Insurance claims, superhero cycle rides, SMEs and who is the newest (and youngest) member of Insurance Times? You heard it here first…

It’s getting hot in here

On 25 May 2023 Insurance Times put on its hottest awards show ever – the Claims Excellence Awards – and it was so hot we set off a fire alarm.

After dinner, while our host comedian Zoe Lyons was announcing the second half of the evening’s winners, the fire alarm went off and guests were forced to saunter out to the street while looking glamorous with their drinks as four fire engines attended to ensure all hotel guests were safe. Luckily, no one was hurt. 


Once given the all clear by the fire service, guests continued the night dancing and drinking as they celebrated their award wins.

It was most definitely a night to remember.

Newest member of Insurance Times

Meet the newest (and youngest) member of the Insurance Times editorial team. Editor Katie Scott gave birth to her son Charlie, weighing in at 8lb 13oz, on 2 May 2023, at 4am.

Charlie Scott

Credit: Katie Scott

Charlie’s been catching up with all the insurance news during his mother’s maternity leave, so he is well versed on previous months’ In Focus, Big Question, Tech Talk, Backchat and even Fraud Charter – we just want to know where Katie sourced an Insurance Times branded babygrow. 

Supporting SMEs

Insurtech 50-featured firm Stubben Edge and Sage are supporting UK SMEs with a competition to win pop-up shop space in London Oxford Street. The competition was open to all UK-based SMEs that have been trading for five years or less. The deadline was 21 May 2023 and a winner will be revealed soon.

Oxford Street

Credit: Getty

Chris Kenning, chief executive of Stubben Edge Group described SMEs as “the backbone of the UK economy”.

Fantastic Four

Four cyclists from insurance outsourcing firm S&G Response, dubbed the Fantastic Four, will begin a 444km cycle ride on 1 July 2023 to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice. The team include S&G’s Sean Harper, Jonathan Spencer, Tom Healey and Nick Stone.

Fantastic four

Getty: S&G Response 

The foursome will cycle through four countries in four days, starting in Calais in France then through to Bruges in Belgium, on to Netherlands Maastricht and then finishing up in Germany’s Cologne on the 4 July. The goal is to raise £10,000 for the hospice.

The Speculator 


On 1 June, it was announced that Allianz Commercial chief executive Simon McGinn would be stepping down later this year.

McGinn initially joined Allianz in 2004, where he held several senior positions before being appointed to his current role following a restructure in 2021. 

The news comes after Allianz made several changes to its property and casualty commercial c-suite in the UK, Australia, France and Germany in March 2023.

As part of this move, Allianz Commercial in the UK will be led by Nadia Côté, who is currently managing director. 

McGinn will leave his role on 1 July 2023 – but what will he do next?