Andrew Barrow

Andrew Barrow

Dip CII

 

Managing Director

Direct Dial 01782 383431

barrowa@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? To be happy, successful and not to worry about anything other than what’s important.  To treat everyone around you as you wish to be treated

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Having a wonderful family, children and running a successful business

What is your favorite book? Treasure Island as a child

What is your favorite film? The Color Purple

What is your favorite Album or song? I haven’t really got a favorite album

What is an ideal weekend for you? Fridays is football training with the kids, Saturdays is socialising with family and friends then football with my friends on a Sunday followed by a Sunday roast and chill out with the family. When you have family its more of a practical weekend depending on what plans the kids have

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? I’ve been to the pyramids in Egypt, been to Rome and seen the Colosseum & St Peters Square in the Vatican City

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? I did a reverse bungee in Ibiza

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I would take 12 months out and travel across the world and make no plans, simply look at a map and just go as long as it was within budget

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? A diary & pen, memory box, football, return ticket

Peter Lycett

Peter Lycett

Chartered Insurance Broker ACII

 

Commercial Director

Direct Dial 01782 383435

lycettp@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Improve each day, even it’s its only by 1%

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Being captain of my Lads ‘n’ Dads football team (for those out of the area that is a Junior Football team) – first season we lost every game, the last season we won a league and cup double

What is your favorite book? The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – life changing!

What is your favorite film? Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – seen it hundreds of times!

What is your favorite Album or song? Tricky – I’ll say Bring It On by Gomez, probably the first ‘proper’ music I bought and didn’t like it at first but kept listening to it because I didn’t want to waste the money I’d earned to buy it from my paper round. Now it’s my go to album. They are the first band I saw live

What is an ideal weekend for you? A cottage in the middle of no where with my dogs, with a good homely restaurant nearby

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Yes I’ve been Skiing

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Skiing – with very little skill on a very hard slope. I’ve never been so scared in my life!

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I’d definitely go back and see the Beatles, and other bands of the time

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? 1) My Dogs (counts as one!) 2) I’d need Music – so it would have to be a wind up radio I suppose 3) A boat – I’d explore other islands 4) And a book – probably “1001 Things to do Whilst Stranded on a Desert Island”

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Cert CII

Sales & Development Director

Direct Dial 01782 383432

jonesm@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? “The best way to sell something : don’t sell anything! Earn the Awarenness Respect and Trust from those who might buy”

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Becoming a Dad! The only motivation I need is to remember everything I do I am doing it for my little girl. (And my wife)

What is your favorite book? Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson

What is your favorite film? Robin Hood- Prince of Thieves – I used to re-enact the scenes with my brother in the woods with my grandad playing the role of The Sheriff!

What is your favorite Album or song? The Stone Roses – This Is The One

What is an ideal weekend for you? Watching plenty of football, quality family time, and enjoying good food

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? We went to Dubai for our honeymoon. The best food and location I have ever seen. We cannot wait to go back when Esme is old enough

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Completing a 20mile mud run! The pain wasn’t fun but it was something I never thought I was capable of achieving

 If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? Other than the birth of my little girl, I would go back to 26th May 1999 and I would be at the Nou Camp, Barcelona. “Oh what a night. Late in May in 19-99, Ole scored a goal in injury time! What a feeling, what a night!”

Jenny-Lee Birchall

Jenny-lea Birchall

Cert CII

Operations Director

Direct Dial 01782 383434

birchallj@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Don’t hold grudges – life is too short

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Being a good auntie

What is your favorite book? A romance novel

What is your favorite film? A romantic comedy

What is your favorite Album or song? I listen to a variety of music but favorite genre is indie

What is an ideal weekend for you? Visiting a wildlife park/ zoo with family and then cooking a Sunday roast while watching films

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Visiting Las Vegas

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Flying in an helicopter when I visited Vegas

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? Being at the birth of my nephew

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? My bed, solar powered lamp as I don’t like the dark, pots to cook with and a spare set of clothes.

