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Head Office: 01777 869 900

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Meet Our Team - Head Office

It is said that insurance is a people business.  Our people have been recruited and trained for - technical insurance knowledge, customer care skills and for their industry sector expertise.  The Cooke and Mason family of businesses now employs over 120 people.  Here are just a few members of our team -

To contact any of our team please call 01777 869 900.

 

Steve Cooke ACII

Steve Cooke ACII

Chartered Insurance Broker

Chairman

Steve left the Prudential as a 21 year old and set up Cooke & Mason when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister. A “hands-on” Chairman, Steve is focused on looking after his clients and developing the business. He is passionate about customer care and about getting good claims outcomes for his clients. Steve is a lifelong Manchester United supporter and enjoys good food and wine. It is rumoured that he’s an accomplished cook.

 
David Charles

David Charles

Managing Director

David has day-to-day responsibility for driving along the insurance broking business. David’s early career covered sales, commercial underwriting and claims with major insurance companies. He has been in insurance since 1984 and broking since 1990. Outside of work, David was a keen cricketer and rugby player and following his ”retirement” from active sport he took up coaching and golf. He is now a RFU Level 2 (rugby union) coach and enjoys a single figure golf handicap.

Elisa Griffin FCCA

Elisa Griffin FCCA

Finance Director

After seven years in general accountancy practice, working in audit practice before progressing to Corporate Senior, Elisa joined Cooke & Mason in 2004. In addition to her accountancy responsibilities Elisa holds a number of wider general management responsibilities and is an important member of the acquisition team. Elisa continues to play Flat Green Bowls, both indoors and outdoors, at the highest level, having represented her country and recently won two national titles.

Vicky Charles ACII

Vicky Charles ACII

Chartered Insurance Broker

Director

Vicky’s insurance career began with Sun Alliance before moving into broking. She has focused on developing a detailed knowledge of the motor trade sector and its insurance needs. Today Vicky and her expert team look after over 1,000 motor dealerships and she’s built a strong reputation for service and customer care. With a strong interest in Health and Safety, Vicky also sits on the HSE’s Motor Vehicle Repair Forum. Outside of work, Vicky enjoys spending time with her family, foreign holidays and a range of sporting activities.

David Munn

David Munn

Logistics Divisional Director

In his role, leading a specialist team and serving a wide range of clients within the Logistics sector, David can call on 30 years’ of insurance broking experience, most of which has come from looking after Haulage and Warehousing clients.  Before Cooke & Mason, he looked after a portfolio for the Road Haulage Association Insurance Services.  David is one of the founder members of the company’s on-site gym facility and he’s also a keen Leicester City fan.

 

David Wagstaff

David Wagstaff

Director

David has over 30 years’ experience as an insurance broker having worked for a number of different firms in the East Midlands and North West.  Prior to that, he worked for the Cornhill Insurance Company (now Allianz of course).

David is responsible for commercial insurances at our Lincoln and Retford offices.  He has an eye for, and is expert in managing the more complex requirements, providing advice on such as D&O and Environmental Impairment, in addition to the more standard covers.  He has also developed particular specialisms for Commercial Property, Construction and High Risk Liability Business Insurance.

Outside of work, David enjoys getting involved in challenges to earn revenue for deserving charities and has a keen interest in history and philosophy.

Simon Hoare

Simon Hoare

Director

Simon has over 30 years’ insurance broking experience, looking after the insurance needs of both Corporate and Professional clients.  He is head of our Professions division, providing technical insurance and broking advice,  with particular expertise in Professional Indemnity, Management Liability and Crime insurances.  A keen rugby fan, he has travelled the “rugby world” to watch England and the British & Irish Lions, including England winning the World Cup in Sydney.