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Laura Bates


Laura Bates

Corporate Senior Vice President, London Market Practice Leader

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Laura Bates is a Corporate Senior Vice President and the London Market Practice leader for Burns & Wilcox. In this role, she works closely with the Burns & Wilcox leadership team, branch personnel and Lloyd’s brokers to expand the company’s London offerings.

Prior to Burns & Wilcox, Laura was a Senior Vice President at Atain where she was responsible for the growth, profitability and management of commercial binding authority programs. She also oversaw the underwriting audit process of local offices and assisted in the development of new products and programs.

With over 30 years of insurance experience in the U.S. and U.K., Laura has worked for several notable companies including Canopius US Insurance, Commercial Union Assurance, State Farm Insurance and Omega US Insurance.

Laura is involved in the Burns & Wilcox Women’s Leadership Council, a group of leaders dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts. In 2018, Laura was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Finance as well as Insurance Business America’s Elite Women.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Open University in London, along with an ACII designation from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and an Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) designation. She is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.