Backchat was saddened by news of the death of Marsh chief executive of risk consulting (Europe and Middle East) Alan Williamson last month.

Insurance Times recently named Williamson as one of our Top 25 brokers and Backchat fondly remembers a few good drinking sessions with the musical genius behind the band, Molly Splash.

Head of risk consulting John Hurrell said: "Alan Williamson was a leading exponent of strategic risk management whose advice was sought by organisations throughout the world, most recently in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as well as the UK. Clients and his friends from Marsh remember Alan for his enthusiasm, energy and determination and his professionalism."