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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Lucy 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 commercial team. Lucy is involved in acquiring new business and as well as overseeing the commercial department and liaising with the personal lines department. 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 the Dip CII and is currently working towards her ACII.

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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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 Luna.

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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 horse named Soup!

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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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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.

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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Gill has a wealth of experience in both personal and commercial insurances, however, she specialises in commercial motor insurance. She takes care of the majority of our Motor Trade clients as well as our taxi drivers. Gill returned to Elliott Westland in 2016 and has become our resident lunchtime chef! Gill loves eating out at Michelin starred restaurants and looking after her niece’s dog, Cody!

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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 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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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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Katie is one of our Account Handlers and works closely with the executive team to help with their admin and renewals. She has a daughter called Mollie who she loves spending time with and also enjoys keeping fit. She loves attending Skinny Pigs classes in her spare time!

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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. John moved to the Commercial Department in August 2017 and has developed his own customer base. He 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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Dave re-joined us in May 2019 following a two year stint at another brokerage. He is our Business Development Director, specialising in generating new business for the company. Dave enjoys sailing and the gym!

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Jayne joined us in March 2019 as an apprentice. She is currently learning how to do insurance administration; including taking payments, processing renewals and sending out documentation. She is also working towards her Cert CII as part of her apprenticeship.

In her spare time, Jayne enjoys feeding the office with sweets from the high street. She enjoys dancing and travelling.

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Les joined us as a Business Consultant in 2016 and specialises in all ranges of commercial insurance across all industries. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Les has been training up some of the younger members of staff in regards to the more technical side of the insurance industry.

In his spare time, Les enjoys playing golf and visiting his holiday home in Spain.

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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 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 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 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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Faye recently joined the team over the summer of 2017 as a personal lines insurance advisor having previously worked at Elliott Garden Insurance. She specialises in quotations for home, car, van and travel insurance and lives speaking to clients. Faye has a daughter, Poppy, and enjoys holidays to Florida with her family.

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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. 0191 300 8443

Phone: 0191 510 3354


Address: Unit 1 Lambton House, Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4AR