Specialist Underwriters
matching Capital to Risk



100+staff and

product lines

We are a dynamic underwriting services organisation that matches specialist risk to capital through our well-developed global distribution network. We take a flexible, collaborative approach to underwriting, working with the broker to meet their client’s insurance and reinsurance needs. This approach has allowed us to rapidly expand our business and we now have 16 underwriting teams across 7 international locations.

About Pioneer

About Pioneer

At Pioneer, we do things differently. We encourage entrepreneurialism
in the approach we take to developing risk solutions.

We manage in excess of £300m in premiums and have TOBAs with over 150 London and overseas brokers and nationwide distribution capability across the US. We operate Pioneer Syndicate 1980 which writes a gross written premium of £126m covering a broad cross-section of industry and risk.

Each of our business classes are individually backed by A- or better rated carriers and follow the Pioneer Underwriters ethos of tailored solutions backed by excellent customer service.

Our Business

We offer a wide range of quality products to match global risks.
  Pioneer operates at a global level with our underwriting teams matching risk
from our diverse range of brokers and clients to our broad capital base.

Pioneer’s robust operational platform of highly experienced and knowledgeable underwriters provides exceptional access to a wide range of specialist insurance risks via well established distribution networks.  We seek to offer service excellence, built on a culture of discipline, collaboration and agility where our clients can rely on us to provide risk solutions that meet their specific needs.

Our capital partners back our ability to source specialist business that is aligned to their strategic initiatives and philosophical approach to risk. Pioneer is a highly differentiated business, we understand market transformation and react to change rapidly which puts us a step ahead of the competition.
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Latest News


Pioneer’s Erik Johnson named CII’s unsung hero 2019

Pioneer’s Head of Syndicate Management & European Distribution, Erik Johnson, was recently awarded the Unsung Hero of the Year Award at the annual CII awards ceremony held in York on 26th June. The award is about recognising, rewarding a..

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Pioneer appoints Andrew Souter as head of capital

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Andrew Souter as head of capital at Pioneer, effective 19 August and reporting to Andrew McMellin, Pioneer CEO. As head of capital, Souter will be responsible for the capital ..

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Pioneer appoints Nick Greggains as US CEO

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Nick Greggains as CEO of Pioneer’s US operation. Nick Greggains, who takes up his appointment on 25th March, will be based in New York and will report to Andrew McMellin, Pion..

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Pioneer appoints Andrew Corton as a project cargo underwriter

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Andrew Corton as a project cargo underwriter, effective 1st March. Corton will be based in London and will report to Brook Styles, underwriter in marine specialty, and will un..

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