We understand that organisations cannot simply rely on a few key individuals, it’s why we’re not afraid to invest in the quality of all our people. Our core teams are the backbone of Aventum. Each specialist core team works in unity to provide the platform for the continued growth of our broking and underwriting businesses.
Making an impact
Attracting audiences to engage with our broking and underwriting businesses through high-quality messaging
Group wide benefits
- Enhanced Distribution
- Brand Awareness
- Internal Communication
Innovation and a bold approach are at the heart of our marketing team, creating lasting impressions with our customers and delivering tangible results for our wider business. Our team has a clear track record in developing and launching new brands and products and they’re forever focused on continually enhancing our distribution. And, like everyone at Aventum, they’re never afraid to challenge the status quo.
Chief Marketing Officer
Matt Field is the Chief Marketing Officer for Aventum Group. Matt assists all group businesses with their growth strategies and leads the sales team to build strong relationships with brokers across the UK.
He joined the group in August 2016 to establish a northern office. He has spent 10 years working in sales and marketing roles within the insurance industry, starting at a legal expenses and add-on product intermediary.
If he wasn’t working for Aventum, Matt would probably be travelling Europe watching Liverpool Football Club win more European Cups
“I love being part of a thriving and ambitious business, one which is not afraid to challenge the norm and venture into new territories.”
Group Marketing Manager
April Faint is the group marketing manager at Aventum Group.
April joined the group in November 2019 and has worked in marketing within the insurance industry for more than eight years, directing design and marketing for a wide range of brands globally across the insurance sector.
If she wasn’t working at Aventum, April would probably be training to become a cross-fit athlete.
“I wanted to become a part of an inspiring international group working with people who are passionate about what they do. It was a unique opportunity to be involved in growing a modern, values-driven group that has impact on the market.”
Group Design Manager
Sonia Roberts is the group design manager at Aventum Group. Sonia manages the creation and design of graphical marketing materials and documentation.
She joined the group in January 2018 as a senior graphic designer, before being promoted to her current role in November 2019. She has over 20 years’ experience as a graphic designer.
When she isn’t working for Aventum, Sonia enjoys spending time with her family and taking her two young children out on day trips
“I joined Aventum because I was excited by the potential of the company and the opportunities this could present me in my career.”
Group Digital Marketing Manager
Libby Abbotts is the group digital marketing manager at Aventum Group. Her responsibilities include managing most marketing channels, and being involved in organising and planning.
She has worked in marketing mainly since university, working at radio, TV and automation companies across Europe, before joining Aventum in January 2017.
Outside of work Libby’s time is taken up looking after Finley, 6, and Grace, 1, but when she can loves to travel and listen to music.
“When I was told about the company and its trajectory for the next five years it just seemed a really exciting place to come and be part of. The scope to develop skills has been pushed since working here, and it’s exciting to move insurance forward into places that you wouldn’t expect.”
Senior Digital Designer
Andrew Bajcar is a senior digital designer at Aventum Group, responsible for designing the layout of all documentation and marketing materials for the group.
Andrew joined the group in January 2021, having worked in graphic designing or digital designing for the last 18 years.
Outside of work Andrew likes to spent time with his family, and when he gets the chance play football or a round of golf
“I joined the company because I wanted to work for an exciting company. A company with a great reputation, somewhere that is looking to make a difference, never settling and always looking to develop and improve.”
Group Marketing Executive
Rachael Berry is a marketing executive at Aventum Group.
Rachael joined the group in January 2020 to join an innovative and growing team. She has worked in marketing for five years, gaining experience in a range of industries including a global fitness brand and well-known retail company.
If she wasn’t working for Aventum, Rachael would probably be training in the gym to compete in a wide range of challenges, from the UK three peaks to weightlifting competitions
“I joined Aventum in search of a new challenge. With this being my first role in insurance, I am very lucky to have such inspirational and knowledgeable people to help me learn the industry and support my career.”
Ellen Montgomery is a Content Writer at Aventum. Her role includes developing related content for multiple platforms and implementing strategies to maximize the online visibility of the brands within the Aventum family.
Before joining Aventum, Ellen worked as a writer at technology company Turtl but has also worked in customer service, real estate, and journalism.
In her spare time, Ellen can be found in the kitchen experimenting with new dishes and trying to avoid disaster. She also enjoys reading and one of her ideal dinner guests would be Harper Lee, the author of her favorite book - To Kill a Mockingbird.
“One of my favourite things about being a writer is the constant variety you’re exposed to. We don’t learn in our comfort zones, and taking on new challenges adds to your arsenal and encourages adaptability.”
Kelly Mason is the studio manager in the Aventum Group marketing team, responsible for overseeing and managing the delivery of projects from start to finish.
She joined the group in September 2021, having previously been a graphic designer at Debenhams for five years and at a London design agency for over seven years, much of that time as a creative studio manager.
Outside of work, Kelly is kept busy with two beautiful young girls, but when she gets the time enjoys yoga, and finding a little peace and stillness in her day.
“The prospect of joining such a passionate and talented team of like-minded creatives was an incredible opportunity. I was excited by the prospects of working somewhere I could learn and develop my skill set, whilst making a difference.”
Managing risk exposures
Identification and implementation of risk management strategies to assist brokers and their clients, whilst contributing to positive returns for capacity partners
Group wide benefits
- Risk identification
- Loss prevention strategies
- Profitable underwriting
In today’s ever complex world, comprehensive and knowledgeable risk management is a critical part of the insurance process. Our deeply experienced risk management team combines the best of both worlds. A personal, hands-on approach sits alongside the latest digital technology. All with the sole aim of helping our brokers mitigate risks in their clients’ businesses.
