Craig Albon, Cert CII
Craig’s career in commercial insurance claims spans over 30 years. During that time he has worked for insurers, loss adjusters and brokers, giving him a unique insight into all areas of the claims process. Craig holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has a particular specialism in property and liability claims, but has a broad knowledge of all areas of commercial insurance claims. Craig joined Pound Gates in May 2014. He prides himself on not taking ‘no’ for an answer and in getting the best possible outcome for our clients.
Asha Babooram, BA(Hons)
Asha joined Pound Gates in 2016 working within the Central Services team. In June 2018, she has moved into an underwriting role, with Pound Gates Insurance Brokers, working on our market-leading day care nursery scheme. Asha is also a committee member for the Pound Gates’ Acorn Fund with the Suffolk Community Foundation and a committee member for the companies entertainments club, organising social events for her colleagues. Asha is a keen traveller and enjoys exploring new places. Other hobbies include HIIT and spin classes.
Ally Bath, BA(Hons), Assoc CIPD
HR & Facilities Manager
Ally has worked in Human Resources since graduating in 2005. Prior joining Pound Gates in 2012, Ally worked in various HR generalist and graduate recruitment roles for a global insurance broker. With responsibility for managing the HR approach across the Pound Gates group of companies as well as the facilities services across all our locations, Ally is an Associate member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a qualification in Human Resources Management. Outside of work Ally enjoys spending time with her fur-babies, reading and travelling as often as time and funds allow!
David Collins, Cert CII
Client Services Director
Dave has spent over 30 years in the insurance industry having held senior positions within RSA and AXA. Dave holds the Certificate of Insurance Practice with the Chartered Insurance Institute and recently successfully completed the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate. He joined Pound Gates in December 2009. Dave is married with two sons. He is Chairman of AFC Kesgrave Football Club, a keen supporter of Southampton FC and enjoys golf and fishing in his spare time. Dave is also a Trustee of The Soma Leo Foundation.
Kevin Collins, BA MEconSc, ACII
Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a Masters Degree in Economics. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute having started his professional career with a major insurance company. Kevin joined the business in 2000 and led the management buy-out in 2002. He is proud of the accreditations the business holds, but more important than these quality badges is the client feedback and testimonials we receive. Kevin is delighted our clients see our business as an important partner in the success of their businesses.
Sian Drennhaus, Cert CII
Senior Accounts Assistant
Spencer has worked in accounts and finance roles since 2011, having previously worked in retail sector. He joined Pound Gates in 2015 and became Senior Accounts Assistant in November 2016. He completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) in May 2015 and began studying for the ACCA qualification in June 2017.
Tim Foster, FCII, Chartered Insurance Broker
Tim has spent over 40 years in the insurance industry. After working for Norwich Union for 11 years he joined Pound Gates in 1988, becoming a Director in the early 1990s. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Broker. As well as looking after several larger and more complex accounts Tim has responsibility for certain aspects of regulatory compliance. Originally from Leiston, Tim has lived in Colchester since 1983. Married in 1989, he is a keen supporter of Ipswich Town FC and also enjoys a variety of other hobbies and pursuits in his spare time.
Henry Garrod, Cert CII
Henry joined Pound Gates in 2014 as an appointment setter. After acquiring the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute he moved into an underwriting role working on our market-leading day care nursery scheme. After two years supporting the development of the scheme he now looks to establish himself within the client services team and continue to provide first-class solutions for our clients.
Angie Gleen, Cert CII
Angie has worked in commercial insurance for over 20 years, always within the broking environment. Angie’s particular area of expertise is managing claims in the removals and self-storage sectors, but she also has a very broad knowledge of all areas of commercial insurance claims. Angie holds the Certificate in Insurance qualification and is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Sophie Hewings, Cert CII
Sophie joined Pound Gates in 2001. She is highly proficient in all areas of commercial claims and has a particular specialism in managing claims in the removals and self-storage sectors. Sophie holds the Certificate in Insurance qualification and is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Christine joined Pound Gates in June 2018, after working in marketing for over 20 years, both in-house and agency-side. Her experience covers: strategy, branding, reputation management, investor relations, public relations, marketing, event management, video production, web development, social media (including employee advocacy), personal branding and copywriting. She works across all of the Pound Gates companies, including our charity The Soma Leo Foundation. Christine is also an holistic health coach and blogs about health and wellness.
Jacqui Keer, Cert CII
Jacqui joined Pound Gates in 2016, after a 20-year career as an underwriter and claims handler for major insurance companies. Her focus is on the removals and storage sector where she combines her sector knowledge and customer service skills to build strong relationships with her clients. She holds the Certificate in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute. Jacqui enjoys family life with her two children, socialising with her friends, gardening and watching musicals.
Gemma joined Pound Gates in 2017 and has worked in accounts and finance roles since 2013. She is currently studying the final level of the AAT Accounting qualification. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys baking and reading. She is also part of the Doing Good Action Group which organises fund raising for various charities on behalf of the company.
Neil Matthews, ACII
Neil has worked in the general insurance market for over 25 years and has handled placement of numerous medium and large complex risks. Neil’s specialism is in the removals and self-storage sector where he is highly regarded for his comprehensive knowledge of the options available contractually, by utilising all terms and conditions currently utilised within the sector. His experience in identifying gaps in cover and reducing risk can be demonstrated through his work with both new and existing clients. Neil holds the Advanced Diploma (ACII) qualification and is responsible for managing the overall relationship with his clients.
