Kevin Elliott (Managing Director)

Kevin has over thirty years of experience in the insurance industry and started his career as a personal lines assistant for a local broker. He is local to Houghton le Spring, having grown up in Fencehouses and played for many local sports teams. In 1989 he started Elliott Garden Insurance and has had many years’ experience managing and directing businesses. In 2008 he sold Elliott Garden Insurance to a large national broker. Feeling that he was too young to retire at 50, he started up again in his traditional offices with Ian Westland in 2012 and Elliott Westland Insurance Brokers was born. He is currently working towards growing the commercial side of the business.

Outside of work, Kevin is passionate about cars and fashion; though some of his fashion choices are questionable! He has a daughter, Lucy, who has recently joined the company.

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Ian Westland (Managing Director)

Ian began his career in personal lines and has also been working in the industry for over thirty years from admin to managing level. Both he and Kevin worked together for two local brokers in the early 1980s and a friendship was formed. Ian started Westland Insurance in Sunderland in 1993 and developed a strong customer base in the North East. Ian heads up the Personal Lines division and is looking to grow this area of the business. He recently completed his Cert CII Insurance qualification.

In his spare time, Ian loves going to the gym and spending time with his Saluki dog named Merlin.

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Ann Westland (Compliance and Finance Director)

Ann formally joined the company at its inception in 2012. This follows a career working for the Department for Work and Pensions where she specialised in project management and operational management. Ann has embraced her role as Finance Director and also deals with HR and compliance issues.

Outside of work, Ann likes to take care of her thoroughbred horse named Rodney!

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Linda Elliott (Company Secretary)

Linda has had over twenty years of experience in the insurance industry having been involved with her husband, Kevin, at Elliott Garden Insurance. Linda now acts as company secretary and events coordinator for Elliott Westland Insurance Brokers.

In her spare time, Linda likes to relax in her apartment in Spain.

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Steve Atkinson (Commercial Director )

Steve has a wealth of knowledge about the commercial insurance industry and has been working in commercial insurance since 1995 following working as an IFA. He joined Ian at Westland Insurance in Sunderland in 1998 as the only commercial executive of the company and built up a considerable client base which he now maintains. Steve manages our commercial department.

In his spare time, Steve is an avid cyclist and runner. He recently completed the Leeds 10K on behalf of one of our clients. Steve also supports SAFC and loves to attend matches at home or away.

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David Marchbanks (Business Development Director)

Dave started working in insurance as soon as he left school in 1990. He worked for numerous local brokers, including Elliott Insurance based in Hetton le Hole, and specialised in personal lines. He then joined Westland Insurance in 1997 and continued his career managing the personal lines department. After becoming Elliott Westland Insurance Brokers, Dave moved up to the commercial department and now acts as our new business development director. He is constantly looking for ways to grow the business and has experience in quoting on a variety of commercial insurances. Dave also specialises in commercial motor insurance and has his Cert CII.

In his spare time, Dave loves to sail. He has a boat but unfortunately it is broken at the moment!

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Angela Chell (Commercial Account Executive)

Angela has nearly forty years of experience in the commercial insurance industry and has a wealth of knowledge. She is keen to develop new business and prides herself on building lasting relationships with clients and businesses in the North East and beyond. Angela moved to the North East from Derby seventeen years ago and began working for Kevin at Elliott Garden Insurance. She returned in 2015 to help the business grow and flourish once more. She is currently training Lucy, Kevin’s daughter in commercial insurance.

Angela is the life and soul of Elliott Westland and keeps everyone entertained. She loves walking but likes to stop off for a glass of wine half way through.

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Russell Muse (Commercial Account Executive)

Russell has been working in insurance since 1997 as part of his family’s business Alan Muse Insurance Brokers based in Sunderland. He joined Kevin at Elliott Garden Insurance in 2004 and rejoined Elliott Westland nine years later. Russell enjoys talking to existing and potential customers regarding cover and offers excellent advice. He specialises in insurance for businesses large and small.

Russell is our resident quizmaster and tests our knowledge every Friday. He is also Chairman of Whitburn Cricket Club.

