Axiome Partners is a digital insurance start up, founded in 2020 by John Cummins and Alastair Burns. 



John Cummins

With a strong science and technology background and for over two decades, John Cummins has led a diverse range of innovative initiatives in collaboration with universities and companies. In recent years, he co-founded the Legal Technology Laboratory in the US to bring lawyers and computer scientists together on cutting-edge legal tech projects. Most recently, and in collaboration with UCL and a range of other organisations, John has undertaken pioneering work in the area of next-generation, digital contracting, also becoming known as ‘computable contracting’. John has a wealth of experience in computational modelling and information science, much of which was gained through his direct involvement in R&D projects, mainly in the fields of engineering science and manufacturing automation.

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Alastair Burns

With over thirty years’ experience in the US, European and London insurance market, holding roles across the insurance value chain, Alastair has led business and functions that have served Global brands through to individual consumers. His interest in technology and associated data issues have been ever present, from the early EPS eTrading efforts of the London market, through to the design of context aware travel insurance products for the mobile telephone companies. His most recent role drew him into the detail of the Future at Lloyd’s, and with it a new understanding of what will really be required for the insurance market place to achieve it’s goals of true client centricity at a sustainably acceptable cost base.


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Andrew Day

With extensive experience in the insurance and reinsurance sectors,  Andrew has worked on the design, build and implementation of various systems including databases, data warehouses, document management, retail websites and mobile applications. He is an expert in SQL, C, Java and VB languages applied both on premises and across the latest Cloud offerings. More specifically, he has developed solutions with Best Life, Chubb, LLOYD’S, QBE and TMHCC. He was also an early contributor to ROOM Solutions’ Subscribe 2000 products (now the Advantage GO suite). Andrew can communicate and sell ideas at board level as well as cut code – with the end goal of transforming and accelerating the business insight at all times.
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Hélène Stanway

Hélène is an award-winning and highly effective insurance leader with a proven track record in emerging technologies, innovation, operations, data and change. Hélène has led several notable initiatives such as the Global Health Risk Facility, the Digital Risk Engineer and Insurwave for AXA XL. She helps companies in the global insurance market embrace change to achieve their desired strategic goals, improve processes, increase efficiency and deploy relevant tools. Hélène’s desire for transformations is seen in her roles as a Non-Executive and Coaching Director at EDII, the President of SENSE Consortium, Strategic Advisor for r10 and as LMA’s Market Engagment Advisor to the Chair of the Data Council. She works towards advancing women in the industry through mentoring and participates in the Insurance Breakfast Club to support and accelerate female career progression.

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Amanda Winn

Amanda is a data scientist currently specialising in the financial services sector. With clients such as Arena Wealth, she provides strong data analytics underpinning to her advisory work, mainly in taxation. She joins Axiome with the aim of applying her data science expertise to building future contracting models for insurance. Previously, Amanda was Head of Mathematical Science at the University of Brighton where she led the development of their MSc Programme in Data Analytics. She gained a PhD in Mathematics from Durham University and has collaborated with the Control and Dynamical Systems Group at California Insitute of Technology on measuring the robustness of models of biochemical networks. In her spare time, Amanda is an accomplished muscian, writing, performing and producing her own music. 

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Caroline Woolley

Caroline joins us on special projects giving business interruption and claims input. She has worked in the risk and insurance industry for over 20 years, she is well known as a leading business interruption expert. She worked for 15 years in claims as a Forensic Accountant,
working on behalf of Insurers and also previously for Insureds. Caroline was EMEA property practice leader and Global head of the Business Interruption centre of excellence for Marsh. She now specialises in the investigation of claims on behalf of Insurers, and works with Insurers to enhance relationships with their clients through training, Claims Collaboration projects, pre-loss BI reviews and policy development work. She also works as single expert due to her experience and Meaden & Moore’s independent status. Her experience is therefore a perfect fit for our clients that want to use the foundation of computable contracts for any business interruption related policies, and also for those that want to go further to understand and quantify risk before taking it on.

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Oliver Goodenough

Oliver Goodenough’s research and practice at the intersection of law, science, technology, and finance make him an international authority on legal innovation.  On the academic side, he is a Research Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and affiliated faculty at Stanford’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, where he has been a leader in their initiatives on computational law, computable contracting and insurance contract automation. For CodeX, he has been a principal author of Computable Contracts and Insurance: An Introduction and Developing a Legal Specification Protocol: Technological Considerations and Requirements. He is also a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.

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Dickie Whitaker

Dickie Whitaker has 40 years’ experience in the (re)insurance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation, linking academia, government and finance. He co-founded the Lighthill Risk Network, Oasis Palm Tree ltd, the Oasis Hub and is the Chief Executive of Oasis Loss Satellite Applications Advisory Board, Expert Group for the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), UNISDR, Cabot Institute Advisory Board, Natural Environment Research Council and others. Dickie supported and steered the computable contracts project funded by the Lighthill Risk Network that served as the genesis for Axiome Partners.