Specialist insurer Hiscox has appointed Gareth Bateman as Development Director – Security Incident Response (SIR) within its Special Risks division, with a brief to lead the development and operation of Hiscox’s SIR product which launched a year ago. Lottie Catto has also joined the team as Strategic Development Manager to further support the growth of SIR.
Gareth is a highly experienced crisis management professional. He served 10 years in the British Army in counter-terrorism and bomb disposal roles, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2012 he has been involved in the special risks and crisis management sectors, first at Willis, where he was a Divisional Director and most recently at Deloitte. He has worked with some of the biggest and most high-profile organisations in the world on complex crisis issues including kidnap for ransom, political violence and personnel evacuations. At Hiscox he will report to Charlie Hanbury – Head of Strategic Growth and Development at Hiscox Special Risks.
Lottie Catto has spent seven years working in the security sector, most recently at GardaWorld (formerly Aegis Response) where she managed and supported on kidnap, piracy and threat extortion cases worldwide. Previously she worked for Aegis Advisory specialising in maritime security. Her work includes presentations on crisis management to the Overseas Advisory Security Council (OSAC) in New York and the US Embassy in London, the Joint War Committee at Lloyd’s, audiences in Washington DC, Munich, Lagos and Beirut. Lottie sits on the Executive Committee for OSAC in London and is a member of the Women’s Security Society.
Commenting on the appointments and the take up of the SIR product, Charlie Hanbury, Head of Strategic Growth and Development, Hiscox Special Risks, said: “It’s a year since we launched our specialist Security Incident Response product and the response has been hugely encouraging both across Europe as well as the US. Over the year we have seen an enthusiastic uptake from brokers, seeking more innovative ways to meet their clients’ specific coverage needs. Our clients have ranged from the very small, with no international presence, to Fortune 500 global companies with operations all over the world.
“I’m pleased to welcome Gareth and Lottie to Hiscox as we build on a successful first year and continue to drive the development and penetration of the SIR product. Their appointments underpin our investment in a product which meets a real need for businesses of all sizes looking to access world class incident response, crisis management, strategic advice and recovery services for a wide range of threats including kidnap, detention and extortion risks.”