MEET THE DIRECTORS
Please meet the team below:
Ian Penfold MSTI Cert CII - Managing Director of AOIG
Ian founded A-One in 1993 with 7 years insurance experience and 23 years later A-One has grown into a top 75 UK Broker. Now having 30 years’ experience, Ian’s main responsibilities are for the strategic planning and direction of the business taking care of acquisitions, mergers and appointments or appointed representatives.
Ian is also a Partner in Property Wealth Insurance, Preston Insurance Brokers, Jackson Insurance Brokers, David Upshalls, Badbury Berkeley and a Director of McComish Insurance, Aspire Insurance, Concorde Insurance and PJ Aiken Insurance.
Ian specialises in complex commercial risks, motor fleet, professional indemnity, cargo and cyber crime risks. Ian offers a 24/7 service to his clients and has very close relationships with key decision makers at the insurers and underwriting and claims teams.
Ian enjoys the interaction with all his staff and seeing individuals grow personally with more and more responsibility to develop their careers.
In his own time Ian enjoys golf, watersports and plays tennis and badminton.
Call Ian on 01425 486503
Matthew Hines - Group IT & Fleet Director
Matthew has worked for the A-One Insurance Group from the very early days so for 20 years. He spent 12 years working within personal line insurance sales, has been a Director for 10 years and has had 8 years working in IT making board level decisions for the group, looking after the IT and telephone infrastructure, implementing new design changes to our software and looking after our ever growing fleet of vehicles.
Matthew is currently working on his Cert CII accreditation and specialises in IT infrastructure, development and design and fleet management.
Matthew has a young family so most of his spare time is spent with them although he loves a drive in a fast car or a track day!
Call Matthew on 01425 486501
Email Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Jupp Cert CII - Director
Ryan specialises in Commercial Property Insurance and has worked for A-One for 16 years with 22 years insurance experience. He enjoys working for a company which has a family run feel but a corporate standing.
Ryan offers his clients a personal touch which makes his service stand out from the rest. He knows price is important but service is everything. His day to day role is to manage and promote the business and make strategic operational decisions for the company and ensuring that the company meets its statutory obligations as well as overseeing the development of the company’s commercial property arm.
Ryan is a family man and enjoys playing golf and watching motorsport.
Call Ryan on 01425 486503
Sarah Eades Cert CII, CeMap - Group Operations Director
Sarah joined A-One in 2007, as an Operations Manager following previous roles in the major Corporate Financial Companies of Zurich, LV= and Nationwide.
In 2012 she became Group Operations Director when the business continued to see sustained growth both in terms of employee numbers and locations, her role now is to facilitate, manage and oversee the strategic and operational plans of the business. So, every day can be widely different, whether it’s looking at people management, training and development, business development, monitoring performance or sales and growth.
Working across all our locations, encompassing their unique strategy and requirements for each business areas and insurance ranges.
Sarah is currently studying for a Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management and has completed modules in Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Strategic Performance Management, Strategic Information, Management, Operational Direction and Organisational Change.
Sarah appreciates that A-One has given her the opportunity to grow and develop, encouraging empowerment and ownership every day. She feels the employees are treated as individuals, so in turn they can treat their clients as individuals too.
Outside of the office Sarah enjoys baking and cocktails (often simultaneously!) and adding to her shoe and handbag collection. She is also a mum of 4 which keeps her busy especially as they are now all teenagers.
Call Sarah on 01425 486502
Email Sarah at email@example.com