Our parent company, Specialist Risk Group, is a fast-paced and ambitious insurance broker, based in the City of London. The Group is split into four business units, providing a bespoke service to our unique markets and clients. Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions form one of these business units – the Specialty Clients division and the others are: Miles Smith – UK Speciality Broking, TUE – International Specialty Broking and SR Underwriting Solutions – Specialty Underwriting.
Being part of the Group allows us to access specialist products and the Lloyd’s of London market through the Group. This means we can provide our clients with a truly unique service and offer a range of exclusive benefits.
At Specialist Risk Group, we are governed by our mantra “Difficult. Done Well.”. We specialise in crafting solutions for specialist insurance needs that other companies actively avoid and solve problems for clients that other brokers cannot solve. We take a people first approach that empowers our staff and enables them to respond quickly to clients. Our people are offered valuable learning and development opportunities and ultimately, we aim to create an environment where we enjoy coming to work. We believe this means our people will always provide an outstanding service to our clients.
Adam started his career as an underwriter in 1983 working at Phoenix Assurance and later Sun Alliance.
In 1987, Adam joined a national broker and specialised in placement of Professional Indemnity Insurance. He joined the insolvency division of the broker in 1990, which provided insurance and bonds for insolvency practitioners; the core products still provided by Insolvency Risk Services, part of Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions. He became Managing Director in 2013.
Adam enjoys watching football, rugby, cricket, and most other types of sport.
Ailsa has 38 years’ experience as a commercial insurance broker, specialising in insolvency risks for the past 33 years. Ailsa went straight into insurance after leaving Manchester University just as a “temporary” role, whilst seeking something better, but is still looking!
Ailsa has previously held roles at Lockton, Alexander Forbes, and Bradstock. She looks after insolvency clients in the North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Ailsa’s primary objective as an Account Executive is to ensure clients receive an exemplary broking service, tailored to their specific needs.
Ailsa is married with 3 adult children. She enjoys keeping fit and foreign travel.
Mark joined IRS in 1992 and is based in Essex. Previously, Mark held roles at C E Heath, Eagle Star and Lloyds Bank Insurance Service. As part of his role at IRS, Mark conducts site visits and regularly liaises with our clients.
With his wealth of Insolvency Insurance experience and as a member of the IRS team, he is committed to ensure that our clients benefit from the highest levels of service.
Mark’s main hobby is cycling and he also enjoys country walks & swimming.
Vincent joined IRS in 2014 and is responsible for all client relationships and development of the North East Region of England and the East Coast and Central Belt of Scotland.
He has extensive experience in the commercial/corporate broking sector and is passionate about supporting and delivering a first-class service to clients.
Vincent has previously held senior positions with Henderson Insurance Brokers and Bluefin Insurance Services. Over the years Vincent has also gained extensive experience in Health & Safety, Risk Management, Fire Risk Assessment and Cyber Risks.
Away from work Vincent enjoys family time, following Tottenham Hotspur football team, along with numerous other sports and keeping fit working out in the gym.
Liz joined IRS over 25 years ago and is responsible for developing and maintaining good working relationships with all clients to deliver optimum service standards.
James joined IRS as Operations Manager in 2015 with more than 10 years of experience within Financial Services.
James began his career at RBS, gaining experience across Operations, People Leadership, Product Development and Risk; James’ expertise lies within operational efficiency, process optimisation and client journey enhancement.
Away from work James enjoys keeping fit, exploring new places and Formula 1.
In 2020, HGGC, a private equity fund manager, acquired the majority shareholding in Specialist Risk Group.
HGGC are relationship investors with operating backgrounds who seek to build differentiated middle-market businesses. They invest in companies that they believe have leading competitive positions in defensible markets where they can add value via their operating skills and relationships, focusing on sectors such as Financial Services and Business Services.
HGGC have 198 portfolio investments, with a total of $5.4 billion cumulative commitments. They seek to leverage their investor-operator skillsets and deep multi-sector networks to develop preferred partner relationships that encourage alignment of interests as they work to drive positive outcomes that lead to strong references and enhanced networks.
We benefit from the support provided by HGGC in reaching our growth targets and providing an exceptional service to our clients.
We greatly appreciate the professional, practical and commercial approach of Insolvency Risk Services in what can be difficult circumstances. Their approach allows pragmatic solutions to difficult problems providing vision, clarity and confidence.
Sanderson Weatherall LLP
Moving to IRS was hassle free. I particularly like their relationship management program which ensures frequent communication to me and my staff.
Insolvency Risk Services are positive, pro-active, professional and provide clarity, vision and solutions. They are good at “getting the job done” and I would not hesitate in recommending them.
We have used IRS, who have arranged our Bonding and Open Cover insurance, for many years and have always received a reliable and professional service. The IRS team have always dealt with us promptly and efficiently and provided a high level of customer assistance which is essential in our line of business.