Managing Director, Securus Risk Advisors
Lee Dumford is managing director at Securus Risk Advisors. His main responsibilities include the day to day running of the company and surveying activities globally, including across Europe, the UK, US, and Australia.
Lee created Securus Risk Advisors in August 2020, having previously been a senior insurance surveyor at SECON. Formerly a fire fighter, Lee is an experienced fire risk consultant, and studied through the Institute of Fire Engineers to attain his knowledge of risk management and fire science.
Outside of work, Lee enjoys playing golf, watching rugby, and spending time with family and friends. He is also a keen road cyclist and gym attendee.
“There was an opportunity to work alongside a passionate group of individuals assisting underwriters throughout all companies reduce their portfolio risk, therefore I knew I had to consider the position. I was aware prior to joining of the close-knit team the group has, which was extremely appealing. In addition, the position and senior management teams also allow you to continually develop with additional training and support whenever needed.”
Rural Consultant, Securus Risk Advisors
BridBridget Slade is a rural consultant at Securus Risk Advisors, responsible for undertaking risk surveys on farms, rural estates and other rural businesses.get Slade is a rural consultant at Securus Risk Advisors, responsible for undertaking risk surveys on farms, rural estates and other rural businesses.
She joined Securus in September 2021, having previously qualified as a rural surveyor while working on the Elveden Estate. She since spent several years working for NPS across various local authority portfolios, and was most recently a rural consultant with Crawford & Company.
Outside of work, Bridget enjoys family time, farming, gardening, dog walking, country sports, reading, and running Swaffham Army Cadet Detachment
“I came across Aventum earlier this year and was attracted to work for such a dynamic team. I’m impressed with the growth and the people I have met so far have been very driven, which I like.”
Risk Control Advisor
David Loomes is a risk control advisor at Securus Risk Advisors, responsible for conducting site surveys at the request of insurers and writing reports based on these surveys.
David joined Securus in 2020, after 40 years in the electrical security industry. He has worked for major security companies including Abel alarms, ADT and Secom PLC as a subcontracting technical fire, intruder, CCTV and door access engineer, and spent 16 years as MD of his own security company. After forming a second company in 2009, he entered the risk management sector in 2018.
Outside of work, David enjoys going to the pub, and has for the last year been helping to renovate his eldest son’s first home. He also likes to watch rugby, F1 and football.
“At 50+ with two directorships behind me I saw going into a completely new line of business and actually working for someone else as a challenge, and selecting the right company was the issue, the rest I could learn. Securus and now the Aventum Group is that company. I think the leadership is one of the best I have ever witnessed where excellence is rewarded and encouraged at every level.”
IBA Credit Controller
As an IBA Credit Controller, James is responsible for payments to markets both direct and through Xchanging.
Before joining the Aventum family, James spent five years working at Nexus Underwriting Management Ltd. He began as an Administrative Assistant and worked up to a Senior IBA Technician, managing a small team of three. Looking to Aventum, James wanted to expand his experience in Insurance by working more within a broker environment.
Away from work, James is a keen chef and avid baker, having also worked in restaurants previously. His signature cake happens to be a three tier angel cake.
Operations & IT
Maximising operational performance
Harnessing the latest in data and technology to make continual improvements to the Aventum operating platform.
Group wide benefits
- Global Cloud Infrastructure Platform
- Insurtech Deployment
- Continual Process Improvement
Digital transformation is a critical part of our ongoing story at Aventum. We use digital to increase the reach of our specialist products; to price our risks more accurately than our competitors; and to truly understand current and future trends. We know that people and digital work hand-in-hand to deliver the best possible results for our customers and capacity providers.
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Downs is the chief operating officer (COO) of Aventum Group and is a member of the executive committee and Aventum board.
Tom oversees group operations, including IT, project management, data and system governance, MI (non-accounting) and claims. Prior to joining the group, Tom held various roles at AEGIS London and Canopius Managing Agents.
Tom specialises in business change and transformation, including the implementation of enterprise technology solutions and the management of complex operational projects.
Group IT Manager
Oral Fuat is the group IT manager at Aventum Group. He is responsible for all IT functions across the group, including the IT Helpdesk, and managing the IT Services team.
Oral joined the group straight from school in August 2013 having always been interested and excited by IT, and was promoted to his current role in February 2021.
If Oral wasn't working for Aventum, you would likely find him playing and watching football, training at the gym, binge watching box sets, eating, or spending time with family and friends.
“I joined Aventum as I saw it as a company and family I could grow with, and it’s been an amazing journey and I’m looking forward to the future!”
Project Portfolio Manager
Natasha Aylen is a Project Portfolio Manager in the Aventum Group Operations team. She is responsible for a varied portfolio of projects, predominantly associated with the digital transformation of the Group.
Natasha has been with the group for five years and previously worked for Ford as a logistics coordinator.
If she wasn’t working for Aventum, Natasha would be a riding instructor, as she is a keen equestrian.
“I joined Aventum due to the strong family culture and flexible working as I am a proud mum to a young child called Zach.”
IT Services Executive
Sam Hayman is an IT Services Executive at Aventum Group.
Sam joined the group in 2020 as part of the IT support team, having recently graduated from university studying cyber security.
