Leadership

Expertise and experience at the helm

Our leadership team combines experience with expertise, bringing market and business insight to guide our successful development, now and into the future.

John Fowle

John Fowle

Chief Executive Officer

Chaucer appointed John as Chief Executive Officer in 2017, having served as Chaucer's Chief Underwriting Officer, a position he has held since 1 January 2016.

John's main responsibilities include the general oversight and management of the business, as well as the development and success of Chaucer's underwriting strategy.

John was previously Active Underwriter for Syndicate 1084. Prior to that, he was Head of the Specialist Lines Division of Chaucer.  John has experience in both the company and Lloyd’s markets.

Rob Callan

Rob Callan

Chief Financial Officer

Chaucer appointed Rob Callan as Chief Financial Officer of Chaucer Syndicates on 1 December 2015 with responsibility 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 joined us 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.

Penny Shaw

Penny Shaw

Chief Risk Officer

Chaucer appointed Penny as Chief Risk Officer in January 2016 with responsibility for the performance of Chaucer’s enterprise wide risk management framework and its constituent parts. She is responsible for the overall performance, direction and management of enterprise risk management, underwriting risk management, exposure management as well as responsibility for legal, compliance and corporate governance functions. Since 2014 Penny has been an executive member on the Board of Directors of Chaucer Syndicates Limited.
Penny joined Chaucer in August 2014 and from 2017 – 2018 she was Group Chief Risk Officer for The Hanover Insurance Group and Chaucer.  Before joining Chaucer she was Group Chief Risk Officer at Hiscox. Prior to this, Penny was with ACE (now Chubb) for 10 years, most recently as European Head of Risk Management & Capital with responsibility for Solvency II and joint responsibility for Chubb’s global capital model build and implementation. Penny is a qualified Actuary and has over 20 years insurance industry experience.

David Bendle

David Bendle

Chief Operating Officer

Chaucer appointed David Bendle 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.

Chaucer Non-Executive Directors

Chris Stooke

Chris Stooke

Chairman

Chris Stooke, Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman, is a Chartered Accountant. Chris joined the Board of Chaucer in 2010, and was appointed Chairman in 2013. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk and Capital Committee.

Chris is a Senior Independent Director of NFU Mutual, the composite insurer. He has extensive financial services and Lloyd’s market experience having been Catlin Group CFO and a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, where he specialised in financial services.

Chris is also a non-executive director of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the treasurer of The South London Theatre.

Dr Zuo Huiqiang

Dr Zuo Huiqiang

Non-Executive Director

Dr Zuo Huiqiang, Non-Executive Director, joined the Board of Chaucer in March 2019. He is Deputy General Manager of China Re P&C, with overall responsibility for China Re’s international businesses and further development worldwide. He also has overall management responsibility for the Innovative Business initiative, which is driving business model, product and customer service breakthroughs at China Re.

Dr Zuo joined China Re Group in 1999, and has since held a number of senior management roles. He is currently Chief International Business Officer of China Re Group and Chairman of the Board of China Re Catastrophe Risk Management Company Limited.

Dr Zuo is an expert in seismic hazard analysis and earthquake loss evaluation and has a PhD in earthquake engineering.

Jerome Faure

Jerome Faure

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jerome Faure is an Independent Non-Executive Director who joined the Board of Chaucer in 2017. 

He is a highly regarded global business leader with a successful track record in insurance and reinsurance. 

Jerome has held a number of high profile industry positions, he began his career at SCOR in Paris and over a 16-year period went on to lead their offices in Tokyo, London and New York. Subsequently Jerome has served as Chief Underwriting Officer of Tokio Millennium Re, Bermuda, as Partner of ILS Capital Management, Bermuda, and most recently, Chief Executive Officer of Global Reinsurance at Endurance Specialty, Bermuda. 

Lesley Watkins

Lesley Watkins

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lesley, Independent Non-Executive Director, will join the Chaucer Board, subject to receiving regulatory approval. She has a career spanning over 20 years in financial services and is a trusted business adviser with extensive senior level board experience and in-depth knowledge of the UK corporate finance arena. 

Lesley is currently a Non-Executive Director of Investec Bank plc and Braemar Shipping Services plc. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Game Digital plc and Panmure Gordon & Co plc. She was also a non-executive Council Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Competition Commission.

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