Argenta Holdings plc

  • Alasdair Locke
    Chairman, Argenta Holdings Limited
    Alasdair has an outstanding track record in building, and investing in, successful businesses. He began his career in banking after graduating from Oxford University, working for Citibank and American Express, as well as Oceanic, a specialist shipping investment bank. In 1982, he established a Singapore-based business providing finance for and investing in shipping and offshore oil service companies, which was subsequently acquired by Henry Ansbacher & Co Ltd, a London Merchant Bank.

    On his return to the UK, he established Abbot Group plc in 1990, which he took public in 1995. During his time at Abbot Group, he won a number of enterprise awards, including Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year (1999), Grampian Industrialist of the Year (2003) and the International Scottish Business Achievement Award Trust (2007). Upon its sale to private equity in 2008, Abbot Group was one of the leading oil drilling, engineering and contracting businesses in the world, with approximately 8,000 employees in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of c. US$1.8 billion. The equity value of the disposal was in excess of £900 million.

    Alasdair maintains a wide portfolio of business interests, including insurance, retailing and petroleum. He has been a key investor in Argenta Holdings Limited since the Company’s formation in 2003.
  • Andrew Annandale
    Chief Executive Officer, Argenta Holdings Limited
    Andrew has spent over 20 years in the Lloyd’s insurance market and has a wide-ranging expertise in running Lloyd's businesses. He began his career as a tax specialist, working for H.M. Inspector of Taxes (now part of HMRC) and two major UK accountancy practices before joining Sedgwick Lloyd’s Underwriting Agents (“Sedgwick”), the forerunner of Argenta Private Capital Limited, a Lloyd’s members’ agency, in 1992 as head of its tax consultancy business. When limited liability structures were introduced to Lloyd’s in 1994, he became Head of Corporate Capital Development and was instrumental in the design of many of these new companies. He became Managing Director of Sedgwick in 2000.

    Sedgwick and its sister company, Sackville Syndicate Management Limited (now Argenta Syndicate Management Limited), were acquired by Argenta Holdings plc in 2004. Andrew led the capital raising, designed the structure for the new group and became Group Chief Executive Officer in 2006, a position he still holds. In addition to his Group role, Andrew joined the Board of Argenta Syndicate Management Limited as Managing Director in June 2008, relinquishing his position as Managing Director of Argenta Private Capital Limited at the same time.
  • Graham Allen
    Chief Financial Officer, Argenta Holdings Limited
    Graham qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1990, specialising in both the manufacturing and insurance sectors (including the Lloyd’s market). In 1994, Graham moved into a Lloyd’s managing agency role, where he worked closely with the underwriting teams for several syndicates, dealing with both financial and operational aspects. In 2001 he joined ASML and was appointed Finance Director in 2002.
  • Ian Maguire
    Executive Director, Argenta Holdings Limited
    Ian has over 27 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance. Since June 2011 Ian has been Active Underwriter of syndicate 2121, having joined the syndicate in 2004. He continues to hold responsibility for the property direct and facultative account and oversees the development of the syndicate’s other, predominantly short tail classes. Ian joined the Board of ASML in July 2012. Prior to joining Argenta, Ian was at Wellington Underwriting where he had responsibility for Wellington’s North American direct property facility business.
  • Graham White
    Non-Executive Director, Argenta Holdings Limited
    Graham joined the Lloyd’s of London insurance market in 1968 after graduating from the University of Cambridge. He is a well-known and well-respected figure in the market, having been a major player in the industry as a reinsurance broker, company secretary, managing agent and members’ agent. He was appointed Deputy Chairman by the Corporation of Lloyd’s in 2007, a post he held until February 2014. Graham was appointed Chairman of Argenta Private Capital Ltd in 2011 and retired from this position in August 2015. He was also Deputy Chairman of Argenta Syndicate Management Limited and remains a Non-Executive Director of Argenta Holdings Limited.

    In addition to his executive experience, Graham has held a number of non-executive directorships both within and outside the Lloyd’s market, and has also served on a number of Lloyd's committees and working parties. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield University and is a trustee of the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund.