Paul Bickley – Advisory Board

Head of Insurance Legal UK, HSBC

Paul Bickley is Head of Insurance Legal, UK at HSBC. He worked for AXA UK and RSA prior to joining HSBC in 2014, having originally trained and qualified as a tax lawyer at Linklaters in London.

Paul leads the legal support provided to HSBC’s UK insurance business which includes the manufacture of life / protection and distribution of general insurance under the HSBC, first direct and M&S Bank brands. He also deputises for the Global Head of Legal, Group Insurance, notably in overseeing insurance distribution globally and providing support to local legal teams in implementing best practice and concluding new deals.

In the last 12 months, Paul’s experience includes leading the legal support in relation to a new 10-year bancassurance partnership with Aviva, PPI remediation, the insurance elements of ring-fencing the UK bank and the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive.

José Ramón González – Advisory Board

Chief Legal Officer, QBE North America

José Ramón González joined QBE North America as Chief Legal Officer in April 2014.  In this role, José has overall responsibility over legal, compliance, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for the US and participates as a member of QBE’s Global Legal Leadership Team.

Previously, José was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Torus, a Bermuda-based commercial insurance organization providing property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance products to a client base located primarily in the UK and continental Europe.

José began practicing law as a corporate associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, working in the firm’s London and New York offices.  In 1999, he joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of the law department of American International Group representing AIG on a worldwide basis in acquisitions, joint ventures and investments relating to its insurance and asset management businesses, before eventually moving to a senior legal position within AIG’s insurance businesses.

Neil Hodges- Advisory Board

UK General Counsel, Zurich Insurance

Neil is an experienced leader of in house teams, including as UK General Counsel at Zurich Insurance and head of the Corporate & Commercial Legal Team at Barclays. Prior to moving in-house he was at Allen & Overy. He was winner of the Legal500 in-house “Individual of the Year” in 2015.

Bruce Love – Advisory Board

UK General Counsel, Ageas

Bruce Love is UK General Counsel at Ageas. In the UK Ageas is a leading provider of personal and commercial lines insurance, sold through brokers, affinity partnerships and directly under its own brands.

Prior to joining Ageas, Bruce worked at Legal & General, where he was Head of Legal for its insurance, savings and retirement businesses.

Bruce started his career in private practice at Allen & Overy and then Clyde & Co.

Jonathan Teacher – Advisory Board

Senior Legal Counsel, Swiss Re

Jonathan Teacher is a Senior Legal Counsel in the Swiss Re Group Legal team. Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading reinsurance groups. Jonathan’s experience includes building out and embedding the legal function’s franchise with diverse parts of the business, managing legal risk and functional responsibilities through transformational environments, governance design and review, leading complex transactions, advising on regulatory matters and strategy, and providing advice on a wide variety of general legal issues encountered by the business and its management. Jonathan was previously in private practice at Norton Rose Fulbright advising on corporate, regulatory and capital markets/ILS matters primarily for the insurance industry, having begun his career in investment banking.

Sophie van Til Leedham – Advisory Board

Regional Compliance Officer Financial Crimes Unit-EMEA & Associate General Counsel, AIG

Kenneth Underhill – Advisory Board

Director, ICSR

Kenneth Underhill is a Director of ICSR, a consultancy bringing a new approach to  Financial Services in the UK. He is also a mentor at Fintech accelerator Mystartupbootcamp. Kenneth has over 20 years in the London Insurance market and is the former General Counsel of Chubb European Group, then ACE. A Director of multiple Insurance Companies operating in over 30 countries with a turnover in the range of $5 + billion, he was responsible for almost 10 years for Legal, Compliance and Corporate Governance across the EMEA region and had a team of 60 or so. Prior to that Kenneth was a founding partner of the Commercial & Regulatory team at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.