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Meet our Directors

Peter Sutcliffe (Managing Director)

Peter has worked in insurance for over 35 years. He started in motor & personal lines in Birmingham and then moved south to work for a large broking chain before joining D G Carr & Co as a partner in 1991. Peter took over as a sole trader, following Derek Carr's retirement, in 1996 and ran D G Carr & Co until 2009, when he was invited to join the board of J Bennett & Son.  He became Managing Director in January 2015.

Peter Dowlen ACII

Peter worked for a multi-national brokerage in the City for 10 years before joining J. Bennett & Son as a Director in 1984.

Peter is ACII qualified and has a sizeable portfolio of commercial clients. In addition, his passion for flying hot air balloons has led to the development of our Hot Air Balloon Scheme that insures over 300 balloons throughout the UK and Ireland.

Robert Newton ACII

Robert has 40 years experience in insurance broking and initially joined the company in 1972. He left in 1979 to develop the commercial lines division of J R Assurance Services in High Wycombe. That business was acquired by J Bennett & Son in 1989, and Robert rejoined J Bennett & Son as a director. A qualified Chartered Insurance Broker, he has specialist knowledge of Financial Risks and Commercial Insurance.

Robert is responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of the business from accounts and HR to ensuring that we keep up to date with the latest technology.

Mark Nicholl ACII

Mark has worked within the insurance industry since 1984 during which time he has been employed by what was then Alexander Stenhouse in Birmingham, before moving on to join Avon Insurance, part of the NFU Group, as an Inspector. Having obtained his ACII Qualification he joined a Provincial Insurance Broker in Oxfordshire in 1995 ultimately as Joint Owner and Director.

Mark has vast experience is all aspects of Commercial Insurance and is a welcome addition to the J Bennett & Son team where he is responsible for his developing client bank and has overall charge of our product development strategy.

Steve Smart (Non-executive Director)

Steve joined us as a non-executive Director in 2011. He has over 20 years experience in the industry having started as a Broker, before qualifying as a Solicitor and working for a number of Insurers.

He has held a number of high profile roles, including sitting on the GISC Disciplinary Tribunal, being Chairman of the IUA Legal and Regulatory Committee and a Member of the Bank of England’s Financial Markets Law Committee, he was also General Counsel for AIG (now Chartis insurance) in the UK and is currently a non-executive director of Lancashire Insurance Company. Steve deals with the company strategy, compliance, and HR deployment.

Simon Bennett ACII (Consultant)

Simon was the third generation to have become Managing Director of the company, following in the footsteps of his father John, and grandfather Jake Bennett, who founded the company in 1908. Before joining the family business in 1974, Simon trained as a broker for two years at Lloyds of London and is a Chartered Insurance Broker and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).



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