Focused on the property and casualty market in the UK, we work with brokers to provide innovative underwriting and risk management solutions. Our experienced underwriters handle businesses of all sizes, across a wide range of industry sectors.

Why work with us

Barbican Protect delivers competitively-priced, clearly structured insurance solutions to commercial SME and mid-sixed corporate clients in the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands. Operating through our regional hubs, we provide first-rate cover for the many risks our clients face- from the commonplave to the complex.

Our underwriting capabilities are also fully supported by our administration centre based in Manchester and a comprehensive suite of claims handling and support services.

Who we insure

Our target sectors include technology, regulated industries, engineering and manufacturing industries and distribution. We work with professional, skills-based companies that appreciate and apply sound risk management principles across their operations.

Our product lines

We offer a wide range of property and casualty solutions primarily through our commercial combined wording: 

  • Property
  • Casualty
  • Professional lines
  • Financial lines

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For more information about how Barbican Underwriting Limited can help you, contact:

Stuart Kilpatrick

Stuart Kilpatrick

Managing Director
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Stuart joined Barbican in 2009 and is divisional manager for UK property & casualty

Prior to joing Barbican, Stuart spent 5 years as client relationships manager at ACE Europe. In addition to his strategic and management roles, he was senior contact for blue chip risk managed customers. 

Stuart began his career at General Accident in 1984, moving through New Zealand Insurance and then AIG, where he progressed from property underwriter to become property manager, leading a team of 6 underwriters. Joining Royal & SunAlliance in 1995 as fire underwriting manager, he led a major business restructuring project. By 2000 he had become manager for global and risk managed development, with wide-ranging strategic responsibilities including new business acquisition and key accounts. In 2001 he moved to AON as new business and development director, with both a client-facing and strategic management role. 

Stuart next moved to ACE in 2004 to work on customer relationship management strategy, with the objective of taking the organisation to its next level. In addition to his strategic and management roles, he was senior contact for blue chip risk managed customers. Stuart joined Barbican in 2009 after 5 years as Client Relationships Manager at ACE Europe.

Duncan Keens

Duncan Keens

Business Development Manager
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Duncan began his career in 1980 at Cornhill as an Underwriter. He then joined Sun Alliance SE region in 1986 &  latterly became Broker Development Manager for R&SA Global Risks. In 2005, he moved to HSBC as Strategic Relationship Manager, Placement Practice, a post that involved not only high-level market & client contact but a global role as well.

In 2009 Duncan joined Barbican as Broker Development Manager & is responsible for the development & distribution of UK Insurance.

Rob Wadey

Rob Wadey

Head of Casualty
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work cell +44 (0)7540 712 424

Rob joined Barbican Protect in March 2016 and is head of casualty

Rob’s industry career spans over 35 years. Most recently, he was general liability underwriting manager at W R Berkley Insurance Company (Europe), having joined the firm in July 2010. During his extensive career, he has held numerous senior underwriting positions, including: senior liability underwriter at Amlin UK; liability head office senior underwriter at AXA Insurance UK and senior liability underwriter at CNA Insurance.

Sam Brown

Sam Brown

Head of Property and Package
work +44 (0)20 7082 2559
work cell +44 (0)7525 802 968

Sam joined Barbican Protect in February 2016 as head of property and package

Sam brings a wealth of UK insurance market expertise to the role, and most recently was London Market relationship and development director at Fusion/XP. She joined the firm in November 2009 as an underwriting manager. Prior to this, she was a senior property underwriter at HDI-Gerling Insurance in London, a position which she held for four years. Other roles have included: senior property underwriter at AXA Insurance, property underwriter at AXA Corporate Solutions and underwriter at Guardian Insurance, where she began her insurance career in 1987.

William Hall

William Hall

Head of Financial Lines
work +44 (0)161 235 6540
work cell +44 (0)7785 624572

William is head of financial lines at Barbican Protect.

During a 17-year career as an underwriter at Royal & Sun Alliance, William had extensive experience of underwriting across most classes of accident and casualty insurance. As his career developed, he increasingly gained experience and expertise in financial lines products becoming ProFin manager for the North West.

In 2004, he became broking manager for McParland Finn and then in 2007 he co-founded PI Protect Ltd acting as underwriting director. Upon the acquisition of the business in 2012 by Barbican Insurance Group, William became head of underwriting for PI Protect.

