Spotlight on… Tom Danson on life as a trainee underwriter through to trade credit leader

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Spotlight on… Tom Danson on life as a trainee underwriter through to trade credit leader


August 5, 2021

When he’s not imagining he is an RAF Fighter Pilot, Tom Danson is hard at work in the world of trade credit insurance as well as training for a marathon. He has joined PIB as Managing Director for Trade Credit & Surety. Over to you Tom!

Tell us about yourself

I have joined PIB from Aon where I was Strategic Sales Director. I have been in insurance for over 12 years now, having spent most of that time working for Atradius - one of the largest global credit insurers. I’m delighted to now be part of PIB, where I lead the division for Trade Credit & Surety and I am really excited for what the future looks like for us as a team.

Why did you choose insurance and more specifically, trade credit?

I didn’t have a burning desire growing up to go into insurance or specifically trade credit insurance.

When I decided against going to university, the financial services industry was something I liked the sound of. I managed to get a position with Aviva as a Trainee Motor Fleet underwriter based out of their Leicester office.

A few years later I fell into the wonderful world of Trade Credit Insurance when I was looking to move to London, I saw an advert on LinkedIn for a role with Atradius and the rest is history!

What attracted to you to PIB as a career destination?

I really bought into what the business is trying to achieve. But more importantly, I really felt I could have an impact at PIB and be part of something special and unique in the current marketplace.

How do you relax outside of work?

Last year, like most of the UK, we decided to get a Cockapoo puppy. My partner and I really enjoy getting out in the countryside and walking our dog Gili. I am a big Leicester City fan, and even more so at the minute, so I try and get to as many games as possible.

I am also training for the London Marathon this year, so I am getting the most out of my garage gym in preparation for this in October.

Best careers advice you’ve been given, or would give to someone?

“Treat people the way you expect to be treated”.

If you weren’t in insurance, what would be your alternative career?

RAF Fighter Pilot – just call me Maverick! (…cue the Top Gun movie soundtrack…).

Did you enjoy Tom’s story? You can read more about colleagues across PIB Group on our website or explore our career opportunities here.