What’s your background?
I joined NuVenture in November 2020 from NuVenture’s parent company Xceedance; who I’d been with since they launched eight years ago. Before that my first job was with an MGA in India which was part of the Berkshire Hathaway group, focused on motor and travel insurance.
Why a career in insurance?
The attraction for me was the chance to create value for insurance customers, whether individuals or SMEs, and change their perception of insurance/insurers through removing the perceived, and often real, complexities of dealing with insurers.
I see it as my job to constantly find ways to improve efficiency, increase value and pass that back to customers through a better – and simpler – customer experience.
That ambition continues today and if I think about it now, it sits in very well with NuVenture’s business model and philosophy of data driven underwriting and technology.
What challenges do you see in the role?
Given there is so much activity, staying on top of everything and keeping things moving forward is important; underwriters are talking to capital providers, there are discussions on the regulatory side, as well as some of the more basic – but equally important tasks – such as setting up web domains and HR policies.
What do you hope to have achieved at NuVenture a year from now?
I hope that we will have all the robust processes we need to help onboard MGAs quicker and faster, while ensuring we have the controls in place to help them integrate seamlessly.
How do you relax away from the office?
I enjoy gardening, painting and cooking. If I wasn’t in insurance, I would have probably opened a baker’s or a patisserie. I also like to read.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a great wartime novel, and I like autobiographies and biographies. I also have a Russian novel on the go by Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov. It must be habit to have several things going on at once!