Rob McKechnie

Rob McKechnie

Rob McKechnie

Head of Underwriting & Development

Why did you choose SJL Insurance Services?

When I joined SJL Insurance Services, the entire Insurance business was being run independently by Simon in his spare bedroom. Although joining SJL Insurance Services at this point was a high-risk decision, I saw great potential in Simon’s Insurance business and his enthusiasm and vision were infectious. I saw this as an opportunity whereby hard work, dedication and commitment would produce great reward for Simon and me.

How long have you worked at SJL Insurance Services?

2020 marked my sixteen-year anniversary at SJL Insurance Services.

Have you always wanted to work in the Insurance industry?

I first dreamt of working as a professional footballer. As I got older, and arguably wiser, I set my goal on becoming an accountant. My role at SJL Insurance Services has developed into the Head of Underwriting and Development.

What does a typical day look like for you at SJL Insurance Services?

As the Head of Underwriting and Development at SJL Insurance Services, there is no typical working day for me. From travelling to London to meet underwriters for discussions about both new and existing binders, to interviewing staff to keep our talent standards high; my days consist of a range of responsibilities. I may also be found meeting insurers, discussing how to better fulfil both our needs and requirements, and finally going over statistics which continues the company’s growth journey by discovering new opportunities.

What is your favourite part of working at SJL Insurance Services?

The variation involved in my role is one of the many reasons why I find my job so interesting. I particularly enjoy working for SJL Insurance Services as it is an entrepreneurial business and can adapt to the ever-changing insurance environment. Another aspect of my job that I enjoy is building relationships with new and existing people, including clients and insurance partners.

What would you be doing if you weren’t Head of Underwriting and Development at SJL Insurance Services?

I hope I would be working in a similar job at another company, albeit at a little less entrepreneurial and rewarding environment than SJL Insurance Services has created.

What do you like to do in your spare time, when you are not working at SJL Insurance Services?

I enjoy participating in sport; particularly football, golf and skiing. I also love spending time with my 2 year old son, and going on country walks with my dog Ted.