Robin HC Kirkland (Chairman)
Our 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)
Simon 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 documents, fraud and the protection of client money.
Andrew Prescott BA (Hons) (Director)
Andrew 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)
Iwona 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.
Iwona’s experience is invaluable in the day to day operations of Portsoken, where she is involved in all classes of our business, including lost share certificate indemnities.
Alex Skriptchenkov Cert CII (Associate Director)
Alex began his insurance career in 2001 when he joined Miller Insurance Services (UK) Ltd as an Account Broker, servicing a diverse portfolio of SME and mid corporate clients operating in the property sector.
Following the takeover of Miller Insurance Services (UK) Ltd by Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd 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 associated risks faced by property professionals. At Agent Assure, he led a specialist broking team and was responsible for the day to day running, control and the overall performance of the account.
Being client focused, Alex took the opportunity to join Portsoken Ltd in 2015 whom he felt were more compatible to his style of broking, enabling him to maintain and build upon his strong client relationships.