Team

Here you can find the biographies of the Skyfire Insurance Board members and Senior Management team.

Executives

Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

Chairman

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.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Director

Simon was appointed to the board of Skyfire Insurance in June 2017. He's also FCG's Chief Executive Officer and will help take the business forwards and drive continued growth.

Before joining First Central Group, Simon spent 14 years as Group Head of Operations at Aon Captive & Insurance Management (ACIM), where he led the resolution of operational issues globally, ensuring an excellent delivery of service and optimal efficiency for its clients.

Outside of work, Simon enjoys ultra-trail running challenges, which he says are both character building and a great way to see spectacular landscapes. He has six children and three dogs, so there is no time for slowing down until retirement!

Stuart MacIntyre

Stuart MacIntyre

Stuart MacIntyre

Managing Director

Appointed Skyfire’s Managing Director in 2017, Stuart champions the fundamental significance of data and analytics in ensuring the Group’s perpetual success. Since becoming Skyfire Insurance’s Pricing Director in 2016, Stuart has assembled a formidable team of data specialists, statisticians and analysts, all of whom share his passion for innovative analytical methods to stimulate business performance.

2012 saw Stuart join First Central Insurance Management Limited in the UK, prior to which he enjoyed a successful 20-year insurance industry career where he cultivated his transformational pricing techniques.

Non Executives

Paul Savignon

Paul Savignon

Paul Savignon

Non Executive Director

Paul Savignon MBE has been a prime mover in the Gibraltar insurance market over the last 40 years.
 
Returning to Gibraltar to join the family group of businesses, he was made Insurance Director in 1969 and Managing Director of the Insurance Brokerage subsidiary in 1975. During his business career he has pioneered the development of insurance and financial services in Gibraltar, including actively motivating the Government of Gibraltar to establish its own regulatory body, the Financial Services Commission, of which he was made a non-executive member. He was also founder chairman of the Association of Gibraltar Insurers and Managers, now the Gibraltar Insurance Association, an industry body.
 
In 1984, he amalgamated various local insurance businesses with those of the Savignon Group to form Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society (Gibraltar) Ltd (“Norwich Union (Gibraltar)”) in joint venture with Norwich Union UK.  The new company incorporated one of the principal captive management organisations on the Rock with participation of Bass plc. Paul Savignon was appointed Managing Director of Norwich Union (Gibraltar) in 1984, and resigned as Chairman and Director of the Board in 2002, 3 years after the sale of Savignon’s interest in the Company to Norwich Union UK. European Insurance Management Services, which had previously formed part of Norwich Union (Gibraltar), was retained by him and subsequently sold to Aon Insurance Managers in 2002.

Peter Yeoman

Peter Yeoman

Peter Yeoman

Non Executive Director

Peter Yeoman, Bristolian by birth, with a career in banking that led him to Guernsey in 1993 and Gibraltar in 2000 to head up the NatWest business. After leaving NatWest Peter then went on to become Group COO, HR Director and Director of Gibraltar Insurance Manager and Tax advisory and Trust & Company manager, STM Fidecs from 2003 - 2009.

Since leaving STM Fidecs Peter has been operating as a self-employed business consultant offering professional personal and business development, coaching & training. Peter’s also the Chairman and franchisee for Gibraltar and Malta of The Academy for Chief Executives, a peer to peer development organisation.

A qualified counsellor and NED and now involved in the establishment of the Institute of Directors branch in Gibraltar.

Senior Management

Veronica Montoro

Veronica Montoro

Veronica Montoro

Head of Pricing

Veronica assumed the role of Skyfire Insurance’s Head of Pricing in 2017 having been its Actuarial Manager previously. Veronica expertly controls the development and monitoring of all technical risk pricing. Her skill lies in quickly identifying areas of good and poor performance, adjusting underwriting rates and rules instantly and so securing the Motor account’s profitability.

During her impressive 15-year pricing career in general insurance, Veronica has also held positions at Aviva and RSA in the UK.

Veronica is a health and fitness enthusiast and strives for constant personal improvement applying discipline and determination.



Skyfire Insurance Company Limited is authorised by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and is registered in Gibraltar (number: 99263) at 5/5 Crutchett’s Ramp,
Gibraltar, GX11 1AA.