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North American Binding Authorities

Our team specialises in property risks written under delegated Binding authorities. Our team writes an evenly-spread book of commercial, vacant and residential business on a subscription slip basis, comprising of both cat and non-cat exposed business.

 

  • Overview

    Our team specialises in property in commercial and personal property business, written through binding authorities and lineslips.

    We are a recognised lead market with a focus on catastrophe exposures throughout North America.

  • Territories

    We provide cover throughout North America and Canada.

  • Risk appetite

    Our maximum line size is USD 2.5 million.

  • Distribution

    Our team has established excellent relationships with a core book of US Coverholders, through a variety of London Brokers with whom we have longstanding, stable agreements. Alongside a mix of general commercial and residential business, we have an appetite for innovative niche products in CAT exposed areas.

  • Our expertise

    Our team is led by Matthew Stollery. Matt has spent over ten years Underwriting Binding Authorities at Lloyd’s, first at Omega Underwriting and then Ark Syndicate.

    Our team prides itself on providing support in all areas, particularly cat-exposed territories, and is well known for its speedy decision-making and for providing outstanding claims service. Our UK-based in-house modelling capabilities provide our team with the ability to provide a swift response to our brokers and the technical knowledge to fully understand the risks our clients face throughout North America.

Management

Neil Russell
Head of Property

Team Biography:

Neil Russell

Neil Russell joined ArgoGlobal in late 2012 to take up the role of Class Underwriter, leading the Direct and Facultative Property team, in April 2016 he was promoted to Head of Property. With over 20 years’ experience, Neil joined us most recently from Brit Insurance, where he helped establish and grow Brit’s Direct and Facultative Property presence within Lloyd’s. Prior to that, Neil spent 14 years at Lexington Insurance Company. As Vice President, Neil’s main focus was underwriting large North American Fortune 500 risk managed accounts. In the last three years, Neil was also responsible for building out the Lexington Property Lloyds platform targeting middle market business.   

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7652
M: +44 (0)7944 632076
neil.russell@argo-global.com

Underwriters

Matthew Stollery
Deputy Head of Property, Binding Authorities

Team Biography:

Matthew Stollery

Matt brings over a decade’s underwriting experience, specialising in binding authority business, to his new role. He joins from Ark Syndicate Management where as an underwriter in its Package Programmes division, Matt wrote a leading book of North American Property and Liability Excess & Surplus business, primarily placed through binding authorities. Prior to this, Matt spent eight years at Omega Insurance, where he underwrote a combination of US, UK and international property and liability binding authority business.Matt joined ArgoGlobal in January 2014 as class underwriter, property binding authorities. He has been underwriting both property and general liability binding authorities at Lloyd’s for over 13 years, firstly at Omega Syndicate, and prior to ArgoGlobal, Ark Syndicate. Matt was promoted to Deputy Head of Property - Binding Authorities in 2016. 

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7621
matthew.stollery@argo-global.com
Joanne Allen
Class Underwriter

Team Biography:

Joanne Allen

Joanne joined ArgoGlobal in January 2016, from Ark Syndicate Management Limited where she served as Property Programmes Underwriter. In this role, she was responsible for the launch and build of the North American Binding Authority division. Her product knowledge and network of coverholder and broker relationships enabled her to rapidly develop a highly successful book of business. Joanne began her career with Wellington Underwriting in 2000, initially as a Risk Modelling Assistant, before quickly moving to the North American Binding Authority team as an Underwriting Assistant.

DD: +44 (0)20 3037 9868
joanne.allen@argo-global.com
Janella Hall
Underwriter

Team Biography:

Janella Hall

After graduating from Nottingham University with a 2.1 in Geography and Business, Janella joined the first intake of the ArgoGlobal graduate scheme in 2011. After completing her ACII qualification in 2013 and a full rotation around the different business lines, Janella finished the graduate scheme and joined the North American Property Binding Authorities team as an Assistant Underwriter. In February 2017, Janella was promoted to Underwriter.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7627
janella.hall@argo-global.com
Jill Unsworth
Property Wordings Manager

Team Biography:

Jill Unsworth

Jill has over 20 years insurance experience having joined Argo in September 2013 as Property Wordings Manager and having previously worked for Willis, Marsh and RSA in Canada. In this time she was involved with broking various lines of North American and International business. Jill was also involved in a range of roles at RSA including Senior Underwriter, Senior Internal Auditor and coordinating Enterprise Risk Management for their commercial operations.

Jill graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Insurance and Risk Management. She also holds the designations of Fellow – Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7666
jill.unsworth@argo-global.com
Kevin Hutcheon
Property Claims Manager

Team Biography:

Kevin Hutcheon

Kevin has over 25 years experience dealing with property and liability losses. He started his adjusting career at Xchanging, before joining Wellington Underwriting Agency in September 2001, where he worked on World Trade Center claims. Following Wellington’s merger with Catlin, he continued to occupy a senior property adjuster role, before becoming Property Claims Manager in 2009. Kevin joined ArgoGlobal in November 2010 as the property team’s Senior Claims Negotiator.

DD: +44 (0) 20 7712 7641
M: +44 (0)7833 697 236
kevin.hutcheon@argo-global.com