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Meet the team of independent financial experts

We are the team that provide independent financial advice. We are the team that doesn’t sell solutions, but builds long-term sustainable relationships. We are the team that provides impartial advice to a high standard and that meet the needs of our client’s.

  • Ian White
    Managing Director

    Ian White

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    an is a Chartered Accountant who was originally Group Finance Director of the Beckett Group until 1999. He is now Managing Director after undertaking finance roles in EDF and DHL and then more latterly as a Director in the healthcare sector for privately owned groups together with private equity.  Ian is passionate about building teams to deliver excellent customer service and developing innovative solutions to meet customer needs.  All of Ian’s spare time is taken up driving his two daughters around the country to compete in show jumping competitions.

    T: 01284 754500
    M: 07824 775249
    E: ian.white@beckettinvest.com
    L: Linkedin

    Robert Beckett
    Chairman

    Robert Beckett

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    obert has been Chairman since the business was founded in 1988 and has over 40 years’ experience in Financial Services. He is a past National President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is qualified to Chartered Status.In his spare time he enjoys country sports and is a keen golfer.

    John Payne
    Key Account Director

    John Payne

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    ohn is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, the highest accreditations awarded by our professional body, the Chartered Insurance Institute.  With over thirty years experience in our industry he is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading exponents in providing independent financial advice, whether to businesses concerning their employee benefits programmes and other corporate financial planning requirements, or by way of wealth management solutions for individuals.  The quality of his exceedingly loyal client bank is testament to John’s high standards and attention to detail.  In his spare time John is a fitness fanatic and he has a keen interest in sport in general.

    T: 01284 773746
    M: 07714 229731
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Nicola Prince
    Director, Employee Benefits

    Nicola Prince

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    icola is a main Board Director. She joined Beckett in 2001 having worked in financial services since 1996. She has a Business Management degree from Aston University and is a Chartered Financial Planner. Nicola is an employee benefit specialist and has overall responsibility for the Employee Benefit team. She has a vast amount of experience advising companies both large and small, and she has a particular interest in group companies that have grown through acquisition and need to harmonise benefits.

    Out of work, Nicola is a busy mother of two.

    T: 01284 754500
    M: 07714 229762
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Sally Austerberry
    Non-Executive Director

    Sally Austerberry

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    ally has been a Director of the business since its inception 1988, and is now a non-executive Director, chairing Board Meetings.She enjoys spending time with her family, keeping (reasonably) fit and playing golf.

    Lynne Hobden-Clarke
    Director

    Lynne Hobden-Clarke

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    ynne has been a Director since 1999, with extensive experience of motivating and developing teams. She is responsible for all Human Resource policies, and is a keen traveller and enjoys socialising over a good meal.

    Ben Brinkley-Everard
    Private Clients Director

    Ben Brinkley-Everard

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    en joined Becketts in 2010 and was promoted to Director of Private Clients in 2015. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and, through examination, is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Financial Planner.  He is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited.

    As a senior member of BFS Private Client team, he specialises in advising individuals and business owners on wealth management, tax and estate planning matters. With what little spare time Ben has, he spends with his young family and if time permits, and the weather, he plays the odd round of golf – and it is!

    T: 01284 754500
    M: 07809 841032
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

  • Sam Owen
    Associate Director

    Sam Owen

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    amantha joined Beckett Asset Management in 1999 and she is well equipped to deal with both recessionary and buoyant economic conditions. Sam is our Portfolio Manager, actively running Beckett Asset Management’s four portfolios.

    Samantha is currently studying for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Wealth Management Masters, a globally recognised higher level qualification. She is CF30 (Investment Management) registered with the FCA.  Married and living locally, she enjoys the countryside and spending time with family and friends, and aerobics. She was a football referee but, admittedly, is more of an armchair supporter now.

    T: 01284 754500
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Craig Brown
    Portfolio Manager

    Craig Brown

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    raig joined Beckett Asset Management in 2015 with twelve years in financial services including retail banking, corporate banking and private wealth management.  His previous experience at Barclays Wealth and Citibank covered broad investment management focussing on fund selection, portfolio construction and advisory portfolio management covering all asset classes.

    He holds the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) Investment Advice Diploma, including modules in Securities and Derivatives, and has passed level one of the Chartered Financial Analyst programme.

