Simon Janes BSc FCA

Simon Janes BSc FCA

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814811 Fax: 01689 872944

sjanes@bdcookesolutions.com


Simon is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He has worked his way up from Management Accountant to Company Director. During that period he has gained significant experience in all matters relating to the industry, and is currently Managing Director of the Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. with responsibility for operational management of the company.


Key Skill & Abilities


  • Organisational – ability to identify key tasks, resource them and then manage to a successful conclusion.
  • Financial – qualified in the preparation of accounts, business plans and financial proposals.
  • Analytical – skilled in analyzing and interpreting financial statements.
  • Communication – experienced in all forms of communication.
  • Languages – Fluent in French.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • MD of Dominion since 1994 managing the company successfully through 12 years of difficult run-off by means of innovative business transactions, prudent management of resources, and a "hands on" approach to management.
  • Experience in negotiating high value transactions with third parties.
  • Experience in the interpretation of complex regulatory and Company Act requirements.
  • Contact with and experience of dealing with senior FSA personnel and partners from international accounting and legal firms.
  • Successfully lead arbitration and litigation proceedings both in the US and the UK
  • Prepared numerous business plans for regulators, shareholders and potential investors.
  • Designed and implemented various audits both of a general systems and a financial nature to meet third party requirements.

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Andy Tyler

Andy Tyler

5/10 Bury St, London, EC3A 5AT

Tel: 020 7256 3985 Fax: 020 7256 3991

atyler@bdcookesolutions.com


Andy has nearly 40 years experience in the London Insurance market. Starting in 1968 he worked for 15 years with a Lloyds syndicate before joining B. D. Cooke as Deputy Claims Manager. During his tenure at B D Cooke where he progressed to Managing Director he has gained significant experience in both current and run off business.

 


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Proactive problem solver.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • An in depth knowledge of the US legal system as it relates to insurance (litigation, arbitration and mediation).
  • An in depth knowledge of the UK arbitration process.
  • Experienced negotiator.
  • Ability to work successfully with other companies.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Experience in managing a major London market underwriting pool.
  • Experience in dealing with companies with differing financial strengths...
  • Taking a lead role in APH claims including representing his company in the following London Market Groups.
  • Asbestos Working Party
  • The ad hoc Railway Group
  • The Environmental Claims Group
  • The London Asbestos Strategy Review Group (LASR)
  • The Environmental Claims Reinsurance Group
  • Experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation including the negotiation and settlement of major claims either on behalf of the London market or for the BD Cooke companies alone.
  • Has successfully commuted Reinsurance books of business with major U.S. Insurance Companies.
  • Has successfully pursued reinsurance recoveries either through discussion or arbitration.
  • He is a Director of LMCS and has been for many years.

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Martin Gray Bsc ACA

Martin Gray BSc ACA

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814830 Fax: 01689 872944

mgray@bdcookesolutions.com


Martin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the IT faculty with over 10 years experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. During that period he has gained significant experience in many accounting areas of the industry, and is currently Chief Accountant of the Dominion Insurance Company Ltd. with responsibility for accounting and IT management of the company.


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Organisational – organising the Finance resources to deliver the Year End Accounts and regulatory returns to tight deadlines.
  • Financial – qualified in the preparation of accounts, FSA Returns, VAT and Corporation Tax Returns.
  • Analytical – skilled in analysing and preparing financial statements.
  • Communication – experienced in all forms of communication.
  • Project Management – skilled in designing and implementing changes to financial systems to deliver financial information faster and of a better quality.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Chief Accountant with Dominion for over 5 years overseeing a number of changes within the finance area.
  • Enhanced current Dominion finance procedures to enable accounting information to be produced more quickly and with better analysis.
  • Had a major input into enhancing Dominion’s current IT capabilities including a scanning solution, web-mail, terminal server and data warehouse.
  • Assisted in the design and delivery of Dominion’s data warehouse to enable information to be produced more rapidly and accurately.
  • Contact with and experience of dealing with senior IT staff and managers from international accounting firms.
  • With a previous major quoted insurer working as a consultant, designed and implemented a system which enabled it to produce its FSA returns within half the time it previously took together with improved analysis features.

