Group Board & Directors
Neill Currie

Neill Currie

Group Executive Chairman

Neill is Executive Chairman of Ascot Group Limited and Ascot Bermuda Limited. He
co-founded RenaissanceRe Holdings in 1993 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 2005 to July 2013. He served as a director of Platinum Underwriters Holdings from 2003 to 2005. Neill began his career as a reinsurance broker in the United States in 1976 and served in various senior capacities as a broker until forming Renaissance Re.

Katherine Chung

Katherine Chung

Non-Executive Director

Katherine Chung, Non-Executive Director for Ascot Group, is Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity for CPP Investments.

Mark Pepper

Mark Pepper

Group Chief Underwriting Officer

Mark is Ascot’s Chief Underwriting Officer. He began his career in insurance in 1987 and joined Ascot at its inception in 2001 to lead our Treaty team. He was promoted to the role of Chief Underwriting Officer in 2009 and is a member of the Board. Mark is ACII qualified.

Murray Wallace

Murray Wallace

Non-Executive Director

Murray Wallace is a Non-Executive Director of Ascot Group Limited. Previously he served as President and CEO of Saskatchewan Government Insurance and CEO of Wellington Insurance, both property and casualty insurers in Canada. A Chartered Accountant, Murray has held the posts of Deputy Minister of Finance and Deputy Minister to the Premier in the Government of Saskatchewan, a Canadian province.

Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks

Group Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is Chief Executive Officer of Ascot Group Ltd and Ascot Underwriting Ltd and a member of both Boards. He joined Ascot at its inception in 2001 before being promoted to Chief Underwriting Officer in 2005 followed by Chief Executive Officer of Ascot Underwriting in 2008. In 2017, when Ascot Group was formed, he was appointed CEO. Andrew has worked in the Lloyd’s Market since 1983 and is currently Chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) and a member of the Boards of the Council of Lloyd’s and London Market Group (LMG).

Yvonne Costello

Yvonne Costello

Group Chief of Staff & Human Resources Officer

Yvonne is Group Chief of Staff & Human Resources Officer and a member of the Group Executive Committee. Based in New York, Yvonne oversees all HR and administrative functions across Ascot’s four underwriting platforms. Previously she was Group Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for IT & Operations, Legal, Compliance, Marketing and HR. She joined Ascot in 2002, initially to help build out the Compliance & Legal function, which broadened to incorporate Operations and HR, subsequently being appointed to the Board of Ascot Underwriting in 2011. Promoted to Chief Administration Officer in 2013, her remit expanded with the formation of the Group, taking up the post of Group COO in 2018 after which she moved to New York to drive the build-out of the Group’s U.S. support functions before taking up her current role in 2021.

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts

Group Chief Financial Officer

Joe is Chief Financial Officer of Ascot Group Limited having joined the group in October 2017.   He is responsible for financial matters for the group. Previously Joe served as Chief Financial Officer for Ironshore Inc. from 2013 to 2017 and Alterra Capital Holdings Limited from 2007 to 2013. He started his career in financial services in 1987. Joe is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Jonathan Zaffino

Jonathan Zaffino

Group President

Jonathan is Group President with executive responsibility for the Group’s U.S. and Bermuda insurance and reinsurance platforms. Before joining the company in 2020, he was President and CEO of Everest Insurance and Executive Vice President of Everest Re Group, Ltd. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at Marsh before being appointed President of Victor O. Schinnerer’s U.S. operations – a Marsh subsidiary. Throughout his 26-year career, Jon has held a number of Executive and Management positions at leading organizations across the underwriting and brokerage communities, having started his career at Chubb & Son.

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG

Non-Executive Director

Sir Richard Dearlove is Non-Executive Chairman of Ascot Underwriting Limited and Non-Executive Director of Ascot Group Limited. Sir Richard is a former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Group Chief Risk Officer

Mark is Ascot’s Chief Risk Officer. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1994 and has worked in the Lloyd’s market since 1996. He joined Ascot in 2003 as Business Development Manager, later becoming Finance Manager. In 2006 he took on the role of Risk Manager. Mark was appointed to the Ascot Underwriting Limited Board in 2011 as Risk Director. He took on the current role of CRO in 2017.

Charlie Cantlay

Charlie Cantlay

Group Reinsurance & Executive Director

Charlie is Group Reinsurance & Executive Director at Ascot and a member of the Board. He began his insurance career in the broking sector in 1976 and joined Ascot 2011.

Thomas Kalvik

Thomas Kalvik

Non-Executive Director

Tom Kalvik, Non-Executive Director for Ascot Group, is Senior Principal, Private Investments – Direct Private Equity (Financial Institutions Group) for CPP Investments.

Susan Sutherland

Susan Sutherland

Non-Executive Director

Susan is Non-Executive Director of Ascot Group Limited.  She is an Independent Trustee of the Eaton Vance Funds in Boston, Massachusetts and previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Montpelier Re Holdings (Pembroke, Bermuda) and Hagerty Holdings (Traverse City, Michigan). Susan had a 30-year career with the U.S. law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.