Sam has always had a passion for IT systems, but outside of work he enjoys playing games, going to the gym and seeing live bands
“I have been learning more and more every day I have been at Aventum.”
James Woodhouse is a business analyst at Aventum Group. James is responsible for delivering change across the group through project delivery as part of the operations team.
James joined the group in July 2019, having previously spent four years heading a claims team at a motor-focused legal practice. Before that he was part of the merger and acquisitions team at BNY Mellon in Manchester.
Outside of work, James used to be qualified to SCUBA dive, and has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity.
“I joined Aventum because they offered me a fantastic opportunity to diversify my career whilst still building on my previous experience.”
Group Facilities Manager
Alisha Preedy is the group facilities manager for Aventum Group. Her responsibilities cover the day-to-day management of the group’s facilities, including health and safety, security, and maintenance of the buildings (including all office appliances), as well as greeting people at reception in the London office.
Alisha joined Aventum in 2019, having previously worked as a corporate receptionist for an office service company with over five years’ experience in the corporate industry.
When Alisha’s not working she enjoys socialising with friends and travelling the world.
“I joined Aventum for the fantastic opportunities within the company.”
Head of Product Development
Adam Broom is head of product development at iFarm Underwriting and across the Aventum Group.
He joined the group in 2015 as a product developer, responsible for building and managing the online quote & bind solutions. Following the success of this rollout, and the launch of Aventum, he now manages the development of online quote & bind solutions across the Group, and expanding the product suite.
Outside of work, Adam is kept busy by his wife and two daughters. When not playing daddy, he enjoys Thai boxing, hiking and gaming
“Since joining in 2015, it has been an eventful and progressive journey and am really excited to see where the Aventum journey will take us all.”
David Hayden is a product developer at Aventum Group, responsible for investigating and fixing any reported platform issues, the development of new products, and maintenance/enhancements to existing products.
He joined the Group in March 2022, having previously been a civil engineering consultant, working primarily for clients based in Melbourne, where he lived for a time. In 2019 he started studying software development, and following an internship with JRI-America and time as a web developer, joined Aventum.
Outside of work, David enjoys family time with his wife and daughter, going to the gym, fishing, hiking, watching rugby, and walking pet Labrador Cali.
“Aventum has a reputation of looking after its employees, and of an excellent work-life balance. It was a no brainer to seriously consider Aventum if a position arose there.”
Dee Gurkan is a Project Manager in the Aventum Operations team, responsible for working on implementing the Operations/IT strategy, and Target Operating Model (TOM).
She joined Aventum in June 2021, having previously spent almost nine years at AIG in various different roles, the last four of which in the operations realm as a business analyst.
Outside of work, Dee regularly plays tennis.
“I wanted a change from a very corporate to a smaller, family feel company. I like that it is a fast paced, agile and ever growing company, which tends to mean a lot of varied projects. Also, it was a good career progression opportunity with further progression opportunities.”
Harvey Doree Bartlett
IT Services Executive
Harvey Doree Bartlett
As an IT Services Executive, Harvey Doree-Bartlett works on the IT helpdesk, solving queries and managing the IT equipment with the team.
Excited to join a large company with lots of employees, Harvey is looking forward to meeting new people and beginning a full-time role in an industry they love.
Before joining the Aventum family, Harvey was studying in college where they completed a Level 3 BTEC qualification in Information and Technology. Away from work, Harvey plays basketball and football and enjoys watching a variety of sports.
Change Delivery Manager
James Fairgrieve is the change delivery manager at Aventum, responsible for the end-to-end management of change programmes and projects, and ensuring they are delivered to a high quality.
He joined the group full-time in August 2021, having worked on freelance basis for Aventum since February 2021. Since 2006 he has been a contractor implementing IT systems and business change initiatives, specialising in the London insurance market from 2010.
Outside of work, James has three kids, and loves to get out into nature, describing himself as a ‘bit of a tree-hugger’. He is also a qualified master scuba diver.
“Aventum has fantastic people, a good family vibe, but huge ambition, and for someone working in projects, it’s a brilliant time to join, as the company embarks on some real transformational initiatives. A good place to put down some roots.”
Power Platform Developer
As a Power Platform Developer, Jidesh develops enterprise-grade, scalable solutions across the business, using Microsoft 365 and Power Platform technology.
Always wanting to work in a position that allowed creativity, before joining Aventum, Jidesh began his career as a full-stack engineer, overseeing development across multiple technologies and domains. His primary project delivery was focused on SharePoint, BI dashboards and Power Platform application development.
In today’s technology-driven economy, it was the opportunity for professional growth which lured him to Aventum. Away from work, Jidesh enjoys cooking, swimming and travelling to new places.
Product Development Manager
Joanne Lambe is a product development manager, responsible for the digital transformation of Rokstone’s existing products and leading the development of new digital products.
She joined the Group in February 2022, having previously spent nine years at Simply Business, where she worked as technical MGA manager. Her first underwriting job was as a package underwriter at Ecclesiastical, before moving to Aviva in 2001 where she worked on complex commercial risks.
Outside of work, Jo is a bit of a foodie, and loves cooking and eating out.
“I think this is an exciting time for Aventum with investment into digitalism transformation and I’m really looking forward to being part of this and seeing products come to life.”
Front of House Receptionist
Nicole Cornwell is the front of house receptionist at Aventum, responsible for greeting and welcoming guests, stocking up stationary, food and drink, and managing other office administrative tasks.