    T: 01284 773720
    E: Email

    Natasha Newton
    Investment Support

    Natasha Newton

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    atasha joined Becketts in 2007, initially working in the Employee Benefits team, later moving to the Asset Management team. She supports our Portfolio Managers with fund analysis and the maintenance of client portfolios. Natasha has acquired the CISI qualifications, IAQ, IMC along with the supporting CII qualifications.

    Natasha is keen on keeping fit and enjoys running, mountain biking in the summer, and going to the gym.

    T: 01284 773724
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

  • John Payne
    Key Account Director

    John Payne

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    ohn is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, the highest accreditations awarded by our professional body, the Chartered Insurance Institute.  With over thirty years experience in our industry he is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading exponents in providing independent financial advice, whether to businesses concerning their employee benefits programmes and other corporate financial planning requirements, or by way of wealth management solutions for individuals.  The quality of his exceedingly loyal client bank is testament to John’s high standards and attention to detail.  In his spare time John is a fitness fanatic and he has a keen interest in sport in general.

    T: 01284 773746
    M: 07714 229731
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Ben Brinkley-Everard
    Private Clients Director

    Ben Brinkley-Everard

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    en joined Becketts in 2010 and was promoted to Director of Private Clients in 2015. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and, through examination, is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Financial Planner.  He is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited.

    As a senior member of BFS Private Client team, he specialises in advising individuals and business owners on wealth management, tax and estate planning matters. With what little spare time Ben has, he spends with his young family and if time permits, and the weather, he plays the odd round of golf – and it is!

    T: 01284 754500
    M: 07809 841032
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Gavin Wood
    Associate Director

    Gavin Wood

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    avin joined Beckett in 2015 with over seventeen years’ experience in financial services. His career began in 1997 at Cook Sheppard Pinhey, Ipswich, where he was mentored in the importance of holistic financial planning. In 2014, Gavin won the ‘Prize Committee Award for Excellence’ from the Chartered Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk and North Essex. He is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, the highest accreditations awarded by our professional body, the Chartered Insurance Institute. Gavin is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited.

    T: 01284 773776
    M: 07891 769671
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Paul Fisher
    Senior Consultant

    Paul Fisher

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    aul entered the financial services profession in 1977 and having spent the first 10 years working with two major insurance companies in London he has been an Independent Financial Adviser for the past 27 years.

    Paul is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and by examination holds the designation Dip PFS.

    Having spent sixteen years with the Beckett Group between 1992 and 2008 Paul has just returned to the company in the role of a Senior Consultant. Although he advises his clients on various aspects of tax and financial planning he has tended to specialise in the area of pensions and retirement planning.

    Outside of work Paul’s interests include music – both his sons perform in the same band – cartooning and golf. Indeed it is often said that his golf is a bit Mickey Mouse…

    T: 01284 773761
    M: 07525 276956
    E: Email

    Peter Gray
    Senior Consultant

    Peter Gray

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    eter joined Becketts in September 2013 and has 15+ years financial services experience working with both commercial and personal clients. He is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and is authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited to provide independent financial advice to clients with pension, retirement or protection needs.

    Outside of work, Peter’s time is devoted to his family and enjoys running.

    T: 01284 773728
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    John Horsman
    Associate Director

    John Horsman

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    ohn started working at Becketts over 20 years ago and specialises in providing financial planning for high net worth individuals. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Financial Planner. He was appointed as Associate Director of the Private Clients Team at Becketts and has been involved with the training and development of other advisers, and contributing to technical areas and investment committees. He is a designated Drawdown Specialist and Occupational Pension Transfer Specialist. John is an enthusiastic fisherman and also enjoys watersports, hiking and cooking.

    T: 01284 773746
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Simon Bonnett
    Senior Consultant
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    imon began his career at an insurance company nearly thirty years ago administering pensions and, subsequently, held senior positions at global accountancy firms and private banks in the City.

    He established the corporate pensions department at the then largest ethical-focused IFA and maintains a keen interest in ethical investing for clients. More recently, Simon became a trustee for a homeless charity in Ipswich which complements his interest in ethical investments.

    Simon holds a range of Financial Planning Qualifications including those in Advanced subject areas.  He is a Registered Individual with the Financial Conduct Authority and is authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited to provide independent financial advice to clients.

