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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
  • Territories

    Our clients are domiciled across the globe including North Sea, West Africa, South America, Middle East, Far East and Oceania. A large proportion of risks are in respect  North America operations ranging from the conventional to shale plays (excluding liability). We also offer Gulf of Mexico Named Windstorm capacity writing a relatively small named windstorm book which is focussedon achieving the optimum exposure distribution across the gulf.

  • Risk appetite

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

  • Distribution

    Our flexibility and entrepreneurial approach allows us to write business via a variety of distribution channels, risk transfer mechanisms utilising our extensive international network. All business is transacted through Lloyd’s registered brokers.

  • Our expertise

    Our well-respected energy team has considerable experience accumulated over decades having undertaken numerous roles within the industry including risk management, broking, claims handling and, of course, underwriting.  This provides them strong technical and practical knowledge as well as a comprehensive network of relationships within the market.  This unique understanding of upstream energy risks, backed by superior modelling capabilities, actuarial discipline and a specialist claims team, gives us the ability to provide  swift decisions which is welcomed by brokers and insurance buyers.


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
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