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Avid appoints Michael Patchett as specialist underwriter 

Avid Insurance Services (Avid) has hired specialist underwriter Michael Patchett.

Patchett joined Avid on 1 September from his previous role at Lloyds Syndicate DTW 1991. His specialisms include equine, motorsport and leisure.

Patchett’s appointment follows the announcement last week (24 August) that Mark Cliff has joined the Leeds and London-based MGA as chairman. Avid, an MGA which is majority owned by Beech Tree Private Equity, specialises in social housing, council leasehold markets and travel.

Avid MD Stephen Gibson said Patchett’s appointment “marks the first step” in his plans to build out the underwriting expertise of the business, and added: “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to Avid. He is hugely experienced with nearly 35 years in the industry, and brings added breadth to our proposition.

“The pandemic put a temporary hold on our search for senior underwriting talent but we now want to move ahead at pace and make more appointments during the next few months.”

Patchett said that he had focused on sport, leisure and equine sectors for the past 20 years, and added: “Personal relationships have been key to the long-term success of my portfolio and many of my brokers and contacts have traded with me during this entire period.

“I am excited to be joining Avid at this stage in its journey. Steve Gibson, John Inwood (commercial director) and the team share the same business philosophy as me and are the perfect partner for the next stage of my career.”

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