She joined the group in July 2022, having previously been a maintenance coordinator for Murray Lift Group. Before that she spent two and a half years as a recruitment consultant.
Outside of work, Nicole likes to keep fit and healthy by going on long walks and walking the dog daily. She also likes going on holidays and meeting up with friends for food and drink.
“After also looking through the website of Aventum and looking into the background of this company I loved how hard working all the staff are and dedicated to their work. I also loved how the company makes you feel like a family and comfortable.”
Ravi Vusika is an MI developer at Aventum Group, responsible for expanding the group’s management information capabilities to help achieve corporate goals.
Ravi joined Aventum in May 2021, having previously worked as a business intelligence developer and designed and developed business intelligence projects.
Outside of work, Ravi does yoga at least three times a week, and enjoys watching and playing cricket.
“I see this opportunity as a way to contribute to a fast-moving company, and I feel I can do so with my experience. I feel my skills are particularly well-suited to this position because I have past experience of working within the insurance domain.”
IT Services Executive
As an IT Services Executive, Yasir Mahamud assists and supports the Aventum group in every aspect of IT. From the administration of cloud-based apps such as Microsoft 365 to running scheduled IT processes, it was Aventum’s company values and ambition that first appealed to Yasir.
Excited to embark on a journey of rapid growth, before joining the Aventum family Yasir worked at Ed Broking Group for two years as an IT Support Analyst. There, he gained exposure to the world of insurance and was keen to be further involved.
Away from work, Yasir spends his time in the gym or playing football with his local team.
"Aventum stood out as a company which was very ambitious whilst also having strong company values. It only made sense to embark my new journey with Aventum and there’s rapid growth for improvement along with the future of the company looking exciting"
Forecasting for the future
Delivering strong financial modelling to allow the group to plan for continued success and profitable growth
Group wide benefits
- Financial Forecasting
- Budget Control
- Payments & Invoicing
At the very foundations of Aventum, sits our finance team. From future financial modelling, to the everyday but crucially important tasks like paying our people and partners, they know their numbers inside out. And, thankfully, back to front.
Director of Financial Operations
Canan Oral is the director of financial operations at Aventum Group.
She joined Aventum in 2005 when it was a small retail broker as an accounts administrator and was appointed finance director in 2007 after a successful couple of years of growth within the company.
Over the years Canan has developed and built a successful IBA team, which now control £500m of GWP. Acting as client money manager, she has ensured operational compliance with CASS and client money, reporting to the board. She has ownership of all insurance ledger controls including bank recs and segregation of duties.
Charlette Newland is the accounts manager for Consilium, Aura, and Rokstone. Her responsibilities are to oversee her hard-working team and ensure the smooth running of the department.
Charlette joined the group in 2014 where she started in the accounts department with just two staff members and has watched the company go from strength to strength, now supporting a department of over 10 members.
Outside of work, Charlette enjoys making the most of her home life with her two children, from exploring quiet nature parks to the adrenaline rush of different theme parks.
“Aventum supported and encouraged me to better my career and was also very accommodating of flexible working hours due to being a working mum.”
Kerry Hurst is an Account Manager in the Aventum Group finance team. Kerry is responsible for the credit control of Aura and Consilium, collecting and paying premiums.
Kerry has worked in insurance for 12 years and also spent five years working in schools before training as a teacher. She has since returned to insurance as that’s where she feels she can thrive. Her experience in the insurance sector includes working for Aon, Xchanging, Arch and Antares Managing Agency. Most of her experience has been within credit control, but she also has experience as a reinsurance technician.
If Kerry wasn't working for Aventum, you would find her at air shows. She once worked towards her private pilot’s license before settling down with her family.
“I was really excited to be given an opportunity at Aventum. I find the company innovative and inspiring, but most of all, you are not just a number. People really matter here and it is felt throughout your work day.”
Senior Credit Controller
Lisa Bannister-Kinsella is a senior credit controller in the Aventum Group finance team. She is responsible for the prompt collection of premiums and for improving the processes used across the full range of group services.
Lisa joined Aventum after being out of the work environment for four years. She started working two days a week part-time, and is now a full-time member of the team.
Outside of work, Lisa has eight-year-old twins that keep her very busy
“When the chance arose to join full-time I jumped at the opportunity at being a more permanent member of such a great company.”
Naomi Louguet is a finance analyst at Aventum Group, responsible for the group’s financial analysis and management reporting.
She joined Aventum in February 2021, having previously spent six years in the food and beverage industry, mainly in luxury spirits. This is Naomi’s first job in the insurance sector.
Outside of work, Naomi enjoys “Come Dine With Me” inspired evenings, producing three-course meals around specific themes.
“I joined Aventum because of the diversity of the business, but also its culture. I am looking forward to playing my part in the growth journey for the years ahead!”
Head of Financial Planning & Analysis
Paul Lever is head of financial planning and analysis at Aventum Group. Paul is responsible for helping the board and business units with forecasting, planning and performance monitoring.
He joined the group in December 2020, joining from Tysers Insurance Brokers where he spent four years building out the FP&A function. He also has operational and strategic advisory experience within financial services after five years as a consultant in the performance consulting team at Aon. Paul is a Chartered Accountant trained at Ernst & Young London.
Outside of work, Paul has travelled extensively in Asia and Latin America; and spent two years in Osaka, Japan, as a language tutor.