    Outside of work Simon is a keen motorcyclist, poor golfer and lapsed drummer!

    T: 01284 773741
    M: 07801 594297
    L: Linkedin

    Samuel Brett
    Consultant Support

    Samuel Brett

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    am joined Becketts at the end of 2016 having moved back to Suffolk from London where  he worked for an insurance broker. He supports the Private Client Consultants and he is currently studying for the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

    T: 01284 733723
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Joel Brett
    Consultant Support

    Joel Brett

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    oel joined Beckett’s at the beginning of 2017 after spending 18 months at a legal firm in Ipswich where he completed an NVQ in Business & Admin. He is currently studying for his Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning through the CII.

    T: 01284 773749
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Lewis Fowler
    Consultant Support

    Lewis Fowler

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    ewis joined Beckett’s in 2015 after finishing his A Levels in IT, Physics, Chemistry and Maths. He is currently studying the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning through the Chartered Insurance Institute.

    Outside of work, Lewis likes to play and watch basketball, and he supports the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    T: 01284 773754
    E: Email

    Nikki Rose
    Senior Consultant Support

    Nikki Rose

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    ikki started her career in financial services in 2015 and joined Beckett’s in 2016. She has successfully completed the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA).

    Outside of work, Nikki enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

    T: 01284 773752
    E: Email

    Adam Borley
    Consultant Support

    Adam Borley

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    dam joined Beckett’s in 2014 after completing his A Levels. He holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning DipPFS and the Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management CertCII (DM).

    Outside of work, Adam is a keen support of the Chicago Bears American football team, and often visits Wembley Stadium to watch the International Series.

    T: 01284 773770
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Helen Johnson
    Senior Consultant Support

    Helen Johnson

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    elen joined Becketts in July 2017 as Senior Consultant Support in the Private Clients Team. She has completed her CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Services and brings with her over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

    Away from work, Helen enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her family.

    T: 01284 773760
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Dawn Dearlove
    Senior Consultant Support

    Dawn Dearlove

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    awn’s Financial Services experience spans 25 years and for the last 15 years she has been a member of the Beckett Financial Services in-house administration team. Having gained a range of expertise in both Private Client and Employee Benefit work, her current role is supporting our senior consultants.

    T: 01284 773734
    E: Email

    Louise Catton
    Consultant Support

    Louise Catton

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    ouise rejoined Becketts in January 2015 as Consultant Support in the Private Clients Team having worked between 2002 to 2008 as HR/Payroll Office.  Louise brought with her 25 years experience working in both finance and administrative roles.

    Outside of work Louise now enjoys gardening, cooking/socialising and reading but previously spent eight years volunteering as a Citizens Advice Bureau Adviser.

    Jessica Doyle
    Consultant Support

    Jessica Doyle

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    ess joined Beckett’s in 2012 and supports the Private Client consultants.  She holds the Certificate in Financial Planning from the Personal Finance Society, and is an experienced para-planner.

    Jess enjoys being a new mum to Poppy and days out with her family.

    T: 01284 773733
    E: Email

    Scott Wright
    Consultant Support

    Scott Wright

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    cott joined Becketts in 2014 and quickly progressed to a Private Client Support role where he worked alongside the Private Client Consultants on a day to day basis. Scott was promoted to a Consultant Support role in August 2015 and works closely with Associate Director John Horsman. He has nearly gained his CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning having completed exams in Investment Principles & Risk, Personal Taxation, Financial Protection and Regulation & Ethics.

    Outside of work, football is Scott’s main interest and he is a long suffering Ipswich Town fan.

    T: 01284 773777
    E: Email

  • Graham Cochrane
    Senior Consultant

    Graham Cochrane

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    raham is an experienced employee benefits consultant who deals with individuals and employers.  Graham is a Registered Individual with the Financial Services Authority and is authorised by Beckett Financial Services Limited to provide independent financial advice to clients with pension, retirement or protection needs.

    Graham has worked at Becketts for over 10 years and he has obtained the Full Financial Planning certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has also earned relevant qualifications in Pension Transfer and Group Risk. Graham is a member of the Personal Finance Society and keeps abreast of industry changes in the legislative environment and of new product offerings by attending industry workshops and briefings with various providers.

