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Miller promotes quintet to equity partners

November 05, 2018

Miller has strengthened its partnership through five internal appointments as it announced the retirement of four senior executives.

Effective 1 January 2019, James Hands, Charles Lane, Phil Wheeler, Martin Henderson and Ben Speers will become equity holding partners in the business.

Concurrently, Julian Taylor, Brian Rivett, Xavier Villers and Andrew Miller are set to retire at the end of 2018 and in early 2019. 

“All four individuals have made a significant contribution to Miller and have been actively involved in working with us to ensure a smooth transition, both internally and with clients,” the broker said in a statement.

Hands serves as head of Miller’s accident & health department, overseeing the strategic development of the sport and entertainment business. He joined Miller in 2015 from Aon, where he was managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Meanwhile, Lane leads Miller’s liability wholesale offering to clients, working with property and casualty specialists to expand the broker’s capabilities internationally, having joined the firm in 2014.

Wheeler leads the broker’s marine liability reinsurance team, developing reinsurance solutions for P&I Clubs, both collectively through the International Group, and individual club business. He joined Miller in 2012, initially responsible for developing its in-house actuarial team.

Henderson heads up the marine, energy and transportation liability (METL) team, focusing on the production and placement of liability business at a primary and excess level for a diverse range of energy, marine, construction and transportation clients, initially joining Miller in 2003.

Speers serves as COO of Miller, a position he has held since 2016. He is primarily responsible for leading the management services unit, which delivers all operational services to the business. He joined the broker in 2011 as head of legal.

Commenting on the appointments, Miller CEO Greg Collins said:“I am delighted to announce the appointment of these talented leaders to equity partners as their skills and professionalism are key to our continued success. We place great importance around succession planning at Miller in order to continue delivering to the high standards expected from us. 

“At the end of this year and early next year, a number of senior individuals will be retiring and appointments such as these ensure there will be no impact on the service we offer to our valued clients. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Julian, Brian, Xavier and Andrew for their valued contributions to Miller and wish them well in their future endeavours”.