Shirley Mills, Cert CII
Client Service Advisor, Nursery Support
Shirley joined Pound Gates in August 2008 and has supported our nursery scheme for the Childcare Sector for the past ten years. During this time she has built up good relationships with many clients. Shirley holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. She is also a member of the charity committee. Shirley has three grown up children and three grandchildren with a fourth one being born in America shortly. In her spare time, she spends a lot of time with her Grandchildren, and also enjoys travelling especially to America to see her son and his wife and soon to be new grandson and Peanut the dog.
Chris Norton, Cert CII
Chris has spent 16 years within the insurance industry having joined Pound Gates in 2016, previously holding positions in claims, underwriting and broking in both the UK and New Zealand. He holds the Certificate of Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. In his spare time, Chris is a keen cricketer as well as a member of a local golf club.
Julia joined Pound Gates in 2015 having previously worked in accounts and finance roles for major insurance companies for almost two decades. In her spare time, Julia enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Abigail Pearce, Cert CII
Client Services Advisor, Nursery Support
Abigail joined Pound Gates in 2008 with seven years previous insurance experience, and holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. In supporting our Nursery Scheme clients for over 10 years and representing Pound Gates at NDNA member events around the UK, she has gained a strong understanding of issues within the sector and also thus supported the development of the Nursery Scheme. Abigail is married and she and her husband enjoy cycling and walking together in the beautiful Suffolk countryside where they live. They love to travel, exploring the local history and cuisine but also look forward to the winter season combining this passion for food with snowboarding in Europe.
Fran started her career in local government, but keen to move to marketing she joined Pound Gates as an apprentice within the marketing department. She supports our activity across all of our businesses, including our charity The Soma Leo Foundation. Fran enjoys socialising with her friends and going to festivals.
Debby Salisbury, Cert CII
Debby has spent over 25 years in the insurance industry having held underwriting and team manager roles at Aviva prior to Pound Gates. Debby holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. She joined Pound Gates in June 2010. Debby is a keen supporter of Ipswich Town Football Club and enjoys country walks with her husband and black Labrador, baking and reading.
Kerry Sayer, Cert CII
Kerry has worked in the insurance industry for 27 years, having previously worked for Aviva Insurance Ltd. She joined Pound Gates in 2010 and holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. Kerry is married with two children. She is the resident choreographer for a local theatre company, having previously been a professional dancer, and enjoys going to the theatre.
Julie Seymour, Cert CII
Kerry Sharland, Cert CII
Kerry joined Pound Gates in 2011 having spent the previous 10 years with a major motor insurer. She has an extensive knowledge of motor claims, but has also developed a broad knowledge of all commercial claim types during her time with Pound Gates, including claims in the removals and self-storage sectors. Kerry holds the Certificate in Insurance qualification is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Del Sharman, ACII
Del started his career as a commercial underwriter with Commercial Union in 1994, progressing through various senior roles as the organisation merged with General Accident and later Norwich Union to become Aviva. Del is Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Advanced Diploma (ACII) qualification. He joined Pound Gates in 2001 and became a Director in 2013. Del is married with two daughters. He is a keen cyclist and very amateur tennis player. Del is also responsible for managing the Pound Gates’ Acorn Fund with the Suffolk Community Foundation.
Vivienne Simpson, Cert CII
Viv has spent 18 years within the broking insurance industry having joined Pound Gates in June 2005. Viv takes pride on giving excellent service and advice to her numerous clients. She holds the Certificate in Insurance with the Chartered Insurance Institute. Viv has three grown up children and five grandchildren and in her spare time socialises with her family. Viv is a keen traveller and enjoys holidaying abroad and has visited numerous countries.
Debbie Standring, BSc(Hons), ACII, Chartered Insurance Broker
Debbie has spent nearly 20 years in the insurance industry, focusing on all aspects of marine insurance. She has held senior positions at JLT, HSBC and Marsh handling portfolios of international business. Debbie joined Pound Gates in 2014 as a marine, transport and logistics specialist. She is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Broker.
Kayleigh Vines, Cert BA
Assistant Management Accountant
Kayleigh joined Pound Gates in 2016 and has worked in accounts and finance roles since 2005 in a range of industries including Public Sector Services, Healthcare and Pub, Retail and Brewery. She became Assistant Management Accountant in April 2017. She is currently CIMA Cert BA qualified and continuing with her accounting studies.
Martin has spent his career as a commercial insurance broker, and is a highly respected member of the local insurance broking community. He joined Pound Gates as a Relationship Manager in May 2017. Martin has been married to Dawn (also in the insurance industry) since 1980 and they have two grown up children. Outside work Martin is Assistant Secretary for the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, enjoys match fishing and the occasional round of golf.
Claire Woodbridge, ACII, Chartered Insurance Broker
Claire has worked within the insurance broking industry for over 30 years and joined Pound Gates in January 2011. Claire holds the Advanced Diploma (ACII) qualification is a Chartered Insurance Broker. Claire is married with two children. Outside work she enjoys live music and travel. Claire is also a Trustee of The Soma Leo Foundation.
Josh Yasar, ACCA
Josh joined Pound Gates in 2016 and leads the Accounts and Finance team. He has held senior positions in a range of industries including Import / Export of goods, Energy, Manufacturing and Retail. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Josh is married with two young children. He is a keen supporter of Arsenal FC and used to be a semi-professional footballer. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.