    In his spare time, he plays tennis and enjoys competing at district level.  He also enjoys hill-walking.

    T: 01284 773738
    M: 07714 229707
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Melana Shickle
    Employee Benefits Consultant

    Melana Shickle

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    elana joined Beckett Financial Services as an Employee Benefits Consultant in 2017. Her career in financial services started at the Woolwich Building Society. She moved on to having responsibility for the delivery of a full suite of benefits for 13,000 staff at one of the top financial services firms in the UK. She is a specialist in the use of Salary Exchange as part of an Employee Benefits package.

    Outside of Work Melana has two school age children, enjoys country walks with her dog “Rory” and has recently started Tai Chi.

    T: 01284 773724
    E: Email

    Nicola Prince
    Director, Employee Benefits

    Nicola Prince

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    icola is a main Board Director. She joined Beckett in 2001 having worked in financial services since 1996. She has a Business Management degree from Aston University and is a Chartered Financial Planner. Nicola is an employee benefit specialist and has overall responsibility for the Employee Benefit team. She has a vast amount of experience advising companies both large and small, and she has a particular interest in group companies that have grown through acquisition and need to harmonise benefits.

    Out of work, Nicola is a busy mother of two.

    T: 01284 754500
    M: 07714 229762
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Austin Brydon
    Senior Consultant

    Austin Brydon

    Austin joined Becketts in 2014 as an employee benefit consultant, principally to help with pensions auto enrolment and assist companies with their employee benefit solutions. He has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry which is enhanced with a CII Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning, including G60 Pensions.

    A keen golfer, Austin has twice been Norfolk County Champion and also won the Norfolk Open. He currently plays ‘off scratch’.

    T: 01284 773763
    M: 07774 017807
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Ken Bird
    Senior Consultant

    Ken Bird

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    en first joined Beckett in 2012 and spent two years helping to develop our Corporate proposition, and then re-joined us in 2014 as an employee benefit consultant. With more than 25 year’s experience in financial services, including corporate pension work at Aegon, Ken excels at dealing with directors and IFA firms alike. He holds the Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning, Dip PFS, and the Certificate in Auto Enrolment. Outside of work, Ken enjoys squash, golf and the gym.

    T: 01284 773762
    M: 07764 659701
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Emma Barker
    Account Manager

    Emma Barker

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    mma spent fifteen years as Head of the Financial Service Administration department at a Cambridge insurance company before joining Beckett. She has been using these skills in her role as Account Manager to assist with handling auto enrolment and other Employee Benefits activities. Emma has gained the Certificate in Financial Planning from The Personal Finance Society and, outside of work, enjoys adult street dancing.

    T: 01284 773734
    E: emma.barker@beckettinvest.com

    Nicki Oak
    Group Risk Manager

    Nicki Oak

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    icki joined Beckett in April 2010 and brought with her the experience and knowledge in Financial Services having previously worked for a major national mortgage provider.

    Nicki’s current role entails working with our Group Risk Clients, where attention to detail is a necessary requirement, and including liaising with insurers for the benefit of our valued clients.

    Nicki enjoys socialising and getting involved in local events.

    T: 01284 773730
    E: Email

    Liz McNeish
    Employee Benefits Support

    Liz McNeish

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    iz began working at Becketts in 1997, primarily in a sales support role along with five years spent organising and managing events. When not in the office Liz cooks, swims, walks and bikes as much as possible, and she loves to spend as much time as possible with her two young grandsons and huge extended family.

    T: 01284 761273
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Leonie Rabey
    Corporate Support

    Leonie Rabey

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    eonie has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and joined Beckett’s in 2016.  She is currently studying the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

    Outside of work, Leonie enjoys skiing when the opportunity arises, and spending time with family.

    T: 01284 773783
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Martin Moore
    Employee Benefit Administrator

    Martin Moore

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    artin has been working in employee benefits since October 2012 and he is an experienced group risk administrator. His current focus is supporting Beckett’s high quality auto enrolment proposition.

    Martin currently holds a Level 3 NVQ in Financial Planning and Services, and the Certificate in Financial Services – Cert CII (FS).  He is working towards his Diploma in Financial Services and aims to complete it soon.  Outside of work, Martin spends his time participating in charity events, film, video games and the sciences.

