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Meet the Team

People are our passion. That means our employees as well as our clients.

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We know that to provide the finest levels of professional service each individual must possess the right skills to deliver the high standards our clients expect.

Our focus on developing the skills and careers of every individual helps Centor attract people with expertise who care about quality and service  throughout the insurance industry.

Our training programmes and feedback ensures that everyone at Centor will continue to develop and improve their skills and knowledge.

Our commitment to our employees has gained external recognition. Centor is an accredited Investor in People (Gold) employer and has been placed for the 7th consecutive year in the Great Places to Work Awards (small businesses category). Within the insurance sector, we were selected as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Insurance Broking in 2016.

Our team is a key ingredient of the Centor Difference.

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 Directors

Neil Walton

Chief Executive Officer

  020 7330 8718


After joining Centor as head of the Commercial division, Neil progressed to Managing Director and was instrumental in a management buyout in 1998. He is Centor’s majority shareholder and has been responsible for overseeing a threefold increase in the size of the business. He enjoys golf, sailing and all motor sports.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Steak Rossini.

Favourite film?
The Great Escape.

Favourite holiday destination?
St Tropez.

  Neil's Fun Facts

Richard Grainger

Broking Director

  020 7330 8705


Richard has 20 years’ experience in commercial and corporate insurance and has dealt with larger risks including global programmes across a wide range of sectors. He is responsible for dealing with the growth and strategy of the business, as well as insurer relationships. He enjoys golf, music and travelling.

What would your last meal on earth be? 
Veal Milanese with pomodoro pasta.

Favourite film?
Jerry Maguire.

Favourite holiday destination?
Amalfi Coast.

  Richard's Fun Facts

Paul Field

Claims & Support Director

  020 7330 8702


After originally training as a loss adjuster, Paul entered the broking industry at the firm which grew to become Centor in early 90s, and he was elevated to the main board of Centor following a management buy-out in 1998. He takes a keen interest in Centor’s corporate social responsibility and in his spare time enjoys keeping fit and watching sport.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Whitebait to start, steak and chips and homemade lemon meringue pie to finish.

Favourite film?
Pulp Fiction.

Favourite holiday destination?
Maldives.

  Paul's Fun Facts

Kerry Smith, MAAT

Chief Financial Officer

  020 7330 8706


Kerry started working at Centor as Accounts Executive in 1992. She left for a few years in 2003 and returned in 2007 as Financial Controller, which she has enjoyed ever since. She enjoys theatre and live music.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings.

Favourite film?
Oliver!

Favourite holiday destination?
Malta.

  Kerry's Fun Facts

David Stratton

Non Executive Chairman

  020 7256 7300


David has over 30 years’ experience as a director of various insurance brokers. He has bought and sold two of these, culminating in the disposal of his majority shareholding interest in Centor in 2004. He now provides support to the Centor board in his part-time role. He loves yachting, flying and skiing.

William Garnett

Non Executive Director

  020 7256 7300


As Partner at the solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite since 1992, William brings a wealth of experience to the Board with a large portion of his work spent with charity and public sector management and the remainder dedicated to industrial and city leaders. He is a keen sailor and is trustee of the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Chloe Woodhead

HR Manager

  0207 330 8721


Chloe joined Centor in 2017 as HR Manager. Chloe joins us from a learning trust, where she was an HR Policy Adviser and prior to that was at the Association of British Insurers as an HR Adviser for 10 years. Chloe has two young daughters and enjoys music, films and running to keep fit.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Fish and chips.

Favourite film?
Dirty Dancing.

Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere sunny!

  Chloe's Fun Facts

 Commercial

Richard Grainger

Broking Director

  020 7330 8705


Richard has 20 years’ experience in commercial and corporate insurance and has dealt with larger risks including global programmes across a wide range of sectors. He is responsible for dealing with the growth and strategy of the business, as well as insurer relationships. He enjoys golf, music and travelling.

What would your last meal on earth be? 
Veal Milanese with pomodoro pasta.

Favourite film?
Jerry Maguire.

Favourite holiday destination?
Amalfi Coast.

  Richard's Fun Facts

Yvette Payne, Cert CII

Commercial Division Manager

  020 7330 8735


Yvette has worked in insurance for over 20 years, initially working for one of the UK’s leading insurers, before moving into broking. She joined Centor in 2003 and looks after a portfolio of large commercial clients, including several national charities. In her spare time, she loves live music and world cinema.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Moules marinière with crusty bread.

