Where ambitious insurance groups meet their future leaders.

Whether you’re a business looking to hire your next pioneering executive, or an ambitious individual seeking a transformative career move, Marketmaker will provide you with industry-leading consultancy.

01. Clients

Marketmaker Consulting is a leading executive recruitment partner to the insurance industry’s more dynamic operators – the people, companies, and investors who relish driving the market forwards through innovation and calculated risk.

Founder Nick Crannigan is a highly experienced industry headhunter and has a considerable network in both the UK GI and London insurance markets. His collaborative, thorough approach has been trusted by insurance leaders for over a decade as they seek the talent that will allow them to drive change in their markets, be they re/insurer, MGA, broker, insurtech, or industry supplier.

Marketmaker was established as a vehicle to allow Nick to help clients drive growth and change through the identification and introduction of the industry’s hardest-to-reach leaders. He takes pride in advising on, and then delivering the most challenging search mandates, helping the client set a compelling narrative for each opportunity and respectfully establishing a strong candidate proposition that brings the business and the opportunity to life.

Aside from retained search mandates, an exclusive focus on the insurance sector allows Nick to work proactively and introduce the right talent at the right time, such as when companies have not quite had the answer to a strategic challenge or opportunity. The result is the creation of an entirely new role within the business built around a person, usually filled by individuals who have entrusted Nick to help them find their next career opportunity.

02. Candidates

Marketmaker enjoys a growing reputation as the consultancy of choice for insurance talent confidentially seeking their next move.

While primarily working with clients on retained searches, founder Nick Crannigan maintains an ongoing, current perspective on the market to ensure career development opportunities can be seized upon when you are ready to make a move.

Whether you are beginning to consider your options with a 6-12 month horizon, or you are more actively looking to find a new home, Marketmaker enjoys discussing your background, ambitions, and personal values to help identify the areas of the market that should be prioritised.

This approach has led to numerous, new roles being created, ranging from CEO, Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Pricing Officer positions, as well as shorter-term engagements that may lead to permanent posts.

About Nick Crannigan

Working in both executive search and the insurance industry is a great privilege. Every week, I have the chance to talk to the industry’s most interesting and ambitious people and help them to solve problems, seize opportunities, and create value.

I started Marketmaker in 2015 and at the time was focused on Financial and Professional Services, as well as Insurance. However, it became clear that becoming a specialist in a particular field would allow me to be of optimal value to my network – vital, as a professional consultancy.

Being one of those strange beasts that loves the insurance industry and the people in it, that was my choice and it has been satisfying to become increasingly familiar with how it works.

Beyond this however, I have also focused the business on being primarily concerned with Private Equity-held/owned and other private ownership models, since I have most value to bring to other entrepreneurial people and models. This has led me to deliver market-mapping projects and originate investments/fundraising.

Working across the value chain also allows support to re/insurer, MGA, broker, insurtech, or investor alike.

Marketmaker operates from the boardroom down and has successfully placed Non-Exec Chair and CEO roles, as well as ExCo/SMT roles in Claims, Pricing, Analytics/Data Science, Finance, Distribution, Marketing, and Underwriting. Wherever you need support in you leadership team, Marketmaker is well positioned to help you gain, or maintain, market-leading status.

Outside of work, I am an exceptionally proud husband to Catherine, and father to Alex, Nancy, and Thomas. I am fortunate to enjoy the best of two worlds – life at home in the Yorkshire Dales, and weekly visits to London for work.

Nick Crannigan