Our Story

Our strong independent character can be traced back to the group's establishment some forty years ago, and still further to the story of John Hampden, the inspiration behind our name.

One of the leading figures in the English Civil War, John Hampden’s determination and freedom of thought is a quality we look to exhibit throughout our organisation today. We display our own independent thinking by having confidence in our ideas, challenging accepted wisdom, and taking the initiative.

In the realm of financial services, this clear purpose allows us to develop areas of the market that are under-served, as well as offer alternative investment products to both private individuals and institutions. Independent thinking comes through in our well-informed perspective on business, market dynamics, investment opportunities and risk, presenting points of view in a balanced, analytical manner. This empowers our colleagues and clients to better anticipate future needs and ambitions and make fully informed decisions.

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Hampden House. Group Headquarters
Our History

Hampden was originally formed in the 1970s by its current chairman, Tim Oliver, to bring together various insurance company and syndicate operations in run-off. This business nucleus expanded during the succeeding decades when Hampden took on the management of over 350 syndicates on behalf of Equitas. Seeing opportunities in the amalgamation of various small Members' Agencies and wanting to champion the interests of private capital at Lloyd's, Hampden acquired the Falcon, Aberdeen and Bridge agencies. By 1999, it had become the largest Members' Agency.
2001: Acquired Nomina Plc and Dutch insurance company, Sampo Industrial, renamed Hampden Insurance NV.   
2003: Acquired Maas Lloyd, a Dutch reinsurance company in run-off. 
2006: Acquisition of CBS, a leading Lloyd's members agency 
2009: Acquired Seymour Taylor, a successful accountancy practice.   
2014: Major investor in the newly launched private bank, Hampden & Co.  
2015: Major investor in ArchOver, the UK's fastest growing peer-to-peer lending platform.

Our Group Structure
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Corporate Responsibility

For many years, Hampden has been helping to build a stronger local community with our support for the Lloyd’s Community Programme. Neil Smith, CEO of Hampden Agencies, sits on the board and is also a trustee of the Lloyd’s Charities Trust. 

Hampden takes CSR seriously and supports in excess of 20 charities.  All employees are also able to maximise their donations to charity through payroll giving and Hampden provides matched funding for staff involved in raising money for charity.