Meet our team

Read our staff profiles and discover more about the brilliant Touchstone Underwriting team.

Alan Roe ACII, MInstSM

Managing Director

Prefer to be called
Al

About my role
Responsible for the overall performance of Touchstone Underwriting Ltd including an exciting and excellent team!

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
10

My favourite
Football: Nottingham Forest
Holiday: Cuba
Food: Italian
Drink: Good red wine
Hobby: Golf, fishing and driving

Three things on my bucket list
1. Catch a big fish
2. Make a cigar and smoke it
3. Build a kit car from scratch

If I had a superpower, it would be...
See the future and X-ray vision

Alan Spivey ACII

Divisional Director, Property & Commercial

Prefer to be called
Spives

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
6

About my role
Development of the commercial and property owners classes; widening our underwriting footprint; development of differentiated, bespoke and non-standard (NOT sub-standard) products and services; coaching and mentoring of the team to optimise performance.

At Touchstone Underwriting, my ambition is for us to be recognised as the market leader for service, innovation and development of niche, specialist and bespoke products to match our Customer's needs.

My favourite
Football: Tottenham Hotspur FC
Holiday: Australia, but anywhere with my wife (and children if they wish to come)
Food: Aldeburgh freshly caught fish and chips
Drink: Builder's tea or a pint of Woodforde's Wherry Ale
Hobby: Running, tennis, topiary and playing piano

Three things on my bucket list
1. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
2. Climb Kilimanjaro
3. Season Ticket at THFC (I am currently 40,000 on the waiting list!)

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Mind reading

Amanda Foweraker2

Amanda Foweraker Cert CII

Underwriter

About my role
I deal with renewals and mid-term adjustments across the Property & Commercial portfolio or products.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
1

My favourite
Holiday: Disneyland
Food: Spaghetti Bolognese
Drink: Red Wine
Hobby: Researching my family tree and going away in our old VW campervan.

Three things on my bucket list
1. Visit the Scottish Highlands
2. Visit my ancestors home town in Normandy, France
3. To retire young!

If I had a superpower, it would be...
All mums have super powers!

Amy Mead Dip CII (Claims), Dip CILA

Underwriting Claims Manager

About my role
Managing a team who are claims handling across all products, from FNOL to settlement and recovery. Monitoring service from Insurer claims departments and helping brokers to ensure that our claims team give the best service we can.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
13

My favourite
Sport: Formula One
Food: Taco Tuesday
Drink: A nice cup of tea (or a glass of wine)
Holiday: Anywhere with some sun and good food
Hobby: Spending time on my allotment

Three things on my bucket list
1. Travelling to Borneo to see the Orangutans
2. Ride in a helicopter
3. Be driven in a hot lap in the F1 safety car

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Invisibility

Andrew Saxon Dip CII

Regional Development Manager, West & South Wales

Prefer to be called
Andy

Areas of Responsibility
Development of Touchstone Underwriting's business relationships with brokers in the West and South Wales area.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
2

Hobbies
Sports: Enjoy watching all sport
Holiday: Staycations
Food: Indian
Drink: Real Ale and red wine
Hobby: Food judging, cycling and walking with my family and golden Labrador puppy

Two things on my bucket list
1. Own a motor home
2. Go travelling

If I had a superpower, it would be...
To be invisible

Ben Henderson2

Ben Henderson

Claims Handling Assistant

About my role
I assist in claims handling which includes communicating between brokers and insurers, managing our claims import software, and admin tasks.

My favourite
Football: Manchester United
Holiday: Corfu
Food: Any type of pasta
Drink: Beer
Hobby: Playing football

Three things on my bucket list
1. Win a trophy with my football team
2. Travel to every continent
3. Drive a Tesla

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Teleportation

David Pargetor

Underwriter

About my role
David is responsible for the Specialist renewal book and is also able to prepare new business quotes . He has been with the company for over 10 years.

My favourite
Hobby: Football, Travelling, Socialising, Music and Contemporary Art.

Donna Clack

Donna Clack

Underwriter

About my role
New business underwriter for both London Market and regional business.

My favourite
Holiday: Finland, Northern Lights
Food: Italian or Thai
Drink: Gin and Tonic or a nice glass of Malbec
Hobby: Gadgets, extreme sports and dog agility

Faye Williamson

Trainee Underwriting Assistant

About my role
I deal with renewals and general administration across our product portfolio.

My favourite
Holiday: Mexico
Food: Halloumi and Italian
Drink: Rose Wine
Hobby: Going to the gym, reading and spending time with friends and family

Glen Gibbons ACII

Division Director - Hospitality & Leisure

About my role
Responsible for expanding the Touchstone Underwriting Hospitality & Leisure footprint through the development of trade specific products and services, providing all-encompassing solutions to cater for your clients needs.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
5

My favourite
Football: Chelsea
Holiday: Hot and sunny
Food: Chinese
Drink: Wine and Black Sambuca (not in the same glass)
Hobby: Golf, watching and occasionally participating in most sports.

