Patterson Irving is the leading specialist executive search and consulting firm covering the Insurance and Reinsurance Markets of Financial Services.

Our Clients are leading insurance groups, underwriting firms, global brokers and specialist insurance businesses.

A unique combination of experienced search consultants with proven expertise and industry backgrounds, we provide a professional service based upon

  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Mutual respect

Ultimately we add demonstrable value to our clients businesses.

Patterson Irving are committed to GDPR compliance. You can review our statement here.

At Patterson Irving, we recognise that talent exists everywhere. To meet our Clients’ needs we value and seek to attract the very best from the widest and most diverse pool of candidates.


Our Consulting service was developed as a separate proposition whilst working with Clients who were looking for an innovative approach to their requirements.

Our Consulting approach is increasingly in demand, with our vast experience and flexibility distinguishing us from competitors.


  • Sector mapping by product line and/or class of business.
  • Target business mapping and talent identification.
  • Screening, interviewing and detailed reports on specific candidate(s).
  • Target candidate engagement, transition and delivery.
  • Team extraction, exit strategy and delivery.


Successful outcomes for executive search assignments are driven by comprehensive research processes and we have partnered with professional consultants who have proven track records of high quality work.

We have a dedicated research team based in London, covering the UK and Lloyd’s of London & London Markets, and a further research team based in Frankfurt, covering Europe and the International Markets.


These teams provide greater strength and depth, thereby extending our reach and capability to cover almost every industry and business sector as required.

Research works closely with us on all executive search and consulting assignments, providing a planned approach to resourcing and business sector intelligence gathering.


We have extensive knowledge and experience within the Insurance industry and a proven track record of managing and delivering successful assignments.

We are retained by our Clients to deliver in the following areas:

Board and Non Executive:
Chair/Chief Executive Officer/Senior Independent Director/Non Executive Director

Chief Underwriting Officer/Chief Risk Officer/Chief Operations Officer/Chief Financial Officer/Chief Information Officer/Chief Administration Officer/Executive Vice President/Managing Director – Division or Subsidiary/Head of Strategic Business Unit

Business segment:
Underwriting/Claims/Broking/Actuarial/Analytics & Modelling/Risk Management & Consulting/Converging Markets

Actuarial/Finance/Human Resources/Operations/Legal/Compliance/Technology


Confidentiality and Off Limits
As a professional specialist firm, we are very conscious of our obligations to all our Clients

Almost every aspect of our work is involved with commercially sensitive information and confidential personal data. As a result, all our assignments are managed on a Strictly Confidential basis.

When we are taking instructions on a brief for an assignment or consulting project, then we will raise and discuss any potential conflicts of interest with existing Off Limits.

We abide by our commitment to our Clients; for a period of 12 months from date of assignment completion our Client organisation is clearly Off Limits to any approach by us.

This professional commitment should be offered and adhered to by all executive search and consulting firms.

Talent Referrals

Whilst our primary activity is in Executive Search and Consulting, we do have specific arrangements in place with certain key Clients for Talent Referrals.

We are occasionally approached by individual(s) who, for genuine reasons, are seeking our assistance in managing the next career step. In each case, we arrange an initial meeting and if we can help, then we work with those individuals to develop the candidate report that faithfully represents their experience, expertise and background. And finally, we discuss which of our key Clients to approach and feedback will be given on the agreed approaches.

As a client retained search firm, we do not undertake contingent assignments nor do we provide outplacement services for individuals.


We retained Patterson Irving to approach, interview and report on candidates for a senior active underwriting role. Their approach was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and efficient and the project had complex issues but was concluded successfully.

Managing Director, UK Insurance branch of US Insurer

Patterson Irving took the trouble to understand us and the personalities in the business before sending potential candidates and this saved us time and guaranteed we saw candidates who were right for our business.

Chief Executive, Global Specialty subsidiary – FTSE 250 Global brokerage

In our dealings with Patterson Irving they have always been professional, discreet and trustworthy. They have an extensive knowledge of the Insurance industry and of the people within.

COO, UK subsidiary of FTSE 250 Global brokerage

Patterson Irving is brilliantly networked and has a great understanding of our needs from their past experience within the business and sector.

CEO, UK subsidiary of Global Insurer

Patterson Irving has a very comforting style, are hugely knowledgeable within their space and always conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism. Certainly not your normal firm of head-hunters.

Group CEO, Managing Agency

Patterson Irving has a thorough knowledge of their specific markets and constantly invests time and effort in ensuring this is updated and accurate. This is an invaluable resource to an organisation that is hiring at a senior level.

Group HR Director, London Market Carrier

Thank you for your support, your integrity and particularly your friendship. It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure working with you Rupert, in a world full of head-hunters with questionable ethics, your professionalism genuinely sets the standard.

Retiring Global HR Director, Global Insurer and Top 5 Managing Agency

Our Team

We have proven backgrounds as both search professionals and Insurance industry practitioners.

Rupert Irving - Managing Partner+

M: 07798 847 175

Rupert was a founder partner of Patterson Irving in 2000 and leads the business, conducting search assignments for C-level, executive leadership and sector specific appointments across the Insurance and Reinsurance sectors. He also handles consulting projects for key clients across the assignment footprint.

Rupert has over 20 years in executive search and consulting, during which he has built and established a strong track record in the sector and longstanding key clients. His clients include Brokers, Insurance Companies, Underwriting firms and Consultancy organisations operating in the Lloyd’s of London & London International Markets, UK and Europe, Bermuda and into North America.

Rupert was previously with C.T. Bowring working in the Lloyd’s and London International Markets, and Johnson & Higgins Inc working in North America, Europe and Middle East. Both companies are now part of Marsh Inc.

Stuart Prentice - Partner+

M: 07752 799 263

Stuart has worked in the Executive Search industry for the last 15 years with a particular focus on Insurance industry clients, specialising in the non-life and life arenas. He has managed assignments for a range of leading UK, European and International Insurance businesses.

Stuart has a Risk and Insurance background, starting his career with a London market Insurer from university, and in 1990 joining the broker Jenner Fenton Slade. He worked with a predominantly European client base, in particular in Scandinavia, handling insurance and reinsurance contracts with London market insurers.

Since 1999 Stuart has managed Executive Search assignments in a variety of risk and Insurance sectors. He has excellent knowledge of London, European and International markets, and has delivered on assignments including those with a regional/cross border requirement.

George Royce - Research Partner+

M: 07770 968 968

George leads the specialist research capability for Patterson Irving. This includes target mapping, preliminary approaches to candidates and pre-screening. He assists with searches at senior management and board level across Financial Services. He works in the main European languages and undertakes cross-border assignments into Europe, the US and Asia.

He has worked in executive research since 1994 supporting UK and international search companies. His specialist area within Financial Services encompasses general insurance, retail banking, fund management, private wealth management and research into senior finance roles in industry.

George is a graduate in Spanish at Bristol University and is a member of the Executive Research Association.

Contact Us

Patterson Irving Limited

3 The Minster Building
Great Tower Street

t: 020 3960 8840


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