Chris Barrett, Branch Manager & Hull Underwriter (New Zealand)
Born in the fishing town of Whitby, NE England, Chris joined the company in 1989 after a career as a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy. Qualified with a BSc in Nautical Studies, he originally worked in the Claims Department before transferring to Underwriting eleven years later. A relocation to the New Zealand branch office followed in 2006 where Chris and his family soon became New Zealand citizens. Whilst his role as underwriter continues, Chris has also taken on the responsibility of Branch Manager and claims liaison. Chris is proud to represent Sunderland Marine as part of the North Group in New Zealand.
Graham handles Hull & Machinery and P&I Property claims worldwide with specific responsibility to oversee New Zealand claims. Graham also provides support on Aquaculture claims. Graham joined Sunderland Marine in 1996.
The North Group was established on 28 February 2014 following a merger of the North of England P&I Association and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited. The merger between two of the longest-established and most successful international marine insurance businesses - both of which are based in north-east England - created one of the largest global marine insurance operations, providing enhanced financial stability, a greater diversity of product lines, continued service excellence and a stronger competitive position. The North Group has the ability to service the needs of the entire marine spectrum, from small fishing vessels to the largest ships.
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