Favourite film?
Pan’s Labyrinth.

Favourite holiday destination?
Thailand.

  Yvette's Fun Facts

Malisha Patel, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8703


Malisha joined Centor in 2012. Her career began with the administration of an insurer underwriting scheme in 2000, following which she spent several years in the insurer environment before moving to broking in 2003. She loves henna art, bridal hairstyling and the unusual hobby of fruit carving.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Popcorn.

Favourite film?
The Goonies.

Favourite holiday destination?
Los Angeles.

  Malisha's Fun Facts

Erica Feasey, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8712


Erica joined Centor’s commercial team in 2003 to look after a wide range of clients. She previously worked for a local broker for five years looking after a scheme for hairdressers and beauty therapists. Her interests include music, reading, and looking after her young daughter.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Roast dinner.

Favourite film?
The Notebook.

Favourite holiday destination?
Las Vegas.

  Erica's Fun Facts

Andrew Hogan, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8748


Andrew joined Centor in 2013 and now has 12 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Away from the office, Andrew enjoys martial arts, experimenting in the kitchen, and dining out with family and friends.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Steak and lobster, followed by blueberry pie and ice cream.

Favourite film?
The Matrix.

Favourite holiday destination?
Canada.

  Andrew's Fun Facts

Richard Rouse, ACII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8734


Raised in Australia, Richard moved to the UK in the 80s. He has worked in insurance for over 30 years, the last 12 of those at Centor. In his spare time, he enjoys music, photography, and following the fortunes of both Arsenal and the Australian Rules team, West Coast Eagles.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Five Guys.

Favourite movie?
Pulp Fiction.

Favourite holiday destination?
California.

  Richard's Fun Facts

James Groves, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8707


James worked for three other brokers before joining Centor in 2014. James closely supports the ups and downs of Millwall Football Club and hosts his own weekly Millwall Supporters radio show, interviewing players, managers and celebrities such as Danny Baker.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Pie and mash with liquor

Favourite film?
Top Gun.

Favourite holiday destination?
Seville.

  James's Fun Facts

James Airey

Account Manager

  020 7330 8717


James has worked in the insurance industry since 2003 as a broker specialising in both the construction and commercial sectors, and has experience handling a broad range of insurance products. Initially starting as an account handler for a regional insurance broker, he was promoted to Account Executive in 2006, before joining Centor in 2016. Outside of work James supports Tottenham Hotspur and also plays football socially.

 

What would your last meal on earth be?
Fillet steak & chips.

Favourite film?
Memento.

Favourite holiday destination?
South Africa.

  James's Fun Facts

Neil Templeton, Cert CII

Commercial Development Manager

  020 7330 8743


Neil is an experienced broker, having worked for national and provincial brokers for the last 13 years. He joined Centor in 2015, where his focus is the development and servicing of commercial and corporate clients. He is a follower of Formula One and Moto GP and enjoys travelling, running and cycling.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Tapas.

Favourite film?
The Departed.

Favourite holiday destination?
Spain.

  Neil's Fun Facts

Rhys Williams

Account Executive

  020 7330 8759


Rhys joined Centor in 2015 as a trainee administrator and is now an Account Executive. He helps our brokers with day-to-day tasks while working towards his Chartered Insurance Institute qualification. Rhys studied Economics, History, Business and English Literature at college and was captain of the rugby team (as a dynamic number 8). He loves socialising, good music and good food.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Christmas dinner.

Favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite holiday destination?
Florida.

  Rhys's Fun Facts

Richard Barrass, Cert CII

Account Manager

  0207 330 8753


Richard specialises in charity and commercial insurance and has 10 years’ experience. Originally from Hull, he started his career straight after sixth form with a small Northern broker. Following stints with two national brokers, he made the move to London six years ago to pursue new opportunities. In his spare time, he can be found watching football or cycling in the Home Counties.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Spaghetti Frutti di Mare.

Favourite film?
The Usual Suspects.

Favourite holiday destination?
Sardinia.

  Richard's Fun Facts

 Claims

Paul Field

Claims & Support Director

  020 7330 8702


After originally training as a loss adjuster, Paul entered the broking industry at the firm which grew to become Centor in early 90s, and he was elevated to the main board of Centor following a management buy-out in 1998. He takes a keen interest in Centor’s corporate social responsibility and in his spare time enjoys keeping fit and watching sport.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Whitebait to start, steak and chips and homemade lemon meringue pie to finish.

Favourite film?
Pulp Fiction.

Favourite holiday destination?
Maldives.

