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About Us

Find out more about the Vantage Holdings group and the people that drive us forward.

We aim to set the standard in non-standard insurance solutions

It is our aim for Vantage Holdings to become one of the UK’s leading owners of specialist insurance providers through a program of acquisition and organic growth. Our approach is to find and implement opportunistic, value-oriented acquisitions with capable owners and management teams.

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Our executive team

Vantage Holdings is led by a team of directors, officers and managers who possess decades worth of experience in not just the wider insurance industry but a variety of sectors. Our highly regarded team combine traditional values with a more modern, dynamic way of thinking in our quest to be seen as one of the leading specialist insurance providers in the UK.

Jacquie Boast

Chief Executive Officer

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Jacquie Boast

Chief Executive Officer

Jacquie joined VHL in July 2019 to strengthen the management team to drive a strategic investment plan for the UK Group. She has over 20 years C level management experience working for both public and private equity backed companies.

Her expertise in driving double digit growth, M&A, Transformation Programmes and Operational Excellence will support the VHL vision to become a leading, innovative specialist insurance provider to the UK market.

Jamie Stuart

Chief Strategy Officer

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Jamie Stuart

Chief Strategy Officer

James started his insurance career in 1977 with Lloyd’s before joining Holman Wade (a Lloyd's broker) in 1982.

In 1991 he set up and became a director of SBJ Harrison Stuart and two years later led a management buyout and purchased a new company called Indemnity Insurance Services, becoming joint managing director in the process.

In 1994 he jointly created Euclidian PLC by raising £20 million on the London Stock Market, enabling the company to become one of the first corporate members of Lloyd’s of London. In 2008, together with John Collyear and other employees he bought what is now Vantage Insurance Services.

Darren Pell

Chief Financial Officer

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Darren Pell

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining VHL in early 2019, Darren was Finance Director at Domestic & General based in Wimbledon but travelling across Europe. He spent 10 years there overall, with the first three as their Group Financial Controller.

Prior to that he held various finance roles at Burberry, Enodis, NatWest Bank and 3i.

Mark Bacon

Managing Director of First Underwriting

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Mark Bacon

Managing Director of First Underwriting

Mark is the Managing Director of First Underwriting Limited, our underwriting business. Mark joined the Group in October 2018 from ERS, the specialist Lloyd's motor syndicate where he held the position of Active Underwriter and was a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to his role with ERS, Mark worked at Zurich Insurance Company for 25 years. During his time at Zurich, Mark looked after a £1bn corporate and affinity motor portfolio across 25 different countries.

Andy James

Chief Commercial Officer

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Andy James

Chief Commercial Officer

Andy joined VHL in December 2019 from UK-based broker First Central Insurance Management where he was Group Chief Commercial Officer and CEO.

Including his roles at First Central, Andy has been a member of a number of boards and has worked for over 30 years in the Financial Services sector at Allianz, Aviva, RAC and Barclays.

Andy is passionate about developing and delivering the right products and the right customer experience to profitably meet both customer and insurer needs.

Steve Andrew

Chief Technical Officer

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Steve Andrew

Chief Technical Officer

Having joined VHL in late 2019 Steve brings over 30 years of IT experience in the Insurance Broking market having setup and run a number of companies supplying software solutions to the Insurance Broking market.

Steve has worked closely in the past with companies like Microsoft and Amazon utilising their technologies to bring innovative solutions to business problems.

Bryony Flint

Chief People Officer

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Bryony Flint

Chief People Officer

Bryony joined VHL in late 2019 following a career in a variety of sectors including retail, energy and logistics.

Recognised as a Chartered Fellow by the CIPD, Bryony’s main areas of expertise include change management and building strong cultures with high levels of employee engagement. Bryony is passionate about working with her colleagues to deliver excellent commercial results through people.

Nick Reid

Transformation Programme Director

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Nick Reid

Transformation Programme Director

Previously with Direct Line Insurance Group plc, Nick Joined VHL in late 2019 bringing over two decades of experience in the Financial Services sector having delivered a wide portfolio of transformation programmes driving operational performance and business growth.

Nick combines a wealth of experience spanning automotive engineering, insurance sales and claims, data analytics and digitisation of customer journeys to give a unique perspective within a changing insurance industry.

Nick is a telematics specialist and has been a key contributor and expert in the development of driverless car technology and policy and the development of data extraction from vehicle platforms.

Carl Ashton

Head of Compliance

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Carl Ashton

Head of Compliance

Carl has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in the compliance arena. He joined the business in May 2020 having previously been Group Risk and Compliance Director at Jensten Group Ltd and part of a successful management buyout. Carl’s ethos is to build a compliance framework that integrates seamlessly with all business functions and to drive a culture which embraces compliance and delivers the ultimate outcomes for customers.

Andy Talbot

Head of Operations

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Andy Talbot

Head of Operations

Andy joined the business in January 2020 having spent the last 3 years working as Head of Operations for Staysure Insurance. Previously Andy has worked for Towergate Insurance and BGL Group in Senior Contact Centre Management positions.
Andy is passionate about driving a positive and engaged employee culture, ensuring that this carries through into a positive customer experience.

Steven Johns

Head of IT Operations

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Steven Johns

Head of IT Operations

Steve joined VHL in late 2019 following a lengthy career in the retail supply chain, legal and banking sectors working with some of the country's best known household brands.

Steve's diverse experience of IT systems and software enabled him to drive industry change through the use of bespoke software and services whilst always being mindful of the impact on the customer journey.

Metti Yeshetela

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

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Metti Yeshetela

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Stuart Craig

Group Marketing Manager

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Stuart Craig

Group Marketing Manager

Stuart joined Vantage late in 2008 and has spent his working life in the outdoor leisure industry filling media roles including editorship of many of the leading magazines and websites in this sector. He has also occupied a head of marketing role for Lowdham Leisureworld - one of the UK’s largest caravan and motorhome dealers.

Stuart has strong operational experience and managed Shield Total Insurance and Crusader Insurance before they were brought into the Vantage group of companies.

A specialist in electronic and interactive marketing with natural ties to offline media and exhibitions, Stuart’s main responsibility is ‘making the phone ring’ or the ‘email buzz’ across the Group.

Stuart is also a mad football fan (Liverpool), is Head of Development at grassroots football club – Stamford AFC - and is a coach for Glinton & Northborough FC. He enjoys travelling having notched up 66 of the world's countries to date.

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