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OF OF 2017
Company: Barbican Insurance Group
Job title: Underwriting manager, malicious acts
2016: Underwriting Manager Malicious Acts, Barbican
2013: Class underwriter malicious acts, Barbican Insurance
2010: Underwriter marine treaty, Barbican Insurance
2008: Assistant underwriter, marine treaty, Barbican
2006: Underwriting assistant, marine treaty, Endurance
2004: Claims technician, JLT Risk Solutions
too my career has progressed in tandem. In terms of specific
highlights, I would certainly flag up my recent promotion
to underwriting manager for malicious acts; leading such
an interesting and dynamic class of business stands out as a
major achievement in my career to date.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
The many challenges faced when coming back to work
after maternity leave are often underestimated—particularly
getting back up to speed with developments in what is a very
fast-moving market sector. I have taken on this challenge
twice in my career. I would add though that I thoroughly
enjoy the very refreshing balance that I now have between
my professional and family life.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I have always had a passion for art and design. If I had
chosen a different career path it may have been in a more
conventionally creative arena. That said, I think my analytical
skills are somewhat better than my artistic talents, so I’m
fairly confident that I made the right career choice.
Jessica Johnson joined Barbican in January 2008 and is
underwriting manager for malicious acts. She started her
career as a claims technician at JLT Risk Solutions working
on hull and cargo claims before joining Endurance in 2006 as
an underwriting assistant for the marine treaty team.
In 2008, Johnson moved to Barbican, joining the firm as an
assistant underwriter. Jessica completed her ACII in 2010 and
was promoted to underwriter that same year, focusing on
the malicious acts component of the marine treaty account.
In 2013 malicious acts was split out from the marine treaty
portfolio to form a standalone class of business, headed up by
Jessica as underwriting manager.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I was very fortunate in that a family connection worked
within the insurance industry. This gave me some insight
into the inner workings of the sector and helped pique
my interest early on. I was immediately drawn to the very
technical nature of the underwriting process, as well as by
how people-centric the London Market was—the fact that
the sector was relationship-driven while also operating from
a technical base was very appealing to me.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have spent much of my insurance career at Barbican,
having joined the firm in 2008 shortly after it was set up.
I have particularly enjoyed the fact that as Barbican has
developed into the successful organisation that it is today, so
“Leading such an interesting and
dynamic class of business stands out as a
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