Championing the risk-takers.

To brace something is to give it strength through structural support. In essence, that’s what Brace does for its partners. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you, innovating new products and drawing on the latest technology and deep data to guide you to success, however niche the risk you face.

We collaborate and nurture, building long-term relationships founded on a desire to succeed in challenging markets. By developing bespoke end-to-end solutions, our focused, experienced and highly responsive team is committed to turning risk into unrivalled opportunity.

We understand the complexities you face; we know what’s at stake; and we innovate with technology and data to create long-term results that matter.

Focused on relationships that matter

The Brace portfolio comprises of an exclusive number of diverse MGA relationships; each one a niche sector specialist. Given the greater demand for resources required to develop and understand new or differentiated products, our strategy is to work with a concentrated number of larger clients to create mutually beneficial relationships.

The Team

Adam Holberry

Chief Underwriting Officer
Adam is one of our co-founders. Prior to Brace, he served as the Head of Alternative Risk at Hiscox and worked at Axis Capital and Allied World Assurance Company, with a focus on Property and MGA business.

Charles Rawlins

Chief Executive Officer
Charles is our other co-founder. Before establishing Brace, he worked at Hiscox where he was a Partner and spent ten years consecutively running the Power & Mining, Terrorism, and Upstream Energy books. Prior to that, he underwrote Property at ACE, and started his insurance career broking Property business at Willis.

Martin McBrearty

Head of UK & Europe
Martin is the Head of UK & Europe for Brace Underwriting Limited. Before joining Brace, Martin spent 18 years at Hiscox in a variety of leadership roles and as a Partner. For the past 10 years, he served as Head of Underwriting Partnerships for UK & Europe with a focus on MGAs writing alternative classes of business.

Neil McMillan

Senior Underwriter
Neil McMillan joined the Brace team as Senior Underwriter and brings almost four decades of specialty London market experience. Neil was previously at Canopius where, since 2013, he held the role of North American facilities underwriter and lead underwriter in property and casualty business. Prior to this Neil has held a number of senior positions at Brit, Alea London’s North American facilities division and Zurich Specialties in London.

Sameer Bhatarah

Underwriter
Sameer began his career on the Lloyd’s of London graduate scheme which included working at Hiscox, Tokio Marine Kiln and the Corporation of Lloyd’s. Prior to Brace, Sameer worked for TigerRisk Partners (UK) as a Senior Analyst.

Glenn Dorr

Head of Distribution, North America
Glenn joined Brace in early 2022 as Head of Distribution for North America and is based in Boston. Glenn brings more than two decades of experience to Brace and joins from Hiscox, where since 2017 he held the role of Head of Business Development and Broker Relations, North America. Prior to this Glenn held a number of senior positions including regional director of northeast USA for Lloyd’s of London and senior vice president of HCC Specialty.

Albert Küller

Chief Financial Officer
Albert is the Chief Financial Officer at Brace Underwriting Limited. Prior to coming to Brace, Albert was responsible for insurance pricing and portfolio management, including remediation (Decile 10) at Lloyd’s. Before that, Albert held the position of Chief Economist at a large UK Consulting and Professional Services company.

Yi (Sylvia) Li

Pricing and Portfolio Management Data Analyst
After completing a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from UCL, Sylvia started as an Intern at Brace and successfully transferred to a permanent role as the Pricing and Portfolio Management Data Analyst in 2021. She gained her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Bath and UCL, respectively.

Anna Stylianou

Pricing and Reserving Analyst
Anna joined Brace as a Pricing and Portfolio Management intern and transferred to a permanent position as a Pricing and Reserving Analyst in 2022. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Leeds in Actuarial Mathematics and postgraduate studies at UCL in Business Analytics.

Jessica Needham-Bennett

Operations Associate
After graduating from the University of Manchester, Jessica started in the market at a FairFax Financial Holdings Ltd. subsidiary. Jessica originally joined Brace as Executive Assistant as well as Underwriting Assistant having previously worked for Beat Capital Partners as Executive Assistant to the Beat Syndicate 4242 CEOs. Jessica now acts as Operations Associate as the team grows out.

Harry Humphreys

Operations Technician
Harry graduated from Durham University with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2021 and is now kick starting his career within insurance underwriting by working for Brace as an Operations Technician. Harry currently works in managing the day to day tasks of the company to develop his wider knowledge of the insurance industry.

Peter Ambler

Wordings Consultant
Peter has worked in the London Market for over 40 years, 30 of which were spent working for a Lloyd’s broker where he was a Board Director and was responsible for Operations, Compliance, Internal Audit and Risk Management. Many years were spent dealing with Contract Wording issues, including speaking at overseas Conferences on wordings matters. He has also worked for the Corporation of Lloyd’s and most recently, Griffin Risk Managers. Peter is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and is a past Captain of Lloyd’s Football Club.

Partners, allies, collaborators.

We partner with Beat Capital and ASTA. This means we benefit from a vital support network that helps us underwrite and develop products that have never been created before, and to evolve existing insurance products. How does this help you? Contact us to find out.

Asta

Syndicate 4242 is managed by Asta, the leading third-party managing agent at Lloyd’s, responsible for several Lloyd’s Syndicates, Special Purpose Arrangements and several MGA clients. Therefore Brace Underwriting can leverage the wider legal and claim resources of both Asta and Syndicate 4242.

Beat Capital

Beat is a long-duration venture capital investor exclusively focused on the insurance industry backing world class underwriters with start-up funding, infrastructure, risk capital and A+ rated paper plus experienced guidance and support.