Meet the Team

Derek Lyons FCII, Managing Director

Derek has over 40 years insurance experience, having started his career with Norwich Union. He managed a successful insurance brokerage for 17 years which was part of the Towergate Group before leaving to join LDS Associates in 2015. Derek believes that one of the most important aspects of insurance broking is to consistently deliver a high level of quality personalised service to clients.

“Face to face communication is still the most effective form of communication and is the principle which underpins the basis of our client relationships at LDS Associates.”

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Sean Smith, Account Director

Sean has been looking after the insurance need of clients for in excess of 30 years having previously worked at J H Minet, Edgar Hamilton and Towergate Insurance as an Account Executive and Sales Manager. Sean believes in the personal touch.

“I like dealing with clients face to face, getting to know them and their business, something I know which is always appreciated by all our clients.”

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Nicky Dulieu, Client Service Director

Nicky started her insurance career at Commercial Union in 1995 prior to joining Towergate Insurance in 2001 and progressing to the position of Client Service Manager. Nicky joined LDS Associates in 2015 and explains her role.

“Providing an excellent service to clients making sure they are happy and that their insurance needs are met.”

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Rosemary Coker, Account Director

Rosemary worked as a Commercial Underwriter with Royal Insurance and Dominion before moving into the insurance broking sector in 1990. She now handles all aspects of commercial insurance for her portfolio of clients including new business and renewals.

“I enjoy working with clients and putting together and managing insurance programmes tailored to their specific needs.”

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Keith Sharp, Senior Commercial Account Handler

Keith commenced his insurance career in 1978 as a Lloyds Broker and worked at Lambert Fenchurch before joining Lock Associates in 2002, transferring to LDS Associates in 2015. His many years experience in commercial broking and global risk programmes have given him an excellent understanding of how to meet client’s needs.

“The personal service we provide at LDS Associates enables us to go the extra mile to ensure that our clients needs are always met which is why many choose to renew with us year after year.”

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Maria Gott, Commercial Account Handler

Maria has nearly 35 years experience in general insurance broking and previously worked at Lock Associates before transferring to LDS Associates in 2015. Maria enjoys her client facing role and has longstanding relationships with many clients that she has worked with over the years.

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Peter White, Commercial Account Handler

Peter has over 10 years experience in commercial insurance underwriting and broking and joined LDS in August 2016. Peter works with and supports the Account Directors in delivering a highly professional service.

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Paul Goldsmith, Development Director

Paul has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years including 15 years as owner of his own insurance broking business. During this time he has managed all classes of insurance including personal, commercial and taxi and joined LDS in April 2016.

“I pride myself on providing a professional and personal service to all clients, from large corporate organisations to sole traders.”

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Alasdair Haswell, Claims Management Executive

With over 6 years broking experience gained at Towergate Insurance Alasdair provides a risk and claims management service for LDS Associates clients, supporting them from the commencement of the claim process through to final settlement. Alasdair also works closely with clients in managing risk and monitoring claims activity.

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Jenny Cole, Insurance Broking Accounts Manager

Jenny has worked with Insurance Broking Accounts for in excess of 40 years and was previously at Towergate Insurance managing the regional accounts office with a team of five. Jenny joined LDS Associates in 2015.

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Gillian Clarke, Senior Accounts Assistant

Gill has nearly 30 years experience in the insurance broking industry having been with Lock Associates for 7 years before it became part of LDS Associates. Gill’s experience and knowledge of the business is an invaluable asset.

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Stephanie Clampett, Office Manager/ Risk & Compliance

With over 30 years experience in the insurance industry Stephanie is responsible for the smooth running of the LDS Associates office including purchasing, recruitment, IT, risk and compliance. Stephanie explains how customers are at the very heart of the business.

“Compliance with the Financial Conduct Authority regulations is one of our key priorities in ensuring that we are treating our customers fairly.”

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