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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Les Brewin


I’ve spent over 51 years’ of my career in the insurance sector in various businesses. I have extensive experience of networks and the independent broking sector, most recently as managing director of the Purple Partnership, which I co-founded in 2009. My passion is supporting regional brokers to do their job better, and Cobra can do that for them. A key part of my role is to help to develop and take the Cobra proposition forward.

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Joanne Russell

Head of Operations & Marketing

I’ve spent over 16 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, to grow the network and to build the brand. I’m involved in every aspect of the network operations from service development to key partner 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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Andrew Elliott

Strategic Account Manager

I look after brokers in the South West. I joined Cobra Network in August 2021 after 8 years working for Purple Partnership as a Senior Business Development Manager. In the 30+ years prior, my time was spent on the other side of the commercial insurance fence, working for NIG in a variety of development underwriting and account management roles. In over 40 years I have worked closely and happily with many independent Brokers, and I enjoy helping them to achieve what they want to achieve.

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Stuart Knowles

Strategic Account Manager

I look after brokers in the North. My role is to help them connect with insurers and providers, and work with them to achieve their goals and plans. I have over 20 years’ experience in the commercial insurance sector, working within both provincial brokerages and networks. This allows me to see the real-life day to day challenges brokers face and how these impact on the business. I joined Cobra to become part of a network truly aligned to the independent broker.

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Kerry Eves

Strategic Account Manager

I look after brokers in the East region. I enjoy assisting brokers with as many of their business needs as I am able. And if I can't help, I can always find someone who can! I have been in insurance since 1983, starting my career with Commercial Union. Since then, the majority of my roles have been development roles. I have been in the world of Networks since 2012, most recently with Purple Partnership.

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Martin Hill

Broking  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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Shaoib Altaf

Broking Desk Account Handler

I have worked in various roles in insurance broking and sales over the past 18 years, starting my insurance career with JLT I was perfectly placed to gain a wealth of knowledge in this ever-changing industry. I hope to bring highly charged energy and drive to connect our brokers to the right products and produce growth for all stakeholders. My sales background will provide a useful understanding of members' interests and requirements at every point in our process to fulfil the ambitions of all involved.

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Heather Stretton

Account Handler

I have joined the Cobra team as an account handler from Gallagher's. I have been in insurance for over 10 years, dealing in a variety of products.
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Jennifer Perry

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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Melissa Archer

Operations and Marketing Executive

I joined the Cobra Group in 2014, as part of the Resource Management team, and moved over to Cobra Network in 2018. My role as operations and marketing executive consists of the delivery of marketing materials and collateral, internal and external communications, PR and events and keeping members up to date with new product and service developments. Our team is also responsible for the management of our core communication channels for our members including Cobra Connect, LinkedIn and social channels, Cobra Network external website and our member newsletters.

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Philippa Styles

Operations and Marketing Executive

As part of my role, I help implement the marketing and communications activity. This includes delivery of marketing materials and collateral, internal and external communications, content creation, brand awareness and lead generation campaigns as well as new product/service developments. Our team are responsible for the management of the core communications channels including Cobra Connect community platform, Cobra Network external website and our member's newsletters – Compliance Focus and InTouch.

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Vicki Brewin

Membership Manager

I have a wealth of network and insurance experience. I've spent over 30 years in the insurance business including Commercial underwriting and Team Leader roles with both RSA and Ageas. Most recently I was at Purple Partnership, where I was Operations Manager. 

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Kerry Pollitt

Executive Assistant

I joined Cobra Network at the start of 2022, as Executive Assistant to Andy Tedstone, CEO - and Jennie Burton - PIB Group Market Management Director. I’m delighted to be part of the Cobra family and enjoy getting involved and supporting Andy, Jennie, and the rest of the team. I have a wide range of skills I have used in previous roles, including Office Management, Personal Assistant, Customer Service, Events Management and Project Management. These have been gained in a number of sectors including hotels, design and build, brand experience, utilities and the third sector, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these experiences and skills gained into my role at Cobra Network.

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