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A wealth of knowledge

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

A wealth of knowledge

Topsail Insurance are pleased to announce the appointment of Ric De Cristofano (left) and Nigel Hawkes (right) as Directors of Underwriting and Operations respectively.


Most recently they held senior management roles with the yacht service company of MS Amlin also trading as Haven Knox Johnston.

Chris McGowan Topsail MD said. “I’m delighted to be able to make these appointments which absolutely reinforces our commitment of ensuring we have quality people at the helm, that are able to drive the business forward.  

Ric and Nigel between them bring over 50 years’ yacht market experience and we’ve secured their services from one of the most well established operations in the UK yacht market. They both have an excellent track record of managing and motivating teams to deliver consistently profitable returns.”

Ric added: “This is an exciting career move for me and I’m delighted to be joining a team that I have admired for many years. I have known Chris personally for a long time, and when I heard about the opportunity that was available to join the Topsail management team, I couldn’t turn it down.  There are some exciting plans in place for the next few years and we’re looking forward to putting the Topsail brand at the forefront of European yacht insurance. We are all aware that the yacht market has undergone a turbulent period in recent years and I firmly believe now is the right time for a genuine alternative.”

Nigel commented: “I have known and worked with the Senior Management team at Topsail for some years and like Ric have been a great admirer of their expertise and innovation and thus very proud to join their team as Director of Operations. I am really looking forward to helping a much wider audience in the UK and Europe see what a fantastic range of products and unrivalled service they offer to their clients. Their rapid growth in Australia over recent years is testament to that and I look forward to working with the overseas team to further enhance the group offering’’

Exciting times ahead.

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