Denise Mercer

Denise Mercer

Underwriting Manager, Financial Lines
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Denise is underwriting manager for financial lines at Barbican Protect

Denise began her career in the insurance industry in 1979 at Sun Alliance, Leeds. Denise worked for various different companies initially as a commercial combined underwriter, gaining extensive experience across all Accident and Casualty products, progressing through to underwriting management.

Denise rejoined RSA to specialise in professional indemnity and financial lines insurance and in 2004 became ProFin underwriting manager for the North .

In 2007 Denise joined Hiscox as senior professions and commercial underwriter to assist in the opening of their newly formed Manchester office. She joined PI Protect in May 2013.

Simon England

Simon England

Business Development Manager
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Simon is business development manager for Barbican Protect.

Prior to joining Barbican Protect, Simon was senior business development manager for NIG. Simon brings over 25 years experience to the role and has held a variety of underwriting and business development roles, including 6 years as financial lines manager at Chubb Insurance and 6 years as business development manager at Brit Insurance.

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Senior Development Underwriter, Financial Liines
work +44 (0)161 235 6544
work cell +44 (0)7900 743643

Stephen began his career in the insurance industry in 2000 when he joined People’s Choice Insurance Services working as a Sales Advisor. It was here that Stephen got his first taste of commercial lines when he was hand-picked to form a new team dealing with High Net Worth prestige clients, handling both commercial and personal lines products.

In July 2003, Stephen joined McParland Finn Limited, a specialist Professional Indemnity Insurance Broker. Here he worked as an Account Handler dealing predominantly with Professional Indemnity Insurance and other financial lines products. In 2007, Stephen was extremely pleased when he was asked to join PI Protect Ltd as a Professional Indemnity Insurance Underwriter. Whilst at PI Protect he has steadily progressed to his current position as a Senior Development Underwriter.

David Burridge

David Burridge

Development Underwriter, Property Package
work +44 (0)20 7082 1877
work cell +44 (0)7872 506601

David’s insurance career began at Lloyd’s broker Senator working with a broad portfolio of clients from the UK, USA and Australia. David joined Barbican in November 2009, he is ACII accredited and underwrites UK Property & Casualty lines.

James John

James John

Development Underwriter, Property Package
work +44 (0)20 7082 1864
work cell +44 (0)7785 617455

James joined Barbican in January 2012 and is property and casualty underwriter for Barbican Protect. 

James previously spent over 9 years at Allianz, most latterly as property and casualty underwriter.

James is ACII qualified and holds a degree in Mathematics with Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Leanne Leach

Leanne Leach

Development Underwriter, Financial Lines
work +44 (0)161 235 6546

Leanne is development underwriter for financial lines at Barbican Protect.

Leanne joined PI Protect in July 2013 and has worked in the insurance sector for over 10 years. Prior to joining PI Protect, Leanne was as an account handler at Jelf Manson insurance broker. Her previous roles have included SME sales executive at Towergate Risk Solutions and account handler at CBG Insurance Broking (formerly Swinburne James).

Alex Roberts

Development Underwriter, Financial Lines
work +44 (0)161 235 6541

Alex joined Barbican Protect in May 2016 as development underwriter for financial lines.

Alex has worked in the insurance sector for over 15 years. Prior to joining Barbican Protect, Alex was as senior account handler at Towergate Professional Indemnity insurance brokers. Her previous roles have included account handler at Richard Thacker & Co (now part of Integro Group) and commercial combined SME underwriter at the Cooperative Insurance.

Helen Spencer

Helen Spencer

Development Underwriter, Financial Lines
work +44 (0)161 235 6567

Helen is development underwriter for financial lines at Barbican Protect.

Helen joined PI Protect in December 2014 as a professional indemnity underwriter. Prior to joining PI Protect, Helen spent over 3 years at Lothbury UK Limited, most latterly as wholesale broker.

Helen holds a first class honours degree in Business Accounting from Glyndwr University.

Radhika Patel

Radhika Patel

Assistant Development Underwriter, Property Package
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Radhika joined Barbican Protect in January 2016 as assistant underwriter.

Before joining Barbican, Radhika was an assistant underwriter, focusing on both property and casualty classes of business, at Allianz Commercial UK. Prior to this, she was a commercial underwriter at Axa Insurance - Commercial Lines.

Radhika is Cert CII qualified and holds a degree in Psychology.