Meet our 2023 judges
Chairman/ NED/ Board Advisor
World Motor Insurance Consultancy
Jack Brownhill has been involved in the general insurance market for many years, spent in senior positions with the UK arm of a major multinational insurance group and as an independent consultant offering consultancy services across a wide range of issues.
In addition, Jack has been a member of a number of industry committees and groups both in the UK and Europe focusing on regulation, legislation, road safety, vehicle technology, telematics and fraud.
Professional Standards Director
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
Melissa Collett is Professional Standards Director at the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), leading its professional standards, ethics and conduct activity as a united profession across insurance and financial planning. She is also responsible for the professional body’s legal affairs, risk management, disciplinary matters and governance. She is keen to raise awareness of best practice and drive ethical behaviour through engagement with the profession and external stakeholders.
Melissa has an extensive background in consumer and legal issues. She spent over a decade at the Financial Ombudsman Service, was a Director at Fairer Finance and sits as a Tribunal Judge. She is also qualified solicitor, specialising in insurance law at Hogan Lovells. She is a frequent speaker at conference and events, sits on judging panels, and is the author of numerous articles and publications on consumer law subjects.
Chief Executive Officer
Motor Insurers' Bureau
Dominic Clayden joined the MIB as Chief Executive in May 2018. He has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years.
The MIB is at the heart of the fight against Uninsured driving, and manages claims related to Uninsured and Untraced driving. The organisation also provides management services to other industry bodies, especially focused on data asset management.
Dominic joined MIB from QBE, where he most recently held the role of Group Chief Claims Officer. He has also worked at Aviva as their Claims Director for its General Insurance business, and co-ordinated their claims best practice globally.
He has had a leading role in major negotiations in respect of personal injury reform in the UK and represented the Insurance industry at the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs.
He is involved with various Boards & Committees, and is also a Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
Dominic was a qualified solicitor, has held legal positions with BKJ Lewis and Potter Butler & Lyons, and has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers.
If you had to carpool with any famous person (current or historical) who would it be?
Jonathan Clark Consulting Ltd
A Chartered Loss Adjuster and Chartered Insurer Jonathan has over 35 years claims handling experience. He has dealt with claims in more than 50 countries and has worked with many of the world's largest corporations on their claims programmes. He has designed and implemented claims compensation schemes for governmental bodies and was Claims Director of the Financial Services Compensation scheme from 2007 to 2009.
After a lengthy career at executive level in the world’s largest claims adjusting firms, he joined SCOR in 2013 as head of claims in London. Jonathan is now Global Head of Claims for Business Solutions within the SCOR Global P& C.
Jonathan is past President of the London Business Interruption Association, past Treasurer of the Insurance Institute of London immediate past President of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters and President of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering from Oxford and London Universities. Hobbies include music and sailing in which he has been a member of the British Sailing team as well as a regular columnist for a leading magazine.
Director of general insurance policy
Association of British Insurers
Independent Non-Executive Director and Executive Consultant
Peter has over 30 years senior level experience in the insurance industry and has held a number of CEO and Chairman roles. Peter was previously the CEO at esure Insurance and has also held senior roles at Direct Line, Legal & General, Barbon Insurance and two U.S. insurers.
Peter has recently been leading Kudo, an InsurTech motor insurance MGA. He is known for leading businesses of a disruptive nature, and being an industry innovator.
independent non-executive director
Liberty Specialty Markets
Found and Director
Coach Forward Ltd
Joined the insurance industry as a school leaver over 30 years ago and since then has held a broad range of roles from mailroom to boardroom both as an insurer and broker.
Most recently as Chief Customer Officer at Atlanta Group, with accountability for 2m customers across 14 brands, before making the move to set up own business focussing on Advising Boards and Exec Coaching & Mentoring.
Passionate about the insurance industry and driving success by putting the customer first and developing/retaining talent. A strong advocate of insurance as a career choice.
former IWIN chair
Partner, Chairman and non-executive director
ABC Investors, Horwich Farrelly, Aviva UK and Direct Asia:
Head of insurable risk
6 Moments That Matter
Jane Portas is a financial educator, author of The Risks in Life Series of award-winning insight reports and financial life guides, and the creator of 6 Moments That Matter, a unique, risk-based, six life-stage approach to help people and organisations to improve financial wellbeing and secure fair financial futures. A scientist and chartered accountant, Jane is a former “big four” professional services partner with over 30 years’ experience of advising financial firms on governance, risk and regulation, financial solvency, customer outcomes and financial vulnerability. She is a member of Women’s Business Council, an adviser to the charity Surviving Economic Abuse, and co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures where the Market Task Force Manifesto she authored inspired the Money and Pensions Service to embed gender in the UK strategy for financial wellbeing. She was awarded an OBE in the 2023 New Year Honours for services to business and to equality.
Non Exec and former Founder and CEO
Fresh Insurance Group
The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
Director of Content
Post and Insurance Age content director Jonathan Swift has written and commented about the insurance industry since 1998. He has appeared on television speaking about topics as diverse as the insurance implications of Michael Jackson's death to the consequences of consolidation on motor premiums; and is a past winner of the British Insurance Brokers' Association journalist of the year and Association of British Insurers general insurance trade journalist prizes.
Jonathan has chaired/ hosted over 100 insurance events from roundtables involving a small specially invited audience, to addressing over 2000 people at the British Insurance Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. He is listed as a top 50 insurtech influencer by Insurtech News and presently coordinates the All Party Parliamentary Group for Insurance and Financial Services.
Ashton West OBE
chair and non-executive director
The Road Safety Trust and Weightmans
British Insurance Brokers Association
Steve was appointed Chief Executive in May 2013 and leads from the front in promoting, assisting and understanding insurance brokers and their issues. He actively supports BIBA’s Young Broker Committee, guiding and advising the sector’s future leaders.
He has spent more than 40 years in the insurance industry, working for the Orion Insurance Company, the General Insurance Standards Council and the Financial Services Authority, prior to joining BIBA in March 2004, as Head of Compliance & Training.
Steve sits on the Directors’ Committee of BIPAR (the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries) and the Executive Committee of WFII (the World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries).
Non-Executive Director & Board Advisor
Qlaims Ltd, Freedom Services Group, The FPA
David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, roles including Reinsurance Manager, Casualty Insurance Manager, Managing Director Claims and Managing Director of Underwriting & Technical Services.
In 2018 he was recognised as Social Media Influencer of the year, and in 2019 he won both the Insurance Post Claims Achievement Award, as well as being named Insurance Personality of the Year at the British Insurance Awards.
David led AXA’s work on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, including work with five Government backed Consortia. He was Chair of the ABI Motor Committee & Autonomous Driving Group and sat on the ABI GIC for several years. He now sits on the newly formed Thatcham Research ‘Strategic Technical Advisory Board’
David was a Vice President of the CII Nationally, was a founding member of the joint CII / CILA Faculty of Claims, and was Chair of the CII Underwriting Faculty for almost a decade. He holds Non-Exec Director roles at Qlaims and Freedom Services Group. He was until recently Chair of RISCAuthority, and remains a Board Member of the Fire Protection Association (FPA).
He speaks regularly at conferences and other events and has also appeared on Sky TV, BBC Breakfast TV, BBC and Channel 4 News, as well as Radio 4’s ‘Today’ Programme, being interviewed on topics varying from Compensation Culture to Business Crime.
David originally hails from Bristol (explaining his passion for Bristol Rovers!) but now lives in Suffolk with his wife Catherine and two sons Evan (17) & Ryan (15)
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