“Aventum is going through a period of significant growth and change, and I feel that my experience can really add value in helping to build out a first class finance function to support a business with huge prospects.”
Group Financial Controller
Pearly Ng is the group financial controller at Aventum Group.
Pearly joined the group in December 2020. She began her career at KPMG Birmingham before transferring to the London office. She then spent six years at DUAL (part of the Howden Group) leading the finance transformation project for the MGA business. Most recently, she was at Pine Walk Capital where she helped set up the finance function. She qualified as a chartered accountant in England and Wales in 2009.
If she wasn’t working for Aventum, Pearly would be travelling the world.
“I joined the company as I saw an opportunity to be part of a company which has huge ambition and takes care of its employees.”
Rowena Jordan is an accounts administrator at Aventum Group. Rowena is responsible for credit control, collecting and allocating payments, and reconciling insurer statements.
She is Cert CII qualified and has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Rowena joined Aventum in 2006 as a client account handler in the retail division, before changing roles in 2018 to join the accounts department.
Outside of work, she likes to relax with a good book, her cat, and some loud heavy metal music.
“I joined Aventum as I saw an opportunity to be part of an ambitious company that was going places, but that still kept the values of a family business.”
Sarah Stone is an accounts administrator at Aventum Group. She works in the credit control department across Consilium and is responsible for monitoring aged debt and liaising with brokers and account executives to keep this to a minimum.
Sarah joined the company with no experience in the insurance market, but has thrived by taking advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow with the business.
Outside of work she enjoys spending her time cooking and being creative with her husband and children, and then likes to wind down doing yoga or pilates classes.
“Working for Aventum has given me the best of both worlds – a home and work balance, enabling me to be the best I can be. I can be productive and proactive at work and also be there for my family.”
Senior Finance Project Manager
Alex Curme is a senior finance project manager at Aventum, responsible for working on projects within the finance function that will help support the group as it continues to grow.
He joined the Group in February 2022, having previously spent five years as an auditor at Deloitte, specialising in all types of insurance companies, followed by three years at MGA Ensurance, where he was head of finance.
Outside of work, Alex plays a lot of football. He also recently became a father for the first time, which takes up a lot of spare hours!
“I really liked that everyone I spoke to kept referring to the ‘Aventum Family’, it makes the Company seem like a very inclusive place to work and somewhere where everyone would be supported. I also loved the role, working on projects to help improve the finance function seemed really rewarding.”
Senior Group Reporting Manager
Argee Santillan is a senior group reporting manager in the finance team at Aventum, responsible for preparation of the monthly consolidated accounts for international entities and ownership of the group’s statutory reporting and compliance obligations.
He joined the group in January 2022, having previously spent three years as an audit manager at PKF Littlejohn. He has worked in audit for over 11 years, which has included time at KPMG and PwC.
Outside of work, Argee goes to the gym three times a week, and enjoys going to the cinema with friends at the weekend.
“I have joined at a point where Aventum is going through a very exciting time and I want to be part of this journey.”
As an IBA Cashier, Aylam Khan handles incoming and outgoing funds, operating client bank accounts and Insurer Trust accounts. Before joining the Aventum family, Aylam worked in several part-time positions which included being a steward at football matches and working at Heathrow airport.
Getting into the world of accounting as an audit apprentice at Grant Thornton, Aylam began working as a cashier at MAPP. Here, he spent time learning about the industry and developing his skills.
Away from work, Aylam enjoys playing badminton and football. Creatively, he also enjoys photography and learning languages. He speaks Pashto and English fluently, speaks Urdu well, and has also started learning Hangul (Korean).
Brooke Howard is an accounts administrator for Aventum.
She joined Aventum in June 2021 having previously spent three years at Compass London Markets, beginning as a receptionist and then progressing into the IBA and technical team.
Outside of work, Brooke is into her fitness, regularly going to the gym. Having previously been a lifeguard, she also enjoys swimming.
“I was ready for a new challenge and am keen to learn new skills, and Aventum seemed to be the best opportunity for me to achieve this and progress further within my career.”
Darren Emile is a finance manager at Aventum Group, responsible for overseeing the group payable function.
He joined the group in May 2021, having previously worked in the finance department for a general insurance company.
Whenever possible Darren likes to go to music events, and in his spare time also likes going to the gym, watching football, and reading a good novel.
“Aventum does not just want to keep up with the competition, it wants to become the best. There are many changes happening at the moment and to be a part of it is what excites me the most.”
Finance Business Partner
As a Rokstone Finance Business Partner, James Moynan is responsible for various aspects of financial reporting and analysis for the Rokstone group of businesses.
Before joining the Aventum family, James spent four and a half years at Legal and General, working first on the Finance Graduate Scheme and then as a Reinsurance Accountant, splitting time between Bermuda and London. After this, James worked at Resolution Life Group.
In search of a new challenge and sustainable growth opportunities, James looked to Aventum. Away from work, James enjoys golf, tennis, and football, supporting London-based Arsenal.
Senior Finance Project Manager
Mark Gibson is a senior finance project manager at Aventum Group, responsible for assisting in shaping the finance function.
He joined the Group in March 2022, having previously spent two and a half years at Shepherd Compello Ltd, two and a half years at Crispin Speers & Partners Ltd, and nine years at PKF Littlejohn.
Outside of work, Mark spends too much time with his true love…golf!
“Aventum has been around a long time, but appears to be just getting started, and these are exciting times to be joining. On top of that I love variation in an role… despite what people may think not all accountants are boring!”
