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Our team

Steve Cowman - Managing Director

Steve established Nationwide Broker Services in 2011.  Steve is primarily responsible for new broker recruitment and scheme development; he is out and about regularly, visiting brokers throughout the UK and Ireland.  His hands-on approach means that he knows the ins and outs of every account within NBS.

Email: steve.cowman@nationwidebroker.co.uk — Linked In

 

Rachel Oldroyd –  Office Manager

Rachel joined NBS in December 2011 as an underwriter, after working within the broker division of the RiskAlliance Group for 3 years previously. She is now the office manager, with a strong focus on new and existing scheme development and implementation.

Email: rachel.oldroyd@nationwidebroker.co.uk

Julian Beard –  Business Development Manager

Julian is a Business Development Manager for NBS and has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Julian has run his own underwriting agency and brokerage, has been the Underwriting manager for a large regional broker and a development underwriter for an MGA. Julian looks forward to visiting and working with our current and prospective broker network in the UK, listening and acting on their feedback to continue the proposition development and service that our brokers expect.

Email: julian.beard@nationwidebroker.co.uk

Commercial New Business - For all commercial new business and underwriting enquiries, please contact:

  • Rita Gray

    Senior Underwriter & Broker Development

    Rita joined NBS back in 2012 as a scheme underwriter. She has over 25 years of insurance experience under her belt, the majority of which were spent within the RiskAlliance Group showing true loyalty. Rita has vast experience of underwriting all classes of commercial insurance.

    Email: rita.gray@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Les Bennett

    Senior Underwriter & Broker Development

    Les has worked in the industry since 2009 and is responsible for the underwriting of commercial risks as well as maintaining relationships. He has extensive knowledge on a range of products and prides himself on attention to detail and going above expectations to deliver a high level of service to brokers.

    Email: les.bennett@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Laura Smith

    Underwriter & Broker Development

    Laura began her insurance career with NBS in 2017, after graduating university. She concentrates her time within the new business department, underwriting a wide range of commercial risks, but regularly helps out within the renewals team and takes on the majority of training within the company.

    Email: laura.smith@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Alfie McCully

    Underwriter

    Alfie joined NBS in May 2018 as an underwriter in the renewals team and has now moved on to an underwriting position within the fast-growing new business team. He has also taken on a marketing role to support and promote the business’s social media efforts as the company continues to develop its presence in the SME market space.

    Email: alfie.mccully@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Claire Cowling

    Underwriter

    Claire joined NBS in May 2018 after looking to start a new career where she could challenge herself, having previously worked within the fitness industry for 7 years. She is now primarily involved in the new business team underwriting commercial risks.

    Email: claire.cowling@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Mark Bottomley

    Underwriter

    Mark began his insurance career with Swinton in 1992 working direct with the public. He joined NBS in February 2018 working within the New Business department dealing with broker enquiries, quotations, risk improvements and other enquiries bringing with him a vast range of knowledge.

    Email: mark.bottomley@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Harry Miskin

    Assistant Underwriter

    Harry joined NBS in April 2019 from a background of office administration, including working as a consultant for commercial & residential property insurance. With a keen eye for detail and dedication to the job he endeavours to provide an excellent service.

    Email: harry.miskin@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Madeleine Lee

    Assistant Underwriter

    Madeleine joined NBS in September 2019. She has over 25 years of insurance experience and has worked for insurers as well as brokers, underwriting all classes of personal lines, claims experience as well as niche scheme business experience.

    Email: madeleine.lee@nationwidebroker.co.uk

Commercial Renewals - For all commercial renewal enquiries, please contact:

  • Rachel Wilkinson

    Renewals Manager & Senior Underwriter

    Rachel joined NBS in March 2012 from our sister company RiskAlliance Insurance Brokers Ltd, where she was a Compliance Officer. Rachel is our Renewals Manager and oversees the issuing of renewal terms. She has significant insurance experience being in the industry for over 25 years.

    Email: rachel.wilkinson@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Brad Hardaker

    Renewals Team Leader & Underwriter

    Brad began his insurance career with Swinton in 2010, working as a broker direct with the public. He joined NBS in September 2017 working within the renewals department, bringing with him a vast range of knowledge on all product lines. Since joining NBS, Brad has progressed to Team Leader and is responsible for training & developing New members of staff, within the Renewals Department.

