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 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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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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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 Partnerships.

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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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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 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

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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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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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 Partnerships, where I was Operations Manager. 

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Kirsty Richmond

Executive Assistant
I am professional, conscientious Executive Assistant with over 15 years of excellent organisation skills. I have worked in various roles over the years including public & private sectors.
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