Our people

Charles Dymoke

Co-founder of Lodestar. Entered the Marine Insurance industry in 1980. 7 years with Sedgwick Marine Ltd as a Hull broker and latterly as a P&I broker. 17 years with Steamship Mutual as the Far East and Middle East underwriter. 8 years as head of P&I at British Marine. Charles’ areas of underwriting responsibility include Holland, Greece, Scandinavia, India and Middle East.

John Hearn

John is Co-founder of Lodestar. 17 years with the Shipowners P&I Club. 3 years heading the Markel P&I facility and 5 years as senior underwriter with British Marine. John’s primary areas of underwriting responsibility include Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Luxury Yachts.

Vicky Clarke

Entered the Marine Insurance industry in 2006. 5 years with British Marine as an assistant underwriter. Graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc (Hons) German and Information Systems degree and has achieved DipCII. Vicky has been with Lodestar since the beginning in 2011, and was promoted to Underwriter in April 2017 for Turkey, India and Indian Sub-Continent. 

Ian MacIver

Ian joined Lodestar in 2015. He was previously a hydrographic surveyor for the leading dredging, offshore and marine construction contractor Boskalis B.V. Graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) Marine Geography degree. Ian was appointed a Lodestar Underwriter June 2016. Primary areas of underwriting responsibility are Central and South America, Africa, Russia & FSU Countries, Middle East and Cyprus.

Simone Vena

Simone joined Lodestar in 2018. He previously worked as crew on yachts, before entering the marine insurance industry as a loss adjuster and later as a H&M and P&I broker. Graduated from Plymouth University with a FdSc Operational Yacht Science degree and a BSc (Hons) Navigation and Maritime Science degree.

Jenny Barker

Entered the Marine Insurance industry in 2010. Graduated from London Metropolitan University with a HND in Digital animation. Joined British Marine’s underwriting department in 2010 and Lodestar in 2014. Jenny works closely with Charles Dymoke and John Hearn.

Shetu Paul

Shetu is currently undertaking an internship with Lodestar and joined the team on 5th June 2019.  Shetu will be working closely with all underwriters and the claims team.

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