About us

Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s was established in 1984. We have evolved to become a market leading independent Managing General Agent, offering insurance intermediaries across the UK access to a range of insurance products designed to meet the needs of their Private & SME clients.

We underwrite on behalf S&P A+ rated insurance capacity, predominantly from Lloyd’s of London. Many of these capacity relationships date back over 20 years.

We pride ourselves on offering the very best service, in a highly compliant, technology based trading environment whilst maintaining a traditional business approach

Darren Westly

Head of Operations

Darren Westly

Head of Operations

Darren began his insurance career at the Sun Alliance in 1989. Having spent many years working in the City of London for Insurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates & Underwriting Agencies he is now applying his market experience & knowledge closer to home in Kent. Outside of work he is kept busy with his four children but on occasion you may find him reading up on historic motor cars, military history or following Watford FC.

Robbie Monk

Director / Senior Underwriter - Sport & Leisure

Robbie Monk

Director / Senior Underwriter - Sport & Leisure

Robbie began his insurance career with Towergate Sports & Leisure where he worked his way up to Renewals Manager and remained with the company for 12 years. Robbie is dedicated to providing a first class service for his brokers and strives to find solutions for a varied range of leisure clients. Away from the office, Robbie enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children and watching West Ham struggle year on year.

Kelly Staggs

Commercial Renewal Underwriter

Kelly Staggs

Commercial Renewal Underwriter

Kelly began her insurance career with Nelson in 2006. She is one of the longest serving members of the team, showing both dedication and commitment. Kelly runs the entire Commercial renewal book, ensuring the best deal for both client and broker alike. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, and nights out.

Clarissa Halford

Commercial Assistant Underwriter

Clarissa Halford

Commercial Assistant Underwriter

Starting out as an Admin Assistant in October 2015, Clarissa joined Nelson as part of the administration team. Within 2 years, she has become an Assistant Underwriter – specialising in Shops & Offices; she is now an expert in Tanning & Beauty Salons. With a passion for animal welfare she has previously fundraised for donkey sanctuaries & donates to cat rescues. In her spare time she enjoys learning latte art & perfecting winged eyeliner!

Jake Lepetzidis

Senior Residential Underwriter

Jake Lepetzidis

Senior Residential Underwriter

Jake started his career in the insurance sector in 2013, before moving to Nelson at the end of 2015. His focus has always been within the residential sector and within that time, he has risen to head of Residential. Jake brings with him 3 years of insurance broking experience along with a BA (Hons) in Business Enterprise. Away from the office, Jake enjoys playing football, squash and golf as well as walks in the countryside with his dogs.

Gavin Allen

Residential Underwriter

Gavin Allen

Residential Underwriter

Gavin Allen started his career in the insurance industry broking both commercial and residential risks before joining Nelson in December 2016 as a Residential Underwriter. Gavin currently services our vacant property portfolio for both new business and renewals.

Claire Merenda

Senior Commercial Underwriter

Claire Merenda

Senior Commercial Underwriter

Holding a diploma with the Chartered Insurance Institute, Claire began her career with GRE in 1996. She previously had a long period of service with another MGA, before joining Axa in 2013. Claire joined Nelson in January 2017, where she felt her strengths of broker relationships and servicing was better suited. Claire has 3 young boys. She enjoys watching her eldest son play football and has run the London Marathon.

Kerry Clark

Residential Underwriter

Kerry Clark

Residential Underwriter

Kerry joined Nelson in 2014, where she took over the residential renewal account. Kerry started out in personal lines in 2004 and has spent her entire career working within underwriting. To date, she has over 10 years experience in the high net worth sector. Away from the office, Kerry enjoys family time with her daughter and socialising with friends.

Deborah Chamberlain

Claims Handler

Deborah Chamberlain

Claims Handler

Debbie joined Nelson in July 2012, she came into the company as an accounts assistant, when a position in claims opened up in 2013 Debbie retrained and obtained qualifications in this role. Outside of work she enjoys travelling and socialising

Tim Simpson

CEO

Tim Simpson

CEO

Tim started his insurance career with NRG London in 1985. In 1989 Tim moved into Lloyd’s where he worked for a number of Lloyd’s agencies include Bankside, Limit and Goshawk. In 2004 Tim started a journey into the MGA market initially with Miramar Underwriting Limited. In 2012 Tim led the acquisition of Nelson Polices at Lloyd’s, followed in 2014 by the acquisition of East Kent Underwriting.

