He will be replaced by Alistair Wood, currently a director of Hampden Agencies and head of research

Hampden Group has announced the retirement of Neil Smith as CEO of Hampden Agencies. After 14 years of successfully steering the largest members’ agency at Lloyd’s, Smith will retire from his role at the end of January 2023.

The chair of Hampden Agencies, Sarah Wilton, said: ”Neil’s contribution both to the Hampden Agencies business and to private capital in the Lloyd’s market has been hugely important and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Neil joined the Corporation of Lloyd’s in 1984. In 1994 he joined Stace Barr Members’ Agency. He was appointed CEO of Hampden Agencies in 2008. 

The CEO role will (subject to regulatory approval) be taken up by Alistair Wood, currently a director of Hampden Agencies and head of research. Wood has, for a number of years, led Hampden’s Lloyd’s syndicate research team.

The Hampden research capability is an important part of Hampden’s overall delivery of market-outperforming advice to clients and his knowledge and experience are suited for this new challenge.

Lord Strathclyde, Hampden Agencies chairman designate, added: ”I have always been impressed with Neil’s dedication and eye for detail in his management of Hampden Agencies. I am equally delighted that someone with the depth of knowledge and thought that Alistair possesses will be taking on the CEO role.”

Lord Strathclyde will (subject to regulatory approval) take on the chairman role of Hampden Agencies at the end of 2022.