West announces two internal appointments

West of England P&I Club yesterday November 3rd announced two internal appointments which it said was “in support of its wider product diversification strategy”.

Mark Mathews has been appointed as Head of Product Development, while Enam Hussain has been named Deputy Head of Product Development, Both appointments are with immediate effect. Mathews and Husein will also continue in their existing roles as Deputy Head of Underwriting (London) and Head of Claims (Eastern Team) respectively.

Mathews has worked in the maritime industry for 41 years, the last 12 of them as a P&I underwriter. He also has extensive experience as a broker and working in claims. Enam is a qualified solicitor and has experience working in private practice with law firm Hill Dickinson. He has worked in P&I for the last 14 years (with Standard Club from 2007 to 2017) and has handled some of the world’s largest major casualties.

West said that both men possessed “a detailed knowledge and understanding of West’s joint ventures – Qwest, Astaara and Nordic Marine Insurance – and will manage the commercial and servicing aspects of the diversification strategy”.

The Club said that the appointments will strengthen the West’s relationships with its joint venture partners, as well as coordinate the way in which these businesses interact with the Club’s Members. This latter role will include liaison with West Fixed, managed by Damian Mustard, and West Offshore, which is overseen by Will Tobin.

Tom Bowsher, Group CEO, said that “despite the disruption caused by Covid-19, I am pleased to report that Qwest, Astaara, and Nordic Marine have been making positive progress with the West’s support. We are confident that our Members’ interests are best served through a broad array of services that not only strengthen and complement our core offering, but that are driven by an innovative approach to meeting their needs at every stage of the voyage. I would like to wish Mark and Enam all the very best with their new positions as they lead the continued progress of our product diversification strategy.”

Qwest is a maritime risk management consultancy that was founded by West and C Solutions. Astaara is a Guernsey-based integrated insurance services and risk management advisory business, which has developed a marine cyber insurance solution supported by a dedicated analytics capability. Stockholm-based Nordic Marine Insurance (Nordic) is an independent marine insurance company and provider of niche insurance products, such as delay insurance, to the global maritime industry.