Chief Executive Officer
Mark has over 35 years' experience within the insurance industry. After 20 years in the Lloyd’s broking community, Mark co-founded Wildnet Group with Benfield.
In April 2004, he led Wildnet’s MBO before stepping down from his CEO role in April, 2013.
Mark joined Castel in July 2013 and has overseen the successful launch of the business and the creation of its first underwriting cells.
Mark was elected to the Board of the Managing General Agents Association (MGAA) in February, 2016.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys running, cycling and sailing.
Chief Underwriting Officer
James has over 35 years' experience in the Lloyd’s insurance market. The last 26 years were spent at Amlin, where he was most recently Global Head of Underwriting Performance. Prior to establishing the underwriting management framework within Amlin, James was the Deputy Underwriter for FC Bowring and Others with responsibility for the direct marine account.
James joined Castel in July 2015 as Chief Underwriting Officer and is responsible for establishing an underwriting governance and performance control framework.
Outside of work, James spends most of his time with his six children supporting them in numerous sporting activities.
Chief Financial Officer
Roland is Castel’s Chief Financial officer and his responsibilities include all financial reporting, business planning and treasury for Castel and its cells.
Roland qualified as a chartered accountant with Littlejohn Frazer (now PKF Littlejohn) before moving into the insurance industry. In 2012, he joined the Barbican Insurance Group as the Group’s financial controller before taking up the role of Finance Director for Castel and Barbican’s other intermediary companies in 2014. In 2016 Roland joined Castel’s board of directors.
Outside of work Roland enjoys running, cycling and following Welsh rugby.
Vanessa joined Castel in September 2015 from Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group where she was the Aviation Claims Manager.
She has over 30 years’ experience across all classes of aviation claims and has held senior claims roles within a number of established Lloyd’s and London market underwriting businesses and brokers.
Vanessa is responsible for the management and delivery of claims services across Castel’s existing and new cells.
Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys golf, running and tennis.