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 Fifteen year-old Nayem Uddin from St Paul’s Way Trust School is the winner of the 19th annual Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition. Nayem took the title at the competition final, hosted at Lloyd’s of London (Thursday 13 March). His chosen subject was ‘Personal brand; what is it and how will it affect today’s youth when they enter tomorrow’s job market?’

“The personal brand you create will develop your network in a way that appeals to a wider audience,” Nayem said during his speech. “Become a person who will change the world tomorrow.” He went on to warn about the trend for young people to copy each other and urged them to be themselves. “A real person is better than a pretend one,” he concluded.

A record number of 15 secondary schools, and more than 300 students, entered this year’s competition, run by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP) and supported by members of the Lloyd’s Community Programme (LCP). LCP volunteers assisted at the inaugural public speaking workshops and with the judging of both the semi-finals and the final.

Twelve competitors made it through to the final. The runner-up was Ciaran Constable from Bethnal Green Academy and third place went to Deng-Yan San from George Green’s School.

Each year, the Ralph Charan Award, is given to the student who is judged to have made the most progress between the initial workshops and the final. This year’s award, given in memory of a former Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership manager, went to Tobi Lawal from Raine’s Foundation School.

Former teacher and MP, Mildred Gordon, who founded the original competition, was a special guest at the final. Now 90, she thanked the teachers of Tower Hamlets for being so co-operative in helping her to get the contest off the ground. She was equally praiseworthy of Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership and Lloyd’s of London for taking it on and turning it into a lasting legacy.

After his win, Nayem admitted that he was very nervous. He does not yet know what he wants to do when he leaves school but he echoed a sentiment from his speech. “I want to make the most of this opportunity and maybe do more with my public speaking. I might even go into local politics one day.”

This year’s judging panel comprised of Christopher Hooper, a retired business executive and long-term volunteer with THEBP, Martin Hudson, Board Member, Lloyd’s Community Programme, Paul Marden, Head of Marketing, Communications and CSR, AmTrust at Lloyd’s. Helen Sanson, Director, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership and David Talbot, Construction Global Practice Leader, Talbot Underwriting

03/03/14 - AmTrust at Lloyd's Supports Tower Hamlets Schools Public Speaking Competition

On Friday afternoon students from Central Foundation School, George Green and Raines secondary school took part in the Semi-final of Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition (28 February 2014). Each student had to speak for 5 minutes on one of the three topics set being Personal brand; what is it and how will it affect today’s youth when they enter tomorrow’s job market? • Is immigration beneficial or harmful to the UK work-place? • Should students and employees be allowed to wear religious clothing and/or symbols to school or the work-place? 


It was a very hard discussion for the AmTrust judges who eventually picked 3 to go forward into the final at Lloyd's later this month. Paul Marden Marketing, Communications and CSR officer for AmTrust at Lloyd's said "The quality, content and presentation of this year’s students surpassed that of last year it was very difficult to make our choices. Going by theses performances the final will be both interesting and tough to judge".


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05/02/14 - AmTrust at Lloyd's Supports Aspirations Day

On Wednesday 12th February, volunteer staff will be running a stand at Globe Primary School’s annual Aspirations Day, where different professions and careers people share their knowledge and experience with the pupils in a thought-provoking, insightful and fun way. Paul Marden, Head of Marketing, Communications and CSR for AmTrust at Lloyd's, said The children have enjoyed this day in the past and it's really helped them think about their futures and what they might aspire to as adults. Our staff also find this event fulfilling and enjoy their time at the school”.

Globe Primary School is AmTrust at Lloyd's partner school in Tower Hamlets where they run a Reading and Maths partner scheme with 1st and 3rd year pupils.

If you would like to find out more about AmTrust at Lloyd's CSR work or the Aspirations Day, please contact


30/12/13 - Sagicor at Lloyd’s Group of Companies acquired by AmTrust

On 23rd December 2013, AmTrust (parent company AmTrust Financial Services Inc. “AmTrust”) completed the acquisition of the Lloyd’s Managing Agency, Sagicor at Lloyd’s.  

AmTrust is a multi-national property and casualty insurance group rated ‘A ‘(excellent) by A.M. Best. Listed on NASDAQ under the ticker AFSI, AmTrust operates insurance platforms in the US, Europe and Bermuda. It underwrote Gross Written Premiums of $3bn in 2012 and controls assets in excess of $9bn. It has offices throughout the US, UK and Europe and in China and Brazil.

Following the acquisition, Sagicor at Lloyd’s has been renamed AmTrust at Lloyd’s and Sagicor Underwriting Limited, a Group Coverholder, has become AmTrust Underwriting Ltd.

AmTrust at Lloyd’s will continue to manage syndicate 1206 and Life Syndicate 44 who continue to enjoy the Lloyd’s chain of security with an A+ (strong) rating from Standard & Poor and Fitch and A (excellent) rating from A.M. Best.

AmTrust at Lloyd’s remains committed to providing its clients with a first class service and tailor made products to cater for their needs.  As part of the AmTrust Group, AmTrust at Lloyd’s will be able to offer clients the flexibility of its company platforms, global footprint as well as complete suite of insurance products.

These include:

  • Credit, Bond and Political Risk Reinsurance
  • Liability
  • Life (Groups and Affinities)
  • Personal Accident including Treaty
  • Legal Expenses
  • Professional Lines
  • Property
  • SME Commercial Combined

 We would be grateful if you can update your records and advise any policyholders or coverholders going forward of the change of names as deemed necessary. We have attached to this letter an FAQ regarding our change of name and any existing processes which you will need to understand.

Further details of the AmTrust Group can be found on the AmTrust at Lloyd’s website

If you do have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact your normal representative.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,


Geoff Halpin

Chief Executive Officer


10/12/13 - AmTrust at Lloyd's Helps With Christmas Fair


Last Friday (6th December 2013) staff from AmTrust at Lloyd's and Lloyd's donated prizes and time to help out at this years Globe Primary School Christmas Fair in Bethnal Green, East London.

Volunteers were asked to help run the 'biscuit decorating stall'. 

Andrew Johnson from Lloyd's really enjoyed the afternoon showing the children how to make a mess with icing.

For more information on how you can help out at the school or to find out more about AmTrust at Lloyd's CSR programme, please contact