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John Todd

John Todd

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814807 Fax: 01689 872944

jtodd@bdcookesolutions.com


John has more than 30 years experience in London Market insurance, covering a broad cross-section of business areas.Initially coming from an aviation underwriting and policy background, John has successfully managed the underwriting services for the company’s entire London Market book of business, both direct and reinsurance, encompassing Marine, Fire, Accident and Aviation.


John has also been heavily involved in the outwards reinsurance processing and collection in all of these areas, liaising actively with both the claims and accounting departments.


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Reporting – Use of AS400 and SQL to produce analytical reports for management.
  • Communication – Knowledge of Accounting, Underwriting, Claims and IT enables communication across all levels.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Managed underwriting back-up services for all London Market business written by the company.
  • John has deposition experience on various London Market issues and provided invaluable policy assistance to the Market, through both LMCS and Attorneys.
  • Regular report production for management and also on an annual basis for auditors/actuaries.
  • Has undertaken audits on behalf of the company, both internal and external.
  • Has overseen several computer program conversions and has a good working knowledge of AS400 systems, Microsoft Office, and has recently undergone training on SQL2005.
  • Integral part of a successful team assigned to collect outstanding reinsurer debts.

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David DeBond

David DeBond

5/10 Bury St, London, EC3A 5AT

Tel: 020 7256 3989 Fax: 020 7256 3991

ddebond@bdcookesolutions.com


David is a highly effective and dedicated claims professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the London Insurance Market. David has more than 20 years of claims experience in both the London direct and reinsurance markets. He began his career with Price Forbes, a London broker before joining the Sturge syndicate.

 


Since 1994, David has worked for the Specialist Claims Unit, Equitas and the Company Market, applying his negotiation and litigation skills which have resulted in the resolution of hundreds of claims and lawsuits. He is a decision maker, competent in leading and managing teams, inspiring change and resolving complex problems.


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Innovative and pragmatic problem solver
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An in depth understanding of the US legal system and litigation procedures
  • Experience in complex case evaluation
  • Strong negotiating ability
  • Pro-active legal management and litigation skills
  • Integrity and trust

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Given both deposition and live testimony in over 90 cases.
  • Successfully litigated and negotiated with Principles of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Experienced in handling and evaluating high value (multi million dollar) claims, on a day to day basis.
  • Part of a successful team, assigned to collect outstanding debts due from reinsurance companies, recognising reinsurers’ requirements and implementing information support structures.
  • Former member of the Environmental Claims Group.

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Steve Paton

Steve Paton

5/10 Bury St, London, EC3A 5AT

Tel: 020 7256 3983 Fax: 020 7256 3991

spaton@bdcookesolutions.com


Steve has extensive knowledge gained during seventeen years claims experience in the London insurance market. A proven track record of being a proactive leader, able to achieve practical and cost effective solutions to complex claims issues and reconciling opposing parties for the good of the market as a whole.

 


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Proactive case management.
  • An in depth understanding of the US legal system and litigation procedures.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience in complex case evaluation.
  • Ability to understand and interpret third party requirements, and implement structures to meet those requirements.
  • Integrity, Trust and Fairness.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Part of the "LASR Think Tank"
  • Given depositions and testified for the London Market, in numerous successfully litigated/arbitrated cases.
  • Successfully litigated and negotiated with Principles of Fortune 500 companies across America.
  • Experienced in handling and evaluating high value (multi-million dollar) claims, on a routine basis.
  • Part of a successful team, assigned to collect outstanding debts due from reinsurance companies, recognising reinsurers’ requirements and implementing information support structures.
  • Part of a market team assigned to audit and report on the claims of a major Wellington Signatory, resulting in a fundamental change in assureds claim settlements with plaintiffs lawyers.

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Catherine Harvey

Catherine Harvey ACCA

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814812 Fax: 01689 872944

charvey@bdcookesolutions.com


Catherine has recently qualified as a Certified Accountant (2005). Worked for Dominion Insurance for over 5 years covering all aspects of the finance function from internal management accounts to the production of statutory and regulatory statements and reports.

