Meet the team


Neil Hopkins MSc ACII

Underwriting Manager

Neil is a trained fisheries biologist and Chartered Insurance Practitioner with over 30 years of experience in London Market Aquaculture insurance from both broking and underwriting angles. He has visited a large number of aquaculture installations in many parts of the world and has first-hand knowledge of a wide variety of rearing systems for many different aquatic species.


Matthew Hough BSc (Hons)


Matt joined AHJ in 2011 after graduating university. After a short period of working within the Marine Broking team he became a Trainee Underwriter within GAIC. Having gained several years’ experience through underwriting and visiting farms globally, Matt became a named Underwriter on the GAIC binder in 2015.


Ben Lawn MSci (Hons) ACII

Trainee Underwriter

Ben joined the GAIC team in 2018. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Southampton, graduating with a Master’s degree in 2014. Prior to joining GAIC, he worked at Allianz. Ben holds the Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and is committed to continued professional development.

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Jessica Leigh

Claims Technician

Having joined AHJ in 2007, Jessica joined the claims team in 2012 focusing on Latin American facultative reinsurance, Caribbean Excess of Loss reinsurance and Marine Cargo claims. In addition to these responsibilities, in 2018 Jessica took over the claims handling for all GAIC losses.