I am Head of Forestry for ForestRe, the forest underwriting unit within Globe Underwriting Ltd. based in the City of London. We insure forests and fruit trees on behalf of certain Syndicates at Lloyd’s (A- AM Best). Experienced in assessing crop and forest risk over 25 years, I price risk, model worst case scenarios and design new insurance products and procedures for all tree-types including carbon and other ecosystem services.
As the world’s oldest forestry underwriter I am known throughout the international reinsurance markets. My mission has always been to de-risk investment into all forms of forestry made by governments, global forestry investment institutions to community reforestation schemes. In my early career I was in agricultural extension & training among peoples of the Pacific islands, Central Africa and in the UK.
I have a wealth of experience of natural hazard impacts on many types of forestry. Technical skill areas include project risk analysis, technical support to investors and insurers, and design of agricultural and forestry insurance products world-wide. I, with my team have developed many national and provincial crop and forestry insurance schemes and rubber crop portfolio protection. Crop schemes include a national rice crop in Malaysia, crop insurance programmes in Syria, Sudan and forest provincial fire fighting cost protection in Alberta Canada.
I enjoy speaking at international forestry and sustainable development conferences. I have an MSc in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development with a BSc in Agriculture and Tropical Crops from Reading University.