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Executive teams and Spokespeople

  • Senior UK Executive Team

    Tulsi Naidu

    Tulsi Naidu

    Chief Executive, Zurich UK

    Tulsi became UK Chief Executive in November 2016 having joined Zurich as Head of Business Development for EMEA in September that year. She has over 20 years of financial services experience, most recently with Prudential where she held a number of executive positions in their UK and Europe business.

    Before joining Prudential, Tulsi worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Investment Banking in Singapore, ICICI in Mumbai, and began her career at Arthur Andersen. She is a graduate from Nizam College in Hyderabad, and completed her MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

    Conor Brennan

    Head of GI Retail, Zurich UK

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    Conor became the Head of GI Retail in January 2017 after joining Zurich's UK General Insurance business in July 2016. He has been with Zurich since 2008, and his prior to this role led the General Insurance business in Ireland.

    His main responsibilities are to lead the Retail parts of the UK's general fast flow businesses, incorporating our Personal Lines and SME operations.

    Dave Carey

    Director of Regions & London

    David was appointed Director Regions & London in January 2015, with profit and loss accountability for an £800m business. David’s role includes the setting & implementation of the UK Commercial Broker strategy and deliver of the business plan.

    David is responsible for external market leadership representing Zurich with key stakeholders including Global and Regional Brokers, industry bodies and major customer connections.

    David joined Zurich in 1988. He is a Chartered Insurer and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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    Vinicio Cellerini

    Head of Commercial, UK

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    Vinicio, became Head of Commercial in the UK in January 2017, having been CEO of Zurich’s UK Global Corporate Insurance since 2012. He has held various roles in across the Zurich Insurance Group since 1986. These include underwriting and management roles across Europe and the US; including leading Zurich’s agencies in Switzerland. In 2004, he became CEO of Zurich’s Global Corporate business in Italy and in 2009 held the same role Switzerland. Prior to joining Zurich, Vinicio completed an apprenticeship with Mobiliar.


    Carl Gebhard

    Director of Engineering

    Carl was appointed Director of Engineering Inspection in 2008 having previously held the role of Head of Construction.

    Carl has worked for Zurich for 32 years holding various roles in underwriting, sales and management.

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    Andrew Jepp

    Managing Director, Zurich Municipal

    Andrew Jepp is Managing Director for Zurich Municipal. Andrew is a highly experienced risk and insurance practitioner with strong knowledge of the Public Sector having started his career at Municipal Mutual Insurance. Andrew’s career has covered all the major disciplines in Underwriting, Claims, Sales and Distribution before moving into a variety of managerial roles. He is a regular commentator on risk issues impacting on Local Government and the wider Public Sector.

    Andrew is a chartered insurer and FCII qualified. He is a non-executive Director and Chairman of Sutton Housing Society, a Registered Social Landlord, Tennyson Insurance, an appointed representative wholly owned by Zurich and a trustee of Zurich Community Trust.


    David Nichols

    Head of Operations and IT

    David is responsible for IT, Facilities Management % Property, Procurement and Supplier Management, Data, Continuous Improvement, Information Governance, Business Continuity and Automation.

    Richard Pash

    Head of Marketing, UK

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    Jim Sykes

    Jim Sykes

    Chief Operations Officer, Zurich UK Life and Head of In Force 

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    Jim was appointed Head of Life Manufacturing in January 2017 having previously served as Chief Operations Officer.

    Jim has worked in the Zurich Group since 1988 and will now be responsible for product development and management, post-sales customer service, oversight of outsource services and core life businesses such as underwriting policy.

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    Anne Torry

    Head of UK Life and CEO of Zurich Assurance Ltd and Sterling ISA Managers Limited

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    Anne became Head of UK Life and CEO of Zurich Assurance and Sterling Investment Managers Limited in July 2016. Anne has recently been appointed to lead the UK transformation programme, building a combined UK insurance business across Life, GI and Commercial.

    Prior to this Anne was Managing Director for Zurich Municipal from March 2011 to June 2016 and has worked for Zurich for over 20 years.


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    David White

    Head of Retail, UK Life

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    David was appointed Head of Life Distribution in January 2017 having previously served as Head of Retail, UK Life.

    David will lead this new area which brings together all UK Life routes to market including Retail Protection, Retail Wealth, Corporate Savings, Corporate Risk and Zurich FutureYou.


    Supporting Functions

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    Georgina Farrell

    Head of UK HR

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    Georgina became Head of UK HR in August 2014 following various roles in Hong Kong. She joined Zurich in 2008.

