Meet the underwriters

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Your DUAL underwriting team is the most experienced Private Client team in the Irish market. 

 

Barry

Barry O'Dwyer
Managing Director

Tel: 083 840 5745 or Message
 

Barry O’Dwyer is the Managing Director of DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC, having established DUAL’s Irish business in 2015. DUAL Private Client has since grown to become one of Ireland’s principal High Net Worth insurers, specialising in private homes, jewellery, fine art, as well as luxury and high performance cars, private fleets and classic car collections. 


Barry has over 25 years’ experience in the industry, with 10 years in Aviva in a variety of management roles and a further 10 with Chubb, where he ran their HNW division.


Outside of work, Barry likes to play golf (badly) and keep fit by running the (very) odd marathon. 

Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor
Head of Business Development

T: 087 356 2362 or Message


Kate O’Connor is the Head of Business Development for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC. Kate joined DUAL in 2015 as a Senior Underwriter and has played an intricate role in growing the business over the years.

Previously in AIG, Kate has almost 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry with a strong focus on underwriting and business development. Outside of work, Kate enjoys lifting weights in the gym and singing with The Line-Up Choir in Dublin.  
 

 

 

 

Siobhan Mannion

Siobhan Mannion
Senior Underwriter

T: 01 664 0001 or Message

Siobhan Mannion is a HNW Underwriter for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC having joined in 2019. DUAL is the world’s largest international underwriting agency and Lloyd’s largest international cover holder with annual gross written premiums of over US$1 billion and over 670 people employed worldwide.


Siobhan has over 7 years’ experience in the insurance industry, spread across both Zurich and Patrona Underwriting Ltd, where she excelled in various underwriting and audit roles.

Prior to that she spent 8 years working in the investment fund industry. In her spare time Siobhan loves going to the gym, watching the latest releases in the cinema, and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel

Rachel McDonald 
Underwriter 

T: 01 664 0001 or Message

Rachel McDonald is a HNW Underwriter for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC having joined the team in 2018.

Rachel has over 11 years’ experience in the insurance industry, having worked in 123.ie for more than 6 years, starting out as an agent and progressing to a supervisor looking after a team of 9 customer care agents.

Since then Rachel has worked as a quality assurance analyst and training lead for GloHealth part of Irish life and Chubb travel insurance in OSG Vericlaim and has some experience in insurance broking also. In her spare time Rachel loves to keep fit, read and listen to music .

 

 

Shauna Fogarty

Shauna Fogarty
Underwriter

T: 01 664 0001 or Message

Shauna Fogarty is a High Net Worth Underwriter for DUAL Underwriting Ireland DAC, having joined the team in 2020. 

Shauna has over 9 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining DUAL, Shauna was the Personal Lines Manager for Insuremyvan.ie, CFM Group’s largest brand. Having started her career as a customer service agent, she quickly worked her way up the ladder into a managerial position with over 40 agents reporting directly to her. 

Underwriting feels like the next step and Shauna is very excited to progress her career with DUAL. In her spare time, Shauna loves travelling, cooking and going out for food.  

 

 

 

Helen Furlong

Helen Furlong 
Business Development Executive

T: 086 215 5151  or Message

Helen Furlong is one of the newest members of the Dual Underwriting Ireland DAC team.  She joined the team as a Business Development Executive in 2020. Helen has a cumulative proven track record of over 12 years within Patrona Underwriting Ltd., Wexford Insurance Brokers and Quinn Direct Insurance. The positions she has grown in during her career are Regional Claims Manager, Personal Lines Manager, Team Leader and Private Product lead with a focus in Training and Business Development.
 
In her down time, Helen loves to spend time gardening which is a passion of hers and also loves to include her garden when socialising with friends and family. She enjoys going for a stroll, seeing a good film at the cinema, or having a nice glass of vino with a tasty meal.
 

 

Stephen Corcoran

Stephen Corcoran
Underwriter

T: 01 664 0001 or Message

Stephen originally began his career working within accounts, finance and credit control for over 10 years. In January 2012, he joined 123.ie working within their accounts department as a credit control administrator and finance assistant. He soon moved to a customer care role looking after client’s home and motor insurance within 123.ie, becoming much more involved within the insurance side of the business. Stephen sat his insurance exams whilst in 123.ie and is proud to be APA certified. 

Stephen joined Ben Mc Ardle Ltd Insurance brokers in January 2015 as a Personal Lines Executive, quickly moving up the ranks to Personal lines Manager in January 2016. In this role, Stephen managed the Personal Lines department, specialising in both standard and high net worth home and motor insurance, whilst also looking after advertising and business development. 

Stephen is delighted to have joined the Dual team this summer and is thoroughly enjoying the new role and journey in becoming an experienced underwriter within Dual. 

Outside of work he is a big fan of boxing, music, reading and keeping fit.