Richard Close-Smith

  • Marine Insurance
  • Client and Underwriter Relations

Richard Close-Smith is an exceptionally experienced Marine Insurance broker, having spent over 45 years working for Willis Towers Watson, formerly Willis Faber & Dumas, where he led The Marine Hull Broking Team and represented a wide portfolio of major international shipowner clients.

Richard is qualified as an Associate Of The Chartered Insurance Institute; he was a member of The General Committee of Lloyd’s Register and he chaired The Marine Executive of The London Market Insurance Broker’s Committee. He was also a trustee of WTW’s substantial DB Pension Scheme for ten years.

Richard has a deep knowledge of both The Lloyd’s Marine Insurance Market and The International Shipping Market; this is coupled with his widely respected experience of the interaction between those markets and in particular the scope (and limitations) of the role of an international insurance broker.