Meet our team

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

Alan Roe ACII, MInstSM

Managing Director

About my role
Responsible for the overall performance of Touchstone Underwriting Ltd

My favourite
Football: Nottingham Forest
Holiday: Cuba
Food: Italian
Drink: Good red wine
Hobby: Watching all sports, fast cars. golf, cycling

Alan Spivey ACII

Divisional Director, Property & Commercial

Prefer to be called
Spives (to those who know me, Mr Spivey to those who don't!)

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: 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 Adnams
Hobby: Piano playing, tennis and topiary

Amy Mead Dip CII (Claims), Dip CILA

Underwriting Claims Executive

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.

My favourite
Holiday: Anywhere with some sun and good food
Hobby: Watching Formula 1 and going to races when I can

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

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.

Elaine Coggan

Accounts Manager

About my role
I am responsible for the accounts and credit control functions of the business.

My favourite
Food: Chocolate
Hobby: Enjoy supporting my son and the GB wheelchair Rugby team.

Glen Gibbons

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.

My favourite
Football: Chelsea
Holiday: Hot and sunny
Food: Chinese
Drink: Black Sambuca
Hobby: Golf, watching and occasionally participating in most sports. Ex semi-pro tenpin bowler!

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.

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

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.

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

Lauren McCann Cert CII

Trainee 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

Martin Warr

IT Resources & Schemes Builder

About my role
I control and maintain our underwriting system. On a day to day basis I am busy ensuring things run smoothly for our Underwriters; amending rates and rules; keeping documentation up to date and generally maintaining our platform. I also take any new product and design how it will integrate into the system. These schemes eventually appear on the web for our brokers to use.

My favourite
Holiday: Skiing
Food: A Carnivorous BBQ feast
Drink: Coffee (a computer person always likes a good Java upload)
Hobby: Skiing in the Alps; Taekwon-do; 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 Manager, 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

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!

My favourite
Holiday: Venice
Food: Too many options to choose from
Drink: Rum & coke
Hobby: Family time, skiing & gym

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

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.

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

Samantha Lord Cert CII

Underwriter

Prefer to be called
Sam

Areas of Responsibility
Dealing with new business, renewals and mid-term adjustments 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.

My favourite
Football: Liverpool
Holiday: Not had a proper one in years – so literally anywhere abroad!
Food: Chilli
Drink: Staropramen
Hobby: Going to gigs/festivals and watching football

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.

My favourite
Holiday: Aruba
Food: Italian
Drink: Gin and Tonic
Hobby: Walks with my Cairn Terrier, shopping and reading

Stuart Burt F.Inst.TT

Director

Areas of Responsibility
I am a specialist in travel liabilities and the lead Underwriter for the Tour Operators Liability scheme with AXA XL. I am also responsible for Company Compliance and Operations.

My favourite
Football: Manchester City – the blue moon is rising
Holiday: South Devon (Salcombe) or Costa Rica, its close.
Food: Steak, chips and peas
Drink: Timothy Taylor Landlord, draft Marston’s Pedigree, Green Kings Yardbird Pale Ale and St Austell’s Proper Job, but I am not fussy!
Hobby: Herts Wildlife Trust active member, Walking, Formula One, Travelling and International Speedway series

Thomas Morgan

Assistant IT resources & Schemes builder

Prefers to be called
Tom

About my role
I maintain our systems and assist when problems occur alongside Martin Warr.

My favourite
Holiday: Scotland
Food: Spaghetti Bolognese
Drink: Mountain Dew
Hobby: Paintballing, gaming, tinkering, tech, cosplay and running