Michael Wade (Trafalgar Park)

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Michael John Wade OBE
Michael Wade OBE Portrait Photo.jpg
Official portrait, 2019
Michael John Wade

(1954-05-22) 22 May 1954 (age 67)
Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Political advisor
  • insurance executive
Dr Caroline Dashwood
(m. 1997; div. 2001)

Michael John Wade OBE (born 22 May 1954) is a British insurance executive and political advisor.

Early life[edit]

Michael Wade was born in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom. He is of Parsi Zoroastrian descent; his family left Persia in 1710 and formed the Bombay Dockyards for the British East India Company – known as the Wadia family.[1] Today, his cousin, Nusli Wadia, runs the family firm the Wadia Group. Wade is also a descendant of Ardaseer Wadia, who settled in London during 1839, and became a member of the Royal Society. Michael Wade's grandfather, Mark, Anglicised the British branch of the family name to Wade in 1905.[citation needed]

Wade attended the Dane Court Preparatory School in Pyrford, Surrey, before boarding at the Royal Russell School in Addington, Surrey.[citation needed]


Michael Wade has spent his 40-year career working at Lloyd's in financial services. Over the course of his career, Wade also served in several committees including the Council of Lloyd's – then the regulator of the market – and the Committee of Lloyd's. Also, the Parliamentary Liaison Committee and one of the key influencers in establishing the Lloyd's Taskforce chaired by Sir David Rowland.[2] Most recently, he was appointed a consultant to Brit Insurance.[3] This is the latest in a number of consultancy and non-executive directorships Wade currently holds, with others including TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory (UK) and Neon Underwriting (at Lloyd's),[4] as well as Swiss Re.[5]

Prior to this, Wade was Chairman of Optex Group Ltd from 2006 to 2012. When it was sold to Besso, Wade was appointed Executive Chairman of Besso Insurance Group Ltd in 2011 tasked with restructuring equity shareholdings, reducing bank debt and returning the business to profitability.[6] He left the business 2012, selling the 15% stake he purchased a year earlier.[7]

Wade began his career in 1975 at C E Health Underwriting before going to set up Holman Wade Ltd with John Holman & Sons in 1980 at the age of 26 specialising in reinsurance for Members of Lloyd's.[8] The business later merged with H. Clarkson & Co ship-broking group and in 1986 became known as Horace Clarkson, later Clarksons, before listing on the London Stock Exchange.[9] Wade remained a director of the company until 1993[10] when he left to form Corporate Lloyd's Membership (CLM) with former chairman of British Rail, Sir Peter Parker and Jim Payne, a vice chairman of Sedgwick Group.[11] In 1999, CLM merged with SVB Holdings[12] plc. Wade was appointed Deputy Chairman of the combined group, which was one of the largest Integrated Lloyd's Vehicles listed on the London Stock Exchange, but stepped down in January 2000 to form investment manager Rostrum Group Ltd. As CEO, Wade focused on the Lloyd's listed vehicles and also made investments on behalf of some of the UK's largest pension funds.[13]

His role at Rostrum led to Wade becoming Chairman of Bowood Holdings Ltd before moving on to Optex.[citation needed]

Political History[edit]

Michael Wade made in-roads into politics in 2000 when he became a treasurer of the Conservative Party, a role he held until 2010.[14] Since this time, he has gone on to be chairman of Team 1000 and the founder of Donor group Party Patrons.[citation needed]

In May 2012, Wade was a co-founder of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan.[15] He was also Chairman of the group from 2012 to 2015, which focuses on building stronger relationships between the Conservative Party, Pakistan and the British Pakistani community.[16]

Wade was appointed by Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government in July 2020 as a senior advisor on the financing of building safety remediation for domestic tower blocks in the UK[17] following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Wade is tasked with working with leaseholders and the financial sector to identify financing solutions to remedy dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings.

This is Wade's second government advisory role, having previously been appointed a Crown Representative tasked with engaging early with suppliers, improving relationships and negotiating the best contracts on behalf of government by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude[18] in April 2013. He held this role until 2015 when he became a senior advisor to the Cabinet Office. During this time, Wade was involved in the development of Flood Re, which aimed to offer affordable home insurance for those living in areas most at-risk of flooding.[19]

In addition, in 2014, Wade was authorised by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne pursue the notion of bringing Insurance Linked Securities to be domiciled in the UK with the London Market Group.[20] The legislation became law in 2017.


Wade was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2018 Birthday Honours for services to Government and the Economy.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Michael Wade married Caroline Dashwood, daughter of Sir Francis Dashwood, in 1997[22] at the Dashwood family estate, West Wycombe Park. They have a son, Alexander Francis Neville Wade (b. 1998) and divorced in 2001.

Wade bought Trafalgar Park, a Grade 1 listed country house near Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1995.[23] Gifted to the Nelson family by the Crown as reward for Admiral Lord Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, Wade used the property for weddings, events and charity fundraisers and launches, including those for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.[24]

Wade is active in supporting a number of charities, including Moorfields Eye Hospital for which he conducted Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, popularly known as the Organ Symphony, at St John's Smith Square in May 2014 as a fundraising event for his 60th birthday[25][26] and the National Society for Epilepsy. He is also the President of the Wiltshire Victoria County History,[27] a trustee of the Salisbury Girls Choristers Trust and is Honorary Chairman of the London Festival Opera,[28] which combine his philanthropic endeavours with his interest in classical music.

One of Wade's most notable charity endeavours was the creation of the Lloyd's Community Programme more than 30 years ago, of which he was the first chairman.[29]

Wade is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Insurers and also a Freeman of the City of London.


  1. ^ "Wadia family".
  2. ^ Duguid, Andrew (2014). On the Brink. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137299291.
  3. ^ "Brit Appoints Michael Wade OBE as an Independent Consultant". 3 June 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Neon strengthens managing agency board through two appointments". 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Brit Insurance appoints Michael Wade as independent consultant". Insurance Wire. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Michael Wade, Besso". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Wade sells 15% Besso stake and steps down as chairman". Insurance Times. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Michael Wade, Besso". Insurance Times. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  9. ^ "CLARKSON PLC CKN Our story". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Horace Clarkson rejects buyout". The Independent. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Sedgwick scheme to recruit more members". The Independent. 7 May 1993. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  12. ^ "CLM Insurance Fund Merger with SVB - Part 1". 21 September 1999. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Michael Wade's Appointment as Brit Director May Signal Consolidations at Lloyd's". Insurance Journal. 30 April 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Nick Viner: An introduction to Conservative Friends of Pakistan". 28 October 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Launch event of CFoP - 10th May at the Savoy". 10 May 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  16. ^ "'Celebrating Integration' event". 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Building Safety update". 20 July 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Private sector experts appointed to maximise value from government suppliers". 29 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Michael Wade at Ambiental's Flood Re Business Breakfast for Insurers and Reinsurers". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  20. ^ "George unleashes the giant peach". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Birthday Honours lists 2018". 8 June 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Michael Wade and Caroline Dashwood's Wedding". 10 January 1998. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Trafalgar Park: The ultimate restoration". 14 April 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Official launch of new Wiltshire Air Ambulance". Salisbury Journal. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  25. ^ "An ambition to give sight to blind children". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  26. ^ "Michael Wade orchestrates funding to thank hospital". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Our patron and president". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  28. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  29. ^ "Lloyd's Community Programme celebrates its 20th year". 7 February 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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