North announces senior underwriting appointments

North of England Club has updated on its recent underwriting appointments, which it said sought to strengthen and clarify the provision of service to Members and brokers from the underwriting team at North.

Effective June 1st 2019 Thya Kathiravel became Chief Underwriting Officer for North and Sunderland Marine, based in Newcastle. Kathiravel’s predecessor in the role, Savraj Mehta, took up the new position of Chief Commercial Officer at the same time, operating from the Club’s London office. North said that this was a role which enabled “a more dedicated emphasis on the continuing delivery of North’s commercial strategy”. Mehta would continue to work closely with our underwriters who look after our Members in Greece, the Middle East, India and also Europe.

Kathiravel will oversee the mutual P&I book and will also bring additional focus to the development of fixed premium product lines under the Sunderland Marine brand. Assisting Kathiravel will be Steve Rebair and Simon Main, both recently appointed as Deputy Global Directors (Underwriting).

North said that it had already seen the benefits of its diversification strategy as a result of the merger with Sunderland Marine, which was now writing profitable business in the fishing, hull, and aquaculture sectors.

With the launch of a new Fixed Premium P&I product earlier this month, Brian Davies has been appointed to the position of Director (London) and will be responsible to the CUO for the successful development of this facility over the coming years.

On the mutual side of the business, a series of appointments have been made. Emma Liddell and Mike Hustler are both appointed as Director (Underwriting) to oversee the Club’s business interests in the Asia Pacific region, which currently provides 35% of North’s entered tonnage. Liddell joined North in 1994 and spent several years handling P&I claims – including two years in the Hong Kong office and a further year in the Greek office – before joining the underwriting department in the UK. She will continue to be based in Newcastle and will coordinate the management of Asia Pacific accounts with Mike, concentrating primarily on relationships with the broker community.

Hustler recently relocated to North’s Singapore office, where he previously worked for two years following a spell in North’s FD&D department. He will be establishing North’s regional underwriting authority from that office and, at the same time, will be supported in Asia Pacific by Sumito Dosaka, who has now been appointed to the role of Senior Executive (Marketing) at the Club’s Japan Branch.

Sanchit Dutta has been appointed as a Director (Underwriting) and has been tasked as lead underwriter with continuing to build the Club’s presence in the Middle East and Indian regions. These markets represent 10% of North’s entered tonnage.

Dutta is a Master Mariner with service on various vessel types, including gas ships. He joined the underwriting department in 2009 after working for many years in North’s claims department.

Phil Eccleston has been appointed as Director (Underwriting) for Greece and will be based in Newcastle. Hel has experience of our Greek office, having worked in the claims team back in 2008 before joining underwriting, and will also be assisted by senior-level commercial support from the CCO. Gordon Robertson will be carrying out the ever-present liaison role with Members and brokers in the market, while Eccleston will additionally be supported by Gary Henderson, Dean Costello and Tom McLoughlin.

Finally Nick Wolfe will be joining the North underwriting team. Wolfe has been working for a major broker, based in Singapore, for several years. He will be focusing on special projects and helping to build the fixed premium side of North’s business when he arrives in Newcastle sometime in the New Year.