David Umbers (Chief Executive Officer)

David started his career in insurance in 1984, originally as a broker for Leslie & Godwin and then with Gibbs Hartley Cooper and Willis, specializing in professional and management liability.

He joined Safeonline in 2000, and as a Partner was instrumental in organizing the management buyout in 2006 with FCA and Lloyd’s Broker accreditation quickly following. David’s management role within Safeonline included the development and growth of Safeonline’s MGA and broking operations increasing returns year on year. As co-founder of Ascent Underwriting, he is also the Chief Executive Officer.


Philip Bayley (Accounts Manager)

Phil joined Ascent Underwriting in January 2017 as our Accounts Manager and has over thirty five years experience in this role with a number of organizations in the London insurance market. He has managed the accounting requirements of a diverse range of insurance clients in a number of insurance lines including entertainment and contingency and key skillsets are all aspects of the IBA function, auditing queries and preparation of management accounts.


Lauren Dyerson (Accounts Manager)

Lauren Dyerson joined Ascent Underwriting as our Accounts Manager in 2014. Previously, Lauren had spent the last seven years working in the Finance Dept at Towergate Insurance, where she was responsible for reconciling client payments, settling broker statements and liaising with underwriters and brokers.