Commercial Express

The Value Added MGA

01384 473021

Meet The Team


We pride ourselves on offering the very best service that we can through our dedicated and highly experienced underwriting team. We always aim to be your helpful and trusted insurance partner, and to be there when you need us.

Duncan Pritchard

Managing Director

Duncan works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to drive the growth and strategic development of Commercial Express.

His focus is to establish the long term vision of the company and ensure the right people are recruited for the job and thereby deliver our promise to our agents. Duncan is an entrepreneur with a passion for business, whose qualities include leadership, forward thinking and determination.

Kellie Stephens

Director of Operations

Cert CII

Kellie has worked in the insurance industry for over 26 years, starting at General Accident in personal lines underwriting. Her career has spanned personal lines, commercial lines underwriting, claims and credit control with Norwich Union, Aviva, Crawfords and Axa. Her passion is leading her team to provide an exceptional service to our customers.

Kristian Bartlett

Head of Sales & Marketing

Kristian has over 20 years experience working within the insurance industry. Kristian oversees our team of Account Managers and his passion has always been to invest quality time in people, to drive growth and achieve record numbers. Kristian’s goal is to deliver productivity and performance, whilst ensuring the personal approach and high levels of service remain.

Richard Parkes

IT Manager

Richard has 18 years in the insurance industry and 23 years in total in IT, including managing an operational support team in a data centre. His responsibilities include managing the IT team consisting of both IT Support and Developers, also ensuring the service availability and development of our IT systems to support the business as it continues to grow. He likes to draw on past experiences to help drive the business forward to become the best MGA in the industry. He enjoys constantly improving our systems to support our business operations and broker needs whilst developing his team to become a first class department.

Helen Holyoake

Risk, Compliance & Agency Manager


Helen has a wealth of insurance experience, with 24 years in the industry on both personal lines and SME products. Her responsibilities at CE include overseeing risk and compliance, and management of the Agency team. Helen was drawn to the CE value and vision to grow as a business and wanted to work for a company where she felt she could add worth. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her dog.

Phil Lackie

Senior Account Manager (South West & Midlands)

Over the course of his 20 year career, Phil has worked in claims, underwriting and broking. He specialises in building and maintaining useful relationships and providing solutions quickly and effectively. As Senior Account Manager at Commercial Express, Phil is responsible for relationship management and agency development in South West, South Wales and Midlands.

Paul Ingleby

Account Manager (London & South East)

Paul began working in insurance in 1989 and moved over to Commercial in 2005 after a collective 13 years with Zurich. Life as a BDM started when he first joined Commercial Express in August 2009, covering a panel of over 300 agents, progressing to Senior BDM before moving on in May 2014. Paul rejoined Commercial Express in January 2016. Paul most enjoys the freedom and flexibility to develop his agents, to manage and maintain them in line with their goals and requirements as a CE Account Manager.

Angela Thompson

Account Manager (Northern Ireland)

Angela has been with Commercial Express since August 2017, but has worked in the insurance industry for over 17 years. She started off her career as a Commercial Underwriter then progressed to a Lead Underwriting role, before joining Commercial Express as an Account Manager for Northern Ireland. Angela enjoys helping her brokers grow successful accounts, whilst maintaining strong working relationships.

Ian Barnett

Account Manager (North Wales, Northern England & Scotland)

Ian Barnett has been in the insurance industry for 15 years. He has a wealth of experience in managing and developing both existing and new broker agencies, having worked at Bollington Underwriting and Personal Assurance. Ian was drawn to working with Commercial Express because of the company’s ambitious growth plans that value staff and clients.

Tom Bolstridge

Head of Underwriting

Tom previously held the position of Regional Trading Underwriting Manager with Arista. With over 17 years experience in the insurance industry, having also worked for AIG. Tom has joined during a time of significant growth and investment for the company. During his career Tom has built up a wealth of knowledge, performing numerous roles within the industry. He believes strong leadership is vital to the success of an insurance company and is very important to him. Communication is a must also, and he likes to try and create a collaborative and open environment as this will lead to a place where people will want to work and develop their own careers and inspire new ideas and direction.

Tom Cartwright

Senior Technical Underwriter


Tom has over five years experience working in the insurance industry, including over 2 years experience in catering insurance. He is very passionate about providing a first class service and building successful relationships with agents. Tom is extremely approachable and encourages any agent to pick up the phone for any queries relating to his products.

Erin Nicholls

Technical Underwriter

Erin specialised in Commercial Combined underwriting and was renowned for her ability to build authentic and lasting partnerships with agents. Her previous industry-experience at Zurich gives her a methodical approach to underwriting and she continually strives to do her utmost to discuss needs and find effective solutions.

Andy Morehen

Underwriting Service Manager

Cert CII

Andy has been in the industry for over 35 years. He worked his way through the ranks to become Managing Director of a jointly owned brokerage in Cornwall, then moved on to senior operations positions within Towergate, Jelf and Marsh Commercial. His role will focus on the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the department in order that the team can continue to provide excellent customer service and meet the challenges of a changing world. Andy is most looking forward to working alongside some very talented individuals and be part of the driving force that ensures success in the future.

