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4.01.2016

Brian Caudle 1935-2016

Brian was a well-known and much loved figure in the London market. A proud East Ender, he attended Leyton Grammar before beginning his career in 1952, aged just 17, as a clerk in the non-marine department of Lloyd’s broker Leslie & Godwin. Following two years’ National Service, he returned to the firm. He left broking briefly for an underwriting seat at the box of G.W. Price & Others in 1958, but was reclaimed by Leslies in 1964, and rose to senior broker.  He moved to reinsurance intermediary Bellew Parry & Raven in 1968, as one of the most experienced non-marine brokers in London. 
 
In 1975, Brian formed BF Caudle Agencies to manage Syndicate 780. Brian was active underwriter of the non-marine specialist, and under his direction it embraced corporate capital at Lloyd’s. The Managing Agency became Advent Underwriting in 2002, when Brian took the position of chairman and director of underwriting. He retained the role of Advent Group Chairman until his retirement in 2012. Under Brian’s steady hand, Syndicate 780 consistently outperformed the wider Lloyd’s market. 
 
Alongside bread-and-butter non-marine and energy policies, Brian wrote specialist risks including the jewellery worn by Elizabeth Taylor for her role as Cleopatra, and an abandonment policy covering the minister Billy Graham. 
 
In 2001 he was voted Underwriter of the Year by Names of the Association of Lloyd’s Members. 
 
While Brian once admitted his “favourite ‘gadget’ was Lloyd’s”, he was an adept restorer of antique clocks and pocket watches.  
 
Brian will be missed by everyone that knew him.