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Our Archipelago journey began when members of the executive team got together to talk about a new vision for general insurance. Based on our many years’ insurance experience and expertise we realised it had to be simplified, digitised and made rewarding for everyone involved. In founding Archipelago, we agreed key goals that would be fundamental to our new business model and digital platform.

We wanted to create a new breed of insurance that was ethical, fair and transparent. We also aimed to reward our distribution partners by helping them meet their own business goals. And we were determined to meet their clients’ insurance needs and provide the customer service they have long-deserved.

Our founders

Angus Simpson
Chief Executive Officer
Angus is joint co-founder of Archipelago. Angus has 35 years’ insurance industry experience, during which he has held a number of roles in specialist Lloyd’s broking businesses, both executive and non-executive, including co-founding, building, running and selling a Lloyd’s Broker. Most recently, Angus ran the structured portfolio trading business at Aon, where he has spent the last 5 years.

In his spare time, Angus enjoys playing tennis, walking, watching sport and spending time with family and friends.
Richard Coleman
Managing Director
Richard is joint co-founder of Archipelago. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry as a specialist Lloyd’s Broker. Most recently, Richard was an Executive Director of Aon Broking, leading the transformation of their broking practices through the gathering, analysis and interpretation of data deployed to build out their structured portfolio trading business and managing general agency.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time with his family at their home on the Norfolk coast.
Justin Gott
Chief Underwriting Officer
Justin has more than 20 years’ insurance industry experience as an underwriter of general insurance business. Most recently, as a Hiscox Partner, leading and growing their private client business, where he has spent the last 15 years.

In his spare time, Justin enjoys art, music and being in the mountains with his family, climbing, skiing and biking.
Darren McNamara
Chief Distribution Officer
Darren has more than 20 years’ experience in the wealth management industry, giving clients face-to-face advice. Most recently Darren ran his own practice as Senior Partner of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, where he has spent the last 15 years.

In his spare time, Darren enjoys participating in many different sports, keeping fit and spending time with his family.
Carl Gray
Chief Financial Officer
As a Chartered Accountant, Carl has more than 20 years’ experience in finance having held several senior positions in the insurance industry. Most recently, as Finance Director of Kite Warren & Wilson, a Lloyd’s Broker, for which he played an active role in its sale to Integro Insurance Brokers.

In his spare time, Carl enjoys reading, live music and fishing. He is also a keen football and rugby supporter.
Tony Rhoades
Chief Operating Officer
Tony has more than 30 years’ insurance industry experience, predominantly in regulatory oversight and compliance roles, including the management of delegated underwriting authorities and counterparty due diligence.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing golf, motor-sport, and spending time with his wife and dogs at their home in Norfolk.
Lisa Kerry
Head of Claims
Lisa has more than 20 years experience within the general insurance industry, predominantly within Claims Management roles at Hiscox where she spent 15 years.  In these roles, she was responsible for ensuring the consistent delivery of their high net worth claims service.  

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her two young children.
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