David Higgins

Underwriter - Bloodstock

David Higgins began his career in Insurance in 1981 with the Langton Underwriting Agency in Lloyd's with their Aviation Syndicate, becoming Active Underwriter in 2000. Following the acquisition of Kingsmead by the Advent Group, David joined the SVB Group (latterly Novae ) where he continued writing a Non-Proportional Aviation Account, leading many of the Aviation Insurers programmes worldwide.

In 2012 David was asked to run the Bloodstock Unit at Novae which insured Stallions, Race horses and Sports horses. In 2017, David joined Castel to underwrite a bloodstock product within Castel Specialty. 

In addition to the Underwriting function within Bloodstock, time is spent attending the thoroughbred Sales, getting to know Owners, Breeders, Brokers and Bloodstock Agents. Racecourse visits essential!

David lives in Suffolk and enjoys tennis and travel, trying to improve his Danish and watching his 'bits' of racehorses on the track.

Paul Witzenfeld

Underwriter - FAC

Paul is a London market veteran whose career has been split into two distinct parts:

Starting as a teenager he spent the first part of his insurance life on the broking side working his way up from a claims clerk through claims broker to eventually senior placing positions at a variety of brokers working mainly on large short-tail accounts on a worldwide basis.

The second part of his career has involved the underwriting sphere commencing as the deputy underwriter of a new small Lloyd’s syndicate leading to senior positions at two major Lloyd’s syndicates where he developed and grew substantial property portfolios in a leading position.

Latterly he has moved into the MGA sector culminating in him joining Castel to develop a facultative reinsurance business.

Peter Wallace

Underwriter - Construction

Peter started underwriting Construction all risks and Erection all risks projects in 2010, and expanded this to include Inherent Defects Insurance (IDI), as well as participating in and developing several owner and contractor facilities and annual accounts. Prior to commencing his insurance career in 2010, Peter had already gained substantial construction and risk management experience in a number of roles and locations covering the construction, project controls, safety and contract administration disciplines on multiple infrastructure mega-projects globally – including High Speed 1, New Doha International Airport, Cross Sydney Tunnel and Autostrada Transylvania. 

Peter graduated with MEng (Hons) in 2003, and became a Chartered Engineer in 2010, before moving to insurance, first in Switzerland and then with Munich Re in London, before moving to Castel in 2017.

In his spare time Peter enjoys cooking, cycling, and singing along to 80’s power rock ballads.

Lynesh Halai

Lynesh started his insurance career in 2010, underwriting engineering and renewable energy risks for five years, before moving into Inherent Defects Insurance at Aviva, where he was the Senior Underwriter within the team. Lynesh's primary role was to underwrite large commercial IDI risks in the UK and Europe. Lynesh underwrites IDI and building the commercial book.

Lynesh graduated with a BDs (Hons) Economics degree in 2009 and is a chartered Insurer having completed his ACII in 2016.

In his spare time, Lynesh enjoys travelling, playing/watching football and cricket.

Tom White

Underwriter - Political Risk

Tom has over 16 years’ experience in the London political risk market, starting as a broker with Willis in 2001. After 8 years there, Tom joined Liberty Syndicates to underwrite the political risk and trade credit book before moving to help start up the ANV (Amtrust) account in 2013. 

Tom has a degree in politics and economics and a wide range of expertise in this niche class of business, having been involved in the broking and underwriting of deals from oil trading to banking and aviation leasing. Based on this experience, Tom identified the opportunity for writing this class on an MGA platform, utilising strong relationships with brokers and clients to target core business in a limited exposure book.

Away from the office Tom is a keen boater and swimmer and enjoys playing his guitar, cooking, books, films and his volunteer work.

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