“My studies at Exeter gave me an excellent foundation for understanding the complexity of the business world - and the factors at play in its continuous change and development.”

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Nigel Primmer, FINEX at Willis Ltd

Executive Director, FINEX at Willis Ltd

Nigel's career in insurance spans over thirty years. Before university, he worked for Lloyds as an underwriter, and since his time studying Economics at Exeter, he has enjoyed a variety of broking roles.

"I graduated from Exeter in 1977, and joined insurance broker Sedgwick Group soon after that. As a UK and International Account Executive, I gained valuable experience in North American liability insurance, general UK insurance and international programmes. During this time, I also took my insurance exams and became a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

After nearly 14 years with Sedgwick, I decided to specialise and move into financial sector risk management. So in 1990 I joined Special Risk Services and managed several high profile accounts. Special Risk Services was a great success story, and when Minet bought the company in 1996, they made me Managing Director of Client Servicing. However, at this time of mergers, takeovers and acquisitions, Minet was was soon up for sale, too. In 1997 I joined Willis, Faber and Dumas Ltd, as Executive Director in the European Financial Risks team.

Willis, Faber and Dumas Ltd is now known as Willis and I specialise as an Account Executive for UK-based financial sector companies and organisations. I deal with a wide range of clients, including banks, building societies, investment managers and wealth advisers.

My studies at Exeter gave me an excellent foundation for understanding the complexity of the business world - and the factors at play in its continuous change and development. When you're dealing with insurance risks on the scale I do, that's very useful!

I like to keep in touch with the Business School through the alumni network, and help organise and promote events that bring alumni together from all over the world. The University of Exeter was - and still is - very highly regarded for its business programmes and links to industry. It's also in a beautiful part of the country, and it's nice to see the Business School is still seen as one of the best in the UK, if not the world."