Dr William James has been appointed Head of Technical Underwriting at Markerstudy, reporting to Gary Humphreys, Group Chief Underwriting Officer.
William joins Markerstudy from Willis Towers Watson, where he was most recently responsible for analytics development and innovation of their non-life insurance software suite, integrating machine learning and AI methods into their products. He also led the non-life insurance pricing consulting practice for Willis Towers Watson in France for four years. Prior to this, he worked at AXA Group in Paris, as a risk manager in catastrophe risk and reinsurance.
William began his career in Australia. After teaching statistics at the University of Melbourne during his Ph.D., he joined Optimal Decisions Group, now part of LexisNexis, where he specialised in behavioural modelling for insurance and led the development of their price optimisation engine.
William is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries Australia, holds a Ph.D. in mathematical physics and degrees in science, actuarial studies, and French.
Gary Humphreys said: “Will brings with him 20 years’ experience across insurance, IT and predictive modelling, and his unique strengths will complement our 3-pronged strategy of innovation, technical excellence, and competitiveness within the underwriting and pricing functions.”
Notes to editors:
Markerstudy Group of Companies is headquartered in Kent and with over 3,500 employees. Established in 2001, it celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, and holds the Investors in People Gold award.
As the UK’s largest MGA, Markerstudy Insurance Services Limited supports more than 1,000 broker partners and around three million policyholders with a wide variety of insurance products.
In 2020, the group became the UK’s 5th largest motor insurance provider after completing the purchase of Co-op Insurance’s underwriting business; commencing a 13-year partnership to provide home and motor insurance products under the Co-op brand.
The group’s portfolio also includes Brightside Insurance (acquired April 2021), and Insurance Factory – one of the UK’s largest affinity based insurance intermediaries for pet insurance; along with Auto Windscreens, VisionTrack, Vision Vehicle Solutions; and brands Geoffrey Insurance and Zenith Insurance.