Chaucer appointed John as Chief Executive Officer (subject to regulatory approval) on 20 February 2017, having served as Chaucer's Chief Underwriting Officer, a position held since 1 January 2016.
John's main responsibilities include the general oversight and management of the business, as well as the development implementation and success of Chaucer's underwriting strategy.
John was previously Active Underwriter for Syndicate 1084 and prior to that, he was Head of the Specialist Lines Division of Chaucer, whilst having responsibility for the overall strategy of the Property Division. John previously worked in both the company and Lloyd’s markets.
Rob Callan was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Chaucer Syndicates on 1 December 2015, and is responsible for the development and implementation of Chaucer’s financial strategy.
Rob has over 25 years of finance experience and an exceptional track record within the insurance industry.
He joins from Catlin Group Limited (now part of XL Group) where he spent seven years in a number of senior finance roles, the most recent of which was UK Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to this, Rob was Head of UK Finance at Aon Limited.
Chaucer appointed Penny Shaw as Chief Risk Officer in January 2016 with responsibility for the Company’s long-term risk strategy and effective design and performance of the risk management framework. Penny also assumed Group Chief Risk Officer responsibilities for The Hanover, Chaucer’s US-based parent company in January 2017.Penny joined Chaucer as Risk Director in September 2014.
Penny has significant leadership experience within the insurance industry. She joined Chaucer from Hiscox where she was Group Chief Risk Officer. Before, this, Penny was with ACE European Group for 10 years, most recently as Head of Risk Management & Capital.
David Bendle was appointed as Chief Operating Officer on 1 January 2016. He is responsible for leading development and implementation of Chaucer’s operations and service strategy, with a focus on building first class operations and processes.
David has a wealth of industry experience and operational excellence, and has made a significant contribution to the development of Chaucer’s strong operations capabilities over the last decade. David joined Chaucer as Syndicate Manager in October 2002. Previously, he was a Syndicate Manager for eight years, following five years as a broker.
Christopher Stooke, Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman, a Chartered Accountant, joined the Board of Chaucer in 2010, was appointed Chairman in 2013. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk and Capital Committee.
Christopher is also Chairman of Miles Smith Limited, the independent specialist insurance broker, and a non-executive director of NFU Mutual, the composite insurer. He has extensive financial services and Lloyd’s market experience having been CFO of the Catlin Group and a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specialised in financial services.
Christopher is also a non-executive director of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a trustee of The Royal School of Needlework.
Tim Carroll, Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the Board of Chaucer in 2010 and is Chairman of the Risk and Capital Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and attends the Underwriting Committee.
Tim is an international business leader with significant London Market and Lloyd’s senior level experience, including roles as CEO of Swiss Re’s UK holding company, CEO Europe of GE Insurance Solutions and US President and CEO of GE Reinsurance Inc.
Tim has held a number of high profile industry positions including President of the Insurance Institute of London and received the Chartered Insurance Institute’s medal for distinguished service in 2008.
Chaucer Syndicates appointed Jeff Farber as a Non-Executive Director in November 2016. Jeff is executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer at The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., Jeff has a successful track record in the insurance and financial services industries. He joined The Hanover after five years with American International Group (AIG), where he served as the organisation's Deputy Chief Financial Officer and as Chief Risk Officer for the company's commercial and consumer businesses. Prior to AIG, Farber served as Chief Financial Officer of GAMCO Investors, Inc., a publicly-traded asset manager.