boatinsure history haven knox-johnston

Our history

On April 22nd 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo, non stop circumnavigation around the world! His brother, Chris, later created his own ‘first’ having spotted the potential for providing boat insurance through Knox-Johnston Insurance Brokers. Knox-Johnston Insurance Brokers regularly attended the Southampton Boat Show using a converted London bus as their mobile exhibition stand! The business thrived and in 1992 he joined forces with Haven to form Haven Knox-Johnston as part of the then newly formed Amlin group.

In 2016 Amlin became part of the MS&AD Group and was renamed MS Amlin. In 2017 Haven Knox-Johnston changed their name to reflect their parent company, MS Amlin. We are still the same people providing the same high quality service. 


Meet the team

Ric De Cristofano

General Manager & Senior Underwriter

Donna Maynard

Operations & Quality Assurance Manager

Keith Lovett

Senior Underwriter Yacht & Marine Trade

Nigel Hawkes

Senior Yacht Underwriter

Sonia Hook

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

Karl Davis

Technical Claims Manager

Paul Knox-Johnston

UK Business Development Manager

Julie Parkinson

Underwriting Administration Team Leader