About us

ERS is a Lloyd’s underwriting business (Syndicate 218) that has been a leading motor insurer for over 70 years. As a motor only, broker only insurer, our policies are available exclusively through motor insurance brokers.

We offer a wide range of cover for private cars, classic cars, vans, supercars, imported vehicles, motorcycles, taxis, minibuses, fleets, haulage and agricultural vehicles, as well as for high risk drivers, sports people and celebrities.

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Our history

ERS began life in 1946 as Equity Motor Policies, a Lloyd’s syndicate. In 1987 the company merged with Red Star to form Equity Red Star. Nine years later, the company was bought by Cox Insurance, a Lloyd’s underwriting business specialising in nuclear and catastrophe insurance.

Following a number of acquisitions, including a management buyout, the business was purchased by Aquiline in April 2013. We announced a new strategy to be a motor-only, broker-only insurer in 2014 and subsequently rebranded as ERS, concentrating on motor insurance and specialist products. Our focus and expertise are very much centred on protecting people’s passions or livelihoods.

Executive team

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Ian Parker
Chief Executive

Ian became Chief Executive of ERS in 2013. Under his leadership ERS has honed its strategy to be a specialist motor-only, broker-only insurer and has led the company through an ambitious operational and IT transformation. An established insurance leader, Ian has held a number of high level management positions within the industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Hardy Underwriting, another Lloyd's Managing Agent.

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Donna Willis
Chief Operating Officer

Donna joined ERS in October 2014 from QBE European Operations, where she was Head of UK & Ireland Casualty. Donna has over 20 years of experience in leading transformational change and shaping target operating models to deliver outstanding business performance. In 2007, Donna was named Young Achiever of the Year at the British Insurance Awards.

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Katie Wade
Chief Financial Officer

Katie is responsible for driving financial performance at ERS. She has over 18 years’ experience in financial markets both within the UK and internationally.  Katie joined ERS from Aspen Insurance UK Limited and Aspen Managing Agency Limited, where she was Chief Financial Officer and an active member of both Boards. Katie has managed regulatory relationships both in the UK (PRA & Lloyds) and abroad (APRA; FINMA; MAS; OSFI & US Authorities).

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Gary Barker
Claims Director

As Claims Director, Gary is responsible for the delivery of our ERS claims proposition. He has been with ERS for three years, most recently as Head of Damage Claims, before his appointment to the executive team after six months as interim Claims Director. Prior to joining ERS Gary was Managing Director of a credit hire company, Operations Director of a claims handling business and had a lengthy career as an Army Officer.

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Ryan Warren
Chief Risk Officer

With over 18 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Ryan joined ERS from ProSight where he also held the position of CRO. Immediately prior to that he served as director and consulting actuary on Towers Watson’s property and casualty M&A business throughout the EMEA region. Previously, Ryan established and built the actuarial function for South African insurer, ABSA Insurance Company.

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Martin Hall
Active Underwriter

Martin joined ERS in 2018 and is responsible for Underwriting & Pricing across the business. He has over 20 years of Underwriting leadership experience. Martin joined ERS from Pen Underwriting where he was Chief Underwriter Officer and his previous experience includes Director of Commercial Underwriting & Pricing at Direct Line Group & Head of Personal Lines Underwriting for Zurich UK.

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Alex Hardy
Sales Director

Alex joined ERS in 2015 as regional distribution manager, before joining the executive team in 2016 where he is now responsible for top line performance, distribution strategy, broker relationships and performance management. Prior to ERS, Alex spent seven years at Aviva in business development and strategic account roles.

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Lauren Edwards
HR Director

Lauren joined ERS in 2016 and was promoted to the Exec team in 2018 where she is responsible for leading the company’s people agenda. Prior to joining ERS Lauren spent 9 years at BTG International, a FTSE 250 specialty healthcare company, where she supported the company through significant acquisitive and organic growth both locally and into new territories through various HR roles including most recently leading the company’s global reward function. She has a strong track record in designing and implementing HR programmes to drive change and business transformation.

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Jonathan Watson
Marketing Director

Jonathan joined ERS in November 2016 after spending 10 years at Skype building the EMEA marketing function and leading marketing for a series of products and features used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Previously to Skype, Jonathan led Marketing for Virgin.net (now Virgin Media).

About Aquiline Capital Partners LLC

Aquiline Capital Partners is a US-based private equity firm who invest in financial services enterprises in industries including property and casualty insurance. Aquiline seeks to add value to its portfolio companies through strategic, operational and financial guidance.

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We are committed to employing and retaining enthusiastic, driven and passionate people who are able to flourish in a flexible and inclusive work environment. Read our Gender Pay Gap report and our Diversity and Equality Statement for more detail