Barry Driscoll appointed Chief Trading Officer at GRP Underwriting

Barry Driscoll has joined GRP’s underwriting division as Chief Trading Officer (subject to FCA consent).

The role is new for GRP, starting from 1 January 2023. Driscoll, previously in a senior leadership role at Zurich, will report to underwriting CEO Clive Nathan.

Nathan explained that Driscoll would have a wide-ranging brief, including driving sales and retention for the division, managing broker relationships, overseeing marketing strategy, leading the trading teams and building a market-leading product development function.

“This is a senior position demanding a high-calibre individual, and for that reason we’re very fortunate that Barry has accepted the role. He is a highly experienced insurance executive with a long track record of achievement at Zurich.  

“His knowledge and market connectivity will be of huge value as we aim to accelerate growth in the underwriting division next year, both organically and inorganically.”

Barry Driscoll said: “Clive painted a compelling picture of the opportunity at GRP, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in taking an already successful team to a new level.”

“The acquisition of GRP by Brown & Brown earlier this year has put the business in a unique position, and I’m thrilled to be joining such a winning team.”

Clive Nathan said that GRP Underwriting is well positioned to capitalise on the advantages derived from Brown & Brown’s investment.

“Brown & Brown is a ‘forever’ company, enabling us to pursue a strategy that focuses on long-term value. MGAs need that horizon to be successful and we have the infrastructure and knowledge to be an ideal home.”

“We are building a strong pipeline of opportunities as a result, and we look forward to what 2023 holds for us, and GRP as a whole.”