Howden’s MGA arm DUAL said the trio of UK senior appointments add to its “leadership team bench strength”.

DUAL UK has announced the appointments of Catherine Dixon as chief underwriting officer and Rob Corner in a new role as its chief distribution officer.


Corner joins the business, which is the MGA arm of re/insurance intermediary Howden, in May and Dixon will join in June, both reporting to Simon McGinn, CEO, DUAL UK.

In January 2024, Catherine Farnworth (pictured) joined as chief actuary for DUAL UK & Europe.

She was previously group chief risk officer at IQUW and held leadership roles at MS Amlin and MS Frontier Reinsurance after starting her career at PwC.

Dixon brings over 30 years’ experience in the Commercial SME & mid-corporate insurance sector, most recently as CUO of Allianz’s Commercial business in the UK.

Corner has more than 10 year’s industry experience including nine years at Allianz and, most recently as a regional director at AXA.

The appointments are designed to further strengthen the UK leadership team, the company said, as the business positions itself to drive significant expansion in the UK.

McGinn said: “I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming the three of them to the already strong UK leadership team. DUAL has been on a significant growth journey in our home market, both organically and through bringing in new teams, and we have plans to do so much more in 2024 and beyond.

“Catherine Farnworth’s focus is to further build out our actuarial capabilities in the UK and Europe, with a focus on pricing and underwriting profitability. She is part of both the UK and Europe leadership teams.

“The new role of chief distribution officer is absolutely critical to our growth plans and Rob will be responsible for coordinating with our distribution partners and helping us grow into the retail market space as well as London Market, specialty and existing businesses.

Dixon’s key areas of focus will be to ensure underwriting, governance and approach to market reflect the company’s position in the market, McGinn explained, working with group and regional CEOs to coordinate group strategy.

“Catherine, Catherine and Rob bring fantastic relevant experience and complementary skills to the DUAL UK leadership team. We are now well positioned to drive our business forward in a way that not only supports our capacity providers, but that also continues to deliver great insurance solutions to our brokers and customers,” McGinn added.