Our London Team

Wade Newell

Head of London Operations

Wade is an experienced recruiter who offers over 18 years’ experience in Financial Services & Insurance recruitment. He moved from a financial services background into recruitment in 1999 joining a London based specialist insurance and financial services recruiter initially operating in the UK Pensions and Employee Benefits market. He subsequently moved into the Life & Health area recruiting for Life, Life Reinsurance, PMI and International PMI Clients predominantly in the UK before inevitably taking on and completing assignments in Europe and the Middle East. Wade’s recent completed assignments include, International Claims & Underwriting Manager, International Claims Executive and Senior Strategic Claims specialist for a UK Life & Health insurer.
Steven Joy

Senior Consultant

Having spent almost 10 years working directly in the Insurance sector as a Casualty Adjuster for Zurich, RSA & Travelers, Steve turned his hand to recruitment in 2006 working as a Senior Consultant with the Lloyd’s & London Market. He has successfully managed long term relationships with a number Lloyd’s Syndicates, Insurers and Broking Houses as well as offering bespoke solutions within niche lines, MGA’s & start-ups. Having spent time out of the market raising a young family, Steve joins Darwin Rhodes to focus on core Insurance disciplines of Underwriting, Broking, Claims & Operations, with a strong technical understanding of the subject matter and a well-established network of contacts.

Laura Hawkins


An experienced recruiter with a background in temporary, contract and permanent recruitment. Laura is dedicated to building and maintaining relationships with both clients and candidates while gaining an understanding of their expectations and finding the right candidate-company fit. Laura has joined Darwin Rhodes as an Insurance Consultant to build and develop new and existing client relationships.