Meet the Sciemus Team
Sciemus is made up of some of the brightest minds in the industry, click below to find out more about the people behind the science.
Chief Executive Officer
Andre is the co-founder of Sciemus who has worked on the company since it’s inception in 2002. Andre worked in Investment Banking for eight years, he then undertook four years academic and work-based research in understanding knowledge led strategies within different industry sectors. This included supporting an Oxford thesis on information usage in the non-life insurance industry. From this research he co-founded Sciemus with Neil Fleming with the aim of improving underwriting competitiveness through the application of cutting edge information handling and modelling techniques. Andre guest lectures and teaches at Cranfield and Oxford Universities and has an MBA from Ashridge and a BSc from Imperial College, London.
Chief Technology Officer
Neil is the Chief Technical Officer for Sciemus and is responsible for the continued technological developments the company makes in modelling analytics. He is the co-founder of Sciemus, has an MBA from the Said Business School, University of Oxford and an engineering degree from Cambridge University. Before founding Sciemus Neil was an RAF Officer and an Intelligence Analyst with the UK MoD.
Managing Director of Power
Neil joined Sciemus in March 2013 to lead the Power underwriting and consultancy business. Prior to joining, Neil was Underwriting Director for Ace Global Markets, Property. His main role for Ace, since starting there in 2007, was as class underwriter for Power and Utilities - dealing with clients from around the world with a varied mix of technologies and fuel types. Neil's experience of underwriting and broking within the power business dates back 20 years, as prior to his time at Ace, he led successful broking teams specialising in the sector at JLT and before that at Marsh. He qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute having started his career with Sedgwick in 1986.
Director of Space
Paul joined Sciemus in January 2012 as Director of Space. Paul is responsible for Space Risk Underwriting and the growth of consulting and technical review of risks for Sciemus Space. Prior to joining, Paul was a founder of Kane Group, which has grown to be the world's largest independent insurance and captive management firm. Paul has 25 years experience as a Space and Aviation Broker at Willis Group and Benfield and has been involved with Sciemus since the company's foundation, placing the original reinsurance capacity supporting Sciemus Space. Paul has an MBA from Henley Management College focused on the electronic distribution and mediation of Space and Aviation risks.
Keith joined Sciemus as Operations Director in July 2006. He is responsible for all administrative and operational matters within Sciemus and is also the Company Secretary.· Prior to joining Sciemus he was a British Army Officer and then went on to work in a number of commercial organisations in a variety of financial and operational roles. Keith has a BSc (Econ) from the University of Wales in Management Studies, and is a Chartered Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Director of Product Sales
Peter is responsible for sales of Sciemus' analytical and modelling services in the property division. Previously Peter was Commercial Director for Delta Community, a technology company which develops, brings to market and supports electronic trading systems for global trading communities in the financial and commodity markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. Peter is also a skilled project manager having previously delivered new product development and post merger integration initiatives. Peter holds an MBA from the Ashridge Business School.
Head of Technical Operations
Ben joined Sciemus as part of the technical development and operations team in 2008. He now leads technical operations, maintaining and developing the technical capability in insurance risk assessment, as well as providing expertise in spacecraft engineering, power generation and risk assessment to the Sciemus' business. Ben previously spent 7 years working for QinetiQ in the Space department, on procurement and operations of spacecraft for the UK MoD as well spacecraft insurance assessment for Sciemus. He has a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton where he specialised in astronautics and as part of his work in the power generation business he is completing his doctoral thesis from on the applications of reliability modelling for insurance risk assessment.
Head of Coding
Ashley joined Sciemus in May 2011 as Head of Coding. He is responsible for the implementation of calculation engines and the architecture of UI for Sciemus technology. Ashley is a chartered engineer, has a PhD in Materials Science from Cambridge University and a Bsc in Physics from Aberystwyth University. Prior to joining Sciemus, he spent 17 years working for QinetiQ where his roles included leader of the Aeroengine Lifing Team and of a Software Development Team. Ashley has also spent 5 years at Cambridge University as joint MoD/Rolls-Royce Research Associate developing the world’s first microstructural-scale model of fatigue in high strength alloys capable of life prediction.
