Our Writers


Barbara Hadley


Asbestos: The Future Risk, Fracking: Risks & Rewards

Barbara Hadley has been a publisher and journalist since 1980 specialising in the international financial sector. She was co-owner and founder of the Reactions Publishing Group, now part of Euromoney Plc, and following that a co-director of B D Communications, a financial publishing and events company. She has written a number of specialist books and reports including a series for the Financial Times covering insurance developments in Russia and the CIS and in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012 she started up Iskaboo Publishing Ltd based in London in the UK, which focuses on producing in-depth reports on a range of topical issues.


Tom Rennell


Asbestos: The Future Risk, Fracking: Risks & Rewards

Tom Rennell is a writer and researcher whose work has covered across a wide range of topics including the financial, political and charity sectors. He worked as part of a small team to successfully deliver the Catlin Arctic Survey 2011 project, a scientific expedition to the North Pole involving an enormous range of people from scientists to explorers, including producing regular updates on key industry and scientific developments. He has also been a regular feature writer for a number of magazines including Run Off & Restructuring. His political-related work includes building relationships with members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords as well as NGOs, universities and local government networks.


Stephen Catlin


Risk & Reward

Stephen Catlin began working as an entry-level clerk at Lloyd’s of London in 1973 at the age of 19. In 1984 he founded a Lloyd’s of London underwriting agency that grew to become Catlin Group Limited, and he served as the company’s CEO for more than 35 years. After Catlin was acquired by XL Group Ltd, he served as executive deputy chairman of XL. Stephen has headed several major insurance trade groups and served as a member of both the Council of Lloyd’s and the Lloyd’s Franchise Board. Stephen was elected to the Insurance Hall of Fame in 2015.


James Burcke


Risk & Reward

James Burcke began writing about the insurance industry in 1981 and served as editor of Business Insurance in the US and managing director of Reactions Publishing Group in the UK.  He was head of communications for Equitas Group Limited and most recently was head of corporate affairs for Catlin Group Limited.


Derek Austin


Fracking: Risks & Rewards

Derek Austin has been writing about business and finance, including risk and re/insurance, for over 30 years, most recently as co-editor of Run Off & Restructuring magazine. Previously he was launch editor of Insurance Technology magazine and editor of its sister title Banking Technology. Before that he was editor of Reactions magazine. He edited Asbestos: the Future Risk and was co-author and editor of Fracking: Risks and Rewards.


Dewi James


Part VII transfers: the Guide

Dewi James has been practising as an actuary in the London insurance market since 1988. He occupied senior roles within Lloyd’s, a major accounting firm, one of the largest insurance brokers and a reinsurance company before setting up JBA. Dewi has worked on several Part VII transfer schemes, acting as Independent Expert and also as an adviser. JBA is involved in both run-offs and live business, providing extensive analytical capabilities to the insurance industry, internationally – with a particular emphasis on capital modelling and reinsurance optimisation.


Nick Miles


Part VII transfers: the Guide

Nick Miles is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales. He practises as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer at the London office of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, where he specialises in both transactional and contentious insurance and reinsurance issues. His practice encompasses the transfer of insurance business under the Part VII regime and other exit strategies such as loss portfolio transfers, structuring captive programmes and taking security, alternative risk transfer products, and advice and representation in a wide range of reinsurance disputes. He frequently advises on UK regulatory issues arising in relation to new insurance and reinsurance products, exposure to long-tail liabilities, commutations, and insolvency issues.


Steve Goodlud


Part VII transfers: the Guide

Steve Goodlud is a director in the Restructuring Insurance Solutions team of KPMG. He is a chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner. He has been involved in corporate recovery since 1989 and after eight years in general practice specialised in the insurance sector. This included an 18 month secondment to the UK insurance regulator as an insolvency expert and supervisor. Steve is managing the insolvency of English & American Insurance Company Ltd, one of the largest UK insurance insolvencies, as well as advising a number of clients on solvent schemes, insurance business transfers and management of insurance service providers.