Simon Rowley

Renewals & Service Underwriting Team Leader

Cert CII

Simon looks after the day to day management of the Renewals and Service underwriting team and has over a decade of experience in the industry. Simon has been with the company over 10 years, previously in the role of the Senior Catering Underwriter, where his wealth of knowledge and flexible underwriting approach has contributed to the great success of the Catering and Caravan schemes.

Luke Hanson

New Business Underwriting Team Leader

Cert CII

Luke began working in the insurance industry in 2005, previously working at Aon/Footman James and most recently The Insurance Factory. He brings both knowledge and experience to the underwriting team and enjoys speaking to brokers on a daily basis

John Askill

Senior New Business Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

A former insurance broker, John specialised in underwriting for Property, SME and Catering. John is a keen communicator who brings a cheerful approach to business and the office. John believes the key to building long-lasting authentic relationships is good communication and finding solutions which benefit both parties.

Camille Le Long

Senior New Business Underwriter


With seven years experience in commercial insurance, Camille is our go-to solution for Liability and SME policies. Her expertise in construction and higher risk trade liability insurance makes her an integral part of the Commercial Express underwriting team. Camille thrives on working in a fast-paced, varied and challenging work environment.

Chris Hasketh

Senior New Business Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Chris has 28 years in the industry starting off in personal lines, but moved to commercial around 10 years ago. His speciality is in Commercial Combined, (inc motor trade combined), Package, Liabilities and Property Owners, both from a brokers and underwriters perspective. He is looking after new business, MTA’s and renewals at Commercial Express. He is looking forward to building relationships with brokers to ensure the best possible service is delivered.

Matt Warby

New Business Underwriter

Matt has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, working at the likes of Footman James and Falcon Insurance. He was focused on a range of commercial products, motor trade, property and tradesman policies. Matt joined CE because he wanted to further his knowledge and transition into underwriting, whilst developing skills and understanding new policies.

Richard Wilson

New Business Underwriter

Cert CII

Richard has over 17 years experience in the industry working on SME and mid market products, mostly on Combined, Property and Liability Cover. Richard has joined Commercial Express to be part of a dynamic and expanding company. He is excited to learn from his colleagues and experience a new challenge.

Leigh Griffiths

New Business Underwriter

Cert CII

Leigh Griffiths Cert CII has worked in the insurance industry for six years and has experience as a renewals executive. Having worked across products such as property owners, catering liability, package policies and many more, Leigh has extensive knowledge of the industry. He deals with new business, MTA’s, cancellations for property owners and any incoming broker queries.

Craig Powell

New Business Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Craig Powell has been part of the insurance world since 2012, with previous experience as a sales executive across catering, motor, event and fixed site insurance. Craig joined Commercial Express for a new and exciting challenge and will be focusing on catering and caravan in the underwriting service department.

Tom Astbury

New Business Underwriter

Cert CII

Tom has been in the insurance industry for six years now. His previous role was as a Development Executive targeting SME and corporate new business, prior to this he was an account handler working closely with associates and client directors at Adler Fairways and Footman James. He has a passion for writing new business and wants to move into underwriting for several years. He’s looking forward to personal development, cross skilling and writing business across the many products CE offer.

Andrew Fisher

Renewals Underwriter

Cert CII

Andrew has been in the insurance industry for over three years all within non-standard motor insurance. He started off as a new business sales agent, then a claims analyst, but has now been underwriting for the past year and a half. He has always been in non-standard motor insurance, by joining CE it gave him the opportunity to branch out into a new class of insurance.

Matt Cheadle

Renewals Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Matt joins the team from Arthur J Gallagher and has over four years insurance experience including catering, tradespeople, commercial property and liability. He enjoys working with agents to ensure the best service is provided and building long lasting relationships.

Jason Haughton

Renewals Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Jason Haughton has been part of the insurance industry for five years, working previously at A-plan, Coversure and Gallagher. Jason’s roles have included dealing with residential property owners and car insurance, as well as being part of an SME team looking at tradesman, liability, commercial combined and professional indemnity insurance. He wanted to transition into underwriting and was impressed by the employee benefits offered by CE.

Sharmina Rahman

Renewals Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Sharmina is responsible for underwriting renewals across the majority of schemes at Commercial Express. Sharmina loves to be highly organised and enjoys communicating with customers on both a personal and professional level to ensure our service levels are of the highest standard for our existing customers.

Zarrar Tariq

Renewals Underwriter

Cert CII working towards DIP

Zarrar has worked in the insurance industry for over 14 years, writing a whole host of commercial insurance classes of business. He thrives on developing great relationships with our agents in order to deliver an MGA that offers a seamless journey, and at the same time providing great solutions for their clients.

Clinton Mahachi

Renewals Underwriter

Cert CII working towards DIP

Clinton has been part of the insurance industry for five years, developing from an advisory/broking role to an underwriter. He has dealt largely with Liability, Property Owners’, SME and various combined and package products. Clinton wanted to work for CE because he was attracted to the people and is looking forward to contributing to the company’s ambition and team targets.

