Our unique book of products is designed to meet bespoke demands. We are nimble, but we are also disciplined; we cover risks where we can generate innovative, tailored and mutually beneficial solutions.

Our Bespoke lines include asset-backed non-payment (both tangible and intangible assets), economically linked risk (e-cat), mortgage indemnity, political risks, structured credit, tax indemnity and surety.  Working directly with our broking partners and via sponsorship of MGAs – including through our MGA incubator, Pine Walk – we will continue to deploy our significant capacity to tailor cutting-edge solutions to our clients’ needs. 


KEY DRIVERS
OF DEMAND:
  

  • Bespoke is a specific risk transfer opportunity with different drivers from traditional insurance procurement
  • Chief among these are regulatory capital relief, capital efficiency and transaction facilitation

CHARACTERISTICS OF BESPOKE PRODUCTS:
 

  • Highly specialised models and policy wordings, tailored to the given risk profile and driven by extensive data history
  • Low and stable attritional loss exposure
  • Carefully defined tail loss exposure
  • Little/no correlation to peak catastrophe perils, meaning they are highly capital efficient

HOW IS THE FIDELIS PARTNERSHIP POSITIONED TO SUCCEED?

  • We set and lead the terms and conditions with embedded intellectual property and barriers to entry
  • Our leading risk insights and extensive market experience enable deep understanding of the specific risk drivers in each bespoke transaction 
  • Strong engagement with counterparties and technical expertise is essential

Our Team

  • Key Contact
    Daniel O'Connell
    HEAD OF BESPOKE

    Daniel is Head of Bespoke at The Fidelis Partnership. Daniel joined Fidelis Insurance in June 2023 after 10 years at AXA XL where he was latterly Global Head of the Crisis Management divsion. Prior to joing AXA XL, Daniel was a terrorism underwriter at Hiscox and began his career at Willis.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Richard Coulson
    DEPUTY GROUP CUO AND CEO OF INSURANCE

    Richard is Deputy Group CUO and CEO of Insurance at The Fidelis Partnership. Rich Coulson joined Fidelis Insurance in 2015. With over 20 years of insurance industry experience, including both underwriting and broking, Rich joined Fidelis from RK Harrison, where he was Executive Director of Political Risk, Structured Credit and Surety. His early career was spent at MMC Capital and Marsh, where he focused on structuring alternative risk transfer, and captive solutions. After Marsh, Rich spent three years at Hiscox underwriting the company’s space and satellite and offshore energy books – winning the Hiscox Award for Innovation whilst there, before returning to broking and serving as a partner at JLT, specialising in Credit and Political Risk. Rich was elected a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Insurers and Chartered Institute of Risk Management eleven years ago and during his career has also won the IRM Award for Risk Analysis excellence and an ABI Young Insurer of the Year award – recognising his work on developing innovative new products within the insurance industry. Rich is a member of the Executive Committee.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Key Contact - Ireland
    Simon Crone
    HEAD OF PARTNERSHIP UNDERWRITING & EEA CUO 

    Simon is Head of Partnership Underwriting and EEA CUP at The Fidelis Partnership. Simon joined Fidelis Insurance in 2019 from AmTrust where he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for the Mortgage & Credit division. Simon has over 20 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from underwriting to operations to project management. Previously he was at General Electric and Genworth Financial. Simon holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Seán Harty
    EEA DEPUTY CUO

    Seán is EEA Deputy CUO at The Fidelis Partnership. Seán joined Fidelis Insurance in April 2020. He has over 6 years’ experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He most recently worked with ffh Management Services (Fairfax company) where he held Reinsurance Technician and Team Leader roles. Seán also completed a 24 week intercompany rotation programme in London with Advent Syndicate in 2017 with the Exposure Management and Casualty Treaty teams. Seán graduated from the University of Limerick in 2013 (BBS degree majoring in Risk Management and Insurance) and holds the Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Savannah Thompson
    HEAD OF UNDERWRITING DEVELOPMENT & HEAD OF POLITICAL RISK

    Savannah is Head of Underwriting Development and Head of Political Risk at The Fidelis Partnership. Savannah joined Fidelis Insurance in 2017 where she has worked across all Bespoke & Specialty Lines of the business, as well as Property Reinsurance, specifically in North America. Savannah graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Violence, Terrorism & Security.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Mel Puskar
    HEAD OF ASSET BACKED FINANCE AND PORTFOLIO CREDIT UNDERWRITING

    Mel is Head of Asset Backed Finance and Portfolio Credit Underwriting at  The Fidelis Partnership. Mel joined Fidelis Insurance in 2019 from AmTrust where she was an Underwriter for the Mortgage & Credit division. Mel has nearly 15 years of experience in insurance in a variety of roles ranging from risk management, pricing and underwriting. Previously Mel was at HSBC and Genworth Financial. Mel holds a degree in Applied Statistics and Mathematics.

