At Rokstone, our purpose is simple: to inspire confidence.
Whether it’s for our capacity providers, who want to know that their money is protected, or for our brokers, who want to know that they can easily place their risks, we understand the importance of always delivering. It’s why we deploy capacity quickly and efficiently across uncorrelated markets. It’s why we provide rapid access to developed portfolios in niche markets. It’s why we are highly diversified by both product line and distribution source. And it’s why all our portfolios are actuarially managed, with the embedded culture of an insurer and the agility of an MGA. Combine all this with our proprietary underwriting models, our deeply knowledgeable and experienced front-line underwriters and an unwavering commitment to digital transformation and data-driven underwriting, it’s no surprise that we are growing fast and already one of the biggest global (re)insurance MGAs.
Our leaders combine significant experience, deep knowledge and an unwavering commitment to continual innovation to set the direction of our business. Like every member of our team, they are focused on making insurance better for the brokers we work with across the globe and our capacity providers.
Chief Executive Officer
James Potter is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Rokstone and a board director of Aventum Group.
James has over 23 years' experience within the London and global insurance markets, successfully developing and maintaining a valued network centralised on long term strategic partnerships.
He has had responsibility for establishing various trading divisions, teams and MGA's within the broking and underwriting environment, from start-ups and the restructuring of existing teams, to servicing global placements for multinational firms with global capacity providers and client networks.
James has facilitated the placing and underwriting of reinsurance and/or insurance products, schemes, and delegated authority arrangements, including online trading platforms, covering a variety of classes of business including terrorism, property, energy and casualty contractors all risks.
Chief Underwriting Officer
Dean Pitts is the chief underwriting officer at Rokstone. Dean has responsibility for establishing and overseeing various underwriting teams across multiple classes of insurance, including property, marine, financial lines, contingency and accident and health.
He has over 30 years’ experience in insurance, heading up global property portfolios for a number of the largest syndicates in Lloyd’s. Dean also served as chairman of the NMA Lloyd’s Worldwide Property Committee.
When he isn’t working for Rokstone you would more than likely find him on the golf course.
“I joined the talented group of Rokstone to be part of a team of like-minded individuals who see fantastic future profit and growth opportunities with our partners.”
Chief Commercial Officer
John Eldridge is the Chief Commercial Officer at Rokstone.
John joined the group in January 2020. He has over 15 years’ experience within financial services, previously holding MD roles in retail insurance broking, wholesale insurance broking and London market underwriting environments.
John has a track record of working alongside founders to drive strategy execution, corporate development and value creation.
He has worked with Rokstone to establish group strategy and objectives, reconfigure corporate and management structure, and deliver enhanced MI and analytics, including the introduction of an actuarial function.
Ian Anson is the portfolio manager for property, power and energy at Rokstone. Ian works in the direct and facultative property division and is responsible for business production and analysis, and facultative reinsurance buying strategy and execution.
He started his career in 2013 and spent the subsequent years at Alesco, working in onshore energy and power generation specialty lines. From there he developed a specialism in heavy industrial risks and managed a team of onshore energy brokers placing international energy accounts.
If Ian wasn’t working for Rokstone, he would probably be playing golf, having earned a golf scholarship to the University of Kansas.
“I wanted to join one of the most entrepreneurial businesses in the London insurance market. Rokstone seemed to be a very exciting business to join and that has certainly proved to be the case.”
Parent company (now known as Aventum Group) formed as a new startup specialist broker - Direct Insurance Agency - occupying a small rented office in Chadwell Heath
Having grown a book of Waste & Recycling business we launched a wholesale scheme catering for material damage and business interruption into the UK broker market
Our first venture into online quote and bind business saw the launch of iSure Underwriting, Ireland's leading SME MGA
- Launch of Rokstone Underwriting in Marine Liability, Property D&F, and Terrorism
- Launch of Aura Underwriting, London's largest Caribbean cat facility
- Launch of iFarm Underwriting, the a major UK and Ireland agricultural underwriter
Launch of Novus Underwriting, a leading global warranty and GAP underwriter
- Launch of Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters in the US
- Rokstone Underwriting expands into Property Treaty
- Rokstone Underwriting breaks $100m GWP in Property D&F, and launches international construction
- Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters enters US General Liability market with HDI Global Specialty S.E.
- Rokstone Underwriting launches Middle East hub and expands into International Aviation
- Rokstone Underwriting opens Africa hub in Mauritius to access regional distribution
- iSure receives Central Bank of Ireland direct authorisation
- Novus opens Brussels office to access European markets following Brexit
Rokstone Underwriting expands into Marine Cargo
Rokstone is an Aventum Group company, a global specialty (re)insurance group that operates across both the underwriting and broking sectors. We make, nurture and grow relationships. We design, develop and launch unparalleled specialist schemes and facilities. And we never accept the standard ways of doing things.
Controlling $1.1bn GWP annually and with 13 global offices, Aventum is the coming together of a group of serious niche (re)insurance businesses under one brand, where success is the only option. We are infectiously entrepreneurial. We strive for greatness and never stop exploring how to do things better.
For us, culture isn’t just something we talk about now and again. It’s a vital part of how we work; it makes us what we are. We’re bold, pro-active and we’re never afraid to challenge the status quo. And we work hard to ensure that our people love being a part of the Aventum family. Because if our people love what they do, and are free to be everything they can be, they deliver better outcomes for our clients and our partners time and time again.