Our Team

Toby Crosthwaite

Partner, Insurance

Toby Crosthwaite

Toby is responsible for coverage of the insurance sector in the UK and internationally (notably Asia Pacific and Africa). He focuses on board, chief executive and executive committee assignments for a broad range of insurance and insure-tech clients.  

Toby has more than 25 years of executive search experience and held leadership roles in Asia Pacific for Russell Reynolds Associates and Sheffield Haworth. He began his career as a financial futures and options broker with FIMAT Futures UK Ltd (Société Générale Group).

Prior to joining Ridgeway, Toby was a managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates for eight years based in Singapore and London.

Toby has successfully worked on a range of high-profile C-suite and board assignments in the UK, Asia Pacific and Africa for life insurance, general insurance and reinsurance clients. In addition to business and leadership roles, other product expertise includes risk and financial officers.

Toby holds a BA in Economics and Political Development from the University of Exeter.

What makes us progressive? 

Open challenge and participation for all of our team at all levels of the firm. Proactive thinking about change and disintermediation in our clients’ businesses. We are creative and not afraid to give fresh perspective, new thinking and advice, even if it is not what some clients want to hear.

How have clients’ expectations/priorities changed during your time here? 

The ‘bar’ for quality work and advice only goes up. We have adapted and changed successfully during the pandemic to meet the new expectations and challenges of clients. This includes advice on WFH and agile working, employee engagement and culture, excellent due diligence, research and referencing, advising on the digitisation of client businesses and finding the best commercial leaders for the future.

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