Who we are

Beach Leadership Team

Our team thrives through partnership. To be a member of the Beach Leadership Team, a candidate must already be a leader in the industry and a role model to our people. They contribute to the success of our company and take a long-term outlook, focusing on Beach’s global growth and development.

  • Grahame Millwater
    Executive Chairman

    Grahame joined Beach Capital Holdings Ltd in 2013 after 27 years with Willis, where he served in a number of senior positions, becoming President of the Willis Group in 2008. At Willis he was responsible for revenue development, insurance and reinsurance carrier relationships, major accounts and analytics & advisory development, while managing Reinsurance, Global Specialty, Global Markets and Global Major Accounts operations.

  • Stephen Wood

    Having begun his career in Toronto at PWC, Stephen worked in various top finance roles – mainly in investment banking – for Chemical Bank, Bankers Trust and Credit Suisse.    Stephen later went to Enron where PWC kept him on to oversee and assist in the governance and stewardship of Enron’s liquidation, which ended up being one of the biggest and most complicated liquidations in history.  Post-Enron Stephen worked at General Electric (Chief Financial Officer of one its subsidiaries) and then Willis, where from 2013 he held various senior finance roles from acting Group Chief Financial Officer, Global Group Controller and Chief Operating Officer of Global Finance Services. Stephen joined Beach in February 2016.

  • Jason Howard

    Jason has over 27 years’ experience in the reinsurance industry, having worked for Willcox / Johnson & Higgins, various divisions of the Willis Group and Lloyd’s. He was made CEO of Willis Re International and Specialty in 2010. Jason headed up Glencairn in 2012 and oversaw the creation of Faber Global, the combined Willis Facultative and Glencairn, and made CEO following the amalgamation. In July 2014, Jason became CEO of Acappella Holdings. Jason is involved in all aspects of Beach’s global operations.

  • Simon Hedley

    Simon has over 31 years’ experience in reinsurance, servicing the North American, London and Asia-Pacific insurance markets. Simon’s main area of expertise is the design, placement and management of large and complex reinsurance programmes in long tail and specialty property classes. Simon joined Beach in 2003 and is involved in all aspects of Beach’s global operations.

  • John Sutton
    CEO - London Wholesale

    John has more than 35 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience. He joined Beach in March 2018, to establish a new wholesale broking platform in London.

    John started his insurance career as a reinsurance broker in the Lloyd’s market in 1982 gaining wide exposure in the professional liability arena, both as a broker and an underwriter. In 1989, he joined Marsh FINPRO where he helped to further establish the FINPRO Re book of business for the London operation.

    In 1994, along with two colleagues, John established a new Lloyd’s wholesale brokerage firm, Humphreys Haggas Sutton & Co (HHS), representing independent retail brokerage firms, MGAs and reinsurance clients in the Lloyd’s market. In 2005, HHS elected to sell to the newly formed Integro Insurance Brokers, and John was appointed CEO of their London market wholesale platform.

  • Adam Hedley
    Global Head of Product Development

    Adam has over 25 years of global reinsurance broking experience across all lines of business. He has worked at Beach for over 10 years, working out of both the Toronto and the London offices. Adam focuses mainly on the streamlining and efficiency of complex placements.

  • Nigel Dane

    Nigel has 35 years of reinsurance broking experience, and has been working at Beach for 14 years. He is one of the most recognised Casualty reinsurance specialists in the market. Nigel established Beach’s first overseas office in 2002.

  • David Sowrey

    David is a Senior Market Executive with over 25 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance. Initially a London market reinsurance and retro specialist, he has worked across most lines of business, ranging from straightforward Property and Casualty to Multi-Class reinsurance and Wind Derivatives. He joined Beach in 2012 to bolster the senior London team and focus on developing the insurance and reinsurance retail franchises.

  • Jack Buckley

    Jack is a qualified actuary with almost 20 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience. Jack joined Beach in 2018 and runs Beach’s analytical team from London. He brings with him a broad range of actuarial experience in capital, pricing, and reserving, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Jack has worked in a variety of industry and consulting roles both in actuarial and risk, and joins Beach from Argo Global, where he served as Chief Actuary and Director of Risk.

  • Mike Cross

    Mike is the COO for North America with more than 30 years’ experience in property and casualty reinsurance. Mike joined Beach in 2015 following the acquisition of Axiom Re, LLC by Beach, after having worked at Willis Re for 28 years. Prior to assuming the position of COO, Mike served as the Senior Production Executive for the Burlington office and has extensive experience placing reinsurance programs for catastrophe exposed property clients and casualty clients.

  • Clark Hontz

    Clark has 31 years’ experience in reinsurance and began his career in New York as a reinsurance broker. He has a broad experience across Property Catastrophe, Marine, Energy and Aviation. In early 2001, he joined a Bermuda-based reinsurer where he held the positions of Co-Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Ceded Reinsurance. Clark joined Beach in 2010, when he established the firm’s Bermuda office.

  • Jeff Turner

    Jeff is a senior actuary at Beach and the Managing Director of the Toronto broking team. He began his career in 2005 in the Pensions department at Towers Perrin, after which he joined Beach in 2007 as the its second actuarial employee.  He worked in the London office for almost three years, and has overseen Beach’s Analytics department since 2013.  His specialty is large and complex reinsurance for long tail casualty lines. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

  • Tom Horrell

    Tom has 18 years of experience in reinsurance. He joined Beach London in 2006 and later relocated to Beach Bermuda in 2011 to assist with establishing the office. Tom’s main area of expertise is working with both traditional and non-traditional reinsurance clients, structuring complex property and specialty solutions. Tom holds an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.