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Advisory Board

We’re extremely honoured that this esteemed group of luminaries have given up their valuable time to help us on our journey.

Mark Cliff

Chairman of Hastings Direct, and former Ageas UK retail and distribution CEO.

Mark is non-executive director of a number of insurance-related businesses, including Hastings and Hiscox UK. He holds a Board position with specialist MGA Avid Insurance and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of technology business Iotatech.  He also acts as mentor and coach to senior individuals in the insurance industry.

Between 2015 and 2018, Mark was executive chairman and then CEO of Brightside Insurance. Prior to Brightside, he was chief executive of retail and distribution at Ageas Insurance, where he was responsible for all Ageas UK's broker distribution and affinity relationships, as well as Ageas's Kwik Fit Financial Services, Ageas Insurance Solutions, RIAS and Castle Cover.

He has also worked at AXA Insurance, where he held the position of markets managing director, and prior to AXA held a variety of senior roles during a 15-year career at RSA. 

Andy Fairchild

Owner of consultancy firm Julyfourth Services and former CEO of Applied Systems Europe.

Andy’s career has included Board-level roles across the whole insurance value chain, including AXA, Footman James, Broker Network and Applied Systems, giving him an unrivalled breadth of knowledge across the industry.

However, he is perhaps best known as a champion for independent broking from his time as CEO of Broker Network. He continues to develop thought leadership on the future of broking in the UK, particularly on the use of data and e-trading.

Ian Hughes

Founder and CEO of Consumer Intelligence

Ian founded Consumer Intelligence with a vision to help build confidence in Financial Services.  The company uses consumer research and mystery shopping to truly get under the skin of what is being bought and sold in the insurance market.  This data-led approach to insight has made the company a go to provider of insight and intelligence for insurers, regulators, and the media.

Shân Millie

Founder of consultancy firm Bright Blue Hare and member of the InsurTech UK advisory panel

Shân specialises in emerging tech for strategic growth in insurance and fintech, offering exclusively human-scale interventions, and hands-on support through her firm Bright Blue Hare. She is an independent voice of authority on trust and AI, corporate innovation and FinTech4Good. Services include: strategic and growth advisory; hands-on proposition and market development; leadership coaching.

In addition to Insurance DataLab, Shân is a proud board advisor for award-winning insurtech Arma Karma; and Heal Rewilding, the biodiversity charity. She is also strategic advisor for mnAI , specialists in business intelligence with an ESG lens for unlisted firms; and was recently appointed AI audit non-profit ForHumanity’s pro bono ambassador for UK Financial Services.

Shân’s thought leadership includes: Insurance, Technology & Data: Trust through a Regulatory Lens (CII, Feb 2023); Open Finance: The Future of Insurance Innovation? (TechNation, July 2021); The AI Book (Wiley, 2020); The InsurTech Book (Wiley, 2018).

Tony Tarquini

Founder and CEO of consultancy firm 5189 and former director of insurance for Pegasystems in EMEA.

Tony is a thought leader, advisor, mentor, conference speaker and chairman. Co-author of The InsurTECH Boo), he applied lessons learned in success and failure from an early life as an international athlete competing against the world’s elite, to forge a successful, high-profile career in insurance IT and consulting. He has won industry awards for IT innovation and created an extensive network of contacts and a strong reputation amongst the major players in the business.

Tony is a graduate in Economics and Accountancy from the University of Dundee and the advanced leadership programs of both INSEAD and Henley Business School.

David Williams

Experienced non-executive director and former AXA managing director for claims, underwriting and technical services.

David has more than 30 years’ experience in general insurance, with roles including reinsurance manager, casualty insurance manager, managing director for claims, and managing director of underwriting and technical services. In 2022 David moved to a Non Exec / Advisory career, and continues to support AXA and others on a consultancy basis.

David holds Non-Exec Director roles at Qlaims and Freedom Services Group / Action 365 and is also Consumer Duty Champion on the boards of these organisations. He is Chair of the Fire Protection Association (FPA) and was until recently Chair of RISC Authority. He was a Vice President of the CII nationally, a founding member of the joint CII / CILA Faculty of Claims, and Chair of the CII Underwriting Faculty for almost a decade. 

David led AXA’s work on connected and autonomous vehicles, including work with five government-backed consortia. He was chair of the ABI Motor Committee and Autonomous Driving Group and sat on the ABI GIC for several years. He now sits on the newly-formed Thatcham Research Strategic Technical Advisory Board.

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