Castel CEO elected to MGAA Board

24 February 2016

Mark Birrell, Chief Executive of Castel Underwriting Agencies (Castel), the club-style MGA formation platform, has, today, been appointed as a board director of the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA).

Birrell’s appointment follows a formal ballot of the Association’s MGA membership to elect member representatives to the board. His directorship, for a three-year term, was ratified at the Association’s general meeting held today at Lloyd’s.

Commenting on his election, Birrell said: “It is a privilege to have been elected by fellow MGAs to play a part in the Association’s future development. The sector’s success is built on a combination of entrepreneurial underwriting talent, professionalism and effective business models. The Association has a pivotal role in ensuring the role of the MGA is clearly recognised and their interests are robustly represented to ensure the sector continues to thrive.”

Peter Staddon, Managing Director of the MGAA, said: “Mark brings our board experience in creating and building long-term successful and diverse underwriting operations. He is also an active supporter of the Association, working with us on the MGAA Matters research project which is helping to identify and raise awareness of the issues currently impacting the growth and success of UK MGAs. Mark’s commitment and capabilities will be of great value as we deliver a strategy that will focus on continued membership growth and building on the sector’s influence and reputation.”

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Notes to editors

Mark Birrell is Chief Executive of Castel Underwriting Agencies Limited. An industry stalwart, he has over 35 years of insurance industry experience, including 20 years in the Lloyd’s broking arena, and 17 years working directly with the MGA community.

In 1998 he co-founded a software and consultancy business to deliver leading-edge, cost-focused administrative solutions to MGAs and insurers. After nearly 15 years leading the business, he stepped down in 2013 and took up his new role at Castel successfully launching the business in January, 2014

Since joining Castel, Mark’s aim has been to act not simply as a service provider, but rather a partner to entrepreneurial underwriters. Offering a club-style MGA platform with full service support and access to stable, A-rated capacity, Castel has already launched four new underwriting cells with more expected this year.. Mark’s commitment to underwriting diversity in the MGA sphere is reflected in a portfolio spread which includes aviation, political violence and terrorism risk, pharmaceutical, medical and general liability, and property and engineering facultative reinsurance.

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