Our team

We’re an energetic team, always working hard on behalf of our members – so you can enjoy the rewards of your own hard work.
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Andy Tedstone

Chief Executive Officer
I’ve been CEO of Cobra Network since July 2019, which is part of PIB Group. I’m also PIB broking and placement director. I joined PIB in 2017 to oversee its strategic insurer relationships as well its overall broking and placement strategy. I’ve spent 30 years of my 32-year career broking in various businesses, including a small family brokerage, a wholesale scheme broker, Arthur J Gallagher and Giles. So I’ve seen broking from every angle, and I understand the needs of independent brokers.
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Joanne Russell

Head of Marketing & Development
I’ve spent over 15 years in insurance, starting out in broker networks before moving into retail, underwriting and wholesale – and back to networks again! I was Brand Director at Gallagher, one of the world’s biggest brokerages, and previously Head of Group Marketing & Communications at Giles. I’m here to help build the most exciting proposition for our members, and to support our key partner and insurer relationships.
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Vince Ollard

Strategic Account Manager
I take care of the Southern region, helping our members with things like placement, claims and general business advice. I also liaise with Cobra’s insurers and business partners, and other Cobra Group companies. I’ve worked in insurance for over 40 years, including as an underwriter for major insurers and also in development roles. I spent 5 years with a provincial broker before joining Cobra Network in 2012.
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Julie Bamber

Strategic Account Manager
I represent Cobra Network in the North, working with our members and our panel insurers. I first went into insurance straight from school, progressing through various underwriting positions at Avon Insurance before joining Commercial Union for 20 years and seeing it eventually become Aviva. My strong commercial underwriting background enabled me to become a team manager in an off-site underwriting trading office, but I wanted to be out and about, face-to-face with brokers, so I moved to a BDM role in the North West. And in 2013, I came to Cobra Network.
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Simon Bailey

Strategic Account Manager
I look after members in the Midlands region, helping them to develop their businesses and achieve their goals. I also thoroughly enjoy using my industry connections to increase the size of our network and talking to potential new members. After nearly 14 years in the premium finance market, I jumped at the chance to join an evolving and exciting organisation that puts its members at the heart of what they do.
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Martin Hill

Strategic Account Manager
My role is to grow the size of Cobra Network so we can achieve even more for our members. I’ve worked in a variety of underwriting, sales and management roles at Provincial, GA Bonus, Norwich Union, Hiscox and Axa. I have regularly worked and traded from brokers’ offices, so I have a real feel for what brokers need. I work hard with our partner insurers on behalf of our members.
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Ray Stibbards

Compliance Consultant
I assist our network members with their FCA compliance issues, whether that’s Gabriel returns, change of control applications, approved person and appointed representative applications, or a whole multitude of other queries. I'm FCII qualified and have been providing compliance consultancy for Cobra Network since it was formed in 2003, and have helped many members through the regulatory application process before watching them thrive and grow. Before becoming a compliance consultant, I was general manager of the PwC GISC monitoring unit, and prior to that I was agency manager of NIG.
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Jennifer Soper

Compliance Consultant
I started working in financial services in 1994, initially for Iron Trades before moving into broking. I obtained my ACII and became a chartered insurance broker. In 2008, I joined Cobra Network as a compliance consultant. Having worked as a broker myself, I understand our members and can show them that, rather than being a stumbling block, compliance is a way to enhance their firm’s professionalism.
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Kris Boynton

Finance Business Partner

I joined the team as the new finance business partner, having previously worked in the group services finance team at PIB. I bring 7 years of experience in various roles in financial services.
It’s a really exciting time to join Cobra Network and I am looking forward to working with you all.

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Philippa Styles

Network and Marketing Coordinator
Communication is a key part of what I do. I produce the Cobra Network newsletter, which means researching content and ensuring that our members get a regular weekly newsletter packed with information that could help grow their businesses. I also co-ordinate the new membership process, and I help organise the numerous events we hold throughout the year. I’ve been here for 11 years now, and prior to this I worked in the media industry.
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Melissa Archer

Network and Marketing Coordinator
I help keep our members up to date with all the latest news, and I work on arranging events such as the national Cobra Network conference and roadshows. I also do due diligence for potential new members. Having worked in retail for 10 years, including being a store manager for a renowned jewellery brand, I’m very experienced with customer service. I joined the Cobra Group in 2014, as part of its resource management team, and moved over to Cobra Network in 2018.
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Holly Redman

Executive Assistant
I co-ordinate the team’s diaries and help take some of the pressure off our execs. I get involved in the big events we host and the exhibitions we attend. Before I started working in insurance in London, I was in retail. I started out doing weekends in a Pandora jewellery store and worked my way up to being the Group Visual Merchandiser, travelling around all the franchisees across the country.
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