  Paul's Fun Facts

Sam Keep, Cert CII

Claims Manager

  020 7330 8730


Sam joined Centor in 2006 as a Claims Handler and promoted to Claims Manager in 2013. He was a finalist for Young Broker of the Year at the UK Broker Awards in 2012. Outside of work, Sam is an avid follower of the fortunes (or otherwise) of Tottenham Hotspur.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Steak and chips.

Favourite film?
Any of the Star Wars films.

Favourite holiday destination?
Maldives.

  Sam's Fun Facts

Sharon Kelly, Cert CII

Senior Claims Executive

  020 7330 8711


Sharon works in the claims team and celebrates 25 years at Centor this year. During that time she has been instrumental in the development of some of our bespoke IT systems and dealing with a multitude of challenging claims. She enjoys the theatre and listening to music.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Pie and mash with liquor.

Favourite film?
Love Actually.

Favourite holiday destination?
Kefalonia.

  Sharon's Fun Facts

Hazel Cowing, Cert CII

Claims Executive

  020 7330 8709


Hazel previously worked for a well-known insurer before joining Centor in 2014. She mostly deals with our motor, household and travel claims. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising, music and drawing.

What would your last meal on earth be?
KFC with chocolate brownie and ice cream for dessert.

Favourite film?
Shutter Island.

Favourite holiday destination?
Ibiza.

  Hazel's Fun Facts

Casey Gillett, BSc (Hons)

Claims Handler

  0207 330 8733


Casey studied Business Management at the University of Plymouth and did work experience at Centor in 2016. She found no day was ever the same and jumped at the chance when a fulltime job became available on the Claims team. Outside of work, she enjoys keeping fit and is currently training as a cheerleader going to the World Championships in 2018.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Chicken fajitas with Eton mess for dessert.

Favourite film?
Fast and Furious 5.

Favourite holiday destination?
Gili Islands.

  Casey's Fun Facts

 Employee Benefits

Paul Mardlin

Employee Benefits Director

  020 7330 8708


Paul entered the broking industry in the mid-80s and spent 20 years as a director for a provincial brokerage in the Employee Benefits arena. He joined Centor in 2012 to head up our new Employee Benefits division which focuses on protecting perhaps the most important asset of any business – its people. He enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Lobster and chips.

Favourite film?
Any James Bond film.

Favourite holiday destination?
Italy.

  Paul's Fun Facts

Chris Spain

Senior Consultant

  07785 724709


Chris brings a wealth of experience to Centor, having spent 30 years working in financial services, mostly with national brokers. Away from work Chris plays cricket and golf, likes travelling and is proud to be a die-hard Southampton fan – since 1967!

What would your last meal on earth be?
Boxing Day lunch.

Favourite film?
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Favourite holiday destination?
Sardinia or Bali.

  Chris's Fun Facts

Kimberlee Hart

Senior Client Support

  020 7330 8742


Kimberlee has worked in the Employee Benefits sector for over a decade and joined Centor in 2015. She previously worked for Group Risk & Healthcare providers. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym and socialising.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Fish and chips.

Favourite film?
The Goonies.

Favourite holiday destination?
South Africa.

  Kimberlee's Fun Facts

Will Owen

Trainee Administrator

  020 7330 8724


Will joined the Employee Benefits team in 2016 after studying business, sport, media and English at secondary school. He loves tennis, cricket and following West Ham United. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Chicken tikka masala, pilau rice and garlic naan.

Favourite film?
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Favourite holiday destination?
Sri Lanka.

  Will's Fun Facts

 Accounts

Kerry Smith, MAAT

Chief Financial Officer

  020 7330 8706


Kerry started working at Centor as Accounts Executive in 1992. She left for a few years in 2003 and returned in 2007 as Financial Controller, which she has enjoyed ever since. She enjoys theatre and live music.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings.

Favourite film?
Oliver!

Favourite holiday destination?
Malta.

  Kerry's Fun Facts

Tracey Ives, AAT

Accounts Manager

  020 7330 8701


Tracey joined Centor in 1992 as IBA Accounts clerk. After two short periods working away from Centor, she returned once more as Accounts Manager. Tracey was recognised by the UK Broker Awards in 2013 as their very first Unsung Hero of the year for her dedication to her work, charity and her family. She enjoys music, film and fundraising for Save The Children.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Mum’s roast dinner.

Favourite film?
Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Favourite holiday destination?
New York.