Jessica Price

Jessica Jackson

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383433

pricej@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Be Happy, Be Bright, Be you

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Being a mum to my two children

What is your favorite book? I don’t really get much chance to read but I enjoy reading stories such as the Jolly Postman

What is your favorite film? Matilda – It never gets old

What is your favorite Album or song? There’s too many to list

What is an ideal weekend for you? A perfect weekend is spent in the garden with friends and family or watching Oliver play football in torrential weather

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Swimming with Dolphins in Mexico is one of the best things I’ve done

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? Back to when I was at school, wishing I would grow up quickly or to see my Grandparents again

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? My Dog, Antibac Wipes, Hairbrush & Hammock

Jack Edge

Jack Edge

Chartered Insurance Broker ACII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383438

edgej@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? He who dares, wins

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Back to back fantasy football champion for my football team

What is your favorite book? I don’t read much so I’ll go for a childhood favourite – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What is your favorite film? The Dark Knight

What is your favorite Album or song? Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What is an ideal weekend for you? With my mates, in a sunny beer garden, watching football

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Going to Paris to watch the EUROs

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? I did a 150ft zip line in Cancun – that was pretty wild

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I think I’d just go back and see my Nan again!

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? 1) Football 2) iPad loaded with Peter Kay shows/ stand up 3)Unlimited supply of ice cream 4)Bali Bed

Sian Bevins

Sian Bevins

BA (Hons) Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383440

bevinss@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Live for the moment. I believe in living for today

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Being the youngest female manager within Marstons’ PLC (I was 22 at the time)

What is your favorite book? The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

What is your favourite film? Don’t make me choose!! I’m a huge Rocky fan so it would be wrong if I didn’t reply Rocky… but also I love Aliens, Terminator, Star Wars, The Goonies… I could go on…(My dad had a video shop when I was younger, so I love all 80s action films)

What is your favorite Album or song? Soundtrack to Rocky IV

What is an ideal weekend for you? Spending time with my family, anywhere as long as we are together!

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Buying a house and starting a family

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Not really an adrenaline junkie really, sorry! Both feet on the ground!

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? Egypt, before tourism ruined it!

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Bikini, my kindle and my son!

Lesley Davies

Lesley Davies

Chartered Insurance Broker ACII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383440

daviesl@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Knowledge is good – you can never have too much

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? My three daughters

What is your favorite book? Lots to choose from but I’ll go with the children’s book, Pass The Jam Jim, as it reminds me of the fun we had reading it when my girls were young

What is your favourite film? Erin Brockovich or A Few Good Men, I can’t decide

What is your favorite Album or song? I have an eclectic taste in music, my go to album is Ladies and Gentlemen; George Michael

What is an ideal weekend for you? A West End theatre break

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Taking my daughters to Florida, the highlight being Discovery Cove

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? I love team sports, so whenever I’m playing or watching my daughters play, and it’s a really close game, especially when the end result is in our favour!

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? To when I was a teenager, knowing what I know now!

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? A ball, a pair of trainers, a book and a never ending supply of music

Dawn Cotton

Dawn Cotton

ACII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383441

cottond@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Treat others as you’d like to be treated

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? My lovely kids and winning the Mum’s race when they were at primary school

What is your favorite book?The Little Women series of books by Louisa May Alcott, I’ve read them all many times since the age of 11

What is your favourite film?Mamma Mia 2 – love a sing-a-long

What is your favorite Album or song? Anything up beat – I have hundred’s of songs on my Spotify playlist. I’m not a big album fan but Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf is one I enjoy listening  to all the way through

What is an ideal weekend for you? Seeing friends and family, eating, drinking and laughing

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Completing a high ropes course (on jelly legs) with my son and finally visiting Rome in 2019 after many years of waiting

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Completing the high ropes course is definitely up there – I’m not a thrill seeker

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? To the pyramids in Egypt so I can see how they were built

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose?A wind-up radio, a sharp knife, Gin and Tonic

Vanessa Proctor

Vanessa Proctor

Dip CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383442

proctorv@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy?To be happy with what you have achieved and not think about what if

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? The person I have become today thanks to my children

What is your favorite book? One of my A-Level studies. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

What is your favourite film? Bridesmaids

What is your favorite Album or song?Acoustic songs by James Arthur

What is an ideal weekend for you? DIY! Love to improve/change things around the house

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? To push myself to do well in life and to have and to have a family of my own

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Definitely getting married!

