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Justin Hevness

Managing Director Cert CII

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Justin started work at Firth & Scott in 1986 as an Apprentice on a Government sponsored Youth Training Scheme. Having started at the bottom of the ladder, over the years he has worked his way through every position in the company, including supervising roles, management roles at different offices, and then to the Board of Directors. Currently as Managing Director he is responsible for the running of the Insurance Broking Company.

Starting in the Personal Lines Department, Justin initially dealt with private motor insurance, home insurance, travel insurance and income protection policies.  When he had spent enough years within this role to become proficient in this area, he was promoted to deal with Commercial Insurance, dealing with businesses both local and countrywide. This is now considered to be Justin’s specialist area, and he enjoys working with up and coming businesses as well as the well established. By “looking out of the box” Justin is able to ensure all areas are properly covered and recommending improvements and options.  Commercial combined insurance, shop packages, office package, liability, professional indemnity and all forms of commercial motor, including fleet all fall within Justin’s remit and he is always more than happy to visit businesses to understand their trade, how they work and provide that personal touch.

Justin’s accomplishments have always been recognised at the company and he enjoys working with experienced colleagues and the different challenges the position brings. Pushing Firth & Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd forwards, whilst maintaining high standards of service and care, with good old fashioned values, is his target.

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Steve Allwright

Director ACII, Chartered Insurance Broker

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Steve began his career at Zurich Insurance as a commercial underwriter in 1985. In 1992 he moved to Thomas Howell, now Crawford’s, to become a Loss Adjuster, where he spent 10 years before moving to Firth & Scott, taking the reins for business continuity from his father Derek following his retirement.

Steve has a wealth of technical skills and his loss adjusting expertise is a great benefit to our staff and clients in event of a claim.

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Stevie started with the company in 2010 coming from a background of account management for businesses ranging from mid-sized to corporate, including supermarkets and large UK retailers.

Stevie is the third generation of the family at Firth & Scott and starting as an apprentice in the Personal Lines team dealing with home, motor and travel, she has progressed through different roles within the business until February 2016 when she joined the board of directors.

Managing a growing account of business; Stevie deals with all aspects of commercial insurance including professional indemnity, liabilities, fleet and packages for clients ranging from sole traders to multi-national companies. One of Stevie’s key areas is assisting new business start-ups, advising them on their business requirements and providing essential support throughout periods of growth.

Stevie was awarded a scholarship with a global insurance company and through it became qualified to DipCII status, achieving distinctions in all modules. She continues to study towards her ACII, which will make her a Chartered Insurance Broker. In 2013 Stevie was recognised for her achievements as a young broker and won a national industry award; The Insurance Times Award for IT Pack Member of the Year as well as the Nottingham Insurance Institute Young Achiever award.  Also in 2014 Stevie was a “Highly Commended Finalist” in the national British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) “Young Achiever of The Year 2014” competition.

In 2016 Stevie not only passed her Diploma in Insurance, but was pleased to find her hard studying had earned her the highest marks in the country and she was awarded the John Poel Prize by the Chartered Insurance Institute.

At the Broker Network Conference she also beat off stiff competition to win the Rising Star Of The Year Award award at the inaugural Broker Network Awards Ceremony.

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Jamie-Leigh Birtley

Complex Commercial Administrator

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Jamie-Leigh began her insurance career in 2005 with Budget Insurance as a Trainee Insurance Advisor, where she was promoted to Insurance Advisor just as the company was acquired by Swinton Insurance. She then became the Ilkeston branch manager for five years before moving to Firth & Scott in May 2014 to become Personal Lines Manager, using her well-founded knowledge and understanding of all personal lines products.

Jamie-Leigh works 3 full days per week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Karen Ecclestone

Personal Lines Account Handler Cert CII

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Karen started her career at HSBC, before moving onto Aviva Insurance Company. After a couple of years she made the transition into the world of insurance broking and continued to work for a high street broker for the next 28 years – the latter years spent as Office Manager.

In 2002, Karen moved to Firth & Scott, dealing with home, motor, GAP and travel insurance, plus any relevant claims that arise.

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Tracey Wardle

Personal Lines Account Handler

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Tracey is one of our longest serving members of staff having joined Firth & Scott in 1987 as part of the personal lines department. She has a wealth of knowledge and is responsible for processing new policies, renewals, mid-term adjustments and claims for personal lines including motor, home, caravan and travel insurance.

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Louise Briars

Business Support Administrator

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Louise joined Firth and Scott in 2017 as Business Support Administrator.

She is now looking forward to continuing her insurance training and is currently enjoying working alongside her senior colleagues in order to learn more about the complexities of insurance.

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Nicola Jones

Commercial Account Handler Cert CII

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Nicola spent two years on a youth training scheme with an insurance brokers in Nottingham, where she was trained by the experience members of the brokerage. After two years, she was taken on as a permanent member of staff, dealing mainly with personal insurance.

She initially dealt with personal insurance after joining Firth & Scott in 1994, before advancing her skills and moving into commercial lines, specialising in property owners’ business insurance and commercial vehicles.

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Sam Scothern

Commercial Account Handler Cert CII

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Sam joined Firth & Scott in 2003 as the Office Junior on an apprenticeship scheme through Babington Business College gaining the relevant qualifications and working her way up to the personal lines team. In 2009, she moved to Firth & Scott’s commercial team and currently specialises in Property Owners’ Insurance from single residential & commercial properties to large portfolios & unoccupied properties undergoing renovation.

She became the youngest person in the country to pass the insurance industry Cert CII qualification and was also awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2006 by the Nottingham Chartered Insurance Institute, a major accomplishment.

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Genevieve Price

Complex Commercial Administrator Ba (Hons)

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Genevieve joined Firth & Scott in 2016 as a Business Support Administrator and supports the company Directors on a day-to-day basis.

She graduated in July 2007 with a 2:1 Ba (Hons) degree and has previously worked in administrative roles at Nottingham Trent University.  She is looking forward to learning more about the insurance industry from her colleagues and progressing at Firth & Scott.

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