Who we are
Roddy Langley started out in the insurance industry in 1977 and worked in the London (re)insurance and UK General Insurance markets for brokers Marsh, Willis, Heath Lambert and the Miller Group. In 2001 he took on responsibility for the PR and marketing communications at electronic trading start-up RI3K, before founding Lysander PR in 2007.
A former B2B editor and now a PR specialist, Helen Wright has a deep respect for the value of independent journalism, good writing and tenacious thinking. After a career in publishing, including cutting her teeth as a reporter for a leading publication embedded in the international (re)insurance market, Helen joined forces with Roddy in 2017 and is co-Director of Lysander PR.
Non-Executive Chairman Matthew Pragnell is currently CEO of CGM Gallagher Group and brings a wealth of (re)insurance experience to Lysander PR. He began his career in the London Market in 1981 with CT Bowring before moving to Hogg Robinson, and was appointed Managing Director of International Insurance Brokers in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1996, which evolved to the CGM Gallagher Group in 2012.
Non-Executive Director Tom Allen leads a team of International Professional Indemnity wholesale brokers at Tysers. He began life in Lloyd’s as a fine art and jewellery placing and claims broker for Duveen & Walker in 1982, and has enjoyed successful senior roles at C.E. Heath, and Howden Insurance Brokers before launching Prime Professions’ International Wholesale Division in 2006.
Non-Executive Director Mark Duff began his Lloyd’s career in 1978 at E.W Payne as a broker; then at Non-Marine Underwriter R.W. Sturge, before moving onto the IT side with Computer Sciences Corp, TriSystems and Ebix Europe. He was then appointed as interim Managing Director at global electronic trading platform eReinsure. Mark was also engaged as an Associate at leading City think tank Z/Yen.
Sophie Roberts has been part of the London Market insurance journalist arena since 2014 and has built up unique experience and knowledge during this time as both an editor and a publisher. Sophie brings her many and considerable talents to Lysander PR as a Freelance Consultant.Before becoming a freelancer, her last role was as the Associate Publisher for Global Reinsurance and Strategic Risk; prior to that she was Deputy Editor of Insurance Day.
David Benyon is a freelance journalist, editor and content writer who joined the graduate scheme at Incisive Media in 2007 before spending seven years at Euromoney, rising through the ranks to become Editor of Reactions magazine. He then joined Newsquest as European Editor for Strategic Risk.
David joins the team as a Freelance Consultant and brings with him his considerable experience.