Some more appointments news;
North P&I has strengthened its FD&D leadership team in Greece with the appointment of Antigone Yanniotis and Gillian Stanton to the roles of Deputy Director (FD&D) Greece, demonstrating North’s continuing dedication to providing the highest standards of FD&D service to its local members.
Taking effect from 1 September 2020, these appointments reinforce the Club’s commitment to the Greek membership and North’s Greek office, which is led by Directors Tony Allen and Gordon Robertson. The Greek membership will also continue to be supported by FD&D Directors from North’s Newcastle headquarters – in particular, Ben Roberts, Alexandra Davison and Katherine Birchall.
Joining North’s FD&D team in 2003, Yanniotis has played a critical role in building lasting relationships with Members in Greece. Qualifying originally as an Attorney in New York and New Jersey, where she worked for Lyons, Skoufalos, Proios and Flood, Antigone has since carved out a role as a ‘go-to’ legal advisor in the market.
Fellow Deputy Director, Gillian Stanton, who joined North’s FD&D team in 2009, trained at London city law firm Addleshaw Goddard where she practised as a commercial litigator, having qualified in 2003. Stanton has an in depth understanding of all forms of commercial dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and English High Court proceedings. She is also a member of North’s Sanctions Advice Team.
Combined, Stanton and Yanniotis have nearly 30-years of experience of supporting Greek members and will continue to work with the wider Greek office FD&D team comprising Dimitra Capas, Elisavet Papoutsi and Ruth Gallagher. Alexianna Kalafati, who is currently employed in North’s FD&D team in Newcastle, will also be transferring to the Greek office FD&D team in October.
Gallagher today announces the appointment of Michelle Bree as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of its UK Retail division. Michelle joins from Gallagher’s specialist underwriting business, Pen Underwriting and will start her new role on 1 October. The appointment is subject to the standard regulatory approvals.
As COO, Michelle will be responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of Gallagher’s UK Retail division which caters for a diverse range of personal lines and commercial clients, including sole traders, start-ups and medium sized businesses, as well as large corporates and multi-nationals, across different industry sectors. The business has 70 branches across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and employs 2,800 people. Michelle will join the executive team and will report into Retail CEO, Michael Rea.
Michelle has been with Gallagher since 2015, when she joined Pen Underwriting from Accenture as a programme manager specialising in change management in the insurance industry. She was promoted within Pen to director of operations in 2018 and to COO in 2019.
Pen Underwriting today announces that Matthew Lucas has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer and will join the £600m GWP underwriting business on 01 September 2020. Matthew will also be joining the Board of Pen Underwriting Limited, subject to regulatory approval.
At present, Matthew is COO of Gallagher Benefit Services UK (GBS UK) – the specialist employee benefit, wealth management, communications and HR consultancy arm of Gallagher, Pen Underwriting’s parent company. Prior to joining the company, Matthew held a number of senior roles at Brown Shipley Private Bank, Barclays Wealth and Capita SIP Services, where he led large-scale transformation initiatives and operations teams.
As Chief Operating Officer, Matthew will be responsible for ensuring Pen has the operational capabilities, flexibility and scalability to deliver on its strategic business vision and accelerated growth ambitions of becoming a £1bn GWP underwriting and distribution business. On 01 September he will begin a month-long handover with current COO Michelle Bree to ensure a smooth transition of operational leadership.
Commenting on outgoing COO Michelle Bree, who is moving across into Gallagher’s broking division having been appointed COO of its UK Retail business, Tom added: “Michelle has been an incredible asset to our business from when she joined us at the very beginning of our journey five years ago. Instrumental in the creation of Pen, a tremendous colleague and highly talented individual, Michelle will be much missed but is taking up the fantastic opportunity as COO for the UK Retail broking business which will support her continued career development within the group, and we wish her all the very best.”