Chairman & Chief Executive,
Jamil Bahou is Chairman and Chief Executive of Connect UW. He oversees a diversified portfolio of global (re)insurance and other businesses.
Why do you support IICF?
CSR is part of our corporate ethos and I believe collectively we are stronger together and we can accomplish more as part of a wider group.
Founder and Managing Director
Following a 20-year career at Aviva, Stuart launched Brandex Insight in 2011. A digital communications consultancy and part of the Brandex Group, Brandex Insight helps organisations of all shapes and sizes make sense of the online space.
Stuart has many clients in the insurance sector including Tokio Marine Kiln, the Managing General Agents’ Association, Atrium Underwriting, Insurance Law Global, The Russell Group and Axco.
Stuart led the development of Aviva’s online corporate estate for 11 of his 20 years at the company.
Stuart spent nine years as an independent governor at Norwich University of the Arts, chairing the Finance and Resources Committee for three years.
Chief Executive Officer
World Broker Network and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Founder
Bruce has over 40 years of insurance industry services experience that combines extensive business and operational expertise with demonstrated leadership and Board level responsibility in both the national and international insurance communities.
He co-founded and built ABD Insurance and Financial Services (ABD), a $186M insurance brokerage, into one of the top 14 insurance brokers in the United States, then acquired by Greater Bay Bancorp in 2002, and later by Wells Fargo as part of its acquisition of Greater Bay Bancorp.
In 1995, Bruce established the US arm of WBN and subsequently served as CEO, Member of the Global Executive Committee, and Member of the Global Board of Directors.
Head of Marine UK and Ireland
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI)
Pedro joined the IICF team in December 2020. He currently serves as Head of Marine UK and Ireland at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) and is a member of the European Leadership team. He joined BHSI in February 2019 to launch the marine insurance offer. Pedro has two decades of experience working in marine insurance around the globe. He was UK Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Marine Cargo Underwriting, UK Branch, at AXA Corporate Solutions. He also held various marine insurance roles at AXA Corporate Solutions in Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Pedro holds a Honors Degree from Paris North University.
Director of Client Relationships,
Kieran is Director of Client Relationships at national law firm Weightmans, focused on delivering exceptional results and a proactive approach to client care.
He is a highly skilled litigator with 25 years’ experience acting for insurers, public authorities and international commercial organisations on high profile and high-value cases.
Kieran is also a Director of Insurance Law Global (ILG), a multi-jurisdictional network of insurance defence law firms.
Why do you support IICF?
I am delighted to support IICF which enables me to “give something back” by its work with and support for charities focused on education and social mobility. Whilst it is an “insurance” charity, unlike others importantly its mission is to those outside the industry.
Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Ltd
Most recently, Dawn oversaw Chubb’s Middle Market, Small Commercial & Industry Practice Businesses as well as Sales & Distribution in Continental Europe. Prior to this, she served as the President and CEO at AXA Insurance Company US, the AXA Group’s property and casualty commercial insurance subsidiary.
Prior to joining AXA Dawn spent 13 years at American International Group (AIG), ultimately serving as Head of Client Engagement for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Before her time at AIG, with a desire to experience the dynamic intersection of public/ private partnerships first hand, she spent several years in Prague, leading an investment advisory firm focused on the Central European energy sector privatisations of the time.
Managing Director, Insurer Solutions
Chris is responsible for all insurer and strategic relationships for Applied’s UK business. He came to Applied Systems in August 2013 following the acquisition of Insurecom Limited.
Chris has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years.
Head of Internal Audit
Caroline joined CNA Hardy in 2014 as the Head of Internal Audit for the organisation, having previously held leadership internal audit positions at AXA UK and across financial service institutions. Caroline has a long standing passion for the positive impact that we can have working with our local communities, and takes an active lead on a number of CSR initiatives at CNA Hardy.
William (Bill) Ross
Chief Executive Officer,
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation.
Bill joined the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California.
Regional Director & President, Americas
Hank Watkins heads up market development and operations at Lloyd’s North America. Under Watkins‘ leadership, Lloyd’s has become the largest surplus lines insurer largest non-US-domiciled reinsurer in the US. He has 20 years of experience in Insurance.
Group HR Director
Amwins Global Risks
Janis is a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the CEO. A statutory director and Senior Manager of Amwins Global Risks Limited, the Group’s core business segment and Amwins Global Risks Group Limited. She is responsible for formulating and implementing Group HR strategy for a growing business undergoing organisational and cultural change. Janis previously worked for Tokio Marine Kiln Group and QBE Europe and has expertise in HR strategy and operational infrastructure developed in all areas of HR including Resourcing, Talent & Performance Management, Reward and L&D, Wellbeing, Facilities Management and health & safety.
Jolle Wever has more than 16 years of experience and knowledge of life and non-life insurance, investment banking and corporate finance. He worked extensively in the investment banking sector including eight years at UBS in London where he specialised in the financial services industry. He has been Managing Director of Axco since 2018.
Why do you support IICF?
The IICF’s central role in uniting all members of the insurance industry and creating a strengthened philanthropic voice. Seeing the difference it makes first hand through volunteering opportunities has been wonderful.