ERS appoint Martin Hall as Active Underwriter

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ERS, the largest specialist motor insurance syndicate in Lloyd’s of London, is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Hall as Active Underwriter, subject to regulatory approval. Martin will join ERS in the coming months from Pen Underwriting where he has spent over two years as Chief Underwriting Officer. Prior to joining Pen Underwriting, Martin held senior underwriting positions at Direct Line Group and Zurich.

Martin will assume full responsibility for ERS’ team of over 100 specialist underwriters as the business continues to focus on writing profitable, specialist motor risks through their network of independent brokers. 

Gina Butterworth, Director of Underwriting, who took on the role of interim Active Underwriter earlier this year, will continue to lead an investment programme focusing on the key capabilities of underwriting, pricing, reserving and management information. Gina will remain a critical member of ERS’ executive team and, alongside Martin, report to CEO, Ian Parker.     

Ian Parker commented: “I’m delighted that we’re recruiting someone of Martin’s calibre and experience to lead our Underwriting teams.  He will augment the executive at ERS and I am looking forward to him joining.

“Gina joined ERS just 10-months ago. In that time she’s had a profound effect on how we think as an underwriting organisation and how we need to optimise our approach through increased investment in data and analytics. Through this time it became clear to both Gina and I that such a fundamental piece of work and an investment of this size can’t be completed alongside the Active Underwriter role. “To have Martin join ERS, engaging directly with the market and managing our portfolio, and have Gina deeply entrenched in improving our capabilities means that ERS continues to strengthen its underwriting capabilities for the future”.

For more information please contact:

Elissa Dennis


Tom Kirkham



Notes to Editors:

About ERS

ERS has been providing motor insurance products for over 70 years and provides specialist motor insurance to more than 500,000 policyholders through Lloyd’s syndicate 218. ERS offers a diverse range of products, including private car, classic car, van, motorcycle, taxi, minibus, fleet, haulage, agricultural vehicle and motor breakdown. 

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