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.”
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