Since co-founding First Central Group in 2008, Mike has spent the last 10 years leading the business through a period of significant growth in a constantly evolving insurance market. It now has nearly 700 employees working across four locations.
As Group Chairman, Mike’s role is to lead the boards across the group to ensure the business is appropriately governed, recognising the interests of all the group’s key stakeholders whether they be policyholders, staff, regulators or investors. The aim for the boards across the group is to provide scrutiny, challenge and support for the executive team in delivering the strategy and values agreed by those boards. As Chairman, Mike ensures there is effective communication with those stakeholders, and, in particular, the group’s shareholders.
Mike has been fundamental in First Central’s success story and will continue to support the team build on its values and foundations to see the business further develop as an excellent employer and insurance provider.
Before co-founding First Central Group, Mike started in the Lloyd’s market and worked for Amlin and Benfield, before joining Zenith Insurance, a UK motor insurer in 2002. He was promoted to UK CEO in 2004, a year before the business was sold to the Guardian Group. In 2006, Mike left to set up a new Lloyd’s managing agent Diagonal Underwriting, owned by IAG.