Ferma background

Alan Punter

After leaving University in 1972, Alan started his career lecturing statistics at The Hatfield Polytechnic before entering insurance broking in 1983.  He spent 25 years in a succession of technical and managerial roles with Sedgwick, and then Alexander & Alexander (A&A), before its acquisition by Aon.  When he retired from Aon in 2008 his was as a Managing Director in the Chairman’s Office of Aon Limited in London, working with senior Aon Management internationally on a wide range of operational and strategic, client and market issues, and also CEO of Aon Capital Markets Limited.

Alan has written widely in the professional trade press and academic journals, and spoken at several hundred conferences and seminars on risk financing and risk management issues.  He was awarded the inaugural Lumina Award for outstanding research in reinsurance in 2001, and wrote the Institute of Financial Services text book on “Risk Financing and Management”.  He has written two case study based research reports for Airmic: he was a co-author of “Roads to Ruin” on corporate business failures, produced by Cass Business School for Airmic, and the sole author of “Supply Chain Failures”.

Alan’s current activities include being an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School in London, where he lectures on the MSc in Insurance and Risk Management programme and he is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Risk Studies, The Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.  He is also editing and writing study materials on Alternative Risk Transfer and Insurance-Linked Securitisation for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Alan holds a BTech degree in Mathematics, an MSc in Statistics, a PhD in Operations Research and an MBA in Finance (with distinction).  He also obtained the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) qualifications.