Howden continues to build out Equine Division with appointment of Mike Godfrey

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18 October 2022

Follows recent announcement of David Long as Chair

London, 18 October 2022 – Howden, the international insurance broker, today announces the appointment of Mike Godfrey as Executive Director and Head of its Equine division, part of its Sports & Entertainment practice. This follows the recent announcement of industry veteran David Long as Chair of the division, as Howden cements its position as the leading equestrian insurance intermediary.

With almost 40 years’ experience in the bloodstock insurance market, Godfrey started his career in 1984 with J.H. Minet. He subsequently joined the leading bloodstock team at Howard Global before the firm was purchased by Integro in 2014, latterly becoming Tysers.

Based in London and reporting to Duncan Fraser, Global Practice Leader, Sport & Entertainment, Godfrey will focus on growing Howden’s bloodstock client base, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom, United States and Australasia.  Howden is an established broker to the horse racing industry, arranging solutions for equestrian associations, racecourses, racehorse trainers, stud farms, riding schools and horse owners.

Howden is an official partner of Ascot racecourse. Its CEO, David Howden, is the founder of the Cornbury House Horse Trials, and has invested in British Eventing through the Howden Way, which encompasses a training programme for young riders of all levels along with a young horse talent pathway programme.

Duncan Fraser, Global Practice Leader, Sports & Entertainment, Howden, commented: “Following the recent appointment of David Long to Chair our Equine practice, Mike’s appointment reflects our continued strategy to attract and recruit the best talent in this specialty market to enhance the scale, depth and expertise of our equestrian insurance offering. With our established ties to the equestrian world, our Equine team offers decades of experience in designing products for businesses and horse owners around the world. We will continue to hire experienced individuals with specialist expertise to provide more choice and a fresh alternative for Equine clients and to become the clear leader for clients seeking equestrian insurance solutions.”

Mike Godfrey will commence employment at Howden subject to completion of his contractual obligations.