Management Team

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Andy Tedstone

Chief Executive Officer

Andy has been CEO of Cobra Network since July 2019, which is part of PIB Group. He joined PIB in 2017 to oversee its strategic insurer relationships as well its overall broking and placement strategy. Andy has spent over 30 years (of his 32+ year career) broking in various businesses, including a small family brokerage, a wholesale scheme broker, Arthur J Gallagher and Giles. So he has seen broking from every angle, and he understands the needs of independent brokers.

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Les Brewin


Les has spent over 51 years’ of his career in the insurance sector in various businesses. He has extensive experience of networks and the independent broking sector, previously as managing director of the Purple Partnership, which he co-founded in 2009. His passion is supporting regional brokers to do their job better, and he believes that Cobra can do that for them.

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Joanne Russell

Chief Operations Officer

Joanne has spent over 20+ years in insurance, starting out in broker networks before moving into retail, underwriting and wholesale – and back to networks again! Previous roles include Brand Director at Gallagher, one of the world’s biggest brokerages, and Head of Group Marketing & Communications at Giles. A key part of Joanne's role is to help build the most exciting proposition for our members, to grow the network and to build the brand. She is involved in every aspect of the network operations from service development to key partner relationships.

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Vince Ollard

Head of Sales and Development

As well looking after his own panel of members in the Southern region, Vince is also head of sales and development. Vince has worked in insurance for over 40 years, including as an underwriter for major insurers and also in development roles. He spent 5 years with a provincial broker before joining Cobra Network in 2012.

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Jonathan Birkett

Finance Business Partner

Jonathon joined Cobra Network in May 2022 as an MI Analyst, working closely with our finance business partner. Jonathon's background is in the water industry; previously working as a Finance Analyst as well as a MI Analyst within the management accounts team, which provided him with the skills he has brought to his network role.

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Jason Bridgman

Head of Digital Trading

Jason is a Digital Trading specialist with over 18 years digital trading experience. Recently, Jason sat on the Leadership Board for AXA Insurance U.K.'s SME division, leading large scale online transformation projects to drive strategic change and to migrate customers from the Ageas digital book to AXA. Jason has a proven track record of delivering digital strategies and change, that are compliant with relevant regulations and contributed to the delivery of annual revenue targets. 

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