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I do love watching Peaky blinders, so maybe 1915-1930’s

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Hair brush, jet ski, a watch, lots of tea

Kate Evans

Kate Evans

Dip CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383443

evansk@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Be kind

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Getting my own place

What is your favorite book? Daisy Jones and the Six

What is your favourite film? The Departed

What is your favorite Album or song? Artic Monkeys, Maximo Park, We are Scientists

What is an ideal weekend for you? Seeing family and friends, eating, drinking and watching sports

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Travel

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Roller coaster

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to?  Ancient Egyptian times

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? My Kindle.book, radio, sun cream and lip balm

Alec Henderson

Cert CII

Trainee Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383439

hendersona@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Looking to the future only works if you’ve learned to let go of the past

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? My serious answer would be getting 7’s and 6’s in my GCSE’s but I’ll never forget the time I packed Prime Pele on Fifa 22 (one of the best moments I’ve had whilst gaming).

What is your favorite book? For me, I’d have to go with Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley. Not read it in a while but when I have read it in the past, I’ve loved the alternative take on the story of Frankenstein.

What is your favourite film? The one film I’ve watched the most times is ‘The Pianist’ so I’d have to say that.

What is your favorite Album or song? My favourite album has got to be ‘Encore’ by Eminem, not necessarily his best work but it’s the first album I ever listened to back to front so it holds some significant value. If I had to narrow it down to one favourite song, It’d have to be between ‘Carribean Queen’ by Billy Ocean or ‘In a Big Country’ by Big Country.

What is an ideal weekend for you? Probably staying inside for most of the day, playing on my console. And then, going out with my mates in the afternoon to play football.

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Not made a bucket list yet, but I’m assuming riding Oblivion (one of the fastest rollercoasters in the UK) would have been on there                                                                                       

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Performing some music in front of a live crowd, granted it was only people from my year group at High School, but there was a lot of them so it counts in my book.

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I’d have to go to Ancient Greece. I’ve always been intrigued by the culture surrounding it so I’d love to experience it myself and maybe prove some of the philosophers wrong.

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? An MP3 Player with unlimited songs, Some headphones, Solar Panels to charge the MP3 player, and one of those Lamps with a Genie inside (in case I decide I need a bit more help surviving)

Tracy Prince

Dip CII

Accounts Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383444

princet@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Don’t worry over things beyond your control

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? My beautiful daughter

What is your favorite book? Not really a reader, but enjoyed the few biographies I’ve read

What is your favourite film? Bridget Jones

What is your favorite Album or song? Stars – Simply Red

What is an ideal weekend for you? Relaxing in the sun

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Seeing Port Vale win at Wembley

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Being on the front row of the Smiler at Alton Towers 

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? Ancient Greece

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Sun Cream, Lip Balm, Sun Glasses & Ipad

Claire Hocknell

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383446

hocknellc@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Learn new things and better myself

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Giving birth to my beautiful son

What is your favorite book? Goodnight Mr Tom

What is your favourite film? Marley and Me

What is your favorite Album or song? Alicia Keys Element of Freedom

What is an ideal weekend for you? Walking my dog, spending time with my family, having a few drinks and a nice meal

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Having my son which is always what I wanted

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Loosing 8 Stone in weight and making myself more healthy

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I would go back to been in Primary School with all my Friends

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? My son Leon, My Dog Chase, Tea bags and My Mobile Phone

Steven Conliffe

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383445

conliffes@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? My family

What is your favorite book? The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

What is your favourite film? Too many to choose from!

What is your favorite Album or song? Hozier

What is an ideal weekend for you? At the beach with the family

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Seen the pyramids in Egypt, Grand Canyon, The Eiffel Tower and rode a Harley on Route 66

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Riding a Harley

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Hammock, Bucket, Spade and a white flag

Isobel Galloway

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383447

gallowayi@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? To be kind, be thoughtful and to treat others how I would like to be treated.

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? I’m the most proud of my little boy, he makes me proud every day. 

What is your favorite book? The Witches by Roald Dhal, I have spent many hours reading this as a child.

What is your favorite film? Probably, ahh this is a hard one, probably would be The Lion King, its a classic and doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, I always cry when Mufasa dies

What is your favorite Album or song? Carry on up the Charts by The Beautiful South

What is an ideal weekend for you? An ideal weekend would be spent with my friends and family. 

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list as I would probably loose the list haha 

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? My biggest adrenaline rush would have to be becoming a Mummy. 

