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Allianz strengthens motor trade team 

Posted: 14  January 2020

Allianz Insurance has announced three new management appointments across its motor trade business.

Simon Barker takes on the role of regional motor trade underwriting manager, North & Scotland. Under his new responsibilities he will be leading the underwriting discipline within Allianz’s newly formed Motor Trade Centre of Excellence (North) and he will play an integral part within the regional management team. Having joined Allianz in 2004, Simon has held several key roles in motor trade underwriting. He most recently held the position of motor trade account underwriter since 2016.

Helen Unitt and Spencer Berry both take to the role of regional motor trade manager, South. They will have joint responsibility for setting the underwriting strategy and profitably growing Allianz’s motor trade business in the south. They will also manage the Motor Trade Centre of Excellence (South).

Helen joined Allianz in 2005 as an assistant underwriter at the Southampton branch. She held a number of key roles across Property & Casualty and new business development before taking on the position of motor trade account underwriter in 2013.

Spencer has held a variety of positions at Allianz, having joined the Milton Keynes branch in 2000 as a commercial underwriter. He previously worked across personal lines, commercial and SME before specialising in motor trade and taking on the position of motor trade manager for central & east in 2017.

Sarah Mallaby, director of broker markets, Allianz Insurance, commented:

I’m really pleased to be announcing these three appointments within the motor trade team. Helen, Spencer and Simon have a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the motor trade sector and I have no doubt that their combined expertise will deliver excellent results for this pivotal business area. I wish them great success in their new roles.


The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

About Allianz Holdings plc

Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 million* private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing 790 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage 1.7 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are amongst the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2020, over 150,000 employees achieved total revenues of 140 billion euros and an operating profit of 10.8 billion euros for the group.

These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below. 

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Sian Baker
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