Kerry London Underwriting launches new roofing scheme with ECIC

Kerry London Underwriting, part of broker Kelliher Insurance Group, has hired a new management team from within the group.

Under the new top team, the underwriting agency has also set up a new insurance scheme for the roofing sector with specialist building services insurer ECIC.

Mark Harcott (pictured) has been appointed head of Kerry London Underwriting. He replaces interim head Amy Malone, who has returned to her position as group operations manager for Kelliher Insurance Group.

Malone stepped in as interim head following the departure of head of London markets head Dawn Johnstone, who also had responsibility for Kerry London Underwriting.

Harcott was previously construction underwriter and Lloyd’s and markets manager.

Kelliher has also appointed Dean Calaz as regional managing director for Kelliher’s main broking unit Kerry London Limited. This is a dual role that also gives Calaz responsibility for Kerry London Underwriting.

Calaz will give strategic direction to Kerry London Underwriting and will develop new markets and insurer relationships for the underwriting agency.

New scheme

In addition to its new management team, Kerry London Limited has also unveiled a new roofing sector scheme backed by ECIC, which is in the process of being acquired by insurance group Markel. The scheme has been designed specifically for roofing contractor tradesmen and incorporates trade specific policy wording and cover.

Calaz said: “We are setting a strategic direction which includes the identification of new products and the development of new insurer relationships. The launch of our bespoke roofing sector scheme demonstrates our commitment to innovate and implement our strategy.”

He added: “We are delighted to have partnered with ECIC, which has a [AM] Best credit rating of A- and over 40 years’ experience of providing insurance solutions to the contractor market, to deliver this new product.”

ECIC chief executive Richard Forrest Smith said: “This is precisely the type of opportunity that plays to our core strengths and appetite for schemes business at ECIC.

“We already have an established reputation in the roofing contractor market as the insurance partner for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. This new product will complement that scheme, targeting smaller roofing businesses.”