The Sky is the Limit for Thistle’s High Risk & Construction Team

Thistle Underwriting’s High Risk & Construction team is going from strength to strength, with the appointment of another two new highly experienced underwriters.

Ian Thompson joins the Leeds-based team as Senior Construction Underwriter and brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the industry. He previously had underwriting roles at Fusion, UK General, AXA and Allianz.

Ian comments: “I am delighted to have joined such a motivated and proactive team. I wanted to work for Thistle Underwriting because it represented a very exciting new challenge.  I am joining a team of vast experience and expertise allowing me to develop my knowledge and skills whilst satisfying my hunger to trade with brokers and write new business.  The idea of building a team from scratch and embedding my personal ideals and beliefs in to the team DNA is very exciting to me. I want to help the team build an exemplary reputation throughout the market place and ensure the Thistle name is synonymous with quality and fantastic service. ”

Richard Long joins as Underwriter, bringing over 30 years industry experience. His previously had underwriting roles (including specialist Engineering roles) at Norwich Union, General Accident, Zurich and HSB Engineering. More recently he has spent 4 years at a Leeds City Centre brokers with a specialisation in contracting trades.

He comments: “I was attracted to the role because of Thistle’s good reputation in the industry. I also found it exciting to be part of a new area of the business and look forward to the challenge of playing my part in the development and growth of the new Large Contractors and High Risk team.”

Daniel Storr, Thistle Underwriting’s Construction Underwriting Manager comments: “The Thistle Leeds team welcomes Ian and Richard as it continues its fantastic start to 2018. They bring energy, expertise and insight – we are a new team rich in experience.  Both have made an immediate impact with some excellent new business wins across a broad spectrum of trades and premium sizes on our Large Contractors and High Risk products. We look forward to growing with them and bringing more quality people on board as 2018 progresses.”


The team are focused on underwriting Thistle’s two new products, launched earlier this year. High Risk offers Liability insurance specifically designed for High Risk Contractors with a turnover of up to £5M. The scheme caters for many occupations requiring unlimited height restrictions and unlimited depth restrictions plus contracting businesses using heat are also accepted.

The Construction scheme is specifically designed for larger contractors and construction risks, with a turnover between £5M to £15M. Standard Employers and Public Liability covers can be combined with optional covers of Contractors All Risks, Terrorism, JCT 6.5.1 and Directors & Officers as well as Efficacy, Financial Loss, Cyber & Pollution Extensions.
Thistle Underwriting is one of the leading MGA’s in construction and specialist casualty.