    T: 01284 773748
    E: Email

  • Gareth Carroll
    Associate Director

    Gareth Carroll

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    areth has been with Becketts working in employee benefits for over ten years and specialises in medical insurance. He is well qualified in his field and is a member of the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries. Gareth has developed excellent relationships with providers, and has amassed plenty of experience working with clients of all sizes and sectors.

    “I have had some of my clients since my early days at Beckett’s. In that period, we’ve demonstrated countless times that we can be relied upon to deliver the right advice and support – and that’s why a lot of our clients continue to work with us.”

    “Trust is also about having confidence in someone’s integrity and, in talking to prospective clients, I really try and explain that they can trust us to act in their best interests – not our own.”

    “For example, I advised a client to lapse a policy; no other adviser had recommended cancelling the policy to them before this, probably because of the commission attached to it.  They trusted me and decided to appoint me to work for them – and I still advise them.”

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    Val Carroll
    Director

    Val Carroll

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    al leads the Private Healthcare team and has been in the private medical insurance industry for over twenty years – most of that time has been with Becketts. While at work, she is passionate about offering the best advice to clients backed up by excellent customer service.

    In her time off she just loves to be working in her garden.

    T: 0116 279 1911
    M: 07714 229711
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Richard Jones
    Senior Health & Protection Consultant

    Richard Jones

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    ichard joined Beckett Financial Services in September 2010 and he advises on, and manages, company and individual private medical insurance policies. Prior to joining Beckett’s, Richard worked as a key account manager for AXA PPP Healthcare for over four years.

    In his spare time Richard is a keen rock climber and mountaineer, and he can usually be found in the Lake or Peak District climbing and hiking.

    T: 0116 279 1913
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Rebecca Bindley
    Business Support

    Rebecca Bindley

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    ebecca joined Beckett’s healthcare team in 2015 having previously worked in the insurance industry, and for the NHS.

    She has four children, 2 girls, 2 boys, and she is currently consumed with wedding planning after her partner recently proposed!

    T: 0116 279 1919
    E: Email

    Clare Singleton
    Senior Business Support

    Clare Singleton

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    lare joined Becketts in February 2014 in a Business Development  role and currently supports the Healthcare & Employee Benefit Team at Kibworth.

    She is a BSc (Hons) Textiles Technology graduate and, after taking a ‘family career break’, she continued to develop her management skills in Event Management, Market Research Development, and a successful direct sales business.

    At weekends, Clare supports her three very active children in their competitive sailing and with in their musical interests; there are a total of 11 instruments in the Singleton household!

    T: 0116 279 1916
    E: Email
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    Tina Varambhia
    Account Handler

    Tina Varambhia

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    ina has 22 years of experience in the insurance industry: sixteen years working as a Claims Handler and six years as a Commercial Trading Underwriter.  She is married with two teenage boys, and loves spending her free time with her family, going to the movies and travelling abroad as much as possible.

    T: 0116 279 1918
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Clare Mayhew
    Account Manager

    Clare Mayhew

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    lare joined Beckett’s in May 2013 in a Business Support role, to help with the development of clients within the Healthcare and Employee Benefit Team. More recently, she has taken on an Account Manager position.

    Clare enjoys spending time with her family and travel. She also likes to keep fit and takes a keen interest in clothes and fashion.

    T: 0116 279 1914
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin

    Emma Aston
    Account Handler

    Emma Aston

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    mma joined Beckett’s in 2016 and she supports our Associate Director in Healthcare, Gareth Carroll.  She is currently studying the Chartered Insurance Institute’s IF7 qualification in healthcare insurance products.

    Outside of work, Emma enjoys travelling, nice food and walking her dog.

    T: 0116 279 1915
    E: Email

    Sarah Burton
    Account Handler

    Sarah Burton

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    arah joined Becketts in July 2017 as an Account Handler in the Healthcare Division.  She had worked in financial services in the past but, more recently, she worked in other managerial and administrative roles.

    In her spare time she likes to run and cycle, and also enjoys live music. She enjoys travelling and exploring new countries; her favourite places are Australia and the Greek Islands.

    T: 0116 279 1910
    E: Email
    L: Linkedin