Finance AssistantEmail Nimrah Ahmed
As a Financial Assistant, Nimrah Ahmed ensures that invoices are appropriately recorded and filed, conducting payments for sales of currencies. They also ensure that all UK personal expenses are paid into employee accounts promptly and correctly.
Before joining the Aventum family, Nimrah worked with the NHS between the second and final year of university. Then, during her last year at university she worked there on a part-time basis.
Nimrah was keen to join the Group after learning about the family environment and the importance of workplace equality within the business. Away from work, Nimrah enjoys baking and reading. She also speaks Urdu and Punjabi.
“Believe you can, and you are halfway there.”
Credit Controller Technician
Finance Project Manager
In his role as Finance Project Manager, Tim Green works on a range of finance projects, improving processes and generally supporting the overall growth of the Group.
Before joining the Aventum family in September 2022, Tim worked in a range of fast growth, small and medium-sized enterprises to established PLCs. This includes significant experience in retail, wholesale, reinsurance broking and MGAs.
Away from work, Tim enjoys football and rugby.
“I am looking forward to supporting the Aventum growth journey using my wide experience to fulfil its potential.”
IBA Cashier Assistant
As an IBA Cashier Assistant, Zara’s responsibilities include posting both normal and claims receipts for Consilium and Rokstone.
Having previously worked for Ardonagh Specialty, specifically Ed Broking London, as an IBA Cashier, Zara joins the Group excited for the future. From the outset, Zara was impressed by how much the Aventum family cares for one another and that there is such a prominent focus on progression within the business.
Away from work, Zara enjoys going to the gym. She also likes to go diving and skiing when she has the opportunity.
“If you love where you spend your time and what you do, you will always do more.”
Hannah Esposito is an IBA Technician within the Aventum Group.
Her experience includes 12 years within the insurance industry working for both insurers and brokers. Hannah started out in insurance working for Xchanging and has in-depth knowledge of the Lloyd’s market.
“I joined seven years ago and was excited to join a new and fast growing company and be part of the initial London team to help grow the group.”
Providing a solid group wide compliance structure with 'treating customers fairly' principles at the heart of everything we do
Group wide benefits
- Regulation Management
- CPD Monitoring
- Due Diligence
Whilst we are an organisation that revels in giving our people freedom to create the future, we take our regulatory responsibilities incredibly seriously. Our compliance team are commercially astute people who ensure that we always maintain the highest possible standards in everything we do across the Group.
Chief Risk Officer
Simon Piggott is the chief risk officer at Aventum Group.
He started at Aventum in February 1998 and since then has had various managerial positions in operations and IT, claims, and compliance, to assist the business in reaching its goals.
He is a diligent and conscientious risk and compliance professional with extensive experience in and oversight of, the company governance, information security, regulatory compliance, insurance and operational risk.
Simon is experienced in translating regulatory and legislative requirements into practical working processes and solutions, and therefore protecting and managing aspects of risk to the organisation, its employees, clients, reputation, assets and interests of stakeholders.
Head of Compliance
Grant Peters is the head of compliance for Aventum Group. He is responsible for the group’s regulatory compliance framework, systems and controls, with his main responsibility to ensure the UK entities within the group comply with relevant regulatory and legislative requirements. He also supports the international firms in ensuring a consistent compliance structure is implemented across the wider group.
Grant is an experienced compliance professional well versed in general insurance regulation, and skilled in the design, creation and implementation of an effective and pragmatic compliance infrastructure. He has provided consultancy support to a plethora of firms within the general insurance space of differing sizes and structures. This includes recognised insurers and intermediaries, MGAs, consumer credit firms, ‘household name’ car manufacturers and firms in the insurtech arena.
When Grant isn’t working for Aventum, you can find him glued to the screen as he is an avid gamer.
“I’ve known Aventum for a number of years, so jumped at the opportunity to join such a diverse and rapidly growing business that puts such an emphasis on driving good culture and conduct.”
Lawrenceia Osei is a compliance officer at Aventum Group. Lawrenceia is responsible for supporting the head of compliance and the rest of the compliance department in ensuring that Aventum complies with all relevant regulations and legislations.
Lawrenceia has previously worked for various brokerage firms of different sizes and has managed to develop and progress her career at Aventum.
When she isn’t working for Aventum, you would likely find her enjoying and indulging in a variety of cuisines as she is a committed foodie.
“Aventum has supported me immensely in developing my career. Not only did I get the opportunity to join a thriving business, I was also able to meet lots of lovely people.”
Justine Peters is a compliance administrator at Aventum Group, responsible for dealing with compliance mail box queries.
She joined the group in April 2021, having previously spent 30 years in the motor insurance industry, working in admin, agency, claims, projects, acquisitions, and compliance.
Outside of work Justine likes to meet up with family and friends, and also enjoys reading, and art/crafting.
“Joining Aventum was an opportunity to go back to work in a field that I had experience, with an exciting company that is growing and growing.”
Compliance Monitoring Assistant
Eleftheria Papadopoulou is a compliance monitoring analyst at Aventum, responsible for Group companies comply with all the relevant regulations and legislation.
She joined the Group in February 2022, having previously started her career as an actress in theatre, cinema and advertisements in Greece. Since coming to London to study law, she changed focus and worked at a risk consultancy company.
Outside of work Eleftheria likes Pilates, and exploring the English countryside by hiking long-distance trails. However, her favourite activity is playing and learning new moves in chess.
