James MacDonald
Class Underwriter

James joined the Syndicate permanently in August 2013, having previously worked in the AEGIS Terrorism team for 12 months as an Intern. He attained full underwriting authority early in 2016, and took over leadership of the Terrorism/PV account as Class Underwriter in 2022. James takes the lead role for much of the day-to-day underwriting and also now sits on the Aegis Underwriting Management Team. James has a First Class Master’s (MLitt) Degree in Terrorism & Political Violence from the University of St Andrews, where he scored 75% in his dissertation focusing on the strategic failures of Operation Enduring Freedom, and averaged 79.5% across his other modules, which focused on; Counter-Terrorism, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber-Terrorism, Suicide Terrorism, International Terrorism, and the History of Terrorism. He is a Chartered Insurer and became a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) in 2021.

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