David J. Williamssenior executive & non-executive director


David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, roles including reinsurance manager, casualty insurance manager, managing director of claims and managing director of underwriting & technical services. In 2022 David moved to a non-exec / advisory career, and continues to support AXA and others on a consultancy basis.

In 2018 he was recognised as Social Media Influencer of the year, and in 2019 he won both the Insurance Post Claims Achievement Award, as well as being named Insurance Personality of the Year at the British Insurance Awards.

David led AXA’s work on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, including work with five Government backed Consortia. He was chair of the ABI Motor Committee & Autonomous Driving Group and sat on the ABI GIC for several years. He now sits on the newly formed Thatcham Research ‘Strategic Technical Advisory Board’

David was a vice-president of the CII Nationally, was a founding member of the joint CII / CILA Faculty of Claims, and was chair of the CII Underwriting Faculty for almost a decade. He holds non-exec director roles at Qlaims and Freedom Services Group. He was until recently chair of RISCAuthority, and remains a board member of the Fire Protection Association (FPA).

He speaks regularly at conferences and other events and has also appeared on Sky TV, BBC Breakfast TV, BBC and Channel 4 News, as well as Radio 4’s ‘Today’ Programme, being interviewed on topics varying from Compensation Culture to Business Crime.

David originally hails from Bristol (explaining his passion for Bristol Rovers!) but now lives in Suffolk with his wife Catherine and two sons Evan (17) & Ryan (15).