Leading executive search and consulting firm covering the Insurance and Reinsurance Markets of the Financial industry.

We recognise that talent exists everywhere. For our Clients’ we value and seek to attract the very best from the widest and most diverse pool of candidates.

We are agile, exclusive and highly effective.

What We Do

Executive Search

A specialised form of management consulting utilising comprehensive research processes to effect senior level appointments.

We will work with your business to define your precise requirements, to identify and provide a shortlist of candidates to meet your exacting criteria.

Our process offers a seamless partner driven approach supported by high quality research, leading to successful Board and leadership appointments including senior level positions for leading insurance groups, underwriting firms, global brokers and specialist insurance businesses.

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Non-Executive Director Search

As specialists focused on the Insurance and Reinsurance Markets, we work with the Board and leadership team to identify and attract a range of candidates meeting your precise criteria.

We build an ideal iNED candidate profile that clearly sets out the complementary skills and experience you are seeking to add value on Board matters:

  • Diversity of thought and perspectives
  • Governance, compliance and risk
  • Strategy, operations and business
  • Leadership succession and people
  • Access to a wider professional network

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An additional service developed whilst working with Clients who were looking for an innovative approach to their requirements.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Competitor mapping and Talent ID
  • Screening, interviewing and detailed reports on specific candidate(s)


  • Benchmarking assignments across remuneration & benefits
  • Pre and post due diligence projects
  • Targeted candidate approaches and acquisition
  • Team extractions, exit strategy and delivery
  • Agreed candidate referrals
  • Specific sector research projects

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Successful outcomes for assignments are driven by comprehensive research processes.

We have partnered with professional consultants located in London, covering the UK and London International Markets, and Frankfurt, covering Europe and the International Markets.


These teams provide greater strength and depth, working closely with us on all assignments, providing a planned approach to resourcing and business sector intelligence gathering.

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Who We Are

A unique combination of proven backgrounds as executive search professionals and Insurance and Reinsurance industry practitioners.

Originally founded in 2000 by David Patterson and Rupert Irving, the business handles assignments for C-level, executive leadership and sector specific appointments across the Insurance and Reinsurance sectors.


Our specialist research capability supports our activity across the assignment footprint and can work in the main European languages, undertaking cross-border assignments into Europe, the US and Asia.

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We retained Patterson Irving to approach, interview and report on candidates for a senior active underwriting role. Their approach was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and efficient and the project had complex issues but was concluded successfully.

CEO, UK Insurance branch of US Insurer

Patterson Irving took the trouble to understand us and the personalities in the business before sending potential candidates and this saved us time and guaranteed we saw candidates who were right for our business.

Chief Executive, Global Specialty subsidiary – FTSE 250 Global brokerage

In our dealings with Patterson Irving they have always been professional, discreet and trustworthy. They have an extensive knowledge of the Insurance industry and of the people within.

COO, UK subsidiary of FTSE 250 Global brokerage

Patterson Irving is brilliantly networked and has a great understanding of our needs from their past experience within the business and sector.

CEO, UK subsidiary of Global Insurer

Patterson Irving has a very comforting style, are hugely knowledgeable within their space and always conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism. Certainly not your normal firm of head-hunters.

Group CEO, Managing Agency

Patterson Irving has a thorough knowledge of their specific markets and constantly invests time and effort in ensuring this is updated and accurate. This is an invaluable resource to an organisation that is hiring at a senior level.

Group HR Director, London Market Carrier


Bird & Bird


People can be the hardest asset to manage and laws can sometimes make that challenge even harder.

Bird & Bird’s employment law team provide a single source of support, coordinating and implementing national and international HR requirements.

Bird & Bird cover all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment to departure, helping clients to understand and minimise the risks around every corner. They offer clear, practical suggestions for achieving business objectives and maintaining or defending your interests in the face of any difficulties, disputes and deadlines

Bird & Bird LLP is an international law firm which supports organisations being changed by the digital world or those leading that change. Bird & Bird combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals. They have over 1300 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as close ties with firms in other parts of the world.


Leadenhall Consulting


Leadenhall Consulting provides coaching, talent assessment and leadership development to the Insurance Market in general.

The practices culture is based on Quality, Value, Partnership and Innovation.

Coaching on Demand


Coaching on Demand is the online coaching platform of Leadenhall Consulting.

It provides a modern, efficient and more cost-effective way of accessing executive coaching with the same high quality qualified coaches from the Leadenhall Consulting team many of whom have insurance and financial services experience.

Contact Us

Patterson Irving Limited

51 Eastcheap

t: 020 3286 2086

e: information@pattersonirving.com