Getting to know Joe Diss

31 March 2021

Markel International, London

What skills have you found vital to your job?

The main one is problem solving. Everything we do in the Portfolio Development & Support team (PDS) is from scratch so we have to work out the process ourselves and we’ll always hit a few snags along the way!

What was your first job?
I was a scaffolder for a few months until winter came and I decided I’d rather work indoors!

What do you love most about your job?
Definitely the people. A lot of my closest friends work at Markel and in the market in general.

What led you to this career?

I took a temp job at Amlin to earn some money while I figured out what I wanted to do and decided I quite liked it.

What is one thing on the very top of your bucket list?
I think it’d have to be a safari or seeing the orangutans in Borneo. I wouldn’t mind seeing England win the world cup…

Most used phrase of 2020 
We got a puppy during 2020 so probably ‘Teddy, No!’

What was the first album that you ever bought?
I definitely didn’t buy it myself but I seem to remember getting an Avril Lavigne album for a birthday and having to pretend to be excited about it.
What is unique about your product line or team?

Portfolio Development & Support is a great team to be in to learn about all of the different functions at Markel. Everyone in the team’s roles are completely different so we cover almost the entire business in one way or another. 

Joe Diss
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About Markel International:

Markel International is a division of Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MKL). Markel International writes insurance and reinsurance business through six divisions and through offices across the UK, Europe, Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Markel International’s insuring entities include Syndicate 3000, Markel International Insurance Company Limited, Markel Insurance SE., and Markel Resseguradora do Brasil S.A.

Its UK national markets business also provides legal and professional fees insurance cover as well as legal and tax consultancy services.