Backchat was amused to receive this picture of insurance supremo Reg Brown by way of announcing the end of his gardening leave.

Reg has been attending to his herbaceous borders since leaving Markel International last November, where he was former lead underwriter for RE Brown and Others syndicate 702.

The former president of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), is to become a non-executive director of underwriting members mutual club Integer, part of the Euclidian Group.

Reg, not noted for letting the grass grow under his feet, said:

“I am delighted to be back serving the membership of Lloyd's.

“Many people did not believe I was on gardening leave but this picture proves it.

“I am very grateful to Frank O'Halloran and QBE for the attire.”