Robin joined Sciemus in January 2011 as Data Architect responsible for the design and implementation of strategies and methodologies to maintain and improve the quality of management and flow of information used in Sciemus risk analysis technologies. Robin will also be heading up the design and implementation of spatial solutions for Sciemus models. Robin has a BA (High Hons) in Geography from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and joins Sciemus after having worked at a number of companies including QinetiQ and Autodesk where he provided data management consultancy into a variety of sectors including Insurance, Central Government, Utilities and Defence.
Business Development & Marketing Manager
Martin joined Sciemus in September 2010 to manage new business ventures and operations along with facilitating external marketing communications and the development of the Sciemus brand. Martin has a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Kingston Upon Thames University and previously worked as Marketing Coordinator for digital entertainment publisher Electronic Arts.
Business Development Executive
Francesca joined Sciemus in July 2012 and is responsible for new business generation across the sectors Sciemus operates in. Prior to joining Sciemus Francesca worked at Kane Group as Business Development Executive for 5 years. Francesca has a BSc in Anatomy and Physiology from the University of Bristol.
Nick joined Sciemus in 2009 following the completion of a Masters degree in Astronautics & Space Engineering at Cranfield University, having previously read Mathematics at Imperial College, London. Initially specialising in satellite technical analysis, Nick transitioned to the client facing aspect of Sciemus' space business, and routinely liaises with both customers and suppliers in the insurance community. Nick remains as the technical lead for the space team, and is responsible for risk analysis for a variety of launch and in-orbit spacecraft.
Analyst of Renewables
James joined Sciemus as Renewables Technical Officer in November 2009 and is responsible for delivering the WindRAT modelling tool to market. James has an MSc in Organisational Knowledge from Cranfield University. James began his time at Sciemus through a Engineering Doctorate (EngD), sponsored by Sciemus, with a thesis based on the process of internalising external knowledge sets into centralised repositories.
Chris joined Sciemus as a Senior Analyst in August 2012. He is responsible for reviewing power insurance risks and running the Sciemus Power Risk Analysis Tool (PowerRAT). Chris is also involved with consultancy projects, providing an in-depth knowledge of the performance and reliability of thermal generation stations. Prior to starting Sciemus Chris completed his PhD investigating the hierarchy in cellular materials with the Functional Materials Group at the University of Exeter, sponsored by Rolls-Royce. Exeter was also where he completed his BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. To date he has published several papers in peer review journals, which have received multiple citations.
Chrysovalantis joined Sciemus as a Senior Analyst in October 2012. His main responsibilities range from reviewing power insurance risks, running the Sciemus Power Risk Analysis Tool (PowerRAT) and applying his knowledge on power generation consultancy projects. Chrysovalantis has a MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University College London where he chose the 'Optimisation of Turbine Arrays in Tidal Streams' as the subject of his 4th year group design project. Prior to that he served as a Sergeant in the Cyprus National Guard for two years.
David joined Sciemus as a Senior Analyst in November 2012. His main responsibilities range from reviewing power insurance risks, providing consultation on projects and providing a quantifiable measurement of risk through engineering expertise and utilisation of Sciemus' proprietary risk analysis tool, PowerRAT. David graduated with a MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with Management from the University of Edinburgh. His final year work on experimental investigations into the governing mechanisms of fire lanterns awarded him best masters dissertation by IMechE and has been forwarded for publication in the Aerospace Science and Technology journal. Prior to Sciemus David was a field engineer and project manager for Weatherford International in Queensland, Australia.
Lina joined Sciemus as Office Administrator in March 2013. She is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly and providing clerical and administrative support to the team. Prior joining Sciemus Lina worked as Admin Assistant for Eastnet UK in London and a number of advertising agencies in Lithuania. Lina has a Master's in Marketing & Sales Management from Vilnius University in Lithuania.