Our experienced war and terrorism underwriters together with our significant linesize provide confidence in the face of ongoing threats, shaping bespoke insurance solutions for clients from corporates to governments. With war, terror and political violence posing significant and diverse risks to assets, we reduce exposure through a broad range of tailored damage and non-damage coverages.

Our Team

  • Richard Coulson

    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]

  • Simon Crone

    Simon Head of Partnership Underwriting and EEA CUO 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]

  • Billy Ayres

    Billy Ayres

    Billy is Head of Terrorism at The Fidelis Partnership. Billy joined in January 2024 as a Senior Underwriter after having most recently spent time as an Underwriting Manager at CNA Hardy. Billy has over 7 years of experience within the Terror and PV market, and prior to Underwriting, he spent two and a half years in the risk and actuarial function at Brit insurance.

    Email: [email protected]


  • Samuel Poynder

    Samuel is a Terrorism & Political Violence Underwriter at The Fidelis Partnership. He joined from CFC where he worked for six years most recently as a Terrorism and Political Violence Assistant Underwriter and before that as a cross-class Underwriting Assistant covering nine Specialty classes ranging from Transactional Liability and Intellectual Property to Kidnap & Ransom and Terrorism & Political Violence. He graduated from Lancaster University in 2017 with a Masters in Conflict, Security & Development with a focus on Counter Terrorism and has a BScEcon (Hons) in International Politics & Military History from Aberystwyth University.


    Email: [email protected]

  • Matthew Norman

    Matthew is an Assistant Underwriter at The Fidelis Partnership. Matthew joined Fidelis Insurance in November 2021 as an Underwriting Assistant. Prior to joining to Fidelis Insurance, Matthew worked as an Underwriting Assistant for a Motor Fleet Insurer working in the Renewals and Mid-Term Adjustment teams. 

    Email: [email protected]

  • Phoebe Burns

    Phoebe is an Underwriting Assistant at The Fidelis Partnership. Phoebe joined Fidelis Insurance in September 2022 as an Underwriting Assistant on the Crisis Management team. Phoebe graduated from The University of Manchester with BA Hons in Politics and Philosophy.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Cathal Ruane

    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]

  • Conor Pearson

    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]  


  • Mia Vallely

    Callum Lockwood

    Callum is an Underwriting Assistant in the Political Violence and Terrorism team at The Fidelis Partnership. He joined after Graduating from the University of Derby, where he read Sport and Exercise Science.

    Email: [email protected]


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