Brit appoints James Birch to newly created position of Head of Innovation


Brit Ltd (“Brit” or “the Group”) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Birch to the newly created role of Head of Innovation. James will begin his role effective 22 July 2019 and will report directly to CEO, Matthew Wilson.

James will be responsible for managing the innovation process at Brit, helping identify business opportunities and new technologies that can further support the Group’s strategy.

James brings over a decade of experience of working in fintech, including being named one of the ‘35 under 35 in FinTech’. He joins Brit from venture capital firm Hambro Perks where he led the establishment of insurtech investment vehicle InsurTech Gateway in 2017. In his role as Principle James led fundraising, oversaw deal flow and managed the fund’s portfolio.

During his time at InsurTech Gateway, James oversaw the build of five insurtech incubated start-ups and led the seeding of 10 investments. Prior to Hambro Perks, James co-founded Pluto which focuses on combining dynamic pricing, digitalised policy management and an automated claims service for individuals buying travel insurance. James has also worked at EY where he set up the Global FinTech team and began his career at Accenture, where he focused on helping financial services clients with their innovation agendas.

Matthew Wilson, CEO, Brit, said: “As one of our three strategic pillars, innovation is a critical area of focus for us. We are therefore delighted that James joins Brit in the newly created role of Head of Innovation. James will bring an entrepreneurial approach and fresh perspectives as we look to explore new opportunities, develop and implement new technologies and evolve our processes to respond to the changing demands of the market and our clients.”