    Email: [email protected]

     

  • Hannah Charnaud
    DEPUTY HEAD OF MARINE

    Hannah is Deputy Head of Marine at The Fidelis Partnership. Hannah joined Fidelis Insurance in 2018 and has worked across several Bespoke & Specialty Lines of business, as well as Property Reinsurance. Prior to joining Fidelis Insurance, Hannah completed the Lloyd’s graduate scheme and holds a BA degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Manchester.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Will Hardie
    DEPUTY HEAD OF PARTNERSHIP UNDERWRITING

    Will is Deputy Head of Partnership Underwriting at The Fidelis Partnership. Will joined Fidelis Insurance in December 2022 , Will started his insurance career at Chaucer in 2014 as an Underwriting Analyst before moving to AIG where he spent three years progressing from Junior to Senior Underwriter. Will then spent a year at Simply Business, assisting in a transition period for the in-house MGA whilst managing their Professional Indemnity and Landlord Property books of business, before moving to White Bear Managers in 2020 to work as their MGA Portfolio Manager, with a focus on Energy, Aviation and Construction classes of business.

     

    Email: [email protected]

  • Sinéad Cunningham 
    UNDERWRITER

    Sinéad is an Assistant Underwriter at The Fidelis Partnership. Sinéad Cunningham joined Fidelis Insurance in June 2021 as an Underwriting Assistant. Prior to this, Sinéad worked at AXIS Capital in Dublin as an Underwriting and Operations Intern. Sinéad graduated from the University of Limerick in 2021 with a Bachelor of Business Studies honours degree with a major in Risk Management and Insurance.

    Email: [email protected]

     

  • Lorena Casserly
    PORTFOLIO CREDIT ANALYST

    Lorena a Portfolio Credit Analyst at The Fideis Partnerhsip. Lorena joined Fidelis Insurance in June 2022 as a Portfolio Credit Analyst. Prior to joining Fidelis Insurance, she worked as a Finance Business partner and Data Analyst. Lorena hold a MSc in Investment and Quantitative Finance from Westminster University.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Jamie Toms
    ASSISTANT UNDERWRITER

    John is Head of Outwards Reinsurance at The Fidelis Partnership. John joined Fidelis Insurance in January 2020 as Head of Outwards Reinsurance and brings over 30 years of insurance and reinsurance market experience. Prior to joining Fidelis Insurance, he was the Reinsurance Manager for Talbot Underwriting from 2004 to 2019, placing and managing reinsurance for the syndicate across numerous lines of business. Prior to this he spent 10 years at Reliance National where he carried out a number of underwriting, reinsurance management and reinsurance purchasing roles. John started his career at English and American on their turn-key business in the late .

    Email: [email protected]

  • Cathal Ruane
    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

    Cathal is an Underwriting Assistant at The Fidelis Partnership. Cathal joined Fidelis Insurance in 2022. Prior to joining Fidelis, Cathal worked in the renewals team at Arachas Corporate Brokers. Cathal holds an honours degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Limerick. 

    Email: [email protected]

     

  • Kennedy Anderson
    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

    Kennedy joined The Fidelis Partnership in October 2023 stepping into the role of Partnerships Underwriting Assistant from IQUW where she worked On the Delegated Authorities team taking on all side of the operations. Before that she spent some time at Axis on the DA audit team. Kennedy’s academic background includes a focus on Festival and Events Management at Edinburgh Napier University.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Conor Pearson
    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

    Conor is an Underwriting Assistant at The Fidelis Partnership. Conor joined Fidelis Insurance in 2022. Prior to Fidelis Insurance, he worked for Axis Capital as a control operations and DUA intern. Conor graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Insurance and Risk Management.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Hope Finegold

    Hope Finegold
    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT - POLITICAL RISK

    Hope Finegold is an Underwriting Assistant in the Political Risk team at The Fidelis Partnership. Hope joined the company in December 2023, following the completion of her master’s degree in Human Rights from the University of Sydney.

    Prior to joining The Fidelis Partnership, Hope worked at Dryad Global as a regional analyst for the Middle East. In addition to her masters, Hope has a bachelor's degree in government policy from the University of Edinburgh.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Leo Tal
    UNDERWRITING ASSISTANT

    Leo is an Underwriting Assistant at The Fidelis Partnership. He joined The Fidelis Partnership in October 2023 and works on the Political Risk team. Leo graduated from the University of Reading with Bachelors in Politics and International Relations in 2022 and a Masters in International Relations in 2023.

    Email: [email protected]

     

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