Matthew Jones is the Head of Insurance Product at Simplitium, leading the product development of ModEx - the multi-vendor catastrophe risk modelling platform for the (re)insurance industry.
Before joining Simplitium, Matthew founded Cat Risk Intelligence, a UK based company providing catastrophe risk management consultancy to the (re)insurance industry. Prior to this, Matthew served as Global Head of Catastrophe Management for Zurich Insurance Group, leading the organisational change required to establish a global team with consistent processes to provide catastrophe knowledge, systems, models and services across Zurich’s general insurance lines of business. Matthew worked for Zurich for fourteen years, filling various roles in the actuarial pricing and catastrophe risk management fields. Before this, he was a reinsurance pricing actuary for St Paul Re in London.
Matthew graduated from the UK’s University of Nottingham in 1993 with a degree in Physics. He then completed a PhD in Oceanography and Remote Sensing from University College London, whilst being based at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Actuaries and a co-author of ‘Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling: A Practitioner’s guide’.
Dickie Whitaker has 30 years’ experience in the (re)insurance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation and linking academia, government and finance. Dickie has written and presented extensively on these subjects and has operated globally and has worked in both London and New York. He has co-founded and works for The Lighthill Risk Network,Oasis Palm Tree Ltd, The Oasis Hub and is Chief Executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd.
Claire Souch has over 18 years’ experience of catastrophe risk model development and usage across the global re/insurance industry. Claire is currently an independent consultant, having held previous positions as head of development at AgRisk, global head of model development and evaluation at SCOR Global P&C Reinsurance, and SVP of Model Strategy at RMS. She has advised on many aspects of catastrophe model development, usage and the impact of climate change on catastrophe risk for re/insurance companies, with extensive technical and commercial experience. She has served on multiple industry task-forces on catastrophe and risk modelling, and is frequently invited to speak on topics such as catastrophe risk, development and the role of catastrophe risk insurance. Claire holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a PhD from Cranfield University.
Richard Dixon has spent the last 18 years working in the insurance industry building, researching and evaluating catastrophe models at cat modelling companies, brokers and reinsurers. He was Head of Catastrophe Research at Hiscox and for the last two years, has been working as a consultant with his own company, CatInsight, helping clients to evaluate and better understand catastrophe models. In addition to this he is a Visiting Research Fellow where he has a position at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. It is here he received a PhD investigating the processes involved in the development of severe European Windstorms in 1999.