Blink Insider
Alan Thorne

25th January 2019

In a short sentence, tell us what you do in your current role?

I lead a team of specialist underwriters who provide bespoke underwriting solutions for UK commercial companies that have premium spends on their insurance such as Property, Professional Indemnity, Employers’ Liability, Public Liability and Products Liability, etc. We cover everything except Motor. Typically, with Gross Written Premium per case between £1,000 and £50,000.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A helicopter pilot. I had a lesson six years ago and vowed never to fly in one again as it was the most unstable thing I have ever been in!!

What characteristic do you most admire in others?


What's the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?

You can never have too many golf holidays!!!

What super power would you like to have?

I would like to be able to regenerate people’s teeth just by touching them as I have to get knocked out when I go to the dentist as it totally terrifies me. I could make a fortune and no one would ever have to suffer toothache again!!!!

What is one thing that annoys you the most?


If you were stranded on a desert island what three possessions would you want with you?

  1. A toolbox to build things
  2. The complete Encyclopedia Britannica so I would always have something to read
  3. My golf clubs so that I could practice every day ready for when I got rescued

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

I have never seen the likeness myself, however, people have said I look like Simon Cowell - who I really dislike as he destroys people’s dreams!!!

Past or present which five guests would you invite to your dream dinner party?

  1. Grace Kelly
  2. Florence Griffith Joyner
  3. Winston Churchill
  4. Alfred Hitchcock
  5. Daniel Craig

The first two are my guilty pleasures, the second two because I am sure they would be interesting company and the last one because I am a huge “Bond” fan.

Finally why should brokers consider Allied World as a commercial market?

We provide a unique service that isn’t being offered by anyone else in the market and the brokers we trade with have nothing to lose by, at least, trying us.

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