Ascent Underwriting LLP

10-12 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AJ
Ascent is a specialist Managing General Agent underwriting on behalf of a number of Lloyd’s Syndicates. We provide innovative insurance solutions either face to face or via our proprietary electronic underwriting platform, and commit to offering a first class and efficient level of service to our broking partners. Our team have an in depth level of experience and expertise in our markets, which is reflected within our cutting edge market leading insurance products. We have the ability to offer both off the shelf solutions, and bespoke policies which can be finely tailored to the needs of a specific client. Ascent believes that all insurance products should be complemented by value added solutions and for this reason we partner with other professionals, including risk assessors, forensic experts, and proactive claims management companies, that assist our clients in making informed choices and ensure the claims process is smooth and efficient.

Company Staff

David Umbers
Chief Executive Officer
David started his career in insurance in 1984, originally as a broker for Leslie & Godwin and then with Gibbs Hartley Cooper and Willis, specializing in professional and management liability. He joined Safeonline in 2000, and as a Partner was instrumental in organizing the management buyout in 2006 with FCA and Lloyd’s Broker accreditation quickly following. David’s management role within Safeonline included the development and growth of Safeonline’s MGA and broking operations increasing returns year on year. As co-founder of Ascent Underwriting, he is also the Chief Executive Officer.
Gareth Tungatt
Chief Underwriting Officer
Gareth is co-founder of Ascent Underwriting and also the Chief Underwriting Officer with responsibility for all underwriting operations including product development. With over 15 years experience writing cyber, technology and intellectual property risk, he is recognised as one of the leading underwriters in the London market generating consistently profitable results. He was previously with Barbican Syndicate from May 2009 as their specialist underwriter for e-commerce risk, and prior to that with ACE Global Markets. Gareth is a regular contributor to several industry publications and forums on insurance risk management for the e-commerce sector, and has worked with a number of blue-chip organisations in a specialized risk consultancy role.
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.