Lee Preston

Director - Sport & Leisure

Lee Preston

Director - Sport & Leisure

Lee is a Director of Nelson Sport & Leisure with a degree in Business Management. Lee was a Lloyd’s broker for 10 years before joining Towergate, where he spent 15 years as underwriting manager and operations director. A self-confessed sports fanatic, Lee is a keen golfer, tennis player and long suffering Arsenal fan. Lee has a 19 year old daughter and considers his biggest achievement to be surviving her teenage years!

Amy Blackshaw

Deputy Managing Director

Amy Blackshaw

Deputy Managing Director

Amy starterd her career in the Insurance industry in 2007 and took on the role of Deputy Managing Director of Nelson Policies in 2014, she is also the Managing Director of East Kent Underwriting Limited. Amy specialises in Non Standard SME business. Away from the office and in her spare time Amy enjoys creating and embarking on adventures with her daughter.

Steven Willoughby

Accounts Manager

Steven Willoughby

Accounts Manager

Steven joined Nelson in August 1999 and has served as our accounts manager since 2008. Outside of work, he enjoys playing computer-based roleplaying games and snooker, as well as being a frequent visitor to theatres across the country.

Andy Wright

Director - Motor

Andy Wright

Director - Motor

Andy started his insurance career with Norwich Union in 1999, where he progressed to a team leader role of an underwriting team. A specialist in motor underwriting, Andy has held a number of senior roles within the Lloyd’s market with the likes of ERS and Canopius, and has recently joined Nelson to set up the new commercial motor product line. Away from the office, Andy enjoys travelling, cooking and following Everton.

Dean Hollman

Commercial Underwriter

Dean Hollman

Commercial Underwriter

Before joining Nelson in 2020 Dean began his career in 2008 within motor claims negotiating Personal Injury and Credit Hire settlements before moving to Commercial Underwriting at Markerstudy in 2017. He specialises in open market underwriting of commercial combined products, building strong relationships with brokers and developing policy wordings and endorsements. Outside of the office he enjoys walks with his beagle and brewing beer.

Lee Kendrick-Walker

Motor Underwriter

Lee Kendrick-Walker

Motor Underwriter

Lee started his insurance career in 2008 with Norwich Union in motor injury claims, then transitioned to underwriting across motor, property and casualty classes. Lee has refined his motor knowledge, and brings a dual perspective to underwriting with his prior claims experience. Outside of work, Lee is a keen softball player at national level competition, which helps distract from his woes as a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan.

Shantel Albayrak

Assistant Underwriter

Shantel Albayrak

Assistant Underwriter

Shantel started her insurance career in 2009 at a small broker specialising in motorcycles, and expanded her Commercial Motor experience in her six years at LV. Shantel joined Nelson Sports & Leisure in 2020 with an open mind to learn all she can, to build relations with new colleagues and customers and to be the best she can be. Outside of work life Shantel is fond of quiz shows, boxsets and spending time with her little family.

How can we help your insurance brokerage?

We specialise in underwriting bespoke non-standard enquiries, risks that traditional insurance markets might turn away.

Our growing team has a wealth of expert underwriting experience and pride themselves on consistently delivering an unrivalled, innovative yet competitive insurance solution.

We provide transparent, comprehensive and timely policy documentation, that delivers appropriate risk transfer.

If you are looking to work with an insurance provider that strives to be your helpful and trusted insurance partner, contact Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s.

Testimonials

Dave Bennett is delighted with the service he is getting from Nelsons. Until I put this agency up he had never dealt with you before but has been really good for business and very nice people to deal with.

Dave Bennett

Blink Intermediary Solutions

Your terms and team are unrivalled James, the help they have given us thus far has been fantastic. Generally no exclusions are made to any risk, and if they are they are clearly stated by your guys (FLEA Cover etc)

Dave

ACE Insurance Brokers

The household team are great, very helpful and obliging I think sometimes we need a direct line to them!!

Corriena

Autoline

Quotations are great and we are trying to push as many through to you as possible. We have also passed on your details to our managed office in Weymouth.

Paul

Coversure