New chairman to be elected on 14 March as Reg Brown retires

Charles Manchester

The Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) has elected Castel Underwriting chief executive Mark Birrell and Manchester Underwriting Management chief executive Charles Manchester (pictured) to its board.

MGAA co-founder and chairman Reg Brown has retired, and fellow co-founder Sian Fisher has not stood for re-election following her appointment as chief executive of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

The appointment of a new chair and chairs of the MGAA’s various committees will be ratified at the board meeting on 14 March and announced shortly after.

Also leaving the MGAA board are former chief executive of Randall & Quilter’s MGA business Nicholas Hales and Pioneer Underwriting founder and chief executive Darren Doherty.

In a further change, UK General commercial managing director Mike Keating will replace retired UK General chief executive Peter Hubbard as the MGAA board representative for one of the MGAA’s two largest full members.

Pen Underwriting managing director Tom Downey, the representative for the other largest member, remains on the board.

Inet3 chairman Catherine Bell, Advent Solutions non-executive director Charles Earle, GB Underwriting chairman James Gerry and Miramar Underwriting chief executive Jeff Turner, were all re-elected to the board.

In addition Lloyd’s UK and Ireland regional manager Keith Stern was re-elected as supplier representative and Arch Insurance senior vice-president of business development and broker management Bill O’Malley remains as market practitioner representative until his current term ends in February 2017.

MGAA managing director Peter Staddon said: “We have continuity with the re-election of a number of board members together with the arrival of new directors who bring their experience and understanding from creating and running entrepreneurial MGA businesses.”

He added: “On behalf of the board and membership, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Reg and Sian for their commitment and support to the MGAA since its formation. Also our thanks to Peter, Nicholas Hales and Darren Doherty who are leaving us, for their contribution to the work of the association.”