Markel UK pledge to “invest in [its] people” following appointment of new head of liability underwriting

Markel UK has announced Vicky Read as the new head of liability underwriting, employed under the recently appointed director of underwriting Mark Plews.

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Tabitha Lambie | Editorial assistant, Barcadia Media
27th July 2022
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"Vicky has a strong pedigree in the SME liability markets and we are delighted to have someone of her calibre join us."
- Mark Plews, Markel director of underwriting

Read joins Markel UK after fourteen years of service with AIG where she held several senior liability roles – including head of SME package and combined. Prior to AIG, Read was a senior casualty underwriter at Zurich UK.

Commenting on her appointment Read expressed that she was “excited to join Markel’s team of successful and talent individuals" and looks forward to “contributing to the business’ strong growth strategy.”

According to Markel, its UK business’s strength in the liability market is “continuing to be felt across the industry” regarding themselves as “one of the most knowledgeable underwriting teams in the sector.”

The company also hinted that Read’s appointment is the first of several underwriting appointments planned as Markel continues to invest in the team’s capacity following the appointment of Mark Plews as director of underwriting in March 2022.

Commenting on Read’s appointment, Mark Plews has said:

“Vicky has a strong pedigree in the SME liability markets and we are delighted to have someone of her calibre join us. Since I joined Markel, just a few months ago, the opportunity for growth over the next five years and beyond has become obvious.”

Plews also stated that building on Read’s appointment, Markel UK will “continue to invest in [its] people and deliver the market-leading levels of service that [its] brokers and policyholders expect of [the company].”

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