North P&I Club appoints Deputy Global Director to drive diversification forward

Source: press release, 19 July 2021

From left, Paul Jennings, North P&I Club CEO; Thya Kathiravel, CUO; and Nick Wolfe, Deputy Global Director
From left, Paul Jennings, North P&I Club CEO; Thya Kathiravel, CUO; and Nick Wolfe, Deputy Global Director (photos: North P&I Club)

Global marine insurer North P&I Club has reaffirmed its drive for diversification by appointing Nick Wolfe as Deputy Global Director (Underwriting), reflecting a significant expansion in his leadership role in developing the diversification strategy.

“Our transformation from monoline P&I Club to diversified global marine insurer continues and Nick’s new role will empower him to drive our diversification strategy forward, which includes our products offered under the Sunderland Marine brand, Owners’ Fixed Premium P&I and North Hull,” says Paul Jennings, Chief Executive, North P&I Club. “The strategy is already making a significant contribution to North’s robust financial position and Nick’s appointment signals our commitment to strengthening the teams that enable our members and clients to trade with confidence.”

Wolfe joins Simon Main and Steve Rebair as one of three Deputy Global Directors (Underwriting) responsible for delivering the Group’s underwriting strategy and reporting to Thya Kathiravel, Chief Underwriting Officer, North.

Thya Kathiravel comments, “Our recent annual review showed North achieving premium income growth of USD 60 million across our mutual and diversified business lines in 2020-21, which reached over USD 400 million in total. Year on year, premium increases were especially notable for Sunderland Marine Hull, P&I and Aquaculture lines and the newer, diversified Owners’ Fixed Premium P&I, as well as North Hull. The new facilities have all established strong positions in their markets in a short space of time and are making a significant contribution to premium growth. We look forward to further progress under Nick’s assured guidance.”

Wolfe joined the North in March 2020 as Director (Underwriting) from Aon, where he had been Head of Shipping, based in Singapore. He previously held a Senior VP post with insurance broking firm Marsh. After joining North, he has worked on building the diversified lines, including overseeing the launch of North Hull in July 2020.

“I am delighted to take on this new role and support the further growth of North’s diversified lines,” says Wolfe. “I am also looking forward to working with the teams and reinforcing their expertise and capabilities in key markets.”