In Memory of

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Nick Kilhams

Tragically, Nick Kilhams committed suicide in May 2021. His family and friends knew nothing of the struggle he had wrestled with for many years. Nick was widely known and respected as a leading credit and political risk underwriter in the London Market for almost 25 years. Many have commented on his larger than life character, the way he lit up a room with his unmissable laugh and loud voice. But more than that, he was so kind, caring and professional, always happy to go the extra mile and to contribute.

This e-book (which will be provided as a hardback book to Nick’s family) is an opportunity for his friends and colleagues to record any messages of remembrance about Nick.

Book Owner: David Powell
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Patrick Davison

Nick was unfailingly warm, open, engaging and professional. He had a natural ability to light up a room with his presence and infectious laugh. While he was capable of intelligently articulating his own opinion he worked hard to ensure that everyone’s views were heard. Receiving the news was such a shock and I hope …

David Powell

Nick Ollerenshaw

Nick K…I still cannot get my head around this. Very few people make the kind of mark that you did and the tributes on these pages bear ample witness to the esteem and fondness in which you are held by so many of us who have been blessed to work with you over the …

David Powell

Lucy Drummond Brady

I have so many fond memories of Nick, all of which relate to his intensely kind nature. At the start of 2020 I started a new job setting up a new broking office in London on my own after 9 years spent as part of much loved team at JLT. A terrifying change at …

David Powell

Timo Zacharias

I am so sorry to hear about Nick. I still can’t believe it. He was such a great person and I always enjoyed talking to him. He will deeply be missed! I feel so sorry for his family´s loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. …

David Powell

John MacKinnon

Nick was one of the first underwriters I met in Lloyd’s when I joined the CPRI market.  From a distance he cut quite an imposing figure but it normally wasn’t long before the chuckle emerged and then his commentary of an amusing experience would be accompanied to the very end by his big belly …

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Olivia Wright

It is sheer testament to Nick’s personality the number of wonderful stories and sentiments that people have already contributed here. On one of my very first client trips as a young underwriting assistant to Vienna, I will never forget arriving at the airport feeling slightly nervous about the whole thing – before I knew …

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Julian Edwards

Like so many, I cannot get my head around this. You had such a sense of fun and always filled the room with laughter, you were simply a great bloke. I have so many good memories from working together in the late 90’s,  the bars of Tashkent, relying on your Russian, watching CFC together …

David Powell

Sharon Grover

Nick was a gentle man and a gentleman…  Even though I left the industry more than 10 years ago, I have many fond memories of broking to Nick.  I was shocked and saddened to hear the news and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.  I know …

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Janneke

In 19 years of broking to Nick I don’t think he ever failed to greet me with a cheery reception; always in Russian given our similar studies. From the very early days of my broking career he was incredibly encouraging, taking his time to explain his underwriting decisions and never being cross or dismissive. …

Janneke

Bruce Carman

Unlike many on here, I never worked with Nick, nor broked to him, however we sat a few yards from each other in Lloyd’s for many years, hence knew each other. Nick was clearly a very popular and proficient/profitable underwriter and was regularly seen topping the rankings of the Political Risks charts. He was …

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David Neckar

This is such unbearably sad news for all of us. Nick’s warmth and kindness touched so many lives, reaching out far beyond the Box, where he was the epitome of the Lloyd’s Underwriter: courteous, professional, commercial and always ready to listen, and often to laugh. We cannot forget those wonderful human qualities. We all …

David Powell

Axel Krueger

Cher Nick, Allo this is Switzerland calling……. I will always remember your charism, your openness, your tough but fair questions / remarks, your loud & distinctive laugh and more important you as you are / were with us. I can not express more my gratitude for the professional help and guidance you have given …

David Powell

Sophie Sinclair

Nick really was one of a kind! Every time any of the Marsh JLT saw him at Lloyds or finished a phone call with him, we would always remark what a legend he was. He was always so friendly and encouraging and never failed to find the time to provide helpful advice no matter …

David Powell

Fabrizio Mazza

Hey Nick,  very hard to add anything meaningful to the lovely messages I can read here. We had not been in touch much lately but every time it happened there was always a laugh and a joke. Kindness and support were always at one’s reach when they had time with you at the box. …

David Powell

Nick Robinson

I will really miss Nick. My deepest sympathies go to Nick’s family. I hope that these condolences bring some small comfort. Nick gave me many pieces of advice over the last 20 years, mostly when we were travelling together; First – buy a Ford Galaxy, Second – when travelling always eat when food is …

David Powell

Philip Graham

Nick has been my friend for over 20 years . We are the same age . He used to tease me that I had my life upside down . I had my children late in life and he had your 2 beautiful children early in his life and he would say ” I will …

David Powell

Emma Ashworth

My first memories of Nick are from Willis during the early 90s when he would enthusiastically recount stories of his time spent studying in Russia, often lapsing into Russian! He was always such good company. His Nick’s Notes were legendary, as were his ‘Out of Office’ messages. What fun he was and a delight …

David Powell

John Lavelle

 To the Kilhams family, I am so truly sorry for your loss. Nick touched so many lives in a positive way, with his gentlman demeanor, hearty laugh and all around good nature. That to me is how I will remember Nick. The times when I would come to London, or Nick would be in …

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Jonathan Young

Nick called me a month or so ago, to apologise for having to tread on my toes, as a newly-minted consulting underwriter; but as friendly competition from a former colleague, whom I would have recommended to others anyway, it would have been a pleasure. I was in fact looking forward to seeing rather more …

David Powell

Neil Duchesne

Dear Nick, Like so many others I have struggled to put words together to express my profound sorrow at your passing. For over 20 years every exchange we had, no matter where in the world, and no matter what the situation was, there was inevitably one constant factor. Laughter. That ridiculous laugh, that overwhelming …

David Powell

Tim Hughes

I remember my first time as a broker in Lloyd’s. I had heard stories of how the senior underwriters could deal with young, pimply brokers who didn’t know their onions. I remember sitting down at the Chaucer box, having been told that Nick K was the market lead- he was slightly late and I …

Tim Hughes

Tim Press

Nick introduced me to the world of CPRI as we worked together many years ago, prior to his move into underwriting.  He was always a delight to work with and as many people have commented, he had the most infectious laugh and the warmest character. He will be hugely missed – my thoughts and …

David Powell

Jared Kotler

Not only was Nick extremely well respected in the CPRI industry but he was also someone everyone loved and enjoyed spending time with.  He was always so kind to everyone.  Personally, I was always excited to see Nick’s name on the guest list of the various business trips we went on.  I knew his …

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Ben Martin

I had the privilege of going on many buisiness trips with Nick to all sorts of far-flung places, and he was the best travelling companion you could wish for. We were usually accompanied by his set of old woods that we would have to wait for in outsized baggage! We had some very amusing …

David Powell

Sam Ladbury

Strasvite or Dobrie Dien with a smile on his face always used to be the way that Nick greeted me at the box, when I was starting out as a broker at Lloyds. I will always remember his kindness, the time he used to take with whoever you were and how we continuously tried …

David Powell

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