Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Douglas has been involved in property and works insurance for almost 30 years. He combines an endless enthusiasm for his subject with a willingness to convey that to anyone who will listen. His strong commitment to this sector marks him out as a thought leader for both insurers and brokers alike. Having been involved at a senior level in a number of broking firms Douglas completed a buy out in 2010 to establish Porterhouse Brokers LLP from which Renovation Underwriting was founded. 

Douglas has a teenage family and is a keen rugby and field sports enthusiast in his spare time.

management@renovationunderwriting.com

Nicholas Cooper

Nicholas Cooper

DIRECTOR

Since qualifying as an accountant in the early 1970s Nick has spent more than 40 years in the insurance industry, holding senior positions and establishing Consolidated Insurance Group before setting up Sterling Insurance in 1994. The business grew and was underwriting premiums of approximately £200m before it was sold in 2014.

Nick also has a deep interest in the arts, and held directorships at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and the Old Vic, where he was chairman for five years ending in January 2014. He was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours 2015 for service to philanthropy in higher education and the arts. 

Nick is currently President of The Racehorse Owners Association.

management@renovationunderwriting.com

William Cooper

William Cooper

DIRECTOR

Will followed his father and grandfather into the insurance industry after university. He has managed his own company since 2012 and in 2014 became a proud father for the first time. Will and his dynamic team are passionate about protecting their clients and providing them with pragmatic advice, together with truly unparalleled levels of client-focused service.

He takes an active role in many industry initiatives, including the High Net Worth Society advisory board alongside eleven CEOs, directors and heads of private client divisions from leading high net worth broker firms.

Away from work and family, Will enjoys watching football, reading a good biography and socialising with friends.

management@renovationunderwriting.com

James Guthrie

HEAD OF DISTRIBUTION

James is a broker distribution specialist with over 35 years’ experience of the UK General Insurance market, the last 20 of which have been focused on HNW and mid-market Commercial. Latterly Head of HNW Distribution at Covéa, James’ career began at Holman’s for Lloyd’s before moving to specialist Miles Smith and subsequently joining the start-up team at Oak Underwriting. With over 20 years’ experience within the private client marketplace, James is very well known in the HNW broking community.

James is responsible for leading our broker distribution channel, implementing a managed distribution strategy as well as delivering further business growth from new broker partnerships and collaborations.

A keen skier, James enjoys spending time in France. Away from the slopes, his fondness for the delights of French cheese makes him a regular at the local Fromagerie. James also enjoys cycling around the countryside local to his home in Essex.

james.guthrie@renovationunderwriting.com

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