Peter Cullum CBE - Executive Chairman
MSc, MBA, FCII, ACIM
Peter began his insurance career in 1969 with the Royal Insurance Group and progressed to sales and marketing positions within Commercial Union and ITT London and Edinburgh where he became marketing director in 1988. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person to pass the Chartered Insurance Institute fellowship examinations. In 1991, Peter joined Economic Insurance as Managing Director and led their return to profitability in 1993. In December 1993, Peter led the Management Buyout of the Economic that was sold in 1996 to Hiscox plc. In 1997 he and a small team created Towergate Underwriting Group (now Towergate Partnership).
Peter was the 2005 overall winner of the Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year award and is the current holder of the M&A Deal Maker of the Year Award.
Michael Rea - Chief Executive
Following a career with Price Waterhouse, Michael has held a number of senior corporate finance and finance director roles in the insurance industry. Michael began his appointment as CEO of CCV in September 2009.
David Bruce – Chief Executive Officer
David Bruce, CEO, joined CCV in April 2012. He has extensive experience of distribution and operational management having run Norwich Union’s National Broker and National Accounts Division, RAC Direct Insurance and Aviva’s Corporate Partnerships Division. David also has a strong background in governance and controls having been UK Chief Auditor for RSA Insurance. He joined CCV from CPP where he was Group Expansion and Development Director.
Richard Norris – IT Director
Diploma in Management
Richard has over 15 years experience in delivering IT services, having started his career as a commercial underwriter. Richard worked for several service based organisations before joining Towergate in 2001 and moving to CCV as IT Director in 2008 and has undertaken numerous acquisition integrations during his time with the group.
David Perry – Sales & Marketing Director
With insurance industry experience gathered over the last 20 years, David has held a variety of senior roles in the broking sector including growing his own business to 6 branches, winning the British Insurance Award for Marketing Initiative along the way before selling in 2003. He is currently Chairman of the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) members committee and a member of the BIBA board.
Louise Underwood – Divisional Finance Director
Louise is an experienced finance professional who qualified as a Chartered accountant in 2003. Louise’s career started in practice and moved into industry based roles in 2007, where she worked in Media at United Business Media before joining CCV in August 2010.
Keith Insch - Director of Acquisition Development
Keith has over 27 years experience in the insurance industry, 15 years of which have been originating and implementing acquisition transactions for large national operations.
Gavin Mitchell – Regional Managing Director (North)
Gavin has been in the insurance industry over 20 years, working in both broking and underwriting. Gavin’s roles have spanned through underwriting, sales and management roles giving him a great depth of experience in both commercial and personal insurance.
David Wrathall - Regional Managing Director (East)
David has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry, in the UK and abroad, with both brokers and insurers. His roles have involved him in all aspects of the acquisition process, and subsequent integration, of brokers into a parent family.
Joe Simmons – Regional Managing Director (South & West)
Joe has worked in the insurance market for over 25 years including spells at GRE, AXA and Groupama before joining Towergate in a broking role. He took over as managing director of Crawford Davis soon after its acquisition by CCV in 2008. Since then, Crawford Davis has quadrupled in size both organically and through acquisition. In achieving sales growth of 60%, Joe and his team at Crawford Davis were recognised by CCV as its Sales Team of the Year in 2011.
Rob Simpson – Regional Managing Director (Central)
ACII, Chartered Insurance Broker
Rob started his career with General Accident in 1988 gaining experience in accounts, claims and underwriting before joining a general insurance broker in 2000. Rob acquired the business in 2002 before selling to CCV in 2008.
Sam Clark - Head of Legal & Secretariat
LLB (Hons), LPC (Commendation), Diploma in Management, Member of Law Society
Sam qualified as a solicitor in September 1999 and spent 3 further years working in private practice as a corporate M&A and banking lawyer. Sam is a key player in CCV’s fast paced acquisition trail.
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