Leadership Appointments at Thistle

05 July 2015

Thistle Insurance Services Limited (“Thistle”), part of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits-related advice, brokerage and associated services, is to make two key appointments to its executive board: Paul Williams as Managing Director and Ian Robinson as Chief Operating Officer, both subject to Financial Conduct Authority approval.

Before joining Thistle, Paul worked for the Brightside Group, the specialist personal lines, SME, and niche UK broker, where he had held the role of Group Chief Executive Officer since February 2014. Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the UK insurance industry, having previously held senior roles at Towergate Partnership and Hill House Hammond, part of Aviva. 

Commenting on Paul’s appointment, Martin Hiller, Chairman of Thistle, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to Thistle. He has extensive experience in the UK insurance industry that will be of great value to Thistle. His knowledge of specialist niches, MGAs and the digital landscape will be a great asset as we continue to grow the business.”

Paul Williams said: “I am delighted to be joining Thistle during such an exciting time and I look forward to working with the executive team to ensure we deliver on the strategic priorities. I am attracted by the potential of Thistle, which has a track record of developing and distributing market-leading products and there is huge potential. I urge individuals and talented professionals in the niche MGA arena who would like to play a part in growing the business to get in touch.” 

Paul will be supported in his role by Ian Robinson who will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer of Thistle. Ian will report to Paul and will take executive board responsibility for the operational management of Thistle, ensuring that the board effectively delivers on its strategic and operational priorities. Ian joins Thistle from JLT Asia where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2012. Prior to assuming the role in Asia, Ian was Chief Operating Officer for JLT’s UK Employee Benefits business.

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Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc

Paul Dransfield, Corporate Communications 

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Tom Burns / Dania Saidam

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Notes to Editors

Paul Williams’ career history:

2014 – 2015: Group Chief Executive Officer, Brightside Group Plc

2011 – 2014: UK Broking Director, Towergate Partnership Ltd

2004 – 2011: Regional Managing Director, Towergate Partnership Ltd

2002 – 2004: Commercial Director, HHH Ltd (part of Aviva)

1993 – 2002: Commercial Manager, Endsleigh Business Insurance Svs Ltd

1989 – 1993: Development Underwriter, Royal Insurance

Ian Robinson’s career history:

2012 – 2014: Chief Operating Officer, JLT Asia

2009 – 2012: Chief Operating Officer, JLT Employee Benefits, UK and Ireland

About Thistle Insurance Services

Thistle Insurance Services Limited creates, distributes and manages non-brokered insurance products and facilities for niche or 'privileged access' segments of the consumer, SME business and not-for-profit sectors. We operate through both Retail and Wholesale channels and additionally as a Managing General Underwriter providing our own unique products and services through Thistle Underwriting.

Thistle Insurance Services Limited’s main trading styles are: Compass; Tourer Select; Photoguard; Musicguard; Cycleguard; Expacare; Thistle Underwriting; Thistle Recruitment; This Housing; Thistle London Market Risks; and JLT Tenants Risks. 

Thistle is 100% owned by Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, a major insurance broker listed on the London Stock Exchange.

About Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence.

JLT is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and owns offices in 39 territories with more than 10,000 employees. Supported by the JLT International Network, it offers risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries.

For more information, please visit our website www.jlt.com

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