People

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

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Co-Founder

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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Co-Founder

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.

Axiome Associate

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.

Axiome Associate

William Pitt

William Pitt is a director in the research and consulting practice of Conning, where he focuses on the specialty insurance market.  He has held senior marketing and communications roles at Beazley, Marsh & McLennan Companies and Lloyd’s, and served as a senior advisor to Whitespace, the fastest growing digital placement platform in the London insurance market.  At Beazley, he led a team that launched the world’s first fully personalized digital insurance policy, offering a dramatically improved experience for policyholders, an initiative described in Harvard Business Review.

Axiome Associate

Dean White

Dean has nearly 40 years experience in the London insurance market, having held senior positions in both the broking and underwriting communities.  Initially specialising in developing bespoke solutions for complex financial institutions and  market infrastructure organisations in respect of their operational risks, he was subsequently recognised as a leading product development expert across property, casualty and many other specialty insurance areas.  Passionate about improving the robustness and efficacy of policy wordings to address existing, new and emerging risk sectors, he has also been a leading advocate for improved accessibility and flexibility of contracts for differing client requirements.  In his last role at Marsh & McLennan he was Head of Technical Development and Governance and was the architect and lead negotiator for the Marsh Resilience Suite of Policies, specifically designed to address the a wide range of risks in the SME Sector. This product set encompassed six individual policies which delivered a transformation in policy structure, uniformity of language, improvement in coverage, enhanced transparency and simplified contract navigation. 

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Advisor

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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Advisor

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.