“I was also impressed by the founders’ and core management’s background and current financial statements. Aventum is an environment that I envisioned myself to work in as ideas and innovation are valued, listened to, and encouraged.”
Senior Compliance Officer
Shafeek Alyas is a senior compliance officer at Aventum Group responsible for ensuring staff and customers do business compliantly.
He joined the group in April 2021, having spent over decades in the risk and compliance space. This included roles at brokers Marsh and Simply Business, as well as several UK banks.
Outside of work Shafeek enjoys gardening, as well as watching football, films and travelling.
“I joined Aventum because of the people and its vision for the future.”
Senior Compliance Officer (Product Governance)
Stuart Backhouse is the Senior Compliance Officer for Aventum Group.
Stuart joined the group in December 2019, having previously worked in the delegated authority space for a number of firms, including MS Amlin and Hardy Syndicate.
If Stuart wasn't working for Aventum, you'd find him travelling to F1 circuits or concert venues for live band performances.
Putting people first
Making Aventum the home of choice for people and teams via a market leading employee benefits and remuneration program
Group wide benefits
- Talent Recruitment
- Employee Benefits
- Training & Development
When we began life, we did so with two key principles. To always make insurance better and to always employ the best people our industry has to offer. Our HR team make sure that we remain true to those, as well as embedding our group culture of never standing still, always challenging complacency and forever believing anything is possible.
Chief People Officer
Neil Milner is the chief people officer at Aventum Group.
Neil has over 24 years’ experience in the London insurance market, and first joined Aventum in December 2006 as a broking and development manager. His first responsibility was to act as broker for the first London market lineslip the group placed. He has held various roles with the company since then including commercial director, managing director of Consilium’s UK business, and group operations director.
In March 2020 Neil was appointed chief people officer and is currently tasked with developing a first class human resource team to ensure we attract, retain and develop top talent, while also ensuring we have state of the art office and remote working facilities in place.
Head of Human Resources
Jonathan Sparham is a Head of Human Resources at Aventum Group.
Jonathan joined the group in March 2021, having previously spent eight years in the insurance sector working for Arthur J Gallagher, Tokio Marine HCC and Novae Group in a variety of HR roles with an operations bias. Before insurance, he worked for American Express, Unilever and Procter and Gamble in a variety of roles.
Outside of work, apart from spending time with his 11-year-old daughter, Jonathan’s passion is competing in dog agility. He also enjoys watching rugby and trying to play tennis.
“When I first heard about the role and the company, I could see that there is a fantastic opportunity to work somewhere that is in growth mode.”
Benefits and Payroll Manager
Demi Starck is a human resources coordinator at Aventum Group. She provides support to employees, covering the entire employee life cycle, including on-boarding, employee relations, HR administration, compensation and benefits.
Demi brings six years of experience in a variety of HR functional areas. Prior to joining the group, Demi worked as a HR supervisor and PA in the travel industry.
Demi is recently finished studying her CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HR Management.
“I was extremely grateful to be offered the opportunity to work for Aventum. From the moment I started working here I could see they were an ‘employer of choice’ and I feel privileged to work for such a great company.”
Head of Talent
Ali Foroshani is the talent acquisition manager at Aventum Group, responsible for attracting and recruiting for all vacancies in the group.
Ali joined the group in April 2021 having previously spent three years in a similar role at Lockton Companies LLP. He has spent most of his career recruiting for agencies specialising in insurance.
Outside of work Ali mainly spends time with family and friends. He tries to get out on his bike as much as possible and has recently started taking his son to mini rugby.
“Aventum is a company with an exciting future where I feel like my role will make a difference. There’s a vision with large growth plans for the future, of which I intend to buckle in and enjoy the ride.”
Corporate Wellbeing Executive
Ana Rosas is a Corporate Wellbeing Executive for the Aventum Group. Having worked in the fitness industry as a sales manager for three years before joining Avenum, she combines her wellbeing work with personal training.
Working with James for over a year, Ana always enjoyed seeing the way he could engage with an entire company as a private personal trainer. When this opportunity presented itself, Ana couldn’t refuse and was excited to start helping people.
Looking forward to being part of a company that is more aligned with her personal values and interests, Ana speaks Spanish fluently as well as a little bit of Italian.
“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live in.”
Learning and Development Co-ordinator
As a Learning and Development Coordinator, Ciara Maslen helps design, develop and deliver L&D solutions. Helping to build a culture at Aventum which supports learning, development and employee engagement, Ciara handles compliance training, professional qualifications, general queries and apprenticeships.
Before joining the Aventum family, Ciara worked at Amwins Global Risks as an L&D Administrator, having completed an undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management before that.
Away from work, Ciara enjoys going on long walks with her dog and going to the gym. She wanted to join Aventum, excited by the prospect of opportunities within a growing business.
“My role is rewarding as I can motivate and inspire employees through continuous learning. You then get to see how the business grows so fast as we invest in and develop our talent.”
In her role as a Human Resources Assistant, Elise Wilsmore assists with HR processes and administrative tasks for recruitment while also overseeing HR events.
Joining the company right after leaving school, Elsie had previously worked in retail from age 16. In one of her proudest moments, Elsie volunteered in Ghana in secondary school, where she helped rebuild a school and taught young children Maths and English.
In five years, Elsie would like to have completed the CIPD qualification at level 5 and be on track to reach an HR Business Partner role. Away from work, Elsie enjoys going to the gym as it plays an important part in maintaining positive mental health.
