Keith Broughton will talk to us about his transition from being a Navy Bomb Disposal Diver to a Lloyd’s Underwriter.
Underwriting specialist subsea equipment relies upon a specialist knowledge and Keith will share from his own experiences how he approaches these unique risk factors in an increasingly competitive insurance market place. This sector is responsible for some of the world’s leading technologies including those utilised for large area searches in deep water environments for lost aircraft, naval warfare and surveillance, and environmental studies, to name a few.
Born in 1966 in Lusaka Zambia, Keith went on to read Marine and Freshwater Biology at Queen Mary College, London.
He subsequently served 10 years in the Royal Navy as a Seaman Officer specialising in diving and mine clearance and, on leaving the Royal Navy in 1995, sailed to Australia on a Swan 51 yacht (not dissimilar to the previous Lloyd’s Yacht Club “Lutine”).
On returning to the United Kingdom he briefly studied Law before taking up the position of Marine Department Manager at KPMG in Cayman Islands. He returned to the United Kingdom in December 1999 to join Simon Edwards at Leviathan, a specialist Subsea Equipment Underwriting Facility. This proved to be his perfect job, combining his wide interest in all things underwater, whilst allowing him to maintain all of his contacts throughout the industry.
In July 2016 Beazley, a Managing agent with whom they had enjoyed a long term affiliation, acquired Leviathan and Keith is now underwriting at Lloyd’s under the Beazley Leviathan banner.
Keith is involved with the Society for Underwater Technology as the Deputy Chairman of the London and Southern England Branch. He chaired the committee that authored The Operation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Series, Volume 1, Second Edition, and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2013.
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