Agents team

Jenna Smithson
Account Administrator
Kayliegh Williams
Account Executive

Having worked in insurance for 14 years I have extensive knowledