Barbican appoints D&O class underwriter

13 March 2018

London, 13 March 2018 – Barbican Insurance Group today announced the appointment of Sarah McGurk as class underwriter for directors’ & officers’ liability insurance. 

McGurk has extensive experience in underwriting D&O-related policies, specialising in this line of business for over 10 years. During her 24-year insurance career, she has worked across both the underwriting and broking arenas and has been a London Market underwriter for the last five years.  Working as part of the financial lines division, she will report to Hans Sherman, underwriting manager D&O.

Most recently, McGurk was an underwriter for D&O liability insurance at The Standard Syndicate 1884. She joined Standard in April 2015 and was responsible for developing and implementing the D&O underwriting strategy.  Prior to this, she worked for Travelers for six years, initially in Canada before moving to London to take up the post of development underwriter for management liability. McGurk has also worked for Willis Canada and JLT Group. She holds an LLB honours degree in Law and LPC (Legal Practice Course) accreditation, in addition to CIP and ACII qualifications.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Pearson, divisional head of financial lines, said: “Sarah is an excellent addition to our financial lines team. She has a very strong underwriting background in the D&O arena and will play a key role in the continued growth of our portfolio.”

McGurk added: “This is a great time to be joining the financial lines team at Barbican. There is no doubt that the D&O sector is currently very competitive, but Barbican has a clear growth strategy and I look forward to playing my part in achieving this.”

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