Specialist executive search and consulting firm covering the Insurance and Reinsurance Markets of the UK, Europe and Internationally.

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 senior level hiring.


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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
  • Targeted candidate approaches and acquisition
  • Team extractions, exit strategy and delivery
  • 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/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.

Managing Director, 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


Fifth Step+

Fifth Step
Leveraging your IT assets for improved performance and added value.

Fifth Step provides flexible services across the technology landscape to executive and senior management to enhance, extend and magnify existing capabilities.

Leadenhall Consulting+

Fifth Step
Leadenhall Consulting provides coaching, talent assessment and leadership development to the insurance market in general.

The Control Functions Practice provide risk, compliance and audit functions with leadership development based on Leadenhall’s own proprietary leadership framework.


Fifth Step
Employing the right people for any organisation is vital.

Neotas go beyond traditional database checks providing deeper insights on people risk by interrogating the wealth
of data available online.

Regulatory bodies, such as the FCA, are increasingly focused on the value of open source intelligence for employee due diligence.

Contact Us

Patterson Irving Limited

51 Eastcheap

t: 020 3286 2086

e: information@pattersonirving.com

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