Our Team

Meet Our Team of Experts

Roger Hutchinson

Managing Director

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Roger is a Chartered Insurer and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (U.K.) with over 25 years in the Caribbean insurance industry in both senior management and consultancy positions. He currently owns an Underwriting Agency in Barbados and is an Aviation consultant to a Lloyd’s of London broker. He is a past Director of both the General Insurance Association of Barbados and the Insurance Institute of Barbados.
 
Prior to entering the insurance field, Roger had a 13 year career in Aircraft Engineering. He has an Honours degree in Air Transport Engineering from The City University, London and worked for BWIA, British Airways and Carib Express.
 
Roger has been a Director of Palm Captive Consultants since its inception and became active in its day to day operations when he was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Roger is Barbadian born and lives in Barbados.

Simon Pringle

Director

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Simon has been advising captives since 1981 through client service roles as an insurance broker specialising in international energy business. After graduating from Oxford University with an honours degree in Classics he worked at Seascope Insurance Services until 1987 when he became a founding member of London broker Newman Martin and Buchan LLP. He formed Palm in 2007 in order to address the absence of independent underwriting services for captives in Barbados and opened Palm’s London office in 2014. His specialities are policy design and pricing, and new product development.

Valerie Cusano

Director

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Valerie has just stepped down from her role as President of Iridium Risk Services Inc. in Calgary, an independent brokerage dedicated to providing risk management and insurance advice to energy companies. Valerie will continue to act as a special resource to clients, and will increase her focus on providing advisory services for captives and their parents. Through her work as a claims expert and broker for the past 20 years, Valerie has developed relationships with key insurance underwriting and claims personnel, as well as with key claims adjusters around the world. These relationships will be valuable to Palm clients as they focus on compliance and robust policies and procedures.

Valerie has worked with several clients in the development and growth of their captives, from the creation of insurance policies and supporting documentation, to the handling of claims and instructing adjusters. As a Director of Palm, Val brings her insurance and captive expertise to support captive owners and their parents.

Mark Roberton

Director

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Mark recently retired after 17 years at Nexen Energy ULC in Calgary where he was the Director, Risk Management and Insurance. Previous roles include risk manager at Husky Energy and as an underwriter and broker. He is involved as a board member on The William H. McGannon Foundation and has held professional positions as a director for ICM Assurance (Barbados), the advisory board of Mount Royal University and he has sat on a number of insurer advisory panels including OCIL, Swiss Re and AIG Canada. Mark has been an instructor at the Insurance Institute of Canada, Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.