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Barbican strengthens Syndicate 1955 leadership with trio of promotions

January 15, 2019

Barbican Insurance Group has announced a trio of promotions at its Barbican Syndicate 1955.

David Slade has been named deputy active underwriter, Ondine Bourrut Lacouture has been promoted to the new role of head of insurance and Simon Saunders to the new role of head of reinsurance.

All three roles are effective immediately. 

Slade will work closely with Syndicate 1955 active underwriter, Andy Caldwell, to help bolster existing broker relationships and seek new opportunities for considered growth. 

In their new roles, Bourrut Lacouture and Saunders will have oversight of the activities of the insurance and reinsurance business lines across Syndicate 1955, with the heads of underwriting reporting directly to them.

Speaking of the promotions, Caldwell commented: “David is an experienced underwriter with strong technical knowledge, he is held in high regard in the market. As deputy active underwriter I have no doubt that he will help sharpen our focus on profitable underwriting and further improve performance across the business.

“Establishing the new roles of head of insurance and reinsurance creates a more efficient internal structure.  It enables quicker decision making, promotes greater interaction between business lines, and ultimately improves our ability to respond to our brokers. I am delighted that David, Ondine and Simon have taken on these roles and look forward to seeing the benefits that this new structure will generate.”