With 36 years’ Aviation broking experience, Consilium said Sommerville joins with “market leading expertise in Aviation broking”. He was previously the managing director for niche Aviation broker Grimme Butcher Jones. Prior to that he was at Integro and spent 14 years with Aon and 10 years with Marsh before that, all specialising in Aviation broking.
He will be responsible for managing and growing all niche Specialty lines business at Consilium, including developing its international Aviation business – an area experiencing significant capacity and market trend changes, and offering huge growth opportunities globally.
David Bearman, CEO for Aventum, said: “Having a central hub for all Specialty lines will introduce greater collaboration and efficiencies and encourage better cross-sell strategies across our group broking vertical. I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the Aventum family.
“His expertise in Aviation will further develop our capabilities in that area. Aviation presents an exciting market opportunity globally for our broker partners and with such market leading expertise on board we look forward to exploring and maximising those opportunities.”
Sommerville added: “Over the past 25 years Aventum has established a strong reputation for its expertise in niche areas and various specialist facilities. The Aviation market is a niche sector that merits a significant presence within the Aventum Group. With the combination of increased aviation experience and capability, and Aventum’s focused philosophy, it took little time to consider the synergies and see an exciting future.
“With the expansion of Aventum’s knowledge and expertise in this area and the use of various unique worldwide placing facilities, particularly in Africa which is experiencing the hardest effect of capacity changes and increased rate trends, we are well placed to deliver on market demands and client expectations. We plan to build the whole Speciality team further and I look forward to maximising its potential within the group.”