“I joined Aventum because it seemed like the perfect place to kick start a career in HR. I look forward to gaining experience in such a successful company and being part of the journey as Aventum continues to grow.”
Corporate Wellbeing Officer
James Fewtrell is the corporate wellbeing officer at Aventum Group, responsible for physically training staff members in personal and virtual sessions, and giving them general health and wellbeing advice.
He joined the group in May 2021, having previously been working in gyms since 2008, instructing, teaching classes, personal training and managing.
Outside of work James enjoys sport – watching, participating in it physically, or playing it on the PS4.
“I wanted to join Aventum for the people and culture, without a doubt. My role was ‘external’ for 14 months, but was treated like family since day one and was fully supported throughout the whole pandemic when my business was at risk like many other self-employed. Coming in full time was the easiest decision I’ve ever made.”
HR Business Partner
In her role as Human Resources Business Partner, June supports Rokstone Europe and Imperium. Daily, June helps directors, managers and staff in all aspects of HR, from the initial onboarding of new recruits until someone leaves the business.
Spending her career in aspects of the insurance industry, June has worked in both Sales and Customer Services for brokers. Around a decade ago, she realised she enjoyed the people aspect of her job the most. As a result, she changed her career path by taking her CIPD exams.
Away from work, June enjoys travelling, cooking and socialising with friends.
“I love that the company is so forward-thinking and down to earth. The fantastic company culture creates variety and ensures no two days are the same.”
Human Resources Business Partner
Joining Aventum as a Human Resources Business Partner, Leah Walker supports the HR team as a primary point of contact for internal and external HR queries. Excited to join Aventum after hearing about the recent growth, Leah was keen to join an ever-evolving team.
Her interest in HR was first sparked during a stint at REED Recruitment. Before joining Aventum, Leah worked for West of England Insurance Services as an HR Assistant, working at Tokio Marine HCC as a Recruitment Administrator before that.
Outside of work, Leah enjoys trying new restaurants with her friends and family, as well as researching new places to explore on her travels. While she is far from fluent, Leah has dabbled in learning Spanish since she was a child.
“In HR, we are the primary point of contact for people queries. I was excited to join the Aventum family because I wanted to be part of a growth focused, ever evolving team and there is always a lot to get involved in at Aventum.”
Talent Acquisition Manager
In her role as Talent Acquisition Manager, Lucy Orpwood covers recruitment for all UK and international offices.
Working hard to ensure we bring the best talent to the business, Lucy began her career as a PA and has always worked in the London Insurance Market. Progressing in the industry and finding her niche, Lucy wanted to join Aventum, excited to play a part in the company’s continued success.
Away from work, Lucy enjoys shopping, spending time with friends, organising events and going to the gym. She also speaks German proficiently.
“Where others see difficulty, we see a challenge and an opportunity to do things better. I wanted to work at Aventum to make a difference. Recruitment is a vital part of the business and it is essential to have the right employees in the group so that our success continues. “
Human Resources Business Partner
Nourin Choudhury is a Human Resources Business Partner at Aventum Group, responsible for the general day to day tasks in HR, and working on exciting projects, including working on diversity, equality and inclusion at Aventum.
She joined the group in May 2022, having previously spent a year and a half as a HR administrator at Amwins Global Risks.
Outside of work, Nourin loves exploring new places, eating at new restaurants and going to art exhibitions.
“I joined Aventum for the collaborative culture and to focus on developing my career further in HR.”
Data & Analytics
Managing underwriting performance
Embedding the culture of an insurer with an actuarial approach to pricing and distribution to provide stability and longevity in our underwriting partnerships
Group wide benefits
- Profitable Underwriting
- Product Distribution
- Data Segmentation
Our significant investment in data management and actuarial services has allowed us to develop market leading capacity management strategies, managing capital as if it were our own, generating positive returns and delivering global distribution at pace.
MI Analyst Developer
In his role as an MI Analyst Developer, Andy Mills is responsible for working with the business to qualify reporting needs and provide solutions that meet requirements and are easy to use.
Working with data for the past decade, Andy’s previous role was with the oldest, privately owned UK bank. Most of Andy’s work experience has been with a consultancy working with customers from different domains, including shipping, insurance and hospitality.
Outside of work, Andy enjoys watching and playing sports such as football, rugby and cricket. Thanks to their energetic dog Cooper, Andy enjoys going on walks with his wife.
“It was clear early on that I’d be encouraged to be disruptive in my innovation and forced to be creative - exactly what I need to work at my best. That enables me to provide the best solutions to my colleagues and our customers.”
As a Business Analyst in the Operations Department, Suzy Wilmott was impressed by how the Aventum Group looked after its family members before she even joined the business.
Intrigued by how everyone could love working in one business, before joining the Aventum family, Suzy worked at Besso Insurance Brokers, Xchanging and even spent time at Liberty, to name a few.
Away from work, Suzy enjoys doing things with her son and going to the theatre. She also enjoys attending festivals with her friends.
“My role allows me to wear different ‘hats’ and help all the different parts of the Aventum family and I love the variety this brings to my role.”
Group Head of Claims
Simon joined the group in April 2022 and bring to the group over 40 years’ experience in handling claims for both Brokers and Underwriters.
Most recently he was at part of the setup of the Probitas syndicate at Lloyds and set up all the claims systems to manage MI for the syndicate and managed their complex claims. If he was not here he would be restoring classic cars.