Apollo Syndicate Management (“Apollo”), the independent specialist insurer and reinsurer, announces the appointments of Amanda Lewis as Head of Specialty Disruption Insurance and Sophie Dunkerley as Specialty Disruption Insurance Underwriter at Syndicate 1969. They will lead the Group’s expansion into contingency, agri-contingency and legal indemnity.
Lewis joins Apollo from White Oak Underwriting Agency, where she was Head of Specialty since 2016. With over 25 years’ insurance experience, Lewis specialises in contingency, logistics disruption and legal indemnities. She also led the specialty contingency team at Aegis between 2009 and 2016, and has previously worked at SCOR UK. In her new role, Lewis will lead Apollo’s Specialty Disruption class, developing and bringing to market bespoke contingency and other specialty products within Apollo’s Crisis Management area, headed by Chris King.
Dunkerley has almost 20 years’ experience in agriculture based specialist insurances. She was most recently the Specialty Senior Underwriter at White Oak Underwriting Agency, focusing on agri-contingency insurance. Dunkerley has also worked as livestock underwriter at Aegis and Talbot Underwriting between 2006 and 2016. At Apollo, she will work with Lewis on building the team’s market presence and expanding its product offerings.
David Ibeson, Group CEO at Apollo, said: “We believe there is a great opportunity for growth in the contingency market as the rating environment improves and demand grows for specialty contingency products. We see a clear market for a series of niche products, and we are very pleased to have some of the market’s leading underwriters in this specialty area leading our entry into the contingency space.”