Mark Sutherland Johnson

MASTER, WOOLMEN’S COMPANY 2019-2020

(INSTALLED 24th April 2019)

Mark Sutherland Johnson was born in London and educated at Brentwood School. He lives in Wadhurst, East Sussex but escapes as often as life allows to his home in Gozo and has also established a residency in London, in anticipation of the year ahead.

Mark’s career started in 1975 in the City at Lloyd’s of London in claims.  He helped set up a new syndicate and became the claims manager, going on to become an Underwriter in the late 80’s.  Mark specialised in underwriting Financial Institutions around the world against crime, professional liabilities, trustee and director and officer exposures. He was elected Chairman of the Lloyd’s Financial Lines Committee and chaired the Non-Marine Committee at Lloyd’s. Mark became a Director of the Lloyd’s Market Association and was a founding Director of Talbot Underwriting.  He formed his consultancy in 2012.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has been proud to have such a career in the City.

Mark now holds a Non-Exec position on a UK subsidiary of a large US Insurer and he also carries out some risk reviews and expert witness work on financial lines litigation around the globe.

Mark was married for 23 years and has three children. 

His greatest passion is flying.  He went solo in a glider at the age of 16 and was commissioned as an RAF VR flying instructor for over 20 years.  He now owns a share in a 1947 Stampe, a vintage bi-plane, and spends weekends looping away above the fields of Kent.  He has flown with the Red Arrows and in a Spitfire.  Mark is also a keen sailor and has completed several 600 mile offshore races. He is also an advanced open water diver and an associate member of Glyndebourne.

He joined the Worshipful Company of Woolmen in 1986.