UK Professional & Financial


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.


Josh Smith (UK & International Underwriter)

Josh graduated from Sussex University with an LLB Honours Degree in Law in 2010. He began his insurance career in 2010 at The Channel Syndicate specialising in UK & International PI and D&O, achieving ACII status in 2013.

In early 2015, Josh moved to Navigators Syndicate 1221 to develop the International PI book of business via open market business, lineslips and coverholder arrangements. In late 2016, he joined Ascent to spearhead the development of the UK & Ireland PI portfolio whilst assisting management in developing international strategies across PI and other financial lines products.


Felix Cofie (Underwriter)

Having graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2008 with a degree in Industrial Economics BA Hons, Felix has spent 5 years at Catlin successfully underwriting and developing UK Directors & Officers and Professional Indemnity business. He joined Ascent in July 2014 with responsibility for development of UK professional and management lines.


Lucy McNally (Underwriting Assistant)

Having worked in the London insurance market for over 17 years, Lucy has a wealth of experience across multiple industry sectors, most recently within the Lockton Affinity team handling Solicitors E&O and before that at Dickson Manchester as a professional indemnity team leader.

Lucy's responsibilites at Ascent are to coordinate the administration of our renewal business and assist the underwriting team.