Howden strengthens Casualty practice with three new hires in London and Bermuda


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London, 14 June 2023 – Howden, the international insurance broker, today announces the appointment of three hires in London and Bermuda. All three joined in May 2023 and are part of a wider strategy to meet increased client demand for specialist Casualty solutions in these respective markets.

In London, Chris Harris joins Howden’s growing US Liability team as a Divisional Director. He brings a wealth of experience cultivated over 30 years in the market in both broking and underwriting roles. Harris joins Howden from Marsh where he has been for the past three years. His expertise spans across primary, umbrella and excess placements, focusing on designing creative risk transfer solutions for complex risks across multiple classes.

The International Liability team welcomed Fiona Woodcock as an Associate Director. Woodcock joins with over 10 years of experience in the industry, and most recently held the role of International D&F Account Handler at BMS. She specialises in direct insurance and facultative reinsurance business for both large and SME clients, on a global scale.

Howden Specialty has bolstered its casualty expertise in its Bermuda hub with the appointment of property and casualty specialist Andrew Halls. Halls brings with him over 15 years market experience in both broking and underwriting in London and Bermuda, specialising in placing property and casualty programmes for clients in pharmaceuticals, mining, oil and gas, real estate, sports teams, waste, utilities, rail, chemical, food, and manufacturing sectors. He joins Howden from Price Forbes where he held the position of Vice President, Property Casualty, and part of his role will focus on growing property and casualty business within the region.

Mark Colgate, Managing Director, Casualty, commented “Howden has a fantastic platform for clients to benefit from our multi-class, highly dedicated, broking teams. Chris, Fiona and Andrew are exactly the sort of talent that we want to attract to enhance our casualty offering – high calibre brokers with deep specialist knowledge.

“Both London and Bermuda have experienced significant growth thanks to an expansive market. With the Casualty division’s ongoing success in collaborating with new producers in crucial global territories, these new hires will provide the additional leadership, experience and specialist industry knowledge required to complement a growing team and service to a rapidly expanding client base.”