Vivek Banga

Managing Director

Vivek joined Polaris in February 2019. He has over fifteen years of experience in digital distribution of general insurance having worked in this area for insurers as well as a global insurance broker. He chairs British Insurance Brokers Association’s cross-industry Innovation Working Group and is also a member of Tech Nation’s Insurtech Board.

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Prior to joining Polaris, Vivek was the Chief Digital Officer for Gallagher, UK leading the development of a multi-product, multi-country digital distribution platform and a variety of targeted online and mobile apps. Before Gallagher, Vivek worked for Brit Insurance and for NIG, primarily leading the development of their online distribution propositions. In addition to Digital development, Vivek has also led functional areas such as offshoring of business processes, distribution proposition development and product development. Before joining the general insurance industry, Vivek worked in the life insurance and management consulting sectors.

As part of leading Polaris, Vivek is responsible for developing the organsiation’s strategic priorities in consultation with its Board of Directors who are senior leaders from Polaris’ shareholding organisations, both insurers and brokers.

Vivek is a persistent and struggling golfer who remains optimistic about the direction of his game despite his weekly travails in this area. He is also a cricket enthusiast and a firm believer in the purity of test cricket.

Simon Bloomfield

Simon Bloomfield

imarket & Marketing

Simon has worked in the insurance industry since 1990, joining Polaris in 2015. Prior to joining Polaris, Simon held a number of senior roles in Aviva focusing on the development of propositions for the broker channel and leading activity in commercial and personal lines e-trading.

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During his time at Aviva, Simon helped launch the Aviva Fast Trade portal and led work to create a telematics wholesaler for young drivers, as well as managing Aviva’s approach to brokers trading through aggregators.

Simon has helped Polaris introduce Good Customer Outcome Testing & introduced imarket Live-chat, which is now used by six major insurers and is deployed onto four brokers systems. He manages the imarket proposition, whose policy volume has grown by over 500% in the last 5 years.

Simon also manages the marketing team in Polaris and works with senior stakeholders at insurers and broker systems to develop the digital capability in the UK insurance market.

Simon is a Middlesbrough FC fan and enjoys playing squash, as well as spending quality time with his family.

Rakesh Krishnan

Rakesh Krishnan

ProductWriter & Operations

Rakesh joined Polaris back in 2011 as the Standards Manager and currently serves as the Development Manager managing and leading all development activities across Standards, ProductWriter and imarket operations.

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Recently, he also picked up the responsibility as the product manager for ProductWriter, the market leading insurance product definition and rating solution in UK. With 16 years’ industry experience, Rakesh has a detailed understanding of the UK General Insurance market and ensures Polaris technology meets our clients’ needs.

Prior to joining Polaris in 2011, Rakesh was a business consultant and worked at Cognizant, Wipro and Deloitte for Financial Service clients.

Rakesh holds a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering and Post-Graduation in Business Management. He is certified in PRINCE II for project management and holds a Certificate in Insurance from CII. He is a qualified Level 2 Badminton coach and loves cricket, though has a divided loyalty when England plays India!

Martin Thornhill

Martin Thornhill

Good Customer Outcomes, Testing & Finance

Having previously worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Martin Thornhill joined Polaris in 2007, with the primary role of company accountant. Whilst maintaining his financial responsibilities he has evolved into the wider aspects of Polaris and has a detailed working knowledge of ProductWriter, imarket and Standards.

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In 2016, Martin implemented the Good Customer Outcomes (GCO) service, leading the Assurance Team in reviewing insurer products and Software House systems. Martin’s overall aim is to ensure that these components collectively contribute to the delivery of a good customer outcome throughout the insurance life cycle, starting at pre-quote through to ongoing policy management and servicing.

Martin is currently studying for the CII Diploma in Insurance qualification. Outside of Polaris, Martin has a keen interest in any physical object powered by a fossil fuel burning engine or a mechanically wound spring.

Steve Waller

Steve Waller

Standards & Online Resources

Steve started his career working in the claims department of Commercial Union, and has been a product manager at Woolwich Building Society, Saga Services and Lombard Bank. Prior to joining Polaris in mid 2016, Steve worked for five years at Google, following its acquisition of BeatThatQuote.com, where Steve had launched comparison services for household, private motor, travel, pet and breakdown insurances.

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During his time at Google, Steve also launched car and travel insurance comparison in the UK, car insurance comparison in France and worked with the team to launch car insurance comparison in the US.

Steve is the Polaris product owner for its Standards proposition, covering both commercial and personal lines products, working alongside two Senior Business Analysts.

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Steve is a QPR FC fan and is trying to wean himself off the presets on his camera and instead learn manual mode, so he can with justification describe himself as an amateur photographer. He still gets to the occasional gig as well.