At Bell & Clements investing in our people is of paramount importance.
We invite you to hear from a selection of our team members:
Head of Broking
I joined Bell & Clements following the completion of my degree in International Business. I began working as a broker back-up and assisted the team with general administration duties. After a few years of doing this, I was involved in the setup of our High Value Home facility which required submissions to be presented to the Lloyd’s markets for approval. I successfully grew this facility and over time I was given authority to quote and bind business on behalf of underwriters.
In 2012 I was promoted to senior broker where my role evolved and I began assisting with the placement of our Binding Authorities. I continued to oversee the High Value Home business, however my primary role was to negotiate and broke new and renewal Binding Authorities with underwriters and clients. I was appointed Head of Broking in 2015 and am now responsible for the day to day management of the Lloyd’s contracts.
Throughout my time at Bell & Clements, I have been very lucky to have continued support and encouragement from my direct manager as well as others within the Company. This has enabled me to achieve my ACII qualification, have a career which requires business travel and balance my family life. I have two young children who pretty much take up most of my time but when I can, I like to run, cook, go to the theatre and most importantly travel.
I joined Bell & Clements on a secondment from Munich Re headquarters in Germany. I started as an Underwriter as part of the Managed Underwriting team. Recently I have been promoted to Senior Underwriter.
Having started my career in reinsurance with Munich Re, predominantly working across the underwriting Property Treaty of Lloyd’s syndicates, I slowly became involved in the primary insurance sector, in particular US Binding Authorities. Before joining, I managed Bell & Clements’ portfolio from the carrier’s side. Now, I am playing an active role in shaping Bell & Clements’ portfolio and helping to meet our growth targets. Having a direct impact on steering Bell & Clements business on behalf of Great Lakes, and ultimately Munich Re, makes my job very fascinating. Every day is different and the role is truly diverse, ranging from single risk underwriting to top-down portfolio steering.
Bell & Clements is unique as it provides the advantages of an independent broker whilst also being part of the Munich Re Group. Having access to a dedicated carrier gives us the best flexibility possible combined with an inclusive environment.
Before the pandemic I enjoyed travelling and I cannot wait until we are able to move again freely and explore new countries and cultures.
Having moved from South Africa to the UK, I joined the Data Analytics team at Bell & Clements. The IT team covers many roles and responsibilities, which has allowed me to gain exposure across a huge range of projects.
I started my career in IT through what was previously the “traditional” career path for IT professionals. I gained experience in junior programming, systems and business analysis, before progressing through to team management, project management and various architect roles. My current role encompasses Data Analytics with Data Architecture. However due to the size of Bell & Clements, I still manage to work across the technical side (e.g. programming).
I was attracted to working for the Data Analytics team at Bell & Clements due to the varied scope of work and the opportunity to work on newer technologies for the future. I feel really fortunate to have found a role at Bell & Clements, not only because of the caring attitude towards its employees but also the great people I work with. The team I work in is made up of bright and energetic people who can always be relied upon for help and support.
In the IT department, we are currently going through some very exciting changes which will allow me to expand my knowledge and learn new skills as the company seeks to extend its service internally and externally to clients.
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, hiking, walking, reading and exploring the UK.
Senior Claims Broker / ECF Technician
I recently joined Bell & Clements as a Senior Claims Broker/ ECF Technician in the Claims team. I am an account handler specialising in handling North American Property (Commercial & Homeowner) and Transportation claims. Our team works closely with Lloyds Syndicate’s and our in-house Great Lakes adjusting team to ensure that all parties are kept updated with the latest information.
I joined the market in 2002 as a Claims Broker handling North American Property and Casualty, Binding Authority & Open Market Claims. Throughout my career I had met a number of people that had worked at Bell & Clements who spoke highly of the Company. I joined Bell & Clements in the middle of the pandemic, and whilst this was challenging, my first year at the Company has been very enjoyable. Whilst we are owned by Munich Re, Bell & Clements still retains a small family feel and everybody has been very welcoming across all areas of the business. Since the launch of our hybrid working model I am enjoying meeting and working with my colleagues face to face.
Outside of work, I like to relax as much as possible, however with two young children, a lot of my time revolves around my family and running around at 100mph. When I do get the opportunity, my hobbies include watching football and horse racing. I enjoy going out for dinner with family and friends and socialising as much as I am able to so.
I joined Bell & Clements as an Underwriting Assistant within the Direct Property team, having previously worked alongside the Transportation and the Property teams during several internships whilst studying Economics & International Development at Sussex University.
As an Underwriting Assistant within the Property Underwriting team I have responsibility for renewals, the general administration of both new and renewal business for deductible buy back policies and the modelling of catastrophe exposures.
Bell & Clements is supporting my development and career progression by encouraging me to study for my CII qualifications. My team, and the Company as a whole, are all helpful, welcoming and a great community to work with. They provide excellent mentoring and great opportunities to learn from experienced members of the London insurance community from all sides of the business.
Outside of the office I enjoy playing hockey and spending time with friends.
I joined Bell & Clements as an IBA Credit Controller in the Accounts Department after working in similar roles for over five years for a couple of insurance brokers. Having gained a promotion to Supervisor at Bell & Clements, this was followed in relatively quick succession to my current role as IBA Manager. This position entails overseeing the day-to-day running of the IBA function and my talented Credit Control and Cashiering team, ensuring prompt receipt of insurance funds, timely payment to underwriters and equally important, adhering to the FCA requirements on CASS Client Money Rules.
I was attracted to working for Bell & Clements due to the size of the Company, the wide ranging job role and the opportunities available. Bell & Clements has managed to maintain a family feel to its culture which helps each employee to feel both supported and valued within their teams.
Due to the size of Bell & Clements, this has meant that I have not been limited to a number of defined responsibilities within my role, but that I have been able to work on additional projects outside of my remit and be continually challenged. This has allowed me to take on stretch opportunities and develop my learning, which has progressed my career within the Finance department.
Additionally, through their on-going support during the pandemic, Bell & Clements have helped their employees from a physical and mental wellbeing perspective and ensured that all employees are supported.
Outside of work, I like to go to the gym and follow NFL football.
I am a Broker Analyst within the Data Analytics team. My role is primarily focused around analysing performance data for the Lloyd’s North American Property Broking team. This helps manage and develop our Lloyd’s Binding Authority portfolio.
I joined Bell & Clements due to its reputation as a great company to work for and ambitious growth plans.
The team’s structured and experimental development approach to work is refreshing, progressive and engaging. The business' wide recognition of the importance of data has resulted in the company's ability to build and design industry leading solutions. This enables us to create the next generation of underwriting tools.
Since joining Bell & Clements, I value being part of a diverse, inclusive, and open environment along with the degree of autonomy that I have in my role.
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, walking my dog and playing board games and at weekends, I coach a local youth American Football team.