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Evolution Group : restructures and lays foundation for expansion

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Commercial underwriting specialist Evolution Underwriting has made a series of internal promotions headed by Paul Upton who takes on the role of group chief executive officer.

Karl Flaherty has also been promoted to the newly created role of senior underwriting manager – Trading.  Karl will concentrate solely on new business with a particular focus on larger Property and Casualty risks and professional lines.

Hannah Forde, who originally joined Evolution as an administrator, has been promoted to the role of underwriter. Hannah will continue to focus on the Southern renewal book as well as supporting the team with wider financial objectives for the forthcoming year.

Karen Cuffe has taken on a wider role with new responsibilities within Evolution Risk Services for the smooth operational running of the business. This is in addition to her existing portfolio of management accounting work.

Evolution group chairman Terry Wheatley commented: “Paul Upton has been with the company since its formation and is well known as the face of Evolution in the media and the wider insurance community. In a number of areas Paul has been carrying out many of the duties associated with this role for some time and his promotion recognises those contributions and capabilities. This and these other promotions coincide with a significant plan of growth and development for our business. Once again we have demonstrated our commitment to developing our own people and to promoting them from within the business where we can. I wish all of them the best in their new roles and look forward to working with them to achieve our plans.”

He added “we are also actively recruiting for our Trainee Underwriter programme which offers graduates and college leavers the opportunity to build a career as an insurance professional supported by Evolution through both training and help with formal qualifications. We will be in a position to announce a new intake shortly”.