MGAA Next Gen Working Group

The MGAA Next Gen group has been set up to represent the voice and interests of the next generation within the MGA community.

MGAA Next Gen aims to:

  • Provide a networking platform through the organisation for individuals to share insight, knowledge and expertise at educational and social events
  • Promote training and education opportunities
  • Encourage entrepreneurship through mentoring
  • Create a forum for topical comment

More information

If you would like to learn more or join the circulation list for further details, please provide your contact details to here.

Deputy Chair

Alexia Eliades

Alexia is a Senior Reinsurance Claims Adjuster specialising in defending Medical Malpractice claims and US/Canadian Healthcare. 

Alexia is a qualified lawyer of England and Wales and spent many years in private practice handling large loss and high profile sensitive cases within the medical arena. 

Aside from work commitments, Alexia is on the Governing Board of an Independent school in London and was appointed part of the Compliance and Health, Mitigation and Risk sub-board teams. Alexia is also an Official Trained Representative of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and believes very strongly in defending the medical profession and in promoting awareness of mental health from early years. Alexia is fluent in Greek.

Chair (currently on maternity leave)

Katherine Snedden
Dual International Ltd

Fifteeen years working in the insurance MGA space working with a number Company markets and Lloyds of London Syndicates from an operational and product development perspective.

Currently managing the Compliance and Conduct environment at Dual International as their Head of Compliance. 

Passionate about planning, process and problem-solving! I believe that anything is achievable with hard work and a smile.


Matthew Bestwick
UK General Insurance

Matthew is a financial auditor by training, joining Mazars in 2007. Following completion of the ICAEW qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 2011 he took the plunge into industry joining UK General Insurance. Progressing in the finance division he is now the financial controller managing a team of individuals responsible for financial covenants, financial integrity, banking and payroll.

Instrumental in securing external funding for UK General, assisting in the restructure of legal entities within the group and leading the annual production of financial statements he is keen to bring his financial acumen, managing skills and a different angle to the newly established MGAA sub-committee. 


Daniel Hallmark

Daniel has 15 years insurance industry experience starting out as a broker before moving into Accident & Health Underwriting in 2008.

Currently the Senior Accident & Health Underwriter at Nexus managing the underwriting team. Previous companies have included ACE and Aviva where Daniel was underwriter for Corporate and Affinity A&H risks.


Kajal Pankhania
White Oak Underwriting Agency

Kaj provides ‘open-door’ compliance support to the White Oak team and has been with the company since 2010. Her day-to-day role involves building a strong compliance foundation internally and liaising with carriers, brokers and TPAs to ensure that regulatory obligations are met.

Having studied law at University, she brings a wealth of knowledge and skills regarding interpreting regulations and their enforcement and will be able to use the Next Gen forum as a soundboard for topical matters.

Since joining White Oak, Kaj has completed her Compliance Diploma and is currently studying towards her CII qualifications. She will utilise her experience as the Training Officer for White Oak when driving forward relations with Next Gen and the CII to ensure Next Gen's and the market’s objectives are met.


Gemma Smith
Aon Underwriting Manager

Gemma's insurance career has been spent entirely within the MGA sphere working for a number of organisations through a variety of different lenses; underwriting, operations, and strategic change. In her current role as Structured Portfolio Solutions Director, she is focused on the delivery and continuous improvement of MGA solutions, working across a diverse product range, analysing performance, and finding ways to expand and improve Aon's portfolio.