David Williams

David is Managing Director for Underwriting AXA Commercial Lines & Personal Intermediary and was appointed as the RISCAuthority Chairman in January 2014.

David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, roles including Chief Commercial Underwriter at one of AXA’s largest branches, Reinsurance Manager, and Casualty Insurance Manager, before moving to claims in 2003. After leading AXA’s Personal & Commercial Claims Teams, the split of AXA Insurance saw David return to Underwriting and is now Managing Director, Underwriting for the newly formed Commercial Lines & Personal Intermediary Organisation.

He was heavily involved in the government and ABI responses to the ‘Liability Crisis’ from his time as Casualty Manager, and continues his lobbying work as the insurance industry looks to remove unnecessary costs and delay from the current adversarial compensation process. He represented the insurance industry in ministerial meetings during the riots and continues to be involved in lobbying at all levels.

As well as operating at an Executive level within AXA Insurance, David is a non-Executive Director of AXA Assistance UK, Vice President of the CII and Chair of the CII Underwriting Faculty. He was previously a Board Member of the CII/CILA Faculty of Claims, a member of the National Stakeholder Council for the Governments ‘Workplace Health Connect’ initiative during its currency, and was a Director of Thatcham, the Insurance Industry Motor Vehicle Research Institute for four years.

He is a member of the AXA Group P&C Board and has represented the UK on asbestos, health, pollution and fraud issues. He speaks regularly at conferences and other events, in the UK and Europe, on a variety of subjects including most recently insurance fraud, improving customer service, flooding, and climate change

David chairs the 6-monthly RISCAuthority Executive Committee which oversees future strategy and funding and the Members' Forum which looks at all working group activities and project planning.