Executive team
Neil Eckert

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Trevor Carvey

CEO & CUO

Stuart Quinlan

Deputy CEO & COO

Elaine Whelan

Chief Financial Officer

Tristan McDonald

Head of Strategic Development (London Head)

Greg Lunn

Group Legal Counsel

Andrew Smith

Chief risk officer

Peter West

Head of IT

Bianca Harris

Head of HR

Keith Griffin

Chief Actuary

Neil Eckert

Executive Chairman

Neil Eckert became a reinsurance broker in 1980, joining Benfield Lovick & Rees & Co in 1986. He was a Board member from 1991 until his resignation in 2000.

Neil founded Brit Insurance Limited in 1995 and remained its CEO until 2005, following which he served as a non-executive director of the company until 2008

Neil was the co-founder and CEO of Climate Exchange PLC until its sale to Intercontinental Exchange in 2010 for approximately £400 million. Following the sale of Climate Exchange, Neil founded Aggregated Micropower which was sold in January 2020.

Neil is currently Chairman of Incubex and is also on the board of Ebix, a $1bn Nasdaq listed company and the world’s leading provider of electronic exchange services to the insurance industry. It has been one of the fastest growing companies in the US over the last decade.

Neil is the Executive Chairman of Conduit. Neil is passionate about all things environmental and will be key to Conduit Re’s ESG strategy.

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Trevor Carvey

CEO & CUO

Trevor has a track record of profitable build outs in the reinsurance industry. In 2002 he was recruited as a founding underwriter and leader at Arch Re Bermuda before which he led the consolidation and subsequent profitable turnaround of the GE Frankona Marine & Energy Global portfolio.

In 2007 Trevor joined Harbor Point Re in the UK to lead the build out of the reinsurance operation over a 5-year period. Subsequently he held the role of CUO Europe in the Alterra Re business which resulted from the merger of Max Re with Harbor Point in 2012. Trevor was part of the team responsible for the successful integration of the Alterra Global Re unit into Markel delivering an established and profitable business to the enlarged group.

Trevor was approached by Hamilton in 2015, to assist in building out a new treaty strategy in the UK and subsequently took on the role for leading the Lloyd’s approval of the syndicate business plan as active underwriter for the three years from 2016 to 2018.

Trevor is the CEO of Conduit and initially CUO of Conduit Re

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Stuart Quinlan

Deputy CEO & COO

An experienced insurance and reinsurance leader, Stuart has a track record for developing and building successful, enduring and profitable businesses. Stuart has particular expertise in delivering effective IT strategies, recruitment and retention of top talent and monitoring and controlling the business.  He has experience of dealing with regulators, rating agencies and investment stakeholders.

Stuart started his 30-year career underwriting casualty lines specialising in financial lines. At Royal & SunAlliance he was responsible for their £250m GWP UK financial lines book when he left in 2004 to join Novae as Underwriting Director.

From 2007 to 2012 at Zurich Insurance, he was head of Financial Lines and then CUO Professional Lines across Europe.  He was then Head of Specialty and Deputy Active Underwriter at Barbican Insurance (Syndicate 1955). He joined Hamilton Insurance in 2015 to establish a new Lloyd’s business with Trevor Carvey.

Stuart is the Deputy CEO for Conduit Re, supporting Trevor on all aspects of the business and as COO with responsibility for building and managing the Group’s operations.

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Elaine Whelan

CFO

Elaine is a highly accomplished and experienced public company CFO who has worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. She is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bermuda and a member of The Institute of Directors.

Having trained as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, Elaine started working as an auditor at PwC in Bermuda in 1997.  From 2001 to 2006 she held a number of positions at Zurich Insurance Company, Bermuda Branch, ending up as Chief Accounting Officer.  In 2006 she joined the Lancashire Group as Financial Controller.  She subsequently performed various financial and management roles for the Lancashire Group, including as CEO, Lancashire Insurance Company Limited.  From January 2011 to February 2020 Elaine was Group CFO, Lancashire Holdings Limited, and she was also a main board director from 2013 to February 2020.

Elaine is based in Bermuda and is responsible for all aspects of Conduit Re’s financial management and reporting and will sit as an executive director on the board of Conduit Holdings Limited and Conduit Reinsurance Limited.

