ABOUT UIB

United Insurance Brokers Limited (UIBL) began operation in 1987 and is an integral part of one of the largest privately-owned independent international insurance and reinsurance brokers headquartered in London. UIB Group’s team boasts over 20 nationalities. Supported by a network of local offices, and strategic business partners, the UIB Group (UIB) provides clients with the platform to access insurance and reinsurance markets globally.

UIB clients benefit from a dedicated and exceptionally culture sensitive team of specialists who can provide global solutions supported by a personal drive and focus for which UIB has established an unrivalled reputation.

Over time the UIB has established and sustained strong relationships with its client base and built a strong network through its international arm, UIB International, and UIBL’s own strategic offices. The result is local expertise with global capability to deliver specialist know-how, strategic risk management advice and outstanding claims management. The founding directors, many of whom are still active in UIB, have worked together since the 1970s providing a depth of knowledge and continuity seldom seen in the insurance business today. The accredited Lloyd’s insurance broker and UIB’s centre of excellence for specialty business is United Insurance Brokers Limited.

The ethos of UIB, from the very beginning, has been client focused: listening carefully to clients’ concerns and their requirements, striving to meet those needs and delivering the appropriate products and professional service. Employing more than 20 nationalities within UIB, we benefit from an exceptionally culture sensitive team. With our staff fluent in over 16 languages we are able to communicate freely with our global clientele.

The trained and highly motivated staff at UIB provides comprehensive, cost effective and specially crafted insurance programmes that meet the insurance and risk management requirements of our clients. As an international broking firm, UIB has strategic owned and partner offices located around the globe enabling UIB to meet its clients’ needs no matter what time zone they are in.

More about UIB Group.

Innovation
Our clients benefit from UIBL’s creativity to turn ideas into innovative and relevant solutions that add value to our customers while addressing their needs.

Excellence
We are committed to excellence in our service to clients ensuring we maintain our highest standards and consistency in our approach to deliver on our clients’ requirements.

Expertise
Our clients benefit from our expertise in transacting industry wide complex risks.

Experience
UIB has depth and breadth of experience across industries, products and geographies. We pride ourselves in getting to know our clients’ business and have built on client and market relationships through continuity of management and divisional teams.

MISSION STATEMENT

UIB is a (re)insurance broker present across the world, through group companies, joint ventures or other arrangements. London is a key element, with United Insurance Brokers Limited, a Lloyd’s broker, giving clients access to Lloyd’s and the wider London insurance markets.

UIB prides itself on its ability to react quickly, and with verve and originality to client needs.  We specialise in reinsurance, and in providing corporate clients with creative and cost effective insurance to address their risk management needs.  We take pride in being able to deliver the best solutions for our clients, whose needs always come first.

In an increasingly competitive environment we are proud that so many of our clients return to us for our help and advice again and again.

Through the hard work and dedication of staff at all levels of UIB we provide clients with a level of service that larger brokers are hard put to match.  In return, we take pains to look after our staff well, without whom this level of excellence could not be attained or sustained.

The result is a virtuous circle:  we derive great satisfaction from serving clients’ needs in the best way possible, which also adds value for our stakeholders – our clients, our employees and our shareholders.

VISION STATEMENT

To be the broker of choice for clients who desire to work with a privately-owned,
fully independent and globally aligned organisation.

CORE VALUES

These form our shared core values that underpin all the work we do and are the foundation of our Business Principles. They are our ethos and work in tandem with our passionate belief in total transparency.

INTEGRITY

INTEGRITY

Full transparency and strong moral principles are at the very core of the company’s values and beliefs.

PASSION

PASSION

Our passion is determined, controlled, directed and focused to truly benefit our clients.

MULTICULTURAL

MULTICULTURAL

UIB’s philosophy centres on diversity and cultural uniqueness, recognising and valuing individual differences.

EXCELLENCE

EXCELLENCE

Incorporating unparalleled excellence in all aspects of our work.

AGILITY

AGILITY

UIB look to the future with an open mind to anticipate demands and adapt to market evolution, offering flexible and innovative solutions while adjusting to a changing world.

GLOBAL

GLOBAL

UIB operate worldwide, drawing upon local expertise to deliver global solutions.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Bassem Kabban

Bassem Kabban

Group CEO and Chairman of UIBL

E: bassem.kabban@uib.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7264 1672

One of the founders of UIB, Bassem is Group CEO and Chairman of UIBL. He applies his wealth of experience on the intricacies of insurance broking, multi-faceted knowledge of the insurance business and negotiating skills for the benefit of clients.

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He maintains in-depth expertise in marine cargo, aviation, energy, liability and property insurances, including claims negotiation. He has also lectured on aspects of marine insurance, particularly on oil movements, to audiences in many countries. He was born in Dhahran and raised in Lebanon.

He speaks Arabic fluently and has working knowledge of Japanese.

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Shaun Barrington

Shaun Barrington

Chief Executive Officer of UIBL

E: shaun.barrington@uib.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7338 1841

Shaun has over 28 years of experience in the insurance industry having graduated from Exeter University in 1991. He has worked for Sedgwick, Marsh and Willis and has had roles that encompass production, broking and divisional management.

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Most recently prior to joining UIB, Shaun was at Willis for 12 years. He joined Willis from Marsh in 2001 to head up a team of transactional international property broking specialists. More recently he moved his focus to the US and for 5 years was Managing Director of Willis’s North American business in London and Head of Production and Relationship Director for the US retail office network.

Through many different roles, one job description has always remained consistent. The strategizing and placement of large complex property and energy risks into the London, Bermudian and European markets has always remained at the centre of his day job.

This remained the case at UIB where he was Managing Director of the Non Marine and Energy divisions in addition to his duties as a Director, prior to being promoted as CEO of United Insurance Brokers Ltd. in January 2016.

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Keith Gribben

Keith Gribben

Group Financial Officer

E: keith.gribben@uib.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7264 1632

Keith joined UIB in August 2017 and brings a wealth of financial leadership experience having worked in both large corporates and privately owned businesses across a number of industry sectors. For the last 10+ years Keith has worked in the insurance sector and his most recent position was within the AEGON Group as Chief Financial Officer of the AEGON Direct Marketing Services Europe and Stonebridge International Insurance businesses.

Keith is a member of both boards, UIB Holdings (UK) Limited. and United Insurance Brokers Limited.

Craig Fisher

Craig Fisher

Director, Aviation Managing Director of UIBL

E: craig.fisher@uib.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7264 1666

Craig has in excess of 38 years’ experience in the aviation insurance market and has been with UIB Aviation since 2000. Prior to joining UIB Craig held senior positions at other leading aviation broking houses and his experience includes handling major airline accounts in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania, South America and Russia/CIS.

Stephen Palles-Clark

Stephen Palles-Clark

Executive Director – Corporate and Commercial Division

E: slpc@uib.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7338 1635

Stephen has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry in a wide range of insurance and risk management needs for a diverse range of UK clients.
In his role at UIB, Stephen oversees European insurance programmes for a number of European entities and their manufacturing site.

 

If you would like more information about how UIB could help you, please get in touch with us.