Meet our team

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

Alan Roe ACII, MInstSM

Managing Director

Areas of Responsibility
Managing Director of Touchstone Underwriting Ltd

Interesting Fact
Member of the High Performance Club & The Lloyds Motor Club (Car Driving).

Alan Spivey ACII

Divisional Director, Property & Commercial

Areas of Responsibility
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.

Interesting Fact
TOUCHSTONE (definition) - as well as being a piece of fine-grained dark schist or jasper formerly used for testing alloys of gold by observing the colour of the mark which they made on it... It is also a standard or criterion by which something is judged or recognised.

Hobbies
Football; Tennis; Learning to play the piano; Topiary

Amy Mead Dip CII (Claims)

Underwriting Claims Executive

Areas of Responsibility
First Notification of Loss (FNOL) and Claims Management; Relationship Development for Claims; Leakage Control.

Interesting Fact
One of 16 people who helped set a new world record, for highest number of people inside a vehicle driven on two wheels by stunt driver Terry Grant at the 2015 Race of Champions at the Olympic Park Stratford.

Hobbies
Formula 1 fan, socialising and baking and cake decorating!

Andy Saxon Dip CII

Regional Development Manager, West & South Wales

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

Hobbies
Youth football coaching, food judging

David Pargetor

Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
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

Hobbies
Football, Travelling, Socialising, Music and Contemporary Art.

Elaine Coggan

Accounts Manager

Areas of Responsibility
Elaine is responsible for the accounts and credit control functions of the business

Interesting Fact
In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no-one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand

Hobbies
Socialising, Ballroom & Latin dancing, music performance and keeping fit

Glen Gibbons ACII

Divisional Director - Hospitality & Leisure

Areas of Responsibility
Expanding the Touchstone footprint through development of the Hospitality and Leisure business with the creation of trade specific products and services, providing all-encompassing solutions to our customer’s needs.

Interesting Fact
I am an ex semi-professional tenpin bowler!

Hobbies
Golf (erratically!) and enjoy watching, and occasionally participating in, most sports

Harry Hodges

Underwriting Assistant

Areas of Responsibility
Documentation & administration for the Liability & Construction department.

Interesting Fact
Each birthday is a celebration of every time you have travelled around the sun.

Hobbies
Skiing and mechanics.

James Cowley RPLU

Senior PI Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Responsible for Professional Indemnity portfolio.

Interesting Fact
We are the Universe experiencing itself.

Hobbies
Travel, wine, reading, wild swimming.

Jo Toolan

Regional Business Development Underwriter, North East & North West

Areas of Responsibility
Drive and deliver the growth and development of trading partners within the North East and North West region.

Interesting Fact
I crossed the winning post with my son in our first skiing competition.

Hobbies
Total relaxation on a beach in the sunshine and spending quality time with family and friends.

Kevin Stitt

Trainee Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
New business, renewals and general administration across the Property & Commercial portfolio of products.

Interesting Fact
Coca Cola is the best selling drink in every country of the world... except Scotland, where Irn-Bru reigns supreme.

Hobbies
Football (supporter of the mighty Glasgow Celtic) and proper music.

Kerry Champion Cert CII

Regional Business Development Underwriter, West & South Wales

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

Hobbies
Family life, travelling, darts.

Laura Collett

Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Laura deals with Renewal's; New Business and Document administration for Tour Operators & Travel Agents Liability; Travel Office.

Interesting Fact
Was once a member of a girl band.

Hobbies
Socialising & Arts and Crafts.

Lauren McCann

Underwriting Assistant

Areas of Responsibility
Documentation & administration across the Touchstone Portfolio of products.

Interesting Fact
Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.

Hobbies
Art, live music/festivals, makeup.

Martin Warr

IT Resources & Schemes Builder

Areas of Responsibility
Martin controls and maintains our new Underwriting System. On a day to day basis he is busy ensuring rates are up to date and that things run as smoothly as they may. Martin also maintains the existing products and creates new schemes which eventually appear on the web for our brokers to use.

Interesting Fact
The word ``bookkeeper`` (along with its associate ``bookkeeping') is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like ``sweet-toothed', require a hyphen to be readily readable.

Hobbies
Skiing in the Alps; Motorbikes; Taekwondo; Family Life; Computers: Tech.

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 Underwriter, Scotland

Areas of Responsibility
Broker facing business development.

Interesting Fact
The raincoat was invented in Scotland.

Hobbies
Playing golf and watching football.

Priya Voralia

CRM & Agency Manager

Areas of Responsibility
Responsible for the development of Touchstone Underwriting's business relationships and interactions through the delivery of insights and targeted communications.

And this new website.
Interesting Fact
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Hobbies
Family life, Sudoku and off-road driving.

Rebekah Davies 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

Areas of Responsibility
Richard has responsibility for overseeing and leading the Casualty and Liability team within Touchstone and is a Senior Underwriter of the Tour Operator & Travel Agents Liability and Travel Office Schemes. He also has underwriting authority on other binders within the Touchstone Product Portfolio.

Interesting Fact
Richard was born on a leap day... so only celebrates an official birthday every four years.

Hobbies
Keen supporter of Watford Football Club (season ticket holder for over 15 years), spectator of other sports including cricket, Golf and Rugby. Interests include personal fitness and fine cigars.

Ryan Cremins

Trainee Underwriting Assistant

Areas of Responsibility
Documentation and administration across Touchstone Underwriting's renewals.

Interesting Fact
Vending machines kill four times as many people as sharks per year.

Hobbies
Football, golf, shopping and video games.

Samantha Lord

Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Dealing with new business, renewals and mid-term adjustments on commercial combined, property owners and package products.

Interesting Fact
The people who voiced Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were actually married in real life.

Hobbies
Shopping, boxing, reading and swimming.

Simon Bell Dip CII

Senior Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Growing our profitable underwriting book's.

Interesting Fact
Simon hasn't missed a Northern Ireland home qualifier in 4 years. He was once the fastest person in Ireland to run 200m (although he was 18 at the time..)

Hobbies
Avid Northern Ireland Football supporter. Rugby (watching more than playing these days!)

Sinead O'Brien

Underwriter

Areas of Responsibility
Multi-disciplined underwriter dealing with new business, renewals and mid-term adjustments across the Travel & Tour, Liability & Construction and Hospitality & Leisure products.

Interesting Fact
A. A. Milne's book ``Winnie-the-Pooh`` was released on my birthday in 1926.

Hobbies
Socialising, shopping reading and Pilates.

Stuart Burt F.Inst.TT

Director

Areas of Responsibility
Stuart manages the operations and underwriting control within Touchstone. He is the senior underwriter in respect of our specialist tour operator and travel agents capacity with XLCatlin, the Coverholder for our MGA with Allianz and responsible for the overall operations and control of our binding authorities.

Interesting Fact
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a 'Friday the 13th'.

Hobbies
Swimming club and swimming officialling, youth football, golf and anything outdoors.