Q&A with Dean Hollman, Commercial Underwriter at Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s

We caught up with our Commercial Underwriter Dean Hollman. Read on to find out what Dean likes about working in the industry, how starting a new job has been in the midst of a pandemic, and what he likes doing in his spare time…

When did you join Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s?

I Joined Nelson Policies in March this year, literally a week before the country entered lockdown. I came from Markerstudy Insurance, another MGA writing similar niche business that Nelson write.

How long have you been working in the insurance industry?

I started my insurance career shortly after leaving school in 2008. I began in Motor Claims starting work at Swiftcover Insurance before joining Chaucer Insurance in 2010. In that role I negotiated Personal  Injury and Credit Hire settlements.

The Chaucer Insurance branch I worked at was taken over by Markerstudy in 2015, in 2017 – after developing an interest in Commercial Underwriting from one of the subjects I completed for my CII qualifications I was successful in applying for a job within the Commercial Underwriting team.

There I undertook open market underwriting of all Commercial Combined and Tradesman products with particular focus on Motor Trade Combined products which included both internals and road risks. Subsequent to this my main focus was Commercial Combined quotes commanding premiums in excess of £10,000.

What do you like most about working in commercial underwriting?

I enjoy the challenge Commercial Underwriting provides, working for smaller concerns rather than some of the large composites have allowed me to thrive, build my knowledge and have true responsibility for the development of the products. I like the fact that decisions can be made and the products developed can be agile and we are able to provide a product that truly fits the needs of our clients.

How have you found navigating a new job during these challenging times?

To say my transition from Markerstudy to Nelson was odd is an understatement, it is very strange starting a new role and only being in the office for a week before lockdown and working from home thereafter. However, my teammates have been fantastic in making me feel welcome and part of the furniture from day one. The Commercial team is very tightknit and we all keep in constant contact with any changes that need to be made and just generally how we all are and what we have been up to.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

My spare time is usually taken up with taking care of my pooch Simcoe the Beagle. My wife and I have a static caravan on a private site just outside Bexhill where we spend most weekends over the summer. I am an avid home brewer and enjoy brewing a wide variety of different styles of beer with my friends. Other than that I spend a lot of time with family.

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