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Management team

We believe that combining the skills of Cogent employees through our collegiate approach across all our business divisions achieves the best results. This breadth of skill benefits clients, speeding transactions and reducing administrative waste.

Our senior personnel have many years of experience in their different specialist fields. All of our executive personnel transact business in the (re) insurance market on a daily basis to ensure the highest standards of service and most effective communication between clients and insurers.

We are proud that across the company over 60% of our staff have worked at Cogent for more than 10 years.

“Our senior personnel have many years of experience in their different specialist fields.”

David Fenton

A former director of CT Bowring Insurance & Chief Executive of its Marine Division, with 20 years experience in the insurance of the Marine and Natural Resource industries. He was co-founder of Jenner Fenton Slade and its Chief Executive. He was instrumental in the designing and development of new forms of insurance cover and approaches to rating.

He was a past member of the LIBC and Chairman of its Marine Executive Committee. David joined Cogent in 2005 where his acknowledged expertise and experience is now part of our team.
Antony Barrow
Deputy Chairman

After Holmwoods, Antony spent 6 years developing an extensive reinsurance account for Allrisks Milan, and was appointed Director at Burgoyne Alford in 1980. After two years in charge of European operations at Golding Collins, Antony co-founded Cogent Resources in 1983 and is responsible for Non-property, facultative and all Non-Marine treaties, binding authorities and other facility business.
Mark Bishop

After 4 years at Cooper Gay, Mark was appointed Underwriter of Trust International Bahrain in 1982, in charge of a wide range of business across the Middle East and the Sub–Continent. He joined Cogent in 1985 and is responsible for Property business
Duncan McKechnie
Finance Director

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 Duncan has worked in a variety of financial management roles in the financial services, corporate finance, property development, automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries. He joined Cogent Resources in 2003 becoming Finance Director and Company Secretary in March 2004.
John Burns
Non-Executive Director

John was admitted as a solicitor in 1968 and started his career within law firms in London before becoming the in-house lawyer for an international chemical processing company. In 1973, with a small management team, John helped modernize the “Tote” revolutionizing their on-course business. Then in 1983 he joined United News and Media plc as Group Company Secretary where he played a significant role in high profile mergers and acquisitions as well as providing advice to the Board on all issues of corporate governance. John joined Cogent as a Non-Executive Director in 1998.
Charles Kettlewell
Director of Non-Marine

Charles started his career in 1992 at Heath Fielding. Subsequently he has worked in London, Paris and New York for companies such as Sedgwick Marsh and latterly Arthur J Gallagher. A seasoned insurance and reinsurance broker he joined Cogent in 2008 with day to day responsibility for lead broking for our non-marine property account.
Dermot Flood
Director of Reinsurance

Dermot Flood joined the market in 1978. As a non-marine reinsurance broker, he is well known in the London and the international insurance markets. He joined Cogent in March 2007 as Director of Reinsurance to strengthen our reinsurance skills and develop new business opportunities for the company.
Vanessa Rose
Director of Claims

With a distinction in the Lloyd’s tests, and a Certificate in IT for Insurance Professionals, Vanessa was trained in Price Forbes and later in Sedgwick Marine and Cargo, in every aspect of the management of Claims Administration, client liaison, accounting, and staff training. Appointed Claims Manager at Cogent in 2001, and has masterminded the integration of all internal claims systems with the latest market practice and technology. A ‘mentor’ on FSA issues, Vanessa heads up our training and drive for CPD excellence.
Craig Nicholls
Head of Broker Support

Craig has a number of years experience in the Insurance Industry, starting his career in 1987 with J.H.Minet since then he has worked for a number Reinsurance Brokers, namely Benfield where he spent in excess of 10 years working within a successful team servicing clients from all over the world. He joined Cogent in September 2009 and is our Head of Broker Support.
Jenny Harris
Technical Support Manager

Jenny joined Cogent in 2005, initially on the administration side before moving on to a Broker Support role and attaining the Cert CII qualification. Jenny progressed to the risk processing department in 2008, specialising in Marine and Non-Marine facultative business. She continues to expand her knowledge into areas such as Lineslips & Binders, and now heads up Cogent’s Technical Accounts Department.
Paris Lodge
Office Administrator

Paris started her career at Cogent Resources in 2007 and has since worked in several areas of the company starting from the administrative side and progressing onto the placing and broking side completing her Certificate in Insurance, after several years of dealing with the forward facing Insurance matters Paris is now the Executive Assistant to both Mark Bishop, CEO & Antony Barrow, Deputy Chairman, the Travel & Events Manager and the Office and Personnel Administrator, all of which keep her busy ensuring a smooth operation is run both in and outside of the office.