Senior team

Simon Fell

Simon Fell

Managing Director

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Simon joined Markel in 1991, succeeding Steve Carroll as managing director in May 2011 following Steve's appointment as director of global retail business. Prior to that, Simon was the underwriting manager. He has over 25 years experience in underwriting, having started his insurance career as a liability claims handler.

Helen Fagg

Helen Fagg

Claims Manager

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Helen joined Markel in June 2017 after more than 20 years working in insurance law, since 2008 as a partner at one of Markel’s panel law firms.  Helen is a solicitor and has always specialised in insurance claims, with a focus on professional indemnity, management liability, clinical malpractice and coverage.  As well as handling claims across all Markel’s classes of business, Helen oversees the smooth running of the team and provides strategic input on significant, high profile and complex claims.

Keith Hill

Keith Hill

Regional Manager - North

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Keith manages broker development within the UK’s northern regions, from Yorkshire and the North West up into Scotland. He joined Markel in March 1995 and has over 20 years insurance industry experience. Keith and his team of specialist underwriters are focused on the development of the Markel product range within their regional broker base.

Ruth Reaney

Ruth Reaney

Regional Manager - Central

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Ruth joined Markel in September 2016 as manager of the central region, based in the Birmingham office. Most recently branch manager at MS Amlin, Ruth has over 15 years’ experience in sales and underwriting. Along with her team of specialist underwriters Ruth is focused on key broker development across the region.

Andy Poulton

Andy Poulton

South East Manager

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Andy joined Markel in July 2009 as Development Underwriter for Social Welfare in the South East Region, in March 2017 he became manager of the South East region. Prior to joining Markel Andy worked as a commercial underwriter within the London Market. Andy and his team focus on delivering exceptional service and underwriting to their broker base across the region to develop all product lines within Markel UK’s niche classes.

Mark Lowther

Mark Lowther

London Manager

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Mark joined Markel in 2006, having previously worked at HCC Insurance and Dickson Manchester Insurance Brokers in a Professional Indemnity role. After spending 9 years based out of our Reigate office leading the Professional Indemnity and Life Sciences account, Mark moved to London permanently in 2015 to set up and manage the Markel UK London branch. In this role, Mark and his team of underwriters are focused on the development of the entire Markel product range within the London market, working closely with our Markel International colleagues.