St Paul International Insurance Company

Gross written premiums less treaty (2000): £271.3m
Year established: 1853
61-63 London Road
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St Paul International Insurance Company

Gross written premiums less treaty (2000): £271.3m
Year established: 1853
61-63 London Road
Tel: 01737 787787
Fax: 01737 787172

History: St Paul International Insurance Co is part of The St Paul Companies - a worldwide property and liability insurance organisation founded in 1853 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Today the St Paul group has assets worth around $41bn (£28.4bn) and an AA credit rating from Standard & Poor's, which reflects its financial strength and ability to pay claims.

In the UK, St Paul International provides a range of property and liability insurance products aimed at:

  • local authorities;
  • public utilities;
  • electronics and other technology-related industries;
  • motor trade;
  • transportation industry;
  • hospitals,
  • hospices,
  • clinics,
  • medical services companies and healthcare professionals;
  • universities and colleges;
  • manufacturing companies;
  • major construction projects;
  • and various professions including solicitors, IFAs, advertising agencies and chartered surveyors.

    Chief officer: Martin Hudson
    Biography: Hudson was born in Malta and educated at St Peter's School at Lympstone in Devon and then at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire. In 1977, he joined a Lloyd's syndicate as a clerk and in 1980 moved to St Katherine Insurance Company, which became part of The St Paul Companies in 1988 and changed its name to St Paul International Insurance Company.

    From 1977 to 1990, he specialised in liability insurance and reinsurance in North America.
    In 1990, St Paul entered the specialised UK business to business insurance market and Hudson was one of the early founders of the new greenfield operation. He conducted the new product research and launch programme until 1995, when he became the leader of this growing organisation, which has progressed from its start-up to more than £200m of gross premiums today. In 2000, St Paul was voted both General Insurer of the Year and Underwriter of the Year at the British Insurance Awards.

    UK branch offices: London office
    UK staff: 400
    UK general insurance agents: 400
    Direct arm: Doctors' and Dentists' Professional Indemnity. Solicitors' Professional Indemnity (also available through brokers).
    Main classes of general insurance business: Property, employers' liability, public liability, products liability, business interruption, professional indemnity, marine, directors & officers and surety

    Key general insurance personnel:
    David Bevan, general manager, agency, sales & marketing
    Paul Cusition, general manager, London
    Mike Gent, general manager, finance
    Gordon Hannah, general manager, claims
    Sarah Houston, general manager, personnel
    Keith Purvis, general manager, commercial lines
    Paul Stanford, general manager, surety
    Keith Tomkins, chief actuary
    Russell Wright, general manager, IT

    Notes: St Paul Re excluded - reinsurance company