Our management team

A wide range of highly experienced insurance and business professionals

Board Members

  • Matthew Washington

    Managing Director


    Matthew is an experienced insurance executive with over 20 years’ experience in the Lloyd’s marketplace. His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer at CV Starr, running a Lloyd's market consultancy, and a variety of Executive roles at Ascot, including Board roles of Ascot’s US and Asian subsidiaries.

  • Richard Heppell

    Chief Financial Officer


    Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the market and extensive experience of supporting the growth and development of Lloyd’s businesses. Prior to joining Neon, his roles included Chief Financial Officer at MS Amlin Underwriting and a range of senior corporate finance roles at QBE.

  • James Sterling

    Claims Director


    James has headed up the Neon Claims team since July 2019. He is an Oxford University graduate, ACII qualified and a UK-qualified solicitor, having practised insurance law at international law firm CMS from 2004-2011. James then spent six years at AXA XL (formerly Catlin) adjusting Casualty claims. James joined Neon as Casualty Claims Manager in March 2017, responsible for the in-house claims handling and operations personnel, as well as key outsource providers and TPAs.


  • Michael Wade

    Non-Executive Director - Neon Underwriting

    With 30 years’ experience at Lloyd’s, Michael is a Senior Advisor to the Cabinet Office, previously serving as Crown Representative for Insurance. Michael was recently Exec Chairman of Besso Insurance Group and also served on the Council and Committee of Lloyd’s.

  • Ken Curtis

    Non-Executive Chairman – Neon Underwriting (Pending regulatory approvals)

    Ken is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ insurance market experience.  Ken joined the Neon Underwriting Limited Board as an Non-Executive Director in 2019 and has recently been appointed Non-Executive Chairman on an interim basis.  Prior to this Ken held the position of Director of Finance and Risk at the Lloyd’s Market Association, preceded by senior roles with Barbican Managing Agency and Chaucer Holdings PLC.

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