    Email: bradley.hardaker@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Shewar Akhtar

    Underwriter

    Shewar joined NBS in May 2018, bringing with her vast insurance knowledge from her previous roles. Her first job within the insurance industry was in 2008 with Santander, in the renewals department. She has also previously worked at Swinton having joined the company in 2012, covering personal lines, dealing direct with both the public and with brokers.

    Email: shewar.akhtar@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Bethany Mills

    Underwriter

    Beth joined NBS in 2018 to develop her career within the insurance industry after previously working as a personal lines claims handler within Direct Line, following her apprenticeship with them as an Underwriter. Beth works within the renewals team, bringing with her experience and knowledge of personal lines underwriting and claims handling.

    Email: bethany.mills@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • James Trinder

    Assistant Underwriter

    James has started at NBS, as his first working role. He has completed his education at prestigious, local school and now wants to utilise his ability to pick up new skills, with ease. James hopes to have a long and successful career, in insurance and looks forward to achieving his CII status.

    Email: james.trinder@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Joe Kennedy-Pinnock

    Assistant Underwriter

    Joe’s insurance career started with Hiscox just over a year ago. During his time at Hiscox Joe picked up the fundamental of insurance. Moving into commercial underwriting role with NBS, he looks to further expand his knowledge of the fast paced insurance market. Joe brings with him the expertise in customer service and looks to provide this level of service to the brokers.

    Email: joe.kennedy-pinnock@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Tom Kaznowski

    Assistant Underwriter

    Tom started at NBS straight from school. This follows completing his education at a prestigious local school. Tom’s true passion is sport, and he hopes to bring the same drive, ambition, determination and passion into the office and his career.

    Email: tom.kaznowski@nationwidebroker.co.uk

Non Standard Household - For all new and existing household enquiries, please contact:

  • Robert Hawkes

    Household Underwriter & Broker Development

    Rob brings 6 years of insurance experience to NBS, prior to joining in 2014. Rob’s many responsibilities include looking after our non-standard household products, underwriting and broker development, especially in the south where he is based remotely.

    Email: robert.hawkes@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Ashley Goldfinch

    Household Underwriter

    Ashley started working in non-standard household insurance in 2012, joining NBS in 2015.  Ashley is responsible for underwriting new business and renewals and as an underwriter he aims to obtain the best possible cover for the broker.

    Email: ashley.goldfinch@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Guy Davies

    Household Assistant Underwriter

    Guy started his insurance career with SAGA in 2010, gaining 5 years insurance experience, before joining the RiskAlliance Group in 2015. In 2017 in moved into NBS, working as an underwriter on the non-standard household account.

    Email: guy.davies@nationwidebroker.co.uk

Claims - For new claim notifications and updates, please contact:

  • Daniel Cummins

    Claims Manager

    Daniel joined the NBS team in 2017, to work within the renewals department. He brought 2 years’ insurance broking experience with him, meaning he appreciates how important the relationships between NBS and the brokers are.

    Email: daniel.cummins@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Emily C

    Claims Handler

    Emily joined NBS in September 2018 to develop her career within the insurance industry after previously working as a broker for Coversure Insurance Services. Emily works within the renewals team bringing with her experience and knowledge of personal and commercial lines.

    Email: claims@nationwidebroker.co.uk

General Enquiries - For general enquiries, please contact:

  • Gary Townson

    Scheme Development

    Gary has worked at NBS since October 2017 and brings with him a varied background from a range of industries over the last 15 years. Gary splits his time between underwriting commercial risks for the new business team and developing and maintaining SchemeServe.

    Email: gary.townson@nationwidebroker.co.uk

  • Rachel Holt

    Accounts

    Rachel joined NBS in June 2019 from another arm of the business, and brought with her over 15 years of experience in insurance accounting. She looks after all aspects of the NBS accounts, including bordereau production and credit control and has great attention to detail.

    Email: rachel.holt@nationwidebroker.co.uk