A Brief History of City Underwriters Limited

City Underwriters Limited's origins date back to 1986 when it was founded as Stevenson Price Insurance Brokers Limited. It quickly grew in size and reputation and in the early 1990s – following sustained demand from regional brokers looking for access to the London Market - it expanded its dealings into the wholesale insurance sector.

This move into insurance wholesale marked the first step in the business's ongoing process of evolution and expansion. In 1993 Doug Baker joined the company, bringing with him an extensive range of regional broker clients that were eager to place business using the firm's facilities. Then in 2006 Mike Havers joined the team and brought with him his book of caterers' risks – a specialist service area in which CUL has subsequently become a leading industry player.

2010 was a watershed year. Colin Stevenson decided to take a well-deserved retirement, and the business became City Underwriters Limited when a majority stake was acquired by leading online insurance wholesalers, Policyfast.

Since 2010 CUL has gone from strength-to-strength and it is now widely regarded as one of the City's leading underwriting firms – especially when it comes to specialist risks such as caterers, antiques and restaurants.

2019 saw CUL take another giant leap forward when it relocated to new, much larger, open plan offices in Marlow House, Lloyds Avenue. The move was aimed at giving CUL the space it needs to fulfil its ambitious growth plans and provides the business with a new home as looks to an exciting future.


Contact CUL

If you would like to know more about CUL or would like to find out how CUL can help your brokerage, then please get in touch. You can call the team on 0800 3081 044 or email them by clicking here.

Meet the Team

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Simon joined CUL in April 2019 as Wholesale Managing Director with specific responsibility for Policyfast and City Underwriters. Simon is passionate about delivering high-quality solutions to brokers for their commercial and personal clients. His long insurance industry career - at insurers, MGAs and brokers - means he is well-placed to understand and meet your challenges and is always keen to get feedback on how we can continue to improve our services to our brokers.

Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis

Jamie joined CUL in February 2020 as Managing Director, Bespoke Wholesale. He has nearly 30 years of invaluable insurance industry experience, working as both a broker and insurer where he has held senior roles within companies including LV, AXA and Allianz. Jamie is responsible for the day to day running of CUL ensuring its ambitious plans are achieved. Away from work, Jamie enjoys spending quality time with his two children and is also an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.

Jamie Lewis

Kevan Aubrey

Kevan joined the Wholesale team with responsibility for Sales and Distribution for Policyfast and City Underwriters where he will be leading the business development, broker distribution and marketing activities. He has vast experience in working with UK brokers across the general insurance sector and always keen to hear how we can continue to improve on what we deliver. Kevan believes building better, stronger relationships with our brokers is paramount to success.

Myles Wainman

Myles is CUL's office helmsman. He has been with CUL, and its forerunner, Stevenson Price Insurance Brokers, for over many years and can give you the benefit of his great experience. A commercial insurance specialist, his interests outside of the office range from the sporting – particularly rugby – to the scientific, as Myles has a keen interest in earth sciences.

Nick Atkinson

Nick is a hugely experienced member of City Underwriters having spent decades within the insurance industry. Nick is another long-standing member of the team and is one of CUL's commercial insurance specialists. When not at work, Nick enjoys following the football, going to the cinema and listening to music.

Daniel Hill

Another highly experienced insurance professional, Daniel has been with CUL for many years now. With specialisms including caterers' insurance schemes and commercial insurance, Daniel is a great person to know if you are looking for quality specialist protection. Away from work, Daniel likes watching football and spending good quality time with his family.

Darren Zikmund

Darren is a long-standing industry professional. At City Underwriters, Darren spends his time managing clients' claims, making sure that everything is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. His great passion outside of CUL is scuba diving.

Nicola Walker

Nicola joined the team at CUL in 2016 bringing with her a wealth of underwriting experience. Nicola is a property and household insurance specialist and a leading member of CUL's property owners' team. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family and friends.

Marie Dorine Julien

Dorine's expertise covers a wide range of insurance areas, including Property Owners, Commercial Combined, Liability, Retail and Office insurance. Her knowledge has been acquired over 20 years, six of which having been spent with CUL. She holds a Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII) and enjoys Chinese cuisine, volunteering and visiting nature reserves.

Sonya Woodside

Sonya has been with City Underwriters for just over two years now and helps ensure that the office runs smoothly by carrying out various administrative tasks, including filing and answering the phone. In her free time she enjoys socialising and spending time with her friends and family.

Jody Woodside

Since joining City Underwriters, Jody has become a specialist in household and unoccupied insurance schemes. When not in the office, Jody likes to spend time socialising with family and friends.

Mal Collins

Mal has more than 30 years' experience in the insurance industry, handling commercial property and liability, property owners and commercial motor risks. Through various roles within insurers, brokers and MGAs, knowledgeable in open market, schemes and delegated authority ways of working. Outside of work, Mal's main interests are jive dancing and holidays.

Shivani Kumar

Shivani is currently studying an Accounting and Management degree at Kent Business School and has taken a year internship with CUL.

Lucia Halford

Lucia joins the underwriting team having completed her work experience with us. She will be working alongside the rest of the underwriting team adding support while learning the business.