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 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.

Albert Küller

Head of Analysis and Pricing
Albert is the Head of Pricing and Analysis 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.

Sameer Bhatarah

Underwriter & Pricing Specialist
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.

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.

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.

Jessica Needham-Bennett

Underwriting Assistant / Executive Assistant
After graduating from the University of Manchester, Jessica started in the market at a FairFax Financial Holdings Ltd. subsidiary. Before she joined Brace, Jessica worked for Beat Capital Partners Limited as an Executive Assistant focussing on Beat Syndicate 4242 as Office Manager. To expand her knowledge of underwriting, Jessica acts as Underwriting Assistant.

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.


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.