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John Eldridge


John Eldridge

Deputy Head of UK Specialty at Canopius

My work philosophy:

It’s a bit of a cliché but, seriously, seize the day! On average we live for around 27,000 days and spend a lot of it sleeping; so spend the rest of it wisely.

My Roles and Responsibilities

I work in the UK Specialty area, which underwrites personal and commercial insurance policies sold in the UK by our distribution partners (which we call coverholders). As Deputy Head of the team my role is to help develop and implement our strategy, and ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible.


Although unintentional, I have always worked within the insurance industry. I started off as a London-based broker with HSBC and then moved into regional broking, predominantly in COO and MD roles. More recently I have moved into 'underwriting' with Canopius, which has provided me with a totally different persprective on the industry (there is more to insurance than you think!)

Why am I on Connect?

I believe in the ‘Connect’ vision and would like to help others access opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to.

Whom would I like to mentor?

Anyone looking to get into the insurance industry.

My areas of expertise

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