Our Team

Robin HC Kirkland (Chairman)

pic-robinOur Chairman Robin Kirkland, has over 30 years experience in the London Insurance market and has mainly specialised in arranging bespoke insurance schemes for the professional sectors. With Andrew Prescott, he co-founded  Dallas Kirkland (Professions) Ltd leading it to become the largest insurance provider to the recruitment and associated sectors, arranging cover for over 3,500 recruitment business’s and 6,000 individual IT, Management and similar contractors. Robin enjoys understanding the sometimes unique requirements of his clients and providing sensible solutions to the insurance challenges faced by them.


Simon Carman ACII (Director)

pic-simonSimon spent more than 30 years at Aviva in various senior underwriting and management roles.  He was Head of the Guarantee Society and Underwriting Manager of Aviva Professionals Risks.  As such, he had control of Aviva’s professional indemnity, crime, surety and contingency accounts.  He has built particular expertise in lost share certificates, fraud and the protection of client money.




Andrew Prescott BA (Hons) (Director)

pic-andrewAndrew has nearly 30 years experience of dealing with recruitment agency insurance. In 2003 he co-founded Dallas Kirkland (Professions) Ltd with Robin Kirkland the largest insurance scheme of its kind in the UK, specialising in the recruitment sector

The company insured over 3,500 agencies, including over half of the top 25 listed by turnover.

Following its sale in 2006 to the Giles/INK Group, Andrew continued to work in the business as a Director, until its takeover by Arthur J Gallagher in 2013.


Iwona Polak MA(Hons) (Account Executive)

pic-iwonaIwona has specialised in underwriting recruitment insurance risks and professional indemnity insurance since 2005, when she joined Dallas Kirkland RecruitInsure, becoming responsible for the management of the professional consultants product range.  Since joining Portsoken at its beginning, she has become the mainstay of our lost share certificate indemnity business.

Iwona’s experience is invaluable in the day to day operations of Portsoken, where she is involved in all classes of our business, although most of her time is now spent on lost share certificate indemnities.



Alex Skriptchenkov Cert CII (Associate Director)

pic-alexAlex began his insurance career in 2001 joining Miller Insurance Services as an Account Broker and dealing with a diverse portfolio of clients in the property sector. Following Miller’s takeover by Giles Insurance Brokers in 2008, Alex progressed to become an Account Executive specialising in Professional Liability, Directors’ and Officers’, Property and other lines.

Most recently Alex held the position of Associate Director at ‘Agent Assure’, a niche division of Arthur J Gallagher, for the placement of Professional Liability and other risks faced by property professionals. He led a specialist broking team and was responsible for the day to day running, control and the overall performance of the account.

Alex joined Portsoken Ltd in 2015 because he felt we were more compatible to his style of broking, enabling him to maintain and build upon his strong client relationships while providing a great service.