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LUCID   13 – 15 October 2019

FOCUS are delight to offer two free places to LUCID 2019. See sponsorship page for full details.


Examination Sponsorship

Congratulations to Ben Rees for passing his CII Underwriting examination. Well done Ben.

CII Survey

With the last claims and underwriting exams scheduled for October this year the CII are keen to hear your views on the future of  such qualifications.

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The Committee

 

Paul Hunt – Chair

I have numerous years’ experience in direct office but most of my time has been spent in Reinsurance. I work at SCOR Global Life, as a Senior Underwriter.

This is a varied role which includes underwriting all aspects of treaty business, client audits, writing articles, research & development, client training and numerous project work!

I have the honour of being the LUCID 2019 Chair and thrilled to see LUCID coming to Scotland for the first time! I’ve also represented FOCUS on the LUCID committees 2013, 2015 and 2017.

I’m a qualified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and have a love of sharks !

Football’s a big passion of mine and I’m also a qualified FA Licensed coach. I’m a manager and coach one of my towns youth teams. Always the optimist, I support West Ham United (since 1975) and still dream of Champions League football for the Hammers!

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Tom Green – Treasurer

I work as a development underwriter in the Claims and Underwriting Strategy team at Scottish Widows. I have worked in  insurance for 21 years.  I started out in New Business at Scottish Provident before quickly moving to Underwriting. I then spent two years at Standard Life before joining Legal & General in 2006. I thoroughly enjoyed my stint as FOCUS chairperson and my current role as Treasurer. Claim to fame is I share a dentist with Tom Cruise !

Steve Simkin – Committee Member

I started my insurance career in 1991 at Standard Life in Edinburgh and joined the underwriting department a few years later. In the latter years before leaving Standard Life, I concentrated on auditing, management of the online system and underwriting standards. During this time with Standard Life I have also completed my ACII qualification and underwriting diploma. I joined RGA in early 2008 to work closely with and support business relating to their Scottish based clients. I work at home on the outskirts of Edinburgh. My interests include football, old cars and cycling (and believe it or not, I once cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End!).

I am the Underwriting Education Officer on the FOCUS committee and am looking forward to working to ensure this important aspect of the Forum meets the needs and serves the members appropriately

Tanya Rawlings – Committee Member

Most of my working life has happily been spent in health claims. I started off in Standard Life and was there for 11 years. During that time, I worked in the various areas of claims, achieved my claims diploma and managed the claims and underwriting team. I then spent some time with Serco before moving to a Claims Technical Trainer role with Legal & General in Hove. I’m now back in Scotland and currently working with Royal London in a claims philosophy development role.

I like to spend my free time travelling and tasting the local food and drinks with my dog and two husbands.

 

Lynn Timmons – Committee Member

I have worked in the Life and Health industry for almost 20 years starting at Scottish Widows in Edinburgh. I joined Gen Re in 2000 and am now the Underwriting Manager. My current role spans a wide range of responsibilities including product development, account management, training and auditing.Outside work I keep myself busy by teaching yoga and I have a keen interest in complimentary health and well being.

 

James Blaney – Committee Member

I’m married to Karen and have 4 children Megan aged 19, Rhys aged 18, Matthew aged 9 and Jacob aged 7.  I work for Royal London and I am based in Glasgow, but travel to Edinburgh too.  I started my career in Insurance almost 27 years ago with Abbey National Life as a new business administrator which I carried out for 3 years. Abbey National acquired Pegasus & Scottish Provident so I have experienced the Bancassurance & Intermediary Protection markets. My current role is Underwriting & Claims Quality Assurance Manager.  Claim to fame is I played Dennis Taylor (Ex world snooker champion) at snooker, obviously I lost !

 

Paul Washbourne – Claims Education Officer

I am a Senior Claims Specialist at Munich Re in London having spent my formative claims years (over 10 years) at Zurich Assurance (later Capita). I have had a varied and colourful employment history and fell into health claims by fortunate coincidence and haven’t looked back. I achieved my Claims Diploma before the birth of our first child and I’m very glad I did as now I have 2 boys, aged 7 and 5, and I can’t remember how I had the time to do anything! I did manage the claims team at Zurich for a time, but decided that I wanted to get back to doing some ‘real work’. I now enjoy a multifarious role with Munich Re and love the fact that I get to learn new things every day. I used to play rugby but I’m now just a supporter, when I get the chance, and am a Vice President at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC.

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Dave Piggin – Committee Member

After a brief period as the Underwriting Project Manager at Shepherds Friendly, I am now working at The Exeter as an Underwriting Rules Developer. The Exeter are expanding their protection products and so it’s really full on, varied with exciting times ahead. I have spent the majority of my career in the insurance industry at Friends Provident, which became Friends Life and is now part of the Aviva group. I initially joined Friends Provident in 1996 as a graduate trainee and started on a technical pension servicing team. After a couple of years I saw an opportunity to move into underwriting and have not looked back since. Over the years I have had many different roles within underwriting departments including Audit and Risk, training, expert system rules development and testing. In 2005 I successfully graduated from the internal team manager training programme and have managed a variety of technical underwriting teams since then; moving to International in 2012. I have completed my ACII underwriting diploma and also sat and passed (thankfully) the ACII claims exam.

Outside of work I am married to Jane and have two children, James 13 and Ella 10. We currently live in Stockport near Manchester. I enjoy most sports, particularly football, although its predominantly a watching role now. I am a qualified FA licensed coach and manage my son’s U13 team and occasionally play for my local veterans team.

Toni Liddell – Underwriting Education Officer

My insurance career started in 2001 as a customer services consultant for Sovereign (NZ). I swiftly moved into underwriting, and plied this trade in New Zealand and Ireland before moving across to Edinburgh. I joined Royal London (then Bright Grey) in 2004 and started my current role as a development underwriter in 2009. Being part of the wider proposition team brings day by day diversity, from research and project work to seeking how to innovate and improve our internal underwriting guidelines.
Outside of the office I have a keen interest in rugby (as long as they are wearing Black), and can usually be found in the gym, on stage in some amateur musical extravaganza (proud second row from back chorus girl) or plotting my next travel destination.

Jane Lyle – Secretary

I currently work as a Development Underwriter, within the Underwriting and Claims Strategy team of Scottish Widows (part of Lloyds banking Group). Prior to this I have spent several years as a senior underwriter with Legal and General in Edinburgh, and also spent time in Glasgow working for Abbey National and Scottish Provident within the new business area, as well as training to be an underwriter. Outside of work, I have a love for travel, food and drink so try to combine them all as often as possible!