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.


Gareth Tungatt (Chief Underwriting Officer)

Gareth is co-founder of Ascent Underwriting and also the Chief Underwriting Officer with responsibility for all underwriting operations including product development. With over 15 years experience writing cyber, technology and intellectual property risk, he is recognised as one of the leading underwriters in the London market generating consistently profitable results.

He was previously with Barbican Syndicate from May 2009 as their specialist underwriter for e-commerce risk, and prior to that with ACE Global Markets. Gareth is a regular contributor to several industry publications and forums on insurance risk management for the e-commerce sector.


Kevin Cleary (Chief Operating Officer)

Kevin started his career in 1999 in Manchester, originally as a Financial Lines Underwriter for Chubb, specialising in Directors and Officers liability and Professional Indemnity. In 2005, Kevin set up DUAL Corporate Risks in Manchester before re-locating to London with DUAL as UK Development Manager. In 2010, he was recruited by AWAC to head the SME Professional Lines department in London before becoming Class Underwriter at The Channel Syndicate in 2012.

Kevin joined Navigators in early 2014 as Head of Delegated Authority for the Professional Liability Division and was promoted to Head of Delegated Authority in 2015.

Kevin joined Ascent Underwriting in July 2016 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for international development.