Cathy Taylor will take over from Roy Watkinson, who is retiring at the end of the year

Ageas has hired Cathy Taylor as head of commercial underwriting and operations.

She will be responsible for managing the performance and development of Ageas’s commercial lines account. 

Taylor takes over from Roy Watkinson, who is retiring from the business at the end of this year after more than three years at Ageas. She will report to underwriting director Adam Clarke.

Clarke said: “Cathy will be instrumental in shaping the future of our commercial lines business. Our results in this market are good and we are now in a position to continue to grow profitably in areas where we know we can make our expertise count including E-traded business, Commercial motor and schemes. 

“Her experience in front-line underwriting, relationship management and underwriting strategy is really going to bring a new and exciting focus to the team.”

Taylor added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take the experience I have built over my career and use it to direct a key part of Ageas’s business. I’m looking forward to working with the teams, to engage with brokers, showing them what we can provide for their SME clients.”