Who we are

​Overark brings together expert people, tools and methods to deliver innovative, value-adding insurance, risk management and risk financing solutions to Housing Associations. Our team includes seasoned Social Housing practitioners, and senior professionals from the global risk, insurance and claims management arenas.

Peter Berring

Peter Berring

Managing Partner

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E. peter.berring@overark.com

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Peter is the founder, Managing Partner and executive Board member of Overark Ltd.

With over 40 years of direct experience in the international risk and insurance market, Peter is one of the most accomplished and respected practitioners in the field. Peter worked in a number of senior underwriting roles over 20 years in the international underwriting markets in the USA, Europe and the UK. His capabilities span:

  • Strategic risk management programme design;
  • Structuring insurance financing products, including Captives and PCCs;
  • Developing multi-line insurance programmes;
  • Conducting market assessments and viability studies.

Peter’s extensive career in the risk and insurance sector has seen him lead the implementation and management of multiple company-wide programmes and projects, as well as establishing and operating various risk financing structures.

As head of PB Risk Management, his work has included risk profiling, insurance programme design, and implementing Special Purpose Vehicles. He was engaged by a broker in the social housing market to design its self-insurance strategy and provide the necessary underwriting support to the PCC. He also worked with Housing Associations to assess their risk management programmes.

During his 15 years as Group Head of Risk for De La Rue plc, he introduced internal risk benchmarking, designed a global multi-year, multi-line insurance programme making full use of the Group Captive, of which he was a Director, and implemented a range of environmental, health & safety and security management systems across the group globally.

Peter is a well-known figure in the international risk management arena. A member of IRM and RIMS, he is also a past Chairman of Airmic, the UK’s association for risk and insurance management professionals, and served on the Council for ten years. He has lectured in risk management and insurance programme design in Europe (FERMA) the US (RIMS) and South Africa (IFRIMA/ SARIMA) as well as in the UK.

Peter is a Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management

Malcolm Wilson

Malcolm Wilson

Partner

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E. malcolm.wilson@overark.com

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Malcolm is a Partner of Overark.

Working exclusively in the housing sector for over 20 years, Malcolm has been director of a number of Housing Associations, including three stock transfer start-up businesses, acquiring in the process a range of key strategic skills including:

  • Implementation of corporate strategies;
  • Business transformation project management;
  • Procurement framework development;
  • Structuring of housing association captives;

During his career, he has managed a range of portfolios, including finance, governance, asset management, ICT and new build. In addition, he led the establishment of the first captive insurance company for a UK-based Housing Association.

As Deputy Chief Executive & Commercial Director at RCT Homes he developed the company’s business strategy and corporate plans, managed relationships with key business partners, and headed-up the company’s regeneration, asset management, finance, HR and governance teams. He led the finance and ICT teams at Wandle Housing Association while serving as Finance Director and Company Secretary. He was also Finance Director for the Richmond Housing Partnership.

Malcolm has been a Board member for a number of Associations, as well as third sector and commercial organisations. His deep insight into the Housing Association sector also means he is a regular speaker at related conferences.

He is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has also been an examiner for the Institute.

Huw Thomas

Huw Thomas

Partner

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E. huw.thomas@overark.com

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Huw is a Partner and Executive Board Member of Overark.

For over 20 years, Huw has worked directly with Housing Associations in the UK providing expert advice on all aspects of insurance and risk management, amassing extensive experience in key areas including:

    • Developing insurance solutions specifically for Housing Associations
    • Developing insurance solutions specifically for Housing Associations
    • Launching one of the first self-insurance facilities for Associations
    • Advising Associations on all aspects of strategic risk planning

Huw has worked in commercial insurance for over 30 years, specialising in the social housing sector since 1996. During this time he has developed a granular-level insight into all aspects of Housing Association insurance and risk management.

As CEO of Housing Association specialist broker Acumus, which he co-founded in 2006, Huw was responsible for elevating the company to become one of the most recognised risk and insurance advisors in the UK Housing Association sector. The firm was sold to Arthur J. Gallagher in 2012. Prior to his work with Acumus, he was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Farr, helping establish the firm as a market leader in the supply of risk management and insurance solutions to the social housing sector.

David Voller

David Voller

Partner

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E. dave.voller@overark.com

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David Voller is a Partner of Overark Ltd.

David heads up Overark’s claims management, subrogation and client on-boarding

David is one of the most accomplished claims managers in the insurance sector, with over 40 years of experience in managing property and casualty claims. His expansive expertise covers areas including:

  • Implementing and managing fully optimised claims workflows
  • Conducting end-to-end claims process re-engineering
  • Overseeing multi-national insurance and captive programmes
  • Carrying out strategic and tactical business planning

During his career David has worked in technical, operational and senior management roles with General Accident, Continental Insurance and Hertz Claim Management in multiple legal jurisdictions and global markets including the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

While leading Hertz Claims Management International, David devised and delivered strategic business planning for the division to ensure continued growth and quality of service, and headed-up the major claims referral process. During his 20-year claims management tenure at Hertz, he was also responsible for significantly enhancing the firm’s end-to-end claims process, improving overall efficiency, achieving major cost benefits and elevating claims best practice across the board.

David is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

David Merry

Partner

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E. david.merry@overark.com

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David is a Partner and Executive Board Member of Overark.

David has held several senior positions within the Lloyds insurance broking market. He was Head of Global Broking at Heath Lambert, Chief Operating Officer at Arthur J Gallagher and CEO and Chairman of CJ Coleman Ltd. As a broker he specialised in Global Commercial property and Non-Recourse Finance Construction personally handling Enron’s global construction portfolio. He has been responsible for creating JV’s in the UK, India, the USA and Norway.

He currently advises Project Development companies in the Petrochemical and Power Generation sectors in the USA, structuring Risk Mitigation platforms for the Project companies SPV. He also consults on strategic development within the insurance intermediary sector in London.

David brings a wealth of experience to Overark and will be closely involved in our financing and capacity strategies.

John Quilter

Partner

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E. john.quilter@overark.com

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John is a Partner of Overark and responsible for marketing and PR. John was CEO of Lloyd’s of London Press which included Lloyds List, Insurance Day and other leading insurance titles. He was responsible for:

  • The launch of “Professional Business Risk
  • The launch of 40 maritime titles.
  • Creating an exhibition and conference business through acquisition

John Lead the MBO team to form LLP Limited and oversaw the merger with I B C to form Informa.

John served on the Operational Board of Informa (now a FTSE 100 company). He has had several consultancy projects in both insurance and non-insurance areas in recent years and brings a wealth of PR and marketing strategic and operational experience to Overark.