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Tristan McDonald

Group strategy and London CEO

Tristan has a 20 year background of working in the financial markets, primarily in the reinsurance industry, as a corporate finance adviser. He has had a particular focus on start ups and has advised on and helped to build a wide range of start up insurance and reinsurance businesses, including Montpelier Re in 2001/2 and Lancashire Insurance in 2005/6.

Tristan started his career working for the UBS Investment Banking Financial Institutions team where he worked on a number of post R&R Lloyd’s insurance vehicles. He joined Benfield Advisory, Benfield’s corporate finance division, in 1997 and then ran this business from 2000 until 2011.

He has been involved in all aspects of building start up reinsurers, from raising capital, arranging and managing licences in multiple jurisdictions, arranging and managing Financial Strength ratings, building operating infrastructure and business development.

Tristan will initially support Stuart in building the operations of Conduit Re and ongoing as Head of investor relations and managing the Group’s strategic development.

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Greg Lunn

Group Legal Counsel

Greg Lunn is a highly experienced lawyer who has held a number of senior in-house legal in the global insurance and reinsurance industry over the last 25 years

His most recent role in the industry was as Group Legal Counsel for Lancashire Holdings, a Bermuda based London listed Insurance/Reinsurance group, where he was also initially responsible for establishing the Group’s internal audit function. Prior to this role, he spent 10 years in senior management roles in the legal team at a major global insurance and reinsurance Group

Bermuda Class 4 start-up experience in 2006 including the establishment and oversight of the Group’s ERM framework

Greg is based in Bermuda and is responsible for all legal aspects of the Group’s business activities, including all contracts, regulatory matters and any legal actions or disputes, including claims, Company secretarial responsibilities, data protection and regulatory compliance.

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Andrew Smith

Chief Risk Officer

Andrew is a qualified accountant and an experienced risk management professional with a 20 year career in the insurance and reinsurance industry specialising in risk management and corporate governance.

His most recent position, prior to joining Conduit Re was as the Chief Risk Officer for a global reinsurance group based in Bermuda where he was responsible for establishing and managing the Group’s risk management function.

Previously in his career, he held leadership roles as a consultant with PwC in London and Bermuda and EY in Bermuda, where he was focused on the risk, capital and governance agenda, leading and managing teams of consultants, actuaries and accountants.

As CRO, Andrew is responsible for all risk management activity in Conduit, including establishing and maintaining the ERM framework and providing appropriate second line of defence challenge to all of Conduit’s operations.

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Peter West

Head of IT

Peter is an accomplished and highly experienced Information Technology professional with over 20 years in the banking and insurance industries and has implemented high quality solutions to improve efficiency and stability of IT infrastructure across a number of different organisations. He has previous experience of management of all aspects of IT including setting up infrastructure for start ups.

Peter has held senior IT positions for a number of large financial institutions including CNA Insurance and most recently Hamilton Insurance.

At Hamilton, Peter was responsible for designing and implementing the new IT infrastructure for the Group’s London market start up, Hamilton Underwriting and he was also responsible for managing the IT team.

Peter is the Head of IT for Conduit Re and will roll out the IT architecture, manage the IT team and the relationships with Conduit’s outsource suppliers.

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Bianca Harris

Head of HR

Bianca is an experienced and well rounded Human Resources professional having worked in and managed all   aspects of the HR function, both in Bermuda and the US over a 20 year career.

Prior to joining Conduit Re, she spent 14 years with AIG in a variety of HR management roles including recruitment, training and development and administration.

Bianca started her career with the US Navy where she spent six years specialising in HR and recruitment.

She holds an MBA in Human Resources Management, an MED in Instructional Technology and Design and is a PACE accredited instructor at the Bermuda College.

Bianca is responsible for all aspects of Conduit Re’s Human Resources management.

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Keith Griffin

Chief Actuary

Keith is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has over 20 years experience working as an actuary in the Property & Casualty industry, particularly in the reinsurance sector.

His career has allowed him to develop his expertise and experience in all actuarial disciplines including pricing, reserving, risk management and portfolio modelling.

Prior to joining Conduit Re, Keith was most recently the Chief Actuary at Peak Capital where he was part of the senior management team.

Keith has worked in a wide variety of roles and successful organisations in his career including Bermuda, Lloyds and International reinsurance.

As Chief Actuary, Keith is responsible for managing all aspects of the actuarial function for the business.

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