  Tracey's Fun Facts

Vanita Kanbi

Accounts Executive

  020 7330 8704


Vanita joined Centor in 2005 as an IBA Accounts Assistant, bringing with her over five years of insurance accounts experience. She also worked in a range of accounts positions for six months in Australia while on her travels. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, watching movies and experimenting with recipes from around the world.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Vegetarian curry.

Favourite film?
Little Miss Sunshine.

Favourite holiday destination?
Australia.

  Vanita's Fun Facts

Matthew Ives, MAAT

Accounts Assistant

  020 7330 8704


Matthew joined the Accounts team to assist in the day-to-day running of the busy accounts department. After a period of working in Chicago, Matthew decided to return to London and continue to develop his career. Outside of work Matthew enjoys skiing, travelling and is an avid supporter of West Ham FC.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Steak and chips.

Favourite film?
Star Wars.

Favourite holiday destination?
Canada.

  Matthew's Fun Facts

 Compliance

Oriel Gavin, Dip CII

Associate Director

  020 7330 8714


Oriel joined Centor in 1999 as an Account Executive in the Commercial department and has since risen through the ranks to Associate Director and head of our Compliance team. She is a wine buff, keen interior designer, and mother of one.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Lasagne and chips.

Favourite film?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Favourite holiday destination? 
Miami.

  Oriel's Fun Facts

Rebecca Brown

Compliance Technician

  0207 330 8719


Rebecca has worked in insurance since 2004. She started out in broking/claims management and then for the last eight years worked as a property and commercial underwriter. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym, bike-riding and jewellery-making.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Curry.

Favourite film?
Forrest Gump.

Favourite holiday destination? 
Cuba.

  Rebecca's Fun Facts

 Support Services

Connie Burke

Business Support Manager

  020 7330 8715


After many years spent working in project management, online marketing and recruitment, Connie joined Centor in 2011 and since implemented a number of successful new systems. Connie enjoys looking after her daughter, and in her spare time loves scuba-diving, rock climbing and numerous other outdoor pursuits.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Fish and chips.

Favourite film?
Scary Movie.

Favourite holiday destination?
Tenerife.

  Connie's Fun Facts

Hollie Hyland

Business Support Administrator

  0207 330 8739


Hollie joined Centor as a Business Support Administrator in 2016, having previously worked for an oil and gas company for six years. Her NVQ in Business Administration ensures that all our internal systems and processes run like clockwork. Hollie enjoys film, rambling, and going to the gym.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Calamari, lobster and chips and honeycomb cheesecake

Favourite film?
Taken.

Favourite holiday destination?
Greece.

  Hollie's Fun Facts

Nicola Murphy

Marketing Executive

  0207 330 8720


Nicola worked as a journalist in her native New Zealand before moving to the UK in 2012. She joined Centor in 2016, having previously worked in administration and marketing for a small investment bank. She enjoys travel, reading and is currently attempting to write her first novel.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Cheese and crackers to start, roast beef and sticky date pudding.

Favourite film?
Cool Runnings.

Favourite holiday destination?
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

  Nicola's Fun Facts

Jennifer Vero, Cert CII

Business Support Administrator

  020 7256 7300


Jennifer studied psychology at the University of Portsmouth, following which she worked in a private hospital for three years. She then decided on a career change and moved into insurance, working for Mitsui Sumitomo as an underwriting assistant for two years. She loves scuba diving, running and travelling, having just spent two years in Australia and Thailand.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Roast beef with all the trimmings.

Favourite film?
Inception.

Favourite holiday destination?
Thailand.

  Jennifer's Fun Facts

 Property

Danielle Williams, Cert II

Property Division Manager

  020 7330 8729


Dani started out at Centor in 2013 as an Account Manager and was promoted to Property Division Manager in 2016. She previously worked in both the business development division of a leading property insurer, and at a national broker. Away from work, Dani is into travelling, books, and walking her dog, Bryn.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Lobster.

Favourite film?
The Imitation Game.

Favourite holiday destination?
Greece.

  Danielle's Fun Facts

Holly Arnold, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8732


Holly joined Centor in 2008 after working for three and a half years as a property account executive for a large national broker. Holly’s key responsibilities include the growth of existing accounts and the development of client relationships. Outside of work Holly enjoys following Moto GP and Tottenham Hotspur, camping and spending time with her son.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Curry.

Favourite film?
Elf.

Favourite holiday destination?
South of France.

