Direct Insurance Group Plc targets growth in the facultative property reinsurance sector

Direct Insurance Group plc (DIG), has appointed James Potter to spearhead its new Underwriting vehicle, Rokstone Underwriting.

Rokstone Underwriting is a specialist MGA, serving the needs of international (re)insurance brokers, in speciality lines of business. This development will enable Rokstone to offer many classes of business but in particular Property Reinsurance, for a wide range of occupancies from single locations through to multinational programmes, consistent with its overall strategic growth ambitions.

Rokstone’s specialist Property team will operate from its London Headquarters and are able to write general property and onshore energy business on a primary, quota-share and excess of loss basis.

Potter, joins Rokstone with more than 20 years of industry experience, most recently as Head of DIG’s Lloyds cover holder business. Potter is also joined by former Lloyds Underwriter, Paul Hallinan, previously, Class Underwriter at Talbot Syndicate.

David Bearman, CEO of Direct Insurance Group, said: “This is an extremely exciting venture. We have built a team of specialist underwriters, with the highest levels of underwriting authority who are able to make decisions quickly.”

Direct Insurance Group Plc appoints new HR manager

Direct Insurance Group Plc (DIG), one of the UK’s leading commercial insurance brokers, has appointed its new human resources manager.

Kerry Johnson brings to the company over 10 years of HR management experience. She joins from Earnest Doe & Sons in Essex where she was human resources manager, responsible for implementing a number of HR initiatives whilst also managing day-to-day recruitment, organisational development, and training strategies.

DIG appoints Johnson after significant growth, which saw the company enjoy a 33% increase in staff in the last twelve months.

This growth has been driven across all areas of the business by an increase in schemes development, namely the Direct Insurance London Market, BIBA endorsed Environmental Contractors scheme, also as part of its Latin American growth drive and its dedicated boost to the sports and leisure sector via its MGA, Imperium Insurance Management.

David Bearman, CEO of Direct Insurance Group plc, welcomed Johnson’s appointment.

“We’ve had a very successful year and remain committed to maintaining and developing our recruitment and training initiatives to keep pace with our growth now and in the future. Kerry’s appointment reinforces that commitment.”