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.
Matt Field is the head of group marketing and UK sales 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.”
Mark Richardson is a content writer at Aventum Group.
Mark joined the group in December 2020, having worked in the insurance trade press since March 2018. This has included time writing about the UK, London, and global (re)insurance markets.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys socialising with friends, be it at a pub quiz, playing board games, or playing tennis
“I was excited by the opportunity to join a company that has already grown so much in a short space of time, and has the ambition to continue growing. I wanted to be a part of that journey.”
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 Securis 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.”
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 Support Desk Assistant
Sam Hayman is an IT support desk assistant 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.”
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Keith Anderson is the chief financial officer at Aventum Group and a member of the executive committee. With ownership of the financial matters of the group, his responsibilities include developing and enhancing financial control, FP&A and treasury capabilities.
Prior to joining Aventum, Keith was the UK chief financial officer for Integro. Keith is an experienced financial and strategic leader having operated at board level within private as well as public global businesses in the insurance sector. Previously he was group finance director at United Insurance Brokers, chief financial officer at Aon Risk Services UK, CFO at Willis Global Specialties, and divisional FD at GE Insurance.
Keith began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Nottingham.
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.”
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James Donohoe is a project accountant at Aventum Group.
He joined the group in January 2021.
Junior Accounts Administrator
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.”
Khadija Sahi is a finance assistant at Aventum Group.
Khadija joined the group in January 2021, as her first job in the insurance industry. She previously worked in the consultancy, modelling and online retail sectors.
Outside of work Khadija enjoys spending time with family and friends.
“This is my first finance-related job in the insurance industry, but I am so excited to be working here.”
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.”
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.”
Louise Fox is a compliance officer at Aventum Group. Louise is responsible for ensuring that the group has suitable internal controls in place to meet regulatory requirements.
She joined the group in December 2020 from Price Forbes, where she was predominantly responsible for building a compliance framework for their overseas entities and supporting the UK wholesale business with any risk or regulatory issues. Prior to this, Louise held positions at brokers including AJG and JLT and began her career as a tax accountant at KPMG.
When she isn’t working for Aventum, Louise enjoys try to wear out her young puppy, and, being a northerner, is known to enjoy a side of gravy with every meal.
“I was initially interested in joining Aventum after seeing their impressive growth and was then impressed with the ExCo’s approach to remote working and employee wellbeing. Everyone I have met so far has been friendly and approachable which has been lovely!”
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.
Jonathan Sparham is a HR officer at Aventum Group. He supports the HR team and wider business, with a focus on HR processes and operations.
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.”
Human Resources Coordinator
Cosmina Pircalabescu is a HR co-coordinator at Aventum Group. She is responsible for developing HR business processes, change management, leave and absence management, overseeing HR communication and recruitment management.
Cosmina joined the group in October 2020 and has four years of progressive experience working in medium-sized to large companies. She has extensive experience in a wide range of human resources specialities including but not limited to employment law, employee relations and engagement, training and development, professional development and performance management.
Outside of work Cosmina enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends. Other hobbies include travelling, foreign languages and reading self-development books.
“The real competitive advantage in any business is one word only, which is ‘people’.”
Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Coordinator
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.”
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.