Jack Clarke

Deputy Assistant Underwriter

About my role
Dealing with renewals and general administration across our portfolio of products. Training to become an Underwriter.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
One

My favourite
Football: Wycombe Wanderers
Holiday: New York
Food: Steak and Chips
Drink: Estrella Damm
Hobby: Gaming and Cooking

Three things on my bucket list:
1. Going to a gun range
2. Fly a plane
3. Zipline adventure in Saudi Arabia

If I had a superpower, it would be...
The ability to breathe underwater

Jo Toolan

Jo Toolan

Regional Business Development Underwriter, North East & North West

About my role
Developing Touchstone Underwriting business across the North East/West broker market.

My favourite
Football: Leeds United
Holiday: The Maldives - pure heaven!
Food: Italian
Drink: Fizz/G&T
Hobby: Holidays in the sun

Kerry Champion Cert CII

Regional Business Development Underwriter, West & South Wales

About my role
Development of Touchstone Underwriting's business relationships with brokers in the West and South Wales area.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
2

My favourite
Football: Watching my son play
Holiday: New Zealand
Food: Lamb roast dinner
Drink: New Zealand Sauvignon
Hobby: Darts, travelling

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Teleportation

Kevin Stitt

Trainee Underwriter

About my role
Renewals and general administration across the Property & Commercial portfolio of products.

My favourite
Holiday: Anywhere hot
Drink: Lager/Vodka
Football: Celtic
Hobby: Football, music

Laura O'Brien

Underwriter

About my role
I am the Renewals Underwriter for the Tour Operators and Travel Agents Combined Liability and Travel Office Schemes, also picking up Legal Expenses and Management Liability for our Travel Risks.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
11

My favourite
Football: Cork GAA, but Hurling is better
Holiday: Anywhere hot!
Food: Lasagne
Drink: Tea
Hobby: Walking and family time

Three things on my bucket list
1. See the Northern Lights
2. Do a skydive
3. Go see Ireland play in the 6 Nations

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Time travel

Lauren McCann Cert CII

Underwriter

About my role
New Business & Mid-Term Adjustments across our portfolio of specialist products.

My favourite
Football: Alleged Spurs fan... but don't ask me what the offside rule is!
Holiday: Anywhere hot
Food: Italian, Indian, Thai
Drink: Desperado, Stella
Hobby: Gigs/festivals, tattoos, spending time with family and friends

Michelle Cole ACII

Regional Business Development Underwriter London & South East

About my role
Development of Touchstones Underwriting's business in the London and South East. Developing Broker relationships and writing profitable business.

My favourite
Football: Tottenham Hotspur
Holiday: Rome for a City Break, Mauritius for the Beach
Food: Lasagne
Drink: Cocktails of most varieties
Hobby: Competing/riding my horses and going to the gym

Mike Patston

Director

Areas of Responsibility
Concentrating on enhancing and growing our current facilities with selected Brokers as well as introducing a variety of new products and carriers to the Divisional offering.

Interesting Fact
Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

Hobbies
Golf (very poorly) and fine dining.

Paul McDermid BA MInstSMM

Regional Business Development Manager, Scotland

About my role
I am responsible for the development of our brokers in the Scottish region.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
Two

My favourite
Football: Rangers
Holiday: Spain
Food: BBQ
Drink: Beer
Hobby: Golf/football and gardening since lockdown

Three things on my bucket list:
1. To go abroad again, anywhere!
2. Attend Italian Grand Prix
3. Attend The Masters

If I had a superpower, it would be....
Reading minds

Priya Voralia

CRM & Agency Manager

About my role
I am responsible for the development of our business relationships and interactions through the delivery of insights and targeted communications.

I am able to assist with all agency related queries for new and existing brokers. I also manage our events, the website, and anything else that falls under Marketing!

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
5

My favourite
Holiday: Rovaniemi, Finland
Food: Fish and chips
Drink: Rum & coke
Hobby: Family time, skiing & gym

Three things on my bucket list
1. Full motorbike driving licence
2. Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary
3. El Monstruo in Puerto Rico (one of the longest ziplines)

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Telekinesis

Rebekah Jackson Dip CII

Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Chelmsford New Business, Renewals and Mid-Term Adjustments.

Interesting Fact
Only one in a thousand turtles reach adulthood. Most are eaten by their kind!

Hobbies
Cycling, Skiing & Walking.

