Independent specialist re/insurance broker Miller has launched a new dedicated bloodstock and livestock team, by effectively hiring a major competitor’s own bloodstock and livestock line-up.
The new bloodstock and livestock team will be led by Archie Horne. As head, he will report to Miller head of private clients Katie Small. Horne joins Miller from WTW, where he had held the same position for the last two-and-a-half years.
Miller’s new team also includes Florence Crowhurst as account executive, as well as Harry Findlay and Ben Roe, who both join as account handlers/brokers. Like Horne, they also join from WTW’s bloodstock and livestock team.
Together, the team will focus on clients in the UK, North America, Australia, and Asia, a release said. They will also target exotic animal owners, such as aquariums, game parks and zoos, where they have “significant expertise.”
“In this highly specialist insurance field, clients require informed advice and we are pleased to launch a team that has deep expertise at its core, led by Archie, whose career has spanned working on stud farms in Australia, racing yards in England and being a member of the Queen’s Life Guard,” said Katie Small. “The team brings a strong technical understanding of all aspects of this class, and we see natural synergies with our private clients and sports & entertainment teams and will be working closely together to serve the needs of all our clients.”
“I am absolutely delighted to have joined Miller,” commented Archie Horne on his appointment. “It is investing significantly in developing new capabilities and its innovative approach is impressive.”
Horne added that his team is composed of highly capable colleagues that he knows well – Crowhurst, who has worked in the bloodstock and livestock industries in the UK, France, and Argentina; Findlay, who ran a dairy farm in Scotland; and Roe, who has dedicated market experience.
“Working together, we look forward to drawing on our combined skills, experience and expertise to grow the business,” Horne said.
The new team is formed just months after Miller expanded into the farms and estates market with the hiring of Paul Jacobs and Steve Quick for its rural team. Jacobs and Quick each have more than 20 years’ experience advising clients in the rural sector, and both joined Miller from Aon.