6 December 2016


Winning team (from left to right): Sacha Cooper, Aryona Rexha, Alex Sinclair Joice, Mark Coates, Matthew Greaves, Jamie Garratt.

Syndicate Business Plan winners announced

The winning team in this year’s LMA Academy Syndicate Business Plan Programme was named at a ceremony yesterday afternoon in the Adam Room at Lloyd’s.

Mark Coates (Channel), Aryona Rexha (Beazley), Sacha Cooper (Liberty), Matthew Greaves (Atrium), Alex Sinclair Joice (XL Catlin) and Jamie Garratt (Talbot) were presented with the award for Best Business Plan by Theresa Froehlich, Lloyd’s Interim Director, Performance Management. The winners, competing under the team name Ignis, saw off three other teams of six to win the award. 

Winning team member Jamie Garratt also received an individual award for best presenter. Alex Wareham (Sompo Canopius) was the winner of the Gill Nichols Award for Best Contributor – a new category created this year to honour posthumously the contribution Gill made to the programme’s development. 

During the programme, four teams of young market practitioners competed to prepare syndicate business plans and have them judged by a panel of senior market figures comprising Theresa Froehlich, Travelers Active Underwriter Steve Eccles, Managing Director of S.A. Meacock Karl Jarvis and LMA’s Market Liaison Director Mel Goddard.

The award ceremony represented the conclusion of this year’s programme. This required the twenty-four participants to attend a number of educational modules and demonstrate their learning by creating syndicates, preparing business plans and deciding on their portfolios of business.

LMA Academy Director Charlotte Myers commented that all the presentations were of a very high standard and the final result had been very close. She congratulated all the teams for their hard work.

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Notes to Editors

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James Milne, Communications Manager
Lloyd’s Market Association
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