Hive Aero - a recently-formed aviation hull and war MGA – has expanded with the appointment of Will Gaunt as class underwriter.

Gaunt joins Hive Aero from Talbot, where he was class underwriter for the general aviation book.

He has been at Talbot for the best part of a decade, having begun his insurance career at XL Catlin in 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He joins chief underwriting officer Bruce Carman who launched the MGA platform with a stamp capacity of $50mn per aircraft risk in April.

The MGA focuses on the aviation war market, working in conjunction with Lloyd’s insurers Beazley, Arch, Chaucer and Dale.

“I am excited to join Hive Aero and look forward to helping grow the business,” Gaunt said.

“The opportunity to assist in developing the highly analytical capacity offered by Hive Aero in this niche market is very appealing,” he added.

“I am delighted to welcome Will to Hive Aero and very much look forward to working closely with him,” Carman said.

“His knowledge and relationships within the aviation sector will be a huge asset to us.”