The Judges

The Claims Awards 2017 will be judged by a special panel of industry experts:


Jonathan Swift

Editor, Insurance POST

Judging Panel

Laurence Besemer

CEO, Foil

Jonathan Clay

BLM's Executive Board Member, BLM

Jonathan is a member of BLM's Executive Board, the Strategic Group in BLM determining the direction of the business. He is the Leader of the BLM General Insurance Sector with responsibility for promoting the business to this market.

He manages the relationships with BLM's largest customer and another of BLM's top 10 clients plus individual customer relationships.

For the last 16 years Jonathan has had a particular focus on historical sexual and physical abuse claims and has advised on an internal local authority inquiry into children services including the development of a data protection compliant policy for HR issues.

He has acted in all areas of public and private sector on liability arising from PL and EL claims; including the emergency services; management of group actions; failure to educate; data protection; defamation; electoral law.

He advises on employers' liability claims, policy advice and on legal risk services issues.

Jonathan is a past Executive Board Member of FOIL.

Jonathan Davison

strategic development director, British Damage Management Association

Richard Ellis

Former Technical Claims Director, Aviva

Richard's insurance career spanned almost 40 years. He retired in September 2016 as Director of Technical Claims at Aviva, although he has also undertaken operational and project orientated roles. He now divides his time between the UK and France, and enjoys keeping fit, village and social activities.

Tony Emms

former UK chief claims officer, Zurich Insurance

Greg Gladwell

Business Catalyst : Consultant, Adviser, Introducer, Investor, Mentor, FCII MBA MIoD

Greg Gladwell FCII MBA MIoD

Business Catalyst : Consultant, Adviser, Introducer, Investor, Mentor

Greg provides unique business insight as one of the few people to have successfully delivered in profile leadership roles on both the insurer and supplier sides of the insurance market. He has a real interest in emerging innovation and technology opportunities, and a large network of contacts from 30+ years in the insurance industry. His ability to translate ideas and possibilities into valued commercial outcomes is highly regarded. Greg now has a portfolio career providing a range of business catalyst services; mentoring support, consultancy services to existing businesses and advisory insight to start-up businesses.


Andrew Gibbons

managing director, Mason Owen Financial Services

Ant Gould

director of faculties, Chartered Insurance Institute

Malcolm Hyde

excutive director, CILA

David Lamping

Executive Claims Advocate and the Head of Claims, Cooke & Mason plc

David Lamping has spent his whole career (45 years) dealing with insurance claims of every class and type in many jurisdictions around the world, which means that despite being an Executive Director his heart beats as a technician, and ‘adjustment' flows through his veins. He is PIB's Executive Claims Advocate and the Head of Claims at Cooke & Mason plc, he has a seat on the BIBA National Claims Working Group. David is a family man, a yachtsman and adventure traveller.