By: 15 January 2020
Allianz strengthens motor trade business management

Allianz Insurance has made three new management appointments across its motor trade business.

Simon Barker has been appointed to the role of regional motor trade underwriting manager for the north and Scotland.

Under his new responsibilities he will lead the underwriting discipline within Allianz’s newly formed Motor Trade Centre of Excellence (North) and will play an integral part within the regional management team.

Having joined Allianz in 2004, Barker has held several key roles in motor trade underwriting. He most recently held the position of motor trade account underwriter since 2016.

Helen Unitt and Spencer Berry have both taken on the role of regional motor trade manager for the south.

They will have joint responsibility for setting the underwriting strategy and profitably growing Allianz’s motor trade business in the south. They will also manage the Motor Trade Centre of Excellence (South).

Unitt joined Allianz in 2005 as an assistant underwriter at the Southampton branch. She held a number of key roles across property and casualty and new business development before taking on the position of motor trade account underwriter in 2013.

Berry has held a variety of positions at Allianz, having joined the Milton Keynes branch in 2000 as a commercial underwriter.

He previously worked across personal lines for commercial and SME before specialising in motor trade and taking on the position of motor trade manager for central and east in 2017.

Sarah Mallaby, director of broker markets at Allianz Insurance, commented: “I’m really pleased to be announcing these three appointments within the motor trade team. Helen, Spencer and Simon have a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the motor trade sector and I have no doubt that their combined expertise will deliver excellent results for this pivotal business area. I wish them great success in their new roles.”

Allianz appointed Hollie O’Neill as its claims operations manager in Birmingham in October 2019.