Meet our key staff

Alan Rickett

Chief Executive Officer

Alan was appointed as CEO of Northcourt in December 2011 when the company was established with the aim of creating the first nuclear insurance provider in over 35 years and firmly position it in the international arena.

Over the last three years he has launched Property and Liability Binders and Northcourt is now a well-recognised and reputable company with a global footprint.

Prior to joining Northcourt, Alan worked for Marsh for over 30 years and was a leader of its nuclear practice in London. Throughout his career Alan specialised in the placement of complex nuclear insurance programmes for local and global nuclear companies. He provided advice and direction for its clients in relation to the Property, Liability and other nuclear related risks.

He joined Hogg Robinson in 1978 as a graduate trainee before moving to Sedgwick in 1981, and after 15 years, moved to the Isle of Man as Managing Director of the Company's Captive Management operation. Alan has established Nuclear Captive Insurance Companies in Guernsey, Isle of Man and South Carolina and served on the board of several substantial nuclear captives with responsibility of over $500m of capacity.

He was educated at Nottingham University. He is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a fellow of the Institute of Risk Management.

Granville de CRUZ

Director of Underwriting

Granville Michael de CRUZ is a former Senior Vice President of Marsh and is resident in Guernsey. Granville has over 47 years of insurance experience, the last 41 years being with Marsh. He joined Sedgwick Collins in 1969 in the City of London.

In 1984 he moved to Guernsey to establish the Company's captive management operation. During the last 28 years, Granville has established and managed many Captive Insurance Companies in Guernsey and Malta. In addition, he has served on the Boards of various management companies and Captives in Bermuda, Barbados, Cyprus, Dublin, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Malta, dealing with the regulators in the various territories.

During this time Granville has been heavily involved in the establishment and management of a number of Nuclear, Energy Distribution and Petrochemical Captives in Guernsey and Bermuda. He has also developed new business and new product lines to protect clients' exposures.

Granville continues to maintain an active involvement with the insurance industry, by retaining non–executive directorships for Captives and Insurance Companies in both Guernsey and Malta.

Bruce Kettle

Surveyor / Underwriting Committee

Bruce Kettle has spent 40 years in the nuclear power industry, being involved with the design, manufacture, construction, commissioning and operational support of nuclear power stations.

After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, Bruce worked for Babcock and Wilcox before joining the Central Electricity Generating Board and transferred to British Energy following privatisation of the electricity supply industry.

For 10 years he held the post of Technical Manager for Nuclear Risk Insurers Limited (NRI), the underwriting agent for the UK insurance market. His responsibilities included assessment of the insurance risk from operation of nuclear power reactors, research reactors and the full spectrum of associated support industries from nuclear fuel manufacture to irradiated fuel reprocessing and plant decommissioning.

Bruce has worked in most of the countries where a civil nuclear power programme has been established, providing underwriters with information on the risk rating of nuclear facilities and providing operators with advice on risk management. In collaboration with other international experts he helped to produce guidelines for the inspection of nuclear power plants.

Bruce has experience of inspecting all of the reactor designs presently in operation worldwide and has led international inspection teams in countries such as the USA, China and Russia as well as nuclear sites throughout the UK. In addition to operating nuclear power plants he has inspected new build and life extension refurbishment projects and decommissioning sites.

Zemfira Gejusova

General Manager

Zemfira Gejusova has over sixteen years management experience including many years in the nuclear insurance industry. Reporting directly to the CEO and the Board of Directors she manages the day-to-day operations of the business which includes responsibility for compliance, marketing and audits. Zemfira also oversees the production of insurance documentation as well as working closely with the Company’s insurance panel and its broker network.

Previously Zemfira worked as a Business Manager for Northcourt’s parent company operating in London and Washington DC. She was directly involved in a number of high-profile projects in the nuclear and energy sector providing strategic and advisory services to the top management of several large multinational companies. In order to assist clients on geo-political issues, Zemfira worked closely with N10 Downing Street, Members of Parliament and UK Embassies globally.

Prior to that Zemfira held a senior management position with 50 direct reports. She was responsible for developing and implementing operational strategies for increased profitability and improved customer service. As part of her many achievements she successfully turned around several struggling operations.

Zemfira graduated from the Business School, Sociology and Economy Department of Daugavpils Institute where she also studied Business Psychology. Zemfira is an associate member of WiN Global (Women in Nuclear), member of Chartered Insurance Institute and a member of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors' Club.

Adrian Nunn

Underwriting Manager

Adrian joined the underwriting team of Northcourt in May 2017 after over 35 years working on the broking side of the insurance industry the last 13 of which focused primarily on nuclear insurance. His knowledge of and contacts in that field qualify him to work alongside the members of the insurance panel of Northcourt and the brokers involved in the placement of the binders.

After starting his career with Sedgwick in 1981, Adrian joined Alexander Howden in 1994 where he was responsible for a team dealing with all processing aspects of the more complicated placements across the combined Marine, Energy, Power and Construction Business Units.

He transferred to the Aon Power Business Unit in 2004 at which time he became involved with nuclear insurance as a key member of the team handling the reinsurance programme for European nuclear mutual EMANI.

At time of leaving Aon, Adrian was Global Account Director for EMANI, working with colleagues in London and Brussels on all stages of the process from programme design through placement of the reinsurances to production and issuance of documentation.

He was also responsible for co-ordinating all technical and servicing aspects of a portfolio of other nuclear accounts and was a member of the Aon Core Global Nuclear Team.

Alongside his account responsibilities, Adrian also undertook quality control and audit checks across the Power Business Unit within Aon to ensure compliance with both internal and external regulatory requirements. He also acted as authorised signatory for documentation issued to clients and insurers.

He will continue to perform these tasks at Northcourt alongside his primary role.