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  • Chris Withers
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    Scheme doctor: Chris Withers, MMA Insurance


    The MMA schemes manager talks about the challenges of schemes, the best way to set them up and how to meet customers’ demands for tailored products

  • People & Opinion

    We know where it’s at


    Insurers’ reputation as technological dinosaurs will soon be extinct, if an exclusive survey of insurance CIOs is anything to go by

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Janice Deakin, Aviva


    Igal Mayer’s tough line on pricing and broker commissions didn’t make things easy for Aviva’s high-profile broker liaison. Since then, the insurer has had a turnaround in tactics – and fortunes. But there’s still plenty of work to be done

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Philip Gregory


    Brought in to wake a sleeping giant, the former HSBC Insurance boss couldn’t have predicted he’d soon be preparing for a sale to his erstwhile home Marsh. Gregory talks for the first time about the events leading up to his departure and why you should never go back

  • Latest News

    Gallagher buys MGA and targets Heath


    Gallagher issues £77m bond to fund acquisition plans

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Martin South, Marsh


    From a job that took him to all corners of the globe, Marsh’s head of UK operations now has his feet firmly on the ground. But returning the company to profitability and looking for opportunities to expand in the UK have provided new challenges

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Brendan Devine and Andy Watson, Ageas


    The men behind the shake-up of Ageas’s retail business explain how the new commercial unit will work – and how recent purchase Kwik-Fit fits in

  • The Lobby

    The stranger: Martin Wheatley profiled


    The future head of the Consumer Protection and Markets Authority has plenty of financial sector experience, but whether he understands insurance is as yet unknown

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Martin Oliver, Barbon


    He may have personality and charm, but Barbon’s chief executive has most impressed the industry by salvaging a thriving business from the carnage left by building firm Erinaceous’ collapse. We met him to discuss past, present and future

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: David Ross, Gallagher International


    Twenty years at Arthur J Gallagher have given chief executive David Ross a good nose for expansion and diversification. As he tells us, the broker is now looking to the UK retail arena for its next move

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Bob Stuchbery


    How does the chief executive of Chaucer find the confidence he needs to keep the insurer independent and weather major losses? His secrets include an investments overhaul, a sure hand with the aggregators and a lot of positive thinking

  • Features

    Interview: Graham Clarke


    A calm and unassuming exterior belies the Miller chief executive’s ambitious nature. Here he tells us how he plans to take on the big brokers

  • Markets & Risks

    There will be blood


    Doctors involved in fraud should face a fitness-to-practice hearing at the General Medical Council. But a loophole is allowing many of them to slip through the net

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Markel International


    Markel International, the Lloyd’s insurer created from the muddle of Terra Nova, is bursting with ambition. Insurance Times asks its leaders where the company goes from here

  • Features

    Interview: Barry Smith, Ageas UK


    Hard work and a light touch sum up the Ageas chief, who has steered his company to lucrative deals and into new markets. Steely Smith is confident that his expanding company will retain shape and focus, and has his eye on being a top 10 insurer by the end of ...

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Michael Warren


    The power behind the throne at UK General Insurance Group says the company’s latest initiative looks set to be a success. He talks to Saxon East about the challenges he faces in his job and in long-distance running … but don’t mention the company’s eventual sale

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Mike Smith


    The boss of Ink Underwriting is the Mr Big of the insurance world. Insurance Times talks to him about Ink’s plans for a new one-stop solution for brokers, and asks if there are any more acquisitions slated

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Carl Shuker


    Shunning the internet and remaining loyal to the great British high street, A-Plan is going from strength to strength. The broker’s chief executive talks about the benefits of going against the grain

  • People & Opinion

    Interview: Mike McGavick


    The former Republican candidate Mike McGavick has a huge reputation after turning round XL Group and Safeco. But will his next challenge be in business or politics?

  • Features

    Interview: Tim Johnson


    The nosedive of the mortgage market and PPI’s public image problem has meant a tough year at Towergate’s Paymentshield. We talk to one of the group’s top-three heirs apparent about rehabilitation and his persistent hankering for deal-making