Sally Scott

Service Underwriter


Sally has over 13 years experience as a Commercial Underwriter and her technical knowledge is concentrated in Property Owners, SME, package and Commercial Combined. A team player, Sally always focuses on customer service. Sally enjoys the opportunity to work with a wide network of agents and the best part of her role is building effective working relationships by problem solving and finding solutions for customers’ insurance needs.

Warren Gibbs

Service Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Warren has over 15 years experience in the industry. He’s a team player who strives to make our agents’ experiences with Commercial Express as straight forward as possible. Specialising in SME and Liability, Warren’s vast experience and sound knowledge of the market make him an essential part of the Commercial Express team.

Natalie Crockett

Service Underwriter

Cert CII working towards DIP

Natalie has joined Commercial Express with a wealth of insurance knowledge, having previously worked at Aviva and Aspen. She has been in the industry for seven years and is now looking forward to achieving high level licenses. Natalie was drawn to working with Commercial Express thanks to the Gold Investors in People award.

Brook Poxon

Service Underwriter

Working towards Cert CII

Brook comes to us after four and half years of working at a successful Commercial brokerage. Brook’s experience of dealing with new business enquiries, and MTA’s across Property Owners, SME & Catering business makes him a great new addition to the underwriting team. Brook enjoys the fast-paced underwriting environment and building rapport with our agents, day in, day out.

Sarah Cartwright

Service Underwriter

Cert CII

Sarah has worked in Insurance for seven years, beginning in personal lines in 2009 in Dublin for around two years and then moved to commercial insurance. Sarah has been working in the UK since July 2014 on package products. She became an underwriting technician in October 2014 covering Combined, Property Owners and Contractors. Sarah enjoys speaking to agents on a daily basis and her hope is to move on to become a Senior Underwriter at Commercial Express.

Siân Hickman

Learning & Development Specialist

Siân Hickman is our Learning & Development Specialist who spends her time delivering learning courses to brokerages via webinars and in person. Siân has more than a decade of experience in underwriting and insurance, and is passionate, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. Siân enjoys meeting agents who she has dealt with for many years, giving them hints and tips on our products to make their day to day jobs easier when working with Commercial Express.

Nick Taylor

eLearning Developer

With over 15 years experience Nick has produced eLearning and design for a wide range of clients including the insurance sector, oil and gas businesses, financial institutions and blue-chip companies. In this time he’s worked with content from basic health and safety guidelines, maritime safety, complex engineering processes, fraud awareness to sensitive topics such as harassment and bullying. Nick is responsible for designing and creating original content and engaging courses for CELO, which is key to the training and development of CE staff and is also central to the support that is offered to the wider customer base. He is looking forward to contributing to an exciting, forward-thinking, fast-moving company. He thinks the CELO offering is very impressive and enjoys working on projects with his colleagues.

Brontë Wisbey

Finance Team Leader

Brontë has over 15 years experience in the Insurance industry with Commercial Express, originally employed in the Underwriting department. Brontë is able to utilise the experience and skills gained in supervising the accounts payable and accounts receivable function within the organisation and assists in providing timely, accurate reporting. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Victoria Walmsley

Finance Administrator

Victoria previously worked for Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Her day duty was working in the commercial department as an apprentice and on match nights where she worked in the hospitality suites. She then Joined Commercial Express in 2009, starting off as the office junior, then progressed through Agency onto accounts/finance role which she absolutely enjoys, and has been doing this for around nine years. Her duties are using excellent communication skills, and attention to detail to ensure that all wholesale, Insurer accounts and accounts payable are kept in order. Hobbies include hiking on nature walks, spending quality time with family and friends. Victoria’s favourite thing about working at Commercial Express is building solid relationships with our brokers and any opportunity to help our charities.

Clare Brindley

Finance Administrator

Clare has been in the insurance industry for 29 years. Her career started in 1990 as an office junior at Footman James progressing through the departments into personal lines and classic car and bike insurance, she then moved to AON. Clare started with CE in 2013 to increase her knowledge of the commercial sector and has been working within the CE finance department for two and a half years. Clare enjoys building relationships with the brokers ensuring wholesale, insurer accounts and queries are kept in order and up to date.

Olivia Hampton

Finance Administrator

Olivia has been working within the insurance industry for three years now. Starting off on a Business Administration Apprenticeship completing Level 2 and Level 3 in a successful commercial brokerage, Olivia has already gained a great customer service experience and will continue to learn and develop.

Catherine Rose

Compliance & Quality Assurance Auditor

Cert CII

Catherine has worked in insurance for over 15 years now, her background is in claims handling at Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Thistle Insurance and more recently over 7 years in a QA role at Footman James. Her responsibilities are completing quality assurance audits and compliance monitoring across the business. She is looking forward to helping develop the QA, Risk and Compliance functions within the business, and develop her understanding of compliance.

Kylie Corfield

Agency & Compliance Administrator

Kylie is an integral part of the Agency team. As administration assistant, she provides excellent customer service to our brokers. With 14 years experience in the retail sector, Kylie is a people’s person and enjoys helping brokers. The best thing about working at CE, she says, is being part of a great team.