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? I would go back to either the 1930’s/1940’s to when my grandparents were younger, just to see how they were and how the times were back then. 

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? I would take, my favourite album, my favourite book and my friends and family haha

Kelly Shenton

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383436

shentonk@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Being a mother

What is your favorite book? Black Beauty

What is your favourite film? Time Travellers Wife

What is your favorite Album or song? Imagine – John Lennon

What is an ideal weekend for you? City Break

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Not Yet

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Jumping free fall out of a building

If you could fo back in time, when would you travel to? Tudor times – Elizabeth I 

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Music, Clothes, Food & Drink

Paul Steele

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383449

steelep@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy?Never Give Up” and “Onward & Upward”

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Starting my own family, best player awards & captaining various football teams and completing the Tough Guy competition

What is your favorite book? Not a huge fan of books but I do enjoy Chuck Palahniuk’s work

What is your favorite film? Fight Club

What is your favorite Album or song? Too many to mention, genre wise EDM, 80’s Hairband Metal, Indie, the odd bit of Punk and Post Rock

What is an ideal weekend for you? Take the fiancée and daughter to Old Trafford to watch M.U.F.C, go for a nice meal at Rosso, couple of drinks in the Ivy (soft drinks for the daughter) then off to a live event at the AO Arena

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Starting my own family

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Thrill rides, Motorbikes/E-Motorbikes, assault courses, the birth of our daughter and Ole’s last minute winner Barcelona ’99 

If you could go back in time, when would you travel to? The moment in time we transitioned from prey to predators and the 70’s to get to see Hendrix, The Stones, Motley Crue, Guns ‘n’ Roses etc… live and in their prime

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? A hammock, a jet ski, a football and an axe

Mark Shaw

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383448

shawm@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy? Live each day like it’s your last because tomorrow is not promised

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? Witnessing the birth of my daughters and embracing fatherhood

What is your favorite book? Stark by Ben Elton

What is your favourite film? The Shining

What is your favorite Album or song? There Is Nothing Left To Lose, the album started my love affair with Foo Fighters and favourite song is Aurora

What is an ideal weekend for you? Spending quality time with friends/family, preferably in the sun with music and food involved!

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Visiting family in Australia

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Riding roller coasters and ‘white knuckle’ rides…. so far!

If you could fo back in time, when would you travel to? Ancient Rome

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? Mobile phone (for Spotify and Kindle), suntan lotion, sunglasses and flip-flops

Blue

Blue xxxxx

Cert CII

Client Manager

Direct Dial 01782 383447

gallowayi@ambinsurance.co.uk

What is your life philosophy?Love others, more than I love myself… especially if they are smelly

What is it that you are most proud of in your life? When I was a baby Puppa I found a mouse

What is your favorite book? Greyfriars Bobby

What is your favourite film? Jurassic Bark, Lost World, I’m named after the lead Raptor – although I generally watch the food channel after a long day

What is your favorite Album or song?Anything that I can turn the Sub ‘Woofers’ up to!

What is an ideal weekend for you? Chasing – balls, birds, feathers, crisp packets you name it I’m not fussed

Have you ticked off any part of your bucket list? Wild swimming! – still lots of things to do though

What has been your biggest adrenaline rush? Running through the long grass!! Or finding a banana skin… especially a banana skin in long grass!!!

You are stranded on a fictional desert island and can only have four items, what would you choose? A Ball, a chew, a human and another dog to play with

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1) We’re independent brokers based in—where else?—Staffordshire. Newcastle-under-Lyme, to be precise.

2) We moved from Stone to our grand old building Wolstanton in 2011 and never looked back.

3) The grand old building, the place we call home, was designed by renowned architect, Absalom Reed Wood, in 1890.

4) We’re built on four pillars; Professional, Approachable, Meticulous and Swift. Everything we do rotates around these pillars.

5) Charity is close to our hearts. Donna Louise Hospice, Help Appeal, Air Ambulance and Alice Charity are just some of the charities we work with.

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6) We love a good chinwag. Talking to our clients is what motivates us most.

7) We also love a good oatcake and they’re usually found around the office on Fridays (though not for long).

8) If you visit us on a Friday, you’ll notice that we employ a dress-down day. Mind your eyes though, there are some debatable fashion choices here in the office.

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