Our People –
Executive Board

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Trevor Shaw

Trevor Shaw

Group Chief Executive Officer

Trevor joined Prestige Insurance Holdings in 2011 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2014. He has held various management roles in the industry and has gained considerable management experience across both family and corporate working structures over the last 30 years. He enjoys long standing industry relationships throughout the insurance sector with a strong understanding of the key markets throughout the UK and Ireland. He led the management team through the Capital Z investment and is a key driver in the strategic direction of the Group and its current M&A activity.

Paul Hanna

Paul Hanna

Group Chief Financial Officer

Paul is the Group Chief Financial Officer. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a “Big 4” Practice, Paul joined Prestige Insurance Holdings in 2006 and through his Finance role has been involved in various acquisitions and disposals over his time with the Group. Paul previously held the role of Managing Director of Abbey Insurance Brokers and now works closely with the CEO in driving the strategic development of the Group and continuing M&A activity.

Julie Gibbons

Julie Gibbons

Managing Director Broking

Julie is Managing Director of Broking, leading the newly expanded and rebranded AbbeyAutoline which is now Northern Ireland’s largest broker. Julie has worked in insurance since 2006 and has led both Commercial and Personal Lines teams through strong growth and significant change. Julie’s vision for AbbeyAutoline is continued growth and sustainability through innovation and excellence.

Alison Williams

Alison Williams

Managing Director Underwriting

Alison has worked in the insurance industry for the past 30 years in a variety of underwriting and development roles and has been with Prestige Underwriting since 2014. As Managing Director of Underwriting, Alison’s strategic vision is instrumental in leading a 130 strong team as they strive to be the provider of choice for their broker partners, building longstanding and collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, brokers, customers and insurers.

Brian Allen

Brian Allen

Managing Director Digital

Brian has worked in the digital space in financial services for over 20 years with a number of leading organisations including PWC, BT, Bank of Ireland, Natwest Group and Hastings Direct.  Brian has had the pleasure of being based in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, London and Bexhill! Brian returned home to Belfast in November 2019 to join the Prestige Insurance Holdings as Managing Director, Digital.

Justin Hillen

Justin Hillen

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Governance and Risk

Justin has worked for the Group since 2000 and oversees regulatory affairs, governance and risk. From a legal background, Justin moved into compliance in 2005. As Head of Compliance, Justin is an active member of both the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) and the International Compliance Association (ICA). Justin acts as CRO, Company Secretary, Data Protection Officer and AMLRO for the Group and sits on a number of key governance and risk committees internally. In recent years, Justin has played a key role in strategy and M&A activity.

Wendy Close

Wendy Close

Group HR Director

Wendy joined Prestige Insurance Holdings in 2018 and has responsibility for the Group HR and Training function, setting the HR & Training, Strategy and Planning in conjunction with the Senior Team. Wendy is also responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of HR & Training service and support across the business. Wendy has over 20 years’ experience in Senior HR roles and prior to joining Prestige Insurance Holdings, Wendy held the position of Senior HR Business Partner within Financial Services.

Caroline Currie

Caroline Currie

Group Distribution and Development Director

Caroline has been working in the insurance industry for 30+ years, originally with Eagle Star/Zurich as Regional Manager, joining Autoline Insurance 14 years ago as Development Director. In 2018, Autoline became part of Prestige Insurance Holdings and in Caroline’s current role as Group Distribution & Development Director, her key objective is to nurture new and existing insurer partnerships and identifying opportunities for growth.

Our People - Non Executive Board

Jon Kelly

Jonathan D. Kelly

Investor Director

Mr. Kelly is a Partner of Capital Z, responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring investments within the financial services industry.  Prior to joining Capital Z in 1998, Mr. Kelly was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he specialized in corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions for clients in the insurance and reinsurance industries. He currently serves as a Director of several portfolio companies. 

Bradley E Cooper

Bradley E. Cooper

Investor Director

Along with Mr. Spass, Mr. Cooper was the co-founder of Capital Z, and is a Managing Partner of the Firm.  Prior to forming Fund I in 1990, Mr. Cooper was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group of Salomon Brothers, Inc.  Mr. Cooper currently serves as a director of several portfolio companies of the Funds.  As an experienced investor in the Financial Services Industry, Mr. Cooper has developed an extensive network of contacts throughout the industry. He speaks at industry conferences as an expert on financial service company acquisitions and investments. 

Robert Spass

Robert A. Spass

Investor Director

Along with Mr. Cooper, Mr. Spass was the co-founder of Capital Z, and is a Managing Partner of the Firm. Prior to forming Fund I in 1990, Mr. Spass was a Director in the Investment Banking Division of Salomon Brothers, Inc., with responsibility for corporate finance relationships with the insurance industry. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, Mr. Spass was a Senior Manager for Peat Marwick Main & Co., providing accounting and consulting services to the insurance industry.  Mr. Spass currently serves as a director of several portfolio companies of the Funds. 

George Storey

George Storey

Founder & Non Executive Director

George commenced his Insurance career in 1970 with the Prudential Insurance Company. In 1973, he established Abbey Insurance Brokers. In 1997 he saw a market opportunity for the development of an underwriting agency and set up Prestige Underwriting Services Ltd and is extremely pleased to say that Prestige Underwriting Services has grown and prospered since then. As a Non-Executive Director, he is very proud of the team who is now driving Prestige Underwriting forward.

Phil Bunker

Phil Bunker

Non Executive Chairman

Phil trained as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse after studying economics at UCL. Phil’s career has been in insurance, working at places like Lloyd’s of London and Churchill. While at NIG, and then LV, Phil got to know Prestige Insurance Holdings and was delighted and honoured n in 2018 when he was asked to become its Chairman. PhiI is also a Non-Executive Director of AA Insurance Services and Ardonagh Advisory, and a partner at ABC Investors.   

Kevin Morgan

Kevin Morgan

Non Executive Director

Kevin is a Barrister and has practised law since 1998, which has included significant financial and commercial work. Kevin is a Non-Executive Director of Prestige Insurance Holdings and is also Chairman of the Prestige Audit, Regulatory and Compliance Committee.