Bush tucker trials and some celebrity sightings. What has the insurance industry been up to of late? You heard it here first…which brave insurance professionals ate bugs and got their legs waxed?

Sincere condolences

Club Insure’s associate director, Lloyd Pinder passed away last month after a long battle with prostate cancer; the firm expressed its sadness on LinkedIn and sympathy to his family. The Club Insure team said: “[Pinder’s] sharp wit, expert golf swing and boundless positivity and dedication to the people he cared about will never be forgotten”. The firm stated that they will continue to support Prostate Cancer UK and fundraising to keep the memory of him alive.

Lloyd Pinder, Club Insure, RIP

Credit: Club Insure 

‘I’m an insurance professional, get me outta here’

With Thames Underwriting being acquired by the Ardonagh Group in September, some brave men from the MGA took part in a gruesome ‘bush tucker trial’ as part of Ardonagh’s ‘Go Green’ day to raise money for 70 charities across the UK.

On 25 September, Thames Underwriting’s director Keith Syrett led a series of challenges, which included eating a variety of bugs.

Stewart Croker, head of operations and renewals manager Alex Wakeham took part. Commercial director Max Thomas bravely took part in the ‘waxy maxy’ challenge and got his legs waxed. Smooth!

The team raised £950 for palliative care charity Havens Hospices.

Thames Underwriting_bush tucker

Credit: Thames Underwriting/Ardonagh 

Missing the Rendez-Vous

For some, September is the month where the leaves turn an autumnal brown and red, conkers litter the ground and the heating might be turned on for the first time since February. For the insurance and reinsurance sector, however, September is the month of Rendez-Vous, the Monte Carlo (re)insurance conference. This year on 12-17 September would have marked the 64th Rendez-Vous conference but it was cancelled by RVS Association members due to the Covid-19 pandemic and “seriousness of the health crisis”. Claude Tendil, president of the RVS Association donated €100,000 to speed up scientific research for a vaccine to combat the virus. Meanwhile Max Carter, New Dawn Risk’s chief executive, said: “The absence of Monte Carlo this year will create a real communications gap.”


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The Only Way is Essex

Matt Field, Direct Insurance’s head of marketing and development, bumped into some celebrity friends. Last month at Direct Insurance London Market’s socially distanced Northern Golf Day, Field crossed paths with two Essex celebs who were there meeting up with their SoccerAid teams. Field even managed to get a cheeky selfie with Olly Murs and Mark Wright.

Matt Field, Olly Murs and Mark Wright

Credit: Matt Field, Direct Insurance