    Anna Fleming

    Anna Fleming

    Chief Claims Officer (ai)

    Anna was a solicitor in private practice before joining Zurich in 2004. After a number of senior roles in Claims, Anna was appointed as Business Programme Director for Zurich’s Claims transformation in 2011. She was responsible for delivering significant business change in Zurich’s UK claims operation, enabled by Guidewire ClaimCenter. Anna was made Chief Claims Officer (a.i.) in November 2016.




    Cecile Fresneau

    Chief Underwriting Officer

    Cecile became Chief Underwriting Officer in June 2014. She joined Zurich in 2011 where she held various roles leading our EMEA and global underwriting teams. She previously worked for IAG in Australia.




    Shaun Hicks

    UK Chief Risk Officer

    Biography coming soon



    Neil Hodges

    General Counsel

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    Neil became UK General Counsel, covering both UK Life and UK General Insurance in 2007 and is a member of the UK Executive team. He qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has previously worked for Allen & Overy and Barclays Bank. Neil is Executive Sponsor for Zurich’s UK Cultural Awareness Network.


    Richard Peden

    UK Chief Compliance Officer

    Richard was appointed UK Chief Compliance Officer in January 2017 with responsibility for the compliance arrangements for all business lines in the UK, having served as Head of Compliance, Markets and Customer Insight for the life business since December 2012.

    Richard originally joined Zurich Group in 2005 where he was a member of the UK Life Strategy and Planning team subsequently holding roles in the Asia Pacific region before returning to Europe in 2011 and moving into the role of Head of Business Transformation, Global Life.

    James Quin

    James Quin

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Sophie Timms

    Head of UK Government and Industry Affairs and Corporate Responsibility

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    Sophie has been Head of the Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility since 2004. She joined Zurich in 2003 from the Federation of Small Businesses. Sophie leads Zurich’s UK Corporate Responsibility programme and she is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group, Vice Chair of the UK Women's Innovation Network and a member of the Zurich Community Trust Executive Committee.

  • Spokespeople

    Life & Pensions Spokespeople


    Peter H

    Peter Hamilton

    Head of Retail Propositions

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    With over 32 years in the insurance industry, Peter has an extensive knowledge of the sector with a strong emphasis on the protection market. With a background in Marketing, he has management responsibility for Zurich’s retail propositions, including retail protection and the Zurich Intermediary Platform. His areas of expertise include consumer and regulatory developments in the protection and broader financial services market

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    Mark Peters

    Head of Retail Wealth Propositions

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    Mark has over twenty five years’ experience in the industry, with a strong background in investment matters. At Zurich he is responsible for shaping and delivering UK Life's retail wealth propositions, including Zurich's Intermediary Platform and the Sterling Investment Bond. His areas of responsibility include proposition design and management, regulatory change and governance. His areas of expertise include investment propositions and platform design and delivery.

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    Alistair Wilson

    Head of Platform Retail Strategy

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    Alistair has a strong background in the platform market gained from 30 years in the industry. At Zurich he focuses on the continued evolution of Zurich’s Intermediary Platform and communicating Zurich’s vision to the intermediary market. His areas of expertise include extolling the benefits of platforms alongside their design and delivery.

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    Jonathan Plumtree

    Head of Zurich Corporate Pensions

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    Jonathan has twenty-five years’ experience in the insurance market. At Zurich he is responsible for the overall management and strategy for its Corporate Savings business. His areas of expertise include corporate life and pensions, business strategy and leadership and financial management.

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    Nick Homer

    Group protection Manager Corporate Propositions

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    Nick has over 20 years' insurance experience, covering Corporate & Retail Protection and Healthcare. At Zurich he is responsible for proposition management and development. His areas of expertise include the Group Risk products/market and workplace issues, such as absence management, employee rehabilitation and the broader regulatory and legal environment.

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    Gareth Jenkins

    Head of In Force Propositions

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    Gareth is a qualified actuary and heads up the In Force Propositions team which includes the support services for Retail and Corporate Propositions including Commercial Actuarial, Technical/Regulatory, MI & Governance. His focus is on managing the existing propositions across product lifecycles to ensure they continue to meet the needs of customers, distributors and shareholders and are maintained with respect to regulatory, technical and environmental market changes. Among his areas of expertise are pricing, proposition design, proposition management, process governance and regulatory change.


    General Insurance Spokespeople


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    Paul Emery

    Head of Navigators & General

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    Paul Emery became head of N&G in April 2014 having previously been Head of Public Services in Zurich Municipal, the leading local authority insurer within the UK business.

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    Matthew Schofield

    Head of Zurich Private Clients

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    Matthew Schofield became Head of Zurich Private Clients in 2009 after a spell heading Zurich’s corporate construction team. He first joined Eagle Star (now Zurich) in 1986 as a Casualty Underwriter and has held various roles across the business.