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Amy Muncaster (Commercial Account Executive/Commercial Account Handler)

Amy joined Elliott Garden Insurance straight from school at 16 years old and is also local to the area. She specialises in Property Owners and Landlords insurance and is always happy to search our markets for the best cover and competitive price. Amy also handles some of our executive’s accounts and is a whizz at our in house computer system, Acturis.

Amy keeps our local sweetshop in business and loves chocolate! She also likes a good crime novel or film.

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Lucy Elliott (Marketing and Development Executive)

Lucy recently joined the family business in 2014 after completing her Master’s Degree at Durham University. She is trained in both personal and commercial lines insurance and currently heads up the marketing team. Lucy is involved in acquiring new business and works mainly in the commercial department on new business quotations. She enjoys quoting for anything slightly out of the ordinary. Lucy also manages our social media accounts and marketing campaigns. She has completed the Cert CII and is currently studying for the Dip CII.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys going on far-flung holidays. Every Monday morning she is on a diet though this is soon abandoned for cream cakes on the afternoon.

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Sharon Jonas (Commercial Account Handler)

Sharon heads up our admin team and is the lead account handler. She assists the commercial team to ensure their new business and renewals are up to date. Sharon has over 30 years of experience in the industry and has worked on both commercial and personal lines. Sharon joined Elliott Westland 19 years ago and has since returned to Elliott Westland in 2015.

In her spare time, Sharon likes to read and enjoys watching TOWIE! She loves cocktails but can only handle one!

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Lesley Scanlon (Personal Lines Manager)

Lesley is local to Houghton le Spring and has been in insurance since she was 16. She began her career at Houghton Insurance and then moved to Elliott Garden Insurance and has worked with Kevin for over 22 years. She has always specialised in personal lines and has managed the department since 1997.

Lesley loves going on holiday, particularly to Turkey and enjoys swimming.

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Michelle Todd (Personal Lines Advisor)

Michelle has worked in the industry for over 20 years, specialising in personal lines and worked with Kevin at Elliott Garden Insurance. As well as advising on car, home and van insurance, Michelle heads up our travel insurance department advising on the best cover whether for single or annual trips.

Michelle has two wonderful children and loves stalking people on Facebook!

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Jane Mackintosh (Personal Lines Advisor)

Jane left school and began working for a local broker in the personal lines department. She has since worked for a range of national brokers such as Swintons and Budget and moved to Westland Insurance in 2009. Jane loves to be at the front counter meeting people – she’s very chatty!

Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew and loves dogs. She also loves the Backstreet Boys.

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Maxine Kerton (Personal Lines Advisor)

Maxine started working for Elliott Garden Insurance straight from school and has over twenty years of experience in personal lines business. She returned to work with Kevin in 2013 at Elliott Westland and advises on car, home and van insurance. Maxine also specialises in caravan quotations.

Outside of work, Maxine loves to do Clubbercise with glowsticks!

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Ian McGeorge (Personal Lines Advisor)

Ian McGeorge is known in the office as John or Johnty – don’t ask us why! He started his career at Westland Insurance in 2002 and moved to the Houghton le Spring office in 2013. He is the only man in our personal lines team and loves doing quotations for high performance vehicles and high net worth homes. Ian also specialises in taxi quotes and has worked towards his Cert CII qualification. In his spare time, Ian loves supporting his home team, Sunderland AFC, and loves eating out at local restaurants with his friends.

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Elaine Tempest (Renewals Advisor)

Elaine processes and handles our renewals as well as advising on car, home and van insurance. She has also worked in the industry since age 16 where she first met Kevin. Elaine worked at Elliott Garden Insurance and returned to Elliott Westland in 2013.

Elaine is the biggest flirt in the office and loves free cheese and onion pasties from the local bakery.

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Dawn Winch (Accounts)

Dawn heads up our accounting department. Dawn started working for a local broker over thirty years ago and moved with Ian to Westland Insurance when he set up around 20 years ago. She’s been sorting our accounts ever since!

Dawn has two lovely daughters and is heading off to Disneyland with them and her husband next year.

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