 


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Up to date knowledge of "Regulatory and Companies Act" requirements, as well as the current taxation regime.
  • Ability to listen to, understand and analyse requirements of third parties.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently in a demanding deadline orientated environment.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Gained ACCA qualification whilst in full time employment.
  • Experienced in the preparation of statutory and regulatory financial statements from trial balance, through audit to final production.
  • Significant experience of all Microsoft office products and other reporting tools including Forrest & Trees, SQL, AS400.
  • Responsible for VAT and Corporation tax returns.
  • In-depth experience of Budgeting and variance analysis and reporting thereon.

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Derrick Heath

Derrick Heath

5/10 Bury St, London, EC3A 5AT

Tel: 020 7256 3988 Fax: 020 7256 3991

dheath@bdcookesolutions.com


Derrick has been in the London Insurance Market for over twenty years. His skill set was developed from both a broking background and as a claims adjuster (and now Claims Manager) for this large run-off organisation. Derrick has a proven track-record in negotiating and resolving complex claims for both direct and reinsurance business (both assumed and ceded).

 


Resolution of some claims is not always possible and Derrick has extensive experience in arbitration, litigation and mediation and is an effective witness on behalf of his organisation.


Key Skills & Abilities



Excellent inter personal skills for managing the members of the Claims Department and communicating both success and adverse developments to the Board of Directors.


Effective communication skills for reporting and managing some of the following:

  • Individual claims
  • Claims trends and analysis
  • Reserving
  • Commutations

High level of technical knowledge on both direct and reinsurance contract language and development of policy language.


Key Achievements/ Experience


  • >A witness in over twenty reinsurance arbitrations / direct trials.
  • >Extensive Deposition experience.
  • >A representative on various London Market Claims groups for both direct and reinsurance claims.
  • >The Company Market representative, working with Equitas, to put in place criteria to evaluate Exposure and Risk Analysis as it related to Health Hazard risks.
  • >A key member of various London Market Leaders settlement groups that have resolved some of the major Fortune 500 Companies claims affecting the insurance industry.

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Roy Bedborough

Roy Bedborough

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814813 Fax: 01689 872944

rbedborough@bdcookesolutions.com


Roy has over 40 years experience in the insurance industry. He has been involved in the finance and reinsurance aspects of the business and has, for the last 10 years specialised in Commutations and Credit Control and is currently the Commutations Manager.

 


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Commutation and Settlement Negotiations.
  • Reinsurance Credit Control.
  • Accounting Reconciliation.
  • Reinsurance Accounting.
  • Audits.
  • Bad Debt reconciliation.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Experience in Commutation & Settlement negotiations.
  • Preparation of figures for annual Audit inspections and dealing with Auditors.
  • Managed a Credit Control team in respect of Insurance and Reinsurance business.
  • Been involved in the rendering of Outwards Treaties to Reinsurers.
  • Co-ordinated Bad Debt Provisions.
  • Maintained Reinsurance Programmes on computer systems.

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Peter Avent

Peter Avent

2 Knoll Rise, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NX

Tel: 01689 814817 Fax: 01689 872944

pavent@bdcookesolutions.com


Peter has 40 years experience in the Insurance industry. He has been involved in the Finance and Reinsurance business of the Company, specialising in North American Accident accounts.

 

 


Key Skills & Abilities


  • Production of Reinsurance Accounts.
  • Commutation and Settlement Negotiations.
  • Reinsurance Credit Control.
  • Audits.
  • Dealing with Reinsurance Inspections and Consultants.
  • Arbitrations.

Key Achievements/ Experience


  • Managed the administration of our UK Pool.
  • Has been involved in numerous successful commutation discussions with UK and Overseas Reinsurers.
  • Involved in the Credit Control of the company, successfully negotiating settlement of the outstanding reinsurance debts.
  • Carried out Reinsurance audits for the company in the UK and Overseas.
  • Managed the Inspection of records undertaken by Reinsurers and Consultants, producing all relevant files and documentation.
  • Part of our team representing the company at Arbitrations, including providing witness statements and giving evidence at the hearings.

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