Gross written premium (1999):

Gross written premium (1999):

Fortis Group

Year company established:

UK head office:
Fortis House
SO53 3YA
tel: 023 8064 4455
fax: 023 8064 1146



Company history:
Fortis Insurance came into being in April 2000 with the integration of Bishopsgate Insurance and Northern Star Insurance Company. In 1999 the two companies represented £390.3m in gross written premium. The benefits were not just financial. The company can now deliver a wider range of products and an absolute commitment to the intermediary channel.

The company is part of the Fortis Group – one of the world's leading financial services groups, comprising established insurance, banking and investment companies

Chief officer:
Peter Robinson, managing director

Peter Robinson was born in 1940. He was educated at Brighton Hove & Sussex Grammar School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

From 1959 to1967 he was at the Mercantile & General Reinsurance Comapny. Between 1967 and 1983 he worked for Excess Insurance Group, holding various positions and becoming director of International Operations from 1981 to1983.

In 1984 he became chief executive of Bishopsgate Insurance. He was appointed managing director of AMEV (UK) in 1987 (name changed to Fortis in June 1992)

UK branch offices:
two (Eastleigh, Gloucester)

UK staff:

UK general insurance agents:

UK general insurance “club style” agents:

Main classes of business:
private motor, household – buildings and contents, travel, boat, caravan and camping. A range of commercial insurance business including homeworker, self employed, office & surgery and shopkeepers

Key general insurance personnel:
Brian Gardiner, household underwriting manager
Claire Hazelhurst, motor underwriting manager
Paul Martin, senior travel underwriter
Ken Smith, commercial underwriting manager
John Arrandale, yacht underwriting manager
Chris Hill, underwriting director