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Upstream Energy

We write a well-established worldwide book of business for the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.


  • Overview

    We write a worldwide book of business for the oil and gas industry's upstream sector primarily falling into the following areas:

    • Exploration and production.
    • Drilling contractors.
    • Specialist Vessels
    • Construction
    • Products Offered
  • Territories

    We write business on a worldwide basis including North Sea, West Africa, South America, Middle East, Far East, Australia and Canada. A large proportion of risks are in respect of business in North America including shale plays (excluding liability) and a relatively small named windstorm book concentrating on a good distribution across the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Risk appetite

    Although we seek to write a good spread of business we do offer a meaningful maximum line size of USD 45 million any one risk (all classes except Gulf of Mexico).

  • Distribution

    We write business through Lloyd’s registered brokers.

  • Our expertise

    Our experienced and well-respected energy team, backed by superior modelling capabilities and a specialist claims team, has excellent and longstanding market relationships. Our technical knowledge, gained through practical industry experience, gives us unique understanding of upstream energy risks and our swift decision-making is welcomed by brokers throughout the market.


Steve O'Gorman
Head of Marine and Energy

Team Biography:

Steve O'Gorman

Steve brings more than three decades of marine insurance experience to ArgoGlobal. He joins from CNA Insurance where he served, most recently, as European Underwriting Director – Transport & Logistics. In this role, he was responsible for building and launching an underwriting department, which quickly grew to a team of nine underwriters writing over $20m in premium. Prior to this, he served as European Underwriting Director for the renewable energy department. Steve began his insurance career in 1984 as a Marine Hull, Cargo and Liability Broker at Sedgwick, progressing to Associate Director of the Cargo division before joining CNA as a Senior Underwriter for marine cargo in 1997.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7694
M: +44 (0)7931 865 013


Bruce Rodger
Technical Head of Marine & Energy

Team Biography:

Bruce Rodger

Bruce has over three decades of insurance market experience. He began his insurance career at Prudential, as Marine Hull Underwriter. He then spent five years at Sedgwick before joining BP’s Finance Department where he undertook the roles of Captive Underwriter and Risk Manager. In 2004, he joined broker Cooper Gay where he was Divisional Director and Head of the Upstream Energy book. Reverting back to his underwriting career he joined Omega Managing Agency Ltd in 2009, before joining ArgoGlobal in 2011 as Energy Class Underwriter before becoming Technical Head of Marine and Energy at the end of 2015.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7547
M: +44 (0)7827 329327
Thomas Tidbury
Class Underwriter

Team Biography:

Thomas Tidbury

Thomas joined ArgoGlobal in 2012 from Cooper Gay, where he spent six years broking upstream and downstream energy at Lloyd’s. He graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Business and Economics and is currently studying for his ACII.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7564
M: +44 (0)7719 824557
Ed Gillespie
Assistant Underwriter

Team Biography:

Ed Gillespie

Ed graduated from Exeter University with a degree in History in Politics and joined the Argo graduate scheme shortly afterwards in 2012. After completing his ACII qualifications and a full rotation around the different business lines, he joined the Upstream Energy team as an assistant underwriter.

DD: +44 (0)20 712 7554
M: +44 (0)7939 931 288
Robert Dobson
Marine & Specialty Claims Manager

Team Biography:

Robert Dobson

Robert  joined ArgoGlobal In January 2013 in the role of Marine & Speciality Claims Manager from Aon, where he held the position of UK Marine Claims Director. He has over 30 years experience in the Marine Insurance Industry, handling Cargo, Marine Liability, Hull, Yacht & Energy claims. Robert began his career with Sun Alliance & London as a Marine Claims trainee & thereafter worked for London Market Insurance Companies and Adjusters, including Chubb Insurance, where he held the position of European Marine Claims Manager. Robert is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7623