Posted on 18th April 2016
Burgess Hill insurance brokers Bennett Christmas have strengthened their team with two new appointments.
Commercial account executive Geoff Stanbridge joins the firm from Bluefin Insurance in Maidstone where he was primarily responsible for new business development.
Geoff’s 25 years in corporate and commercial broking for national and provincial insurers’ spans across a number of high risk liability sectors, including the medical, construction and aerospace industries. He was previously responsible at NSure Insurance for helping set up one of the first cyber and technology risk divisions – an area in which Bennett Christmas specialises.
While Geoff brings experience to the team, his new colleague, 25-year-old Alex Brakell, is just learning the ropes.
Alex becomes the latest trainee commercial account handler to be recruited to the firm, which will see nine of its existing staff awarded the industry standard CII profession qualification this year – a major achievement for a comparatively small employer of 36 staff.
Alex brings with him a background in fraud analysis in the motor insurance sector and has also worked as a cost negotiator for legal firms.
Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers Chief Executive, Mark Bennett said: “With these two appointments we’re adding strength and depth to our team and planning for the future.
“Alex’s appointment – the second young person we’ve recruited in the past six months – demonstrates that we’re a dynamic, young firm, constantly on the look-out for talent that we can invest in.”
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"