Richard entered the insurance industry in 1983 as a management trainee with Trade Indemnity plc. Later that year he joined insurance broker D R Fleet & Company Limited, where he worked for 13 years as a broker, company director and the company's compliance officer.
Following the acquisition of D R Fleet by Bain Hogg International in 1996, he became a director in Bain Hogg's reinsurance department. In 1997 he joined R E Brown & Others Syndicate 702 at Lloyd's as outwards reinsurance manager, and in 2000 he became deputy underwriter of the syndicate.
When the syndicate was acquired by Markel Corporation he was appointed managing director of Markel International's Professional Indemnity division. He left Markel to become chief operations director of PRI Group plc in July 2002, responsible for PRI's underwriting and operational systems, broker relationships and reinsurance placements.
Richard joined Catlin Group Limited in November 2003 as director of underwriting at the UK Branch of Catlin Insurance Company Ltd.
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