Chris is a qualified accountant with considerable experience in the insurance and financial services industries.
Chris established, built and successfully sold BCF Holdings Limited, a private financial services business, between 1985 and 1992. He spent five years between 1993 and 1998 with Sedgwick Group PLC, initially as Finance Director for its London non-marine broking operations and subsequently as Managing Director of Sedgwick Europe and Chief Executive for Latin America.
He joined Murray Lawrence & Partners (at that time, the largest Lloyd’s managing agency) in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer. Whilst at Murray Lawrence, Chris was instrumental in reversing that business into Angerstein PLC to form Amlin PLC, a FTSE 250 company.
Chris joined Goshawk Insurance Holdings PLC as Finance Director in 1999 when, as a listed Lloyd’s managing agency, it had a market capitalisation of $35 million. Subsequently he became Chief Executive in June 2002 following the resignation of Goshawk’s active underwriter at Lloyd’s. He built Goshawk into a business with a market capitalisation in excess of $200 million, including establishing Goshawk Re as a Class 4 reinsurer in Bermuda after the 9/11 attacks in the US.
Chris then spent two years researching the non-life insurance and reinsurance run-off sector, reviewing a variety of transactions before establishing and becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of Catalina Holdings Ltd with equity capital backing from Royal Bank Investments and Nikko Principal Investments.
Catalina Holdings Ltd acquired reinsurer Overseas Partners Re Ltd from its parent Overseas Partners Ltd for $170.5 million in September 2005 and the reinsurance business was renamed Catalina Reinsurance Ltd. Catalina Re was the immediate predecessor of Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd.