Having now been established for 18 years, Independents have become experts in arranging commercial insurances across a range of sectors. This includes our market-leading solution for the health and fitness industry along with our involvement in technology, manufacturing, wholesale, property and leisure.
In 2012 Independents achieved Chartered Insurance Broker Status by operating at the highest ethical and professional level. We believe passionately in providing a friendly and jargon-free service and in building successful long-term relationships with our clients.
Our staff are experienced and motivated and as a family business there is a great team spirit all round.
Professional Background: 42 years in the Insurance Industry (16 years at Independents and 26 years previously with a major UK insurance company.
Joined: October 1999
Interests: Keeping fit, salsa, cycling and learning Italian
Favourite Film: The Sting, Shawshank Redemption and The Bucket List
Favourite Music: Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Alicia Keyes and Adele
Unsual Fact About Me: My Nigerian forefathers were tribal chieftans (hence me being a control freak)
Professional Background: Worked in a variety of industries focussed on delivering customer service before starting a career in insurance in 2007. Achieved ACII in 2011 and became president of the Insurance Institute of Reading in 2013.
Joined: January 2008
Interests: Cooking, travelling, football and basketball
Favourite Film: Usual Suspects, Goodfellas, Life is Beautiful
Favourite Music: D’Angelo, John Legend, Ed Sheeran
Unsual Fact About Me: I had a brief career in film which included a stint as an Oompa Lompa stunt double.
Team Leader & Senior Account Handler
Professional Background: 17 years insurance experience handling personal and commercial clients
Joined: June 2015
Interests: Playing golf, running, football and socialising with friends and family
Favourite Film: Million Dollar Baby
Favourite Music: Rock/pop and most catchy tunes you can't get out of your head
Unsual Fact About Me: I like to get down and dirty at weekends (in tough mudders!)
Senior Account & Liability Claims Handler
Professional Background: Worked for a broker in my home town of Birmingham
Joined: April 2009
Interests: Technology, Cycling and Football
Favourite Films: The Big Lebowski
Favourite Music: Acoustic and Chill Hop
Unusual Fact About Me: Open Water Scuba Diver
Senior Account Handler
Joined: October 2016
Interests: Festivals, concerts gigs
Favourite Music: Stone Roses, Oasis
Senior Account Handler
Professional Background – 30 years’ experience in the Insurance industry, as a senior claims handler for a large insurance company and then for various brokers.
Joined: November 2015
Interests: Skiing, cycling, gardening (anything outdoors) cooking and holidays!
Favourite film: Aladdin
Favourite music: – Anything that makes me happy
Unusual Fact: I love to throw myself down mountains – either on a pair of skis or on a mountain bike
Professional Background: Working with homeless people and challenging behaviour specialist; various customer services roles.
Joined: November 2014
Interests: Socialising, laughing and swimming
Favourite Film: American History, anything Disney
Favourite Music: Pretty much everything.
Unsual Fact About Me: I was made in the Far East
Property Claims Handler
Professional Background: Worked in the leisure and sport industry prior to taking the leap into Commercial Insurance at a large insurance company.
Joined: May 2017
Interests: Playing Football and Golf and generally anything sport related
Favourite Film: Beverley Hills Cop and The Avengers movies
Favourite Music: Talksport and Ed Sheeran
Unsual Fact About Me: I played Basketball 1v1 against Michael Pena (Shooter and Ant Man) and John Bernthal (The Walking Dead and Fury), scoring 1 point losing 10-1 and 10–0, the 1 point was a free point as they felt sorry for me!
Ciara joined our team in October 2018.
Office Administration Assistant
Tracy joined our team in May 2018
Professional Background: Varied career working in banking and finance, before moving to Independents.
Interests: Swimming, keeping fit and gardening
Favourite Film: Beaches
Favourite Music: Robbie Williams
Unsual Fact About Me: Not many people know this but my toes are double jointed
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