Leadership

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Head of Marine Specialty

Mike joined the Chaucer Group in November 2021. He has over 35 years’ experience working within the marine insurance industry, focusing on all aspects of marine cargo and freight liability insurance from both a broking, and claims management perspective. Prior to joining, Mike worked as a Director at Willis Tower Watson with responsibility for servicing a portfolio of global cargo accounts.

Mike Ayres ACII

Mike Ayres ACII

Underwriting Director

Mike has over 30 years of marine underwriting experience, specialising in hull and machinery, port authorities and charterers liability. Mike joined Lonham as an Associate Director in 1994, responsible for the marine binder side of the business and became director/owner in 1998 following a management buy-out. Prior to joining Lonham, Mike was a Senior Underwriter at Merrett Group.

Christine Midwood

Christine Midwood

Claims Director BA (Hons)

Christine joined Lonham in 1994 and is responsible for the strategic development of Lonham’s claims department, with a focus on delivering first class customer service. She has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry both in underwriting and claims. She is a marine specialist, with extensive experience in the cargo and liability classes. In 1998 she became director/owner following a management buy-out.

Diane Stannard

Diane Stannard

Finance Director

Diane joined Lonham in 1991 and is responsible for the development and implementation of Lonham’s financial strategy. Diane has over 25 years of finance experience and a strong track record within the insurance industry. She began her career as an account executive before working her way up to group accountant. In 1998 she became director/owner following a management buy-out.

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