continuing to progress through the CII qualifications. She has recently been promoted to assistant underwriter in the Construction and Engineering team.


Canopius is a global specialty (re)insurer with underwriting operations in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bermuda, US and Singapore. We are one of the top 10 insurers in the Lloyd's insurance market and wrote over $1.2 billion premium across the group in 2017. We believe that our people make us different. We challenge the prevailing wisdom, we ask the difficult questions and we are proud to offer an independent view of risk. We were formed via a management buyout in December 2003, with £25m equity capital and achieved significant growth through a mix of organic expansion and acquisition. We are privately owned, backed by private equity funding.

Brad Green
Head of Engineering, Construction & Engineering

Brad started his career at Aon in 1997. He has over 20 years insurance experience, of which 16 years are of trading UK and international construction and engineering business as a lead underwriter specifically within the London Market for lead insurance companies.

Having held various underwriting, managerial and leadership positions at Allianz Global Risks and Chubb Insurance, his experience includes trading of all major classes of construction, engineering and plant risks for major international corporate clients. This includes individual major projects and client renewals, strategic business planning and account portfolio ownership.

Before joining Canopius in November 2016 Brad was International Construction Manager at Chubb. Brad is an active representative at the CAR Group market forum including providing technical support on various committees.

James Tame
Underwriter, Construction & Engineering

James started his career at Munich Re, working with the engineering & property team part time for two and a half years whilst at university. After graduating, he joined Canopius in 2010 as he wanted to work for a syndicate in Lloyd's. He spent eleven months in underwriting support, before being asked by the engineering team to support them. He worked his way through the various levels to become an underwriter within the team. James writes projects for Canopius and he is also actively involved with the underwriting of projects for the Construction Consortium.

John Shaw
Underwriter, Construction & Engineering

John graduated with an Honours degree in Law before starting his underwriting career in 2006 at RSA Manchester, moving to London in 2009 with Allianz and completing his underwriting training at the Engineering Underwriting Academy. He followed this with the completion of a Masters in Insurance & Risk Management and attained the status of Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute shortly after.

Working for HDI-Global and QBE he was responsible for writing both a UK and International portfolio of engineering project risks while also servicing international contractors' annual policies. Before joining Canopius john was the Underwriting Manager for QBE Australia in Sydney, responsible for the management and development of the construction portfolio in northern Australia.

CNA Hardy
CNA Hardy is a leading specialist commercial insurance provider for clients within the Lloyd's and company markets. We write business at Lloyd's in London and Asia via syndicate 382. We write over 30 classes of business across 4 broad categories: Property, Casualty, Marine and Specialty. CNA Hardy is part of CNA Financial Corp, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. Established in 1897, CNA has approximately 7,000 employees, serving businesses and professionals in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Our global reach and network of more than 75 offices around the world means we can offer coverage to businesses of all sizes for domestic, international and global exposures.

Caroline Hairsine
Class Manager Hardy Syndicate 382

Caroline graduated in 1998 a BEng (Hons) Degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University before working for Halcrow as a graduate engineer. In 2000 she joined the JLT Risks Solutions International Construction team as an account handler focussing on the large infrastructure, oil and gas and power projects. She moved to underwriting in 2005 firstly with Zurich and then with SCOR for 6 years. After a return to Zurich to be Head of CAR for the EMEA region, as well as head of the CAR team in London, she joined CAN Hardy in 2016 as the Class Manager for Engineering.

Anna Woolley
Senior Technical Underwriter Hardy Syndicate 382

Anna graduated with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol. With over 10 years’ experience in the construction insurance market, Anna began her career at CV Starr assisting with the setup of the Construction underwriting team and quickly progressed through her ACII. She then moved to Zurich as a specialist EAR underwriter on their International Construction team focussing on and leading large oil and gas, mining and power business. In 2016 Anna joined Hardy syndicate as a Senior Underwriter.

Paul Wilson
Senior Underwriter Hardy Syndicate 382

Paul graduated from university with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering. Paul began his career in the construction industry working as a design engineer for nine years, before moving into insurance as an assistant underwriter. He joined Hardy in 2012 and has since worked his way up to assuming a senior underwriter position within the team.

The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Travelers in Europe, offers diverse business lines through Travelers Insurance Company Limited; Travelers Syndicate Management Limited (Syndicate 5000); and Travelers Underwriting Agency Limited. Travelers Syndicate 5000 writes Aviation, Global Property, Marine, Power & Utilities, Accident & Special Risks and Financial Institutions business through the internationally renowned platform of the Lloyd’s insurance market. The Travelers Companies, Inc. (“TRV”) is a leading provider of property liability insurance for motor, home and business. The Group has more than 30,000 employees and operations in the United States, Canada, UK and Ireland, and through a joint venture in Brazil, under the brand J. Malucelli Participações em Seguros e Resseguros S.A. The group has total assets of approximately $103 billion, shareholders’ equity of $25 billion and total revenue of approximately of $27. billion, in 2015.

Paul Latimer
Head of Global Construction Travelers Syndicate 5000

The team is led by an engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction insurance market. After completing his Masters in Civil Engineering, Design and Management at Cardiff University, Paul started out at Willis. From there he moved to another leading broking house JLT before moving to underwriting with the Catlin syndicate at Lloyds where he established and built up an impressive book. Paul joined Travelers in 2015 to launch Travelers Europe’s Worldwide Construction offering to complement the Group’s significant and successful domestic construction portfolio.

Nigel Cooper
Senior Underwriter Travelers Syndicate 5000

Twenty years in the insurance sector, working first at GRE (later AXA) and then Zurich, before joining the Catlin syndicate with Paul and successfully building up their book. He has experience in building and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally. Nigel is excited about the new challenge at Travelers and the opportunities that come with being a quoting lead market. He believes risk selection is the key to his success, along with the relationships he’s built up during his two decades in the business.

Chloë Brindley
Underwriter Travelers Syndicate 5000

Chloë has always been fascinated by natural phenomena, and their impact on the world in which we live. She completed a Masters in Earth Sciences at Oxford University, allowing her to further her interest through the study of climatology, seismology and plate tectonics. After graduation, Chloë started on the Lloyd’s Graduate Scheme, before joining Travelers as a kidnap and ransom underwriter. Although she enjoyed this role, she was keen to use her degree more fully, and so, following a secondment to the office of the CEO, she took the opportunity to move to the construction team. Chloë is greatly enjoying the varied challenges that this new line of business presents.

Calum Wood
Senior Engineer Travelers Syndicate 5000
A technical apprenticeship with the old Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) launched Callum’s 30-year career. Since then he has mixed hands-on technical application with commercial leadership and risk management. Having worked at the sharp end of engineering – building and operating power plants throughout Africa, the Middle East and the US – he understands the technical, cultural and practical issues that can arise. He also has client-side insurance experience and once set up an insurance captive to cover power plants. Currently, he reviews submissions and makes recommendations across a broad range of construction projects, ranging from oil refineries to luxury condos.

Max Akpobasah
Risk Engineer

A chemical engineering graduate, Max also completed a Masters in oil and gas engineering at Aberdeen. He then spent seven years at EDF Energy, (originally British Energy) working on power stations in the UK and France as well as in the central engineering offices. Although new to the team, Max is already enriching our offering through his academic qualifications and practical experience in chemical engineering. This will underpin much of the work we write as a construction team, particularly in oil and gas.