Posted on 11th January 2018
Independent Burgess Hill-based insurance brokers, underwriters and risk management consultants, Bennett Christmas have appointed Tom Stripp as Managing Director this month. The appointment comes during the group’s fiftieth year of trading, as part of a dynamic re-structure which has included several senior appointments and the announcement of an ambitious five-year expansion plan.
The appointment expands Tom’s position as Managing Director of BC Underwriting (part of the Bennett Christmas Group) to Managing Director of the Bennett Christmas Group, which includes the Commercial and Personal Lines insurance broking business, BC Underwriting and BC Risk Management. With more than 15 years of experience in the broking and underwriting sector, Tom has overseen BC Underwriting for three years and has successfully grown the business from a team of two to 14 during that time.
Chief Operations Officer, Roger Christmas, said: “Bennett Christmas is and always has been about our people and customers. This restructure places an even greater emphasis on these areas, with Tom leading the team and bringing a fresh, younger perspective to the business.
With this appointment, David Christmas will take on the new role of Broking Director and David Porter assumes a team role of Senior Technical Broker. We feel this demonstrates our commitment to our customers as well as our relationships with our insurer partners.
The news comes just months after Julia Crow from Slade Edwards Insurance Brokers was added to the Bennett Christmas team as Operations Manager, and Helen Sundaram joined as Marketing Manager.
Chief Executive Officer, Mark Bennett, added: “We’re extremely proud of our heritage as one of Mid Sussex’s leading community brokers and it’s fitting that we announce our growth plans and restructure as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The journey continues and we embrace the challenges and changes that will no doubt lie ahead.”
Managing Director, Tom Stripp, also commented: “We have a great team here at Bennett Christmas and our growth plans promise career opportunities not only for our staff but for the wider community and the UK as a whole, as we create new roles to bring in more good people from across the country.
”In an industry dominated by online insurance providers we deliver a vital service to our customers – demystifying the market, doing the leg work and having their back in a claim. In short, we save them time and take the stress out of buying insurance”.
"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 an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."