Richard Foster F.Inst.TT

Senior Underwriter

Prefer to be called
Rich

About my role
I am responsible for overseeing and leading the Renewals Business team and seek to provide that extra level of guaranteed service and expertise where other providers fail.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
22

My favourite
Sports: Football (season ticket holder at Watford FC), cricket and rugby
Holiday: Greek Islands
Food: Roast Chicken
Drink: Real Ale
Hobby: Sport in general, reading and walking the dog

Three things on my bucket list
1. See all the Greek Islands by modern yacht
2. Visit the Lagavulin distillery on Islay
3. Tour the battlefields of the First World War and the American Civil War

If I had a superpower, it would be...
The ability to see into the future

Samantha Lord Cert CII

Underwriter

Prefer to be called
Sam

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
3

Areas of Responsibility
I deal with new business enquiries across our portfolio of products

My Favourite
Holiday: Anywhere in the USA
Food: Chicken nuggets and anything that involves salted caramel
Drink: Gin and tonic or amaretto and coke
Hobby: Boxing, swimming and reading

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Sam Meekins

Assistant Underwriter

About my role
Dealing with new business & mid-term adjustments across our portfolio of products.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
2

My favourite
Football: Liverpool
Holiday: Somewhere not too hot, I guess like Denmark!
Food: Chilli
Drink: Heineken
Hobby: Going to gigs/festivals and watching football

Three things on my bucket list
1. Paragliding
2. Going to a Glastonbury Festival
3. Attending the world's largest chilli cook-off

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Laser eyes

Scott Colquhoun

Scott Colquhoun

Senior Underwriter

About my role
Primarily responsible for the development of our Liability and Construction account.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
1

My favourite
Football: Celtic
Holiday: Golfing in Portugal
Food: Steak Pie
Drink: Tanqueray Sevilla
Hobby: Golf, football, racquetball

Three things on my bucket list
1. Get my golf handicap back into single figures
2. Trip to Africa to see the animals in the while while we still can
3. Learn how to play the saxophone

If I had a superpower, it would be...
The ability to know what the right answer is when my wife asks me for my opinion.

Simon Bell Dip CII

Senior Underwriter

About my role
Focusing on Internal management & underwriting across all TUL product lines, with a flexible UW strategy focusing on maintaining & growing a profitable underwriting book as well as assisting to develop & maintain existing partner broker relationships with our exclusive product offering.

My Favourite
Football: The Mighty Green and white Army- Northern Ireland for those not in the know!, Also a Man Utd fan.

Holiday: Safari

Food: Indian or Thai

Drink: Love a good cocktail or a Gin

Hobby/Interest: My actual title is “Lord” Bell having purchased a small piece of land with a title in north England. Also an Army Reservist in my spare time Explosive Ordnance Disposal ( I know a Northern Irish man defusing bombs!) Enjoy all contact sports and walking my dog!

Sinead O'Brien Cert CII

Underwriter

About my role
Dealing with new business and mid-term adjustments across our portfolio of products.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
3

My favourite
Holiday: Aruba
Food: Italian
Drink: Vanilla flavoured coffee
Hobby: Walks with my Cairn Terrier, shopping and reading

Three things on my bucket list
1. Road trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
2. Holiday to Seychelles
3. Own a Classic Mini Cooper Sport

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Teleportation

Stuart Burt F.Inst.TT

Director

Prefer to be called
I’ve been called a lot – Nobby, Spurty, Burtram, but Stuart or Stu are fine.

Areas of Responsibility
Compliance, Operations, training and specialist and lead underwriter for our travel schemes including Tour Operators Liability and Travel Agents office.

No. of years at Touchstone Underwriting
22

My favourite
Football: Manchester City Football Club
Holiday: Japan tour was cool, but Devon in the summer has the edge
Food: Steak and chips
Drink: A good beer
Hobby: Outdoors. Walking. Quite into Electric Vehicles & the pace of development in that sector. Henry Moore art.

Three things on my bucket list
1. Own a Matchless motorbike (1950s)
2. Learn to surf
3. Ride a horse bareback

If I had a superpower, it would be...
Time travel!

Steve Swinburne

Steve Swinburne

Regional Business Development Underwriter, Midlands

Areas of Responsibility
I look after our business relationships in the Midlands and North Wales; underwriting profitable business with brokers throughout the region.

My favourite
Football: The egg shaped variety
Holiday: Surfing and eating pastries in Cornwall
Food: Italian and Thai/Indonesian
Drink: Decent lagers and love a G&T
Hobby: Cycling, paddle boarding and surfing

Thomas Morgan

Assistant IT resources & Schemes builder

Prefers to be called
Tom

About my role
I help with the day to day maintenance of our underwriting system alongside Martin Warr, ensuring it all runs smoothly when needed I assist internal users and external portal users.

My favourite
Holiday: Scotland
Food: A good burger
Drink: Mountain Dew
Hobby: Paintballing, gaming, tinkering, tech, cosplay and running