Rokstone Underwriting extends footprint to North America

Rokstone Underwriting, an international specialty lines MGA and part of Direct Insurance Group, has announced plans to extend its footprint into North America.

Mike Pilla, founder and CEO of Technical Risk Underwriters, part of Ryan Specialty Group, will join Rokstone to head its US operations, Rokstone Underwriting North America.

“In our opinion, Mike is regarded as one of the best underwriters in his field today and has an impressive track record of building start-up MGAs into market-leading businesses,” said David Bearman, CEO of Direct Insurance Group. “Rokstone’s intention has always been to attract the industry’s very best talent and give them the platform and environment that they can truly thrive within. Mike joining Rokstone is a clear demonstration of that intent.”

“The addition of Mike to our already impressive lineup of underwriters will see Rokstone build a major North American platform,” said James Potter, Chief Underwriting Officer of Rokstone. “Mike’s track record is second to none, and is part of our plan to achieve £500 million (about US$651 million) of annual gross written premium within the next five years.”

Rokstone Underwriting also recently hired Les Rock, one of the Lloyd’s market’s best-known property D&F underwriters and founder of Heritage Syndicate 1200 (now Argo Syndicate) and Ironshore Bermuda.

First published Insurance Business Magazine – USA

Direct Insurance London Market hits £150m Gross Written Premium Milestone

Specialist schemes and Lloyd’s broker Direct Insurance London Market (DILM), has reached the milestone of hitting £150m gross written premium income.

A number of factors have contributed to the success of the team and strengthening partnerships with brokers has been key. Back in 2017 DILM expanded its regional footprint by opening a new office in the Cheshire area. This afforded brokers in the North and Scotland improved access to the Lloyd’s and London market.

The global opportunity has seen significant expansion across all four corners of the globe with business written in Australia, South America and the Far East. An office has just been opened in Miami and DILM’s specialist division Rokstone Underwriting has just invested in a U.S team which plans to achieve £500m GWP over the next 5 years.

The team at DILM are also renowned for successfully negotiating some of the UK’s leading niche schemes for industries that have traditionally been more difficult to place. This includes the latest addition to its portfolio, an exclusive Commercial Combined facility. Our specialist underwriting team recently launched ‘DILM Commercial Combined’, a comprehensive combined package designed to meet the requirements of businesses where traditional composite markets have limited appetite. The exclusive facility delivers market leading cover for over 300 different trades, including but not limited to: manufacturing, breweries, metalworkers & retail.

David Bearman, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“Our committed team provide an award winning service and have worked hard to successfully build effective relationships with brokers across the UK. Our broker partners continue to be very supportive and we’d like to thank them for their support.”

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We’re Hiring!

Due to recent growth within the business we are currently recruiting for a new position. The position of Receptionist/Executive Assistant is a vital role within the business. Based from our head office in London you will have the following responsibilities and duties:

Reports to: Group Operations Director

Location: 6th Floor, 34 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7AT

Hours: 8am to 5pm

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Holiday: 25 Days

Job Summary: To serve as a coordination point for external clients visiting the building.  To deliver efficient and effective administration services which meet the business needs, meet and greet visitors, answer calls in a timely and professional manner. To follow general standards and procedures and various admin tasks required to support the Executive Committee. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Answer, screen and direct internal telephone and external calls or forward it as appropriate
  • Provide professional information to callers, visitors and staff
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Committee
  • Register all arriving visitors following security policies and procedures
  • Make sure that guests meet their host’s
  • To report any faults in the meeting rooms or reception to the Facilities and Operations Manager
  • Organise and monitor couriers, tracking their progress and reporting as necessary
  • To ensure all amenities are tidy and ready for use
  • Dealing with the daily outgoing post
  • Distribute post to the relevant recipients
  • Carry out photocopying and scanning as required
  • Carry out any task deemed reasonable by the Executive Committee

Education and Qualifications:

At least 5 A-C Grade GCSE’s including English, Maths and ICT.

Desirable:  Insurance qualifications e.g. CII 

Skills & abilities:

  • Fast and accurate typing skills
  • Polite, tactful and diplomatic
  • Energy, confidence and enthusiasm
  • Able to communicate in a calm and professional manner

So if you’d like to work for an award winning company that offers training to all staff, personal development and real opportunity for growth then please send your CV to Kerry Johnson – We look forward to hearing from you.


Direct Insurance London Market Appoints New Business Development Manager

Direct Insurance London Market (DILM), is a specialist Wholesale Broker. We are one of the UK’s fastest growing Lloyd’s brokers and have successfully negotiated some of the UK’s leading niche schemes for industries that have traditionally been more difficult to place.

To support continued growth we have recruited a new Business Development Manager, Shaun Woodhouse.  In his new role as part of the UK Business Development Team, Woodhouse will be responsible for managing and growing some existing client accounts. He will also develop new business and help grow Direct Insurance London Market’s market presence.

Commenting on his recent appointment, Woodhouse said, “I am looking forward to my new role and getting out into the market to get to know our existing broker partners better. I hope to give them the support they need as well as meeting potential new clients. In time, I would like to develop some key relationships and play a big part in the future growth of DILM.”

Woodhouse joins DILM from Auto Legal Protection Services (ALPS), leading provider of award winning motor claims solutions, legal expenses and quality additional products.

Head of Marketing & Development, Matt Field, said Woodhouse has a “keen eye for problem solving and a reputation for first class service delivery to clients.”

“This, alongside his personality and leadership skills, makes him a great addition to the Business Development Team.”

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