Executives

Here you can find the biographies of each of our leadership team driving FCG forward.

John Davison

John Davison

John Davison

Chief Information Officer

John joined FCG as Group Chief Architect in August 2011 with responsibility to mature our internal technical capabilities, particularly online.

Joining FCG from a leading UK insurance software provider, and with lengthy experience of customer-facing technology and automation, John quickly developed a capable team beneath him.

John was instrumental in the design, development and delivery of a number of key strategic enablers from the Group’s Guernsey office.

He has a passion for strong technical design principles and the application of technology to disrupt and enhance business processes.

John was appointed Chief Information Officer in January 2017 and continues to make Guernsey his home for his partner Steph and their three young children.
 

Andy James

Andy James

Andy James

UK CEO & Group Marketing Director

Andy joined 1ST CENTRAL as Group Marketing Director in August 2012, and has responsibility for coordinating and delivering the company’s group marketing strategy, placing the needs of the customer at the heart of the programme. Since his appointment he has strengthened the Marketing function with a number of key appointments.

Previously, Andy was Head of Direct Business within the Retail division at Allianz, where he successfully led the launch and management of the new direct car and home insurance products as well as managing the Cornhill Direct car and home products. Andy has also held positions at Aviva and Barclays and has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance and financial services market.

Andy was appointed to the position of CEO for First Central Insurance Management in March 2013 and undertakes this role alongside his position of Group Marketing Director. Andy sits on the BIBA Motor panel on behalf of 1ST CENTRAL and is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

Chairman

Mike has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, having started in the Lloyd’s market in 1990 while still an undergraduate. After completing his business degree at Aston University in 2003, Mike qualified as a management accountant and, following his work with Amlin and Benfield, joined Zenith insurance in 2002, becoming UK CEO in 2004. Zenith was sold to Guardian in 2005 and later that year, Mike left to set up a new Lloyd’s managing agency, Diagonal Underwriting, owned by IAG.

In 2008, Mike left Diagonal to establish the 1ST CENTRAL group of companies.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Chief Executive Officer

Having joined First Central Group as Chief Operating Officer in early 2017, Simon was promoted to Group Chief Executive in January 2018, to take the business forwards and drive continued growth.

In addition to overseeing the development of the group, Simon is responsible for exploring strategic partnerships and collaborations designed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of customers and the industry. Simon is also a Director of SkyFire Insurance, FCG’s underwriting entity.

Before joining First Central Group, Simon spent 14 years as Group Head of Operations at Aon Captive & Insurance Management (ACIM), where he led the resolution of operational issues globally, ensuring an excellent delivery of service and optimal efficiency for its clients.

Outside of work, Simon enjoys ultra-trail running challenges, which he says are both character building and a great way to see spectacular landscapes. He has six children and three dogs, so there is no time for slowing down until retirement!
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