  Holly's Fun Facts

Bruce Hiley, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8732


After completing a BA degree with honours in business management, Bruce worked for Volkswagen as a service adviser. He started in insurance in 2005 where he specialised in HNW vehicles and property.  He has worked in Centor’s property team since 2008. Bruce’s interests include motorsport, films and football (playing twice a week and supporting Liverpool from his armchair).

What would your last meal on earth be?
Surf and turf.

Favourite film?
Top Gun.

Favourite holiday destination?
Australia.

  Bruce's Fun Facts

Alison Field, Cert CII

Account Manager

  020 7330 8737


Having completed a business studies diploma, Alison joined Centor in 2007 as an administrator. She soon progressed to an Account Executive role and she is now Account Manager, developing a growing portfolio of clients. She enjoys baking, keeping fit, and horse riding.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Fish and chips.

Favourite film?
Elf.

Favourite holiday destination?
New York.

  Alison's Fun Facts

Elise Day, Cert CII

Account Executive

  0207 330 8727


Elise joined the property team in 2016 with three years’ experience working as an Account Handler at a national insurance company. She grew up in Spain but sat her GCSEs and A levels in the UK, and started her insurance career aged 18. She enjoys travelling, socialising and horse riding.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Pizza.

Favourite film?
A Knight’s Tale.

Favourite holiday destination?
Caribbean.

  Elise's Fun Facts

Kirsty Black

Account Executive

  0207 330 8723


Kirsty started working in the insurance industry in 2006. Prior to joining Centor, she was an underwriter in the property owners area for both an insurer and a managing general agent. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking, live music and arts & crafts.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Macaroni cheese.

Favourite film?
Man on Fire.

Favourite holiday destination?
Italy.

  Kirsty's Fun Facts

Ali Kazmi

Account Executive

  0207 330 8728


After completing his BSc degree with honours in Computing & Management Ali worked for a rental car company on their graduate scheme. He started in insurance in 2009 with one of the largest national insurers as a commercial underwriter specialising in property owners insurance. His interests include cricket (perfecting his googly), movies and travelling.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Kobe beef T-bone steak with chips and garlic and mushroom sauce.

Favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite holiday destination?
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.

  Ali's Fun Facts

Jessica Jones

Account Handler

  020 7330 8722


Jess started her career in scientific publishing as an editorial assistant, before moving onto a small independent broker as a receptionist. She worked her way up to personal lines account handler. She joined Centor in February 2017. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and travelling to new places.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Chicken pasta alfredo with garlic flatbread.

Favourite film?
28 Days Later.

Favourite holiday destination?
Gili Islands, Indonesia.

  Jessica's Fun Facts

Charlotte Crisp, BA (Hons)

Property Administrator

  0207 330 8744


Charlotte recently graduated from the University of Greenwich with an Upper Second Class BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing. She chose insurance because she was looking for a career that would both challenge and interest her. She oversees the day-to-day administrative tasks of the Property team. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys hockey, reading and fine wine.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Steak with Béarnaise sauce and lots of fresh veg.

Favourite film?
The entire Star Wars series.

Favourite holiday destination?
Corfu.

  Charlotte's Fun Facts

 Private Clients

Graham Morgan-Tolworthy

Private Clients Manager

  020 7330 8725


Graham has 25 years’ experience in broking and joined Centor in 2015 to head up our Private Clients division. Away from insurance, Graham very much enjoys “making stuff” and is an expert carpenter and joiner with a City and Guilds qualification to his name.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Toad in the hole.

Favourite film?
Quadrophenia.

Favourite holiday destination?
I always like to go somewhere different but my favourite city is Barcelona.

  Graham's Fun Facts

Yemi Osinuga, Cert CII

Account Executive

  020 7330 8713


After completing his degree in IT and multi-media, Yemi entered the insurance industry in 2003 where he worked for a regional insurance broker. He joined Centor in 2008. He enjoys both playing and watching football, and follows the fortunes of both Manchester United and West Ham.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Bowl of fruit.

Favourite film?
The Departed.

Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere I haven’t been before.

  Yemi's Fun Facts

Charlotte Knott, Cert CII

Account Executive

  020 7330 8726


Charlotte started her career as a receptionist at a family-run insurance broker in Bromley, where she worked her way up to Account Executive in personal lines insurance. She joined Centor in 2016. Outside of work, she loves baking, going to the cinema and socialising.

What would your last meal on earth be?
Garlic flatbread, fillet steak with creamy mash and hot chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream.

Favourite film?
Beaches.

Favourite holiday destination?
Puerto Pollensa.

  Charlotte's Fun Facts