Rokstone, the International Speciality (Re)Insurance MGA, part of Aventum Group, has announced the appointment of Jack Pickard to senior property underwriter.
The firm said Pickard joins Rokstone as it expects to hit $200m (£144.6m) GWP in its D&F Property book alone, having seen “huge organic growth”. As a whole Rokstone is anticipating that it will write circa $750m (£542m) GWP across all lines this year.
He joins latterly from Geo Specialty, where he was property underwriter for five years. Before that he spent six years with The Channel Syndicate where he was international property underwriter.
Rokstone added he has “excellent long-standing relationships” with brokers and significant capacity providers and has particular expertise in the Australian and Canadian Direct and Facultative (D&F) Property markets.
Pickard said: “I am hugely excited about joining the Rokstone team, their culture and values epitomise that of a market leading forward thinking MGA business of choice.”
James Potter, deputy CEO of Rokstone, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Jack to the team. His appointment will complement and grow our already market leading Property D&F team which now has more than 200 years’ combined experience amongst a team of eight underwriters. That level of senior expertise really makes us stand apart – particularly in this current hard market.
“MGAs like Rokstone have now established themselves as the primary choice for great underwriting talent that previously would have gone to Lloyds or the company market, but that traditional model has been turned on its head in recent years. Talent is now attracted by the agility, entrepreneurial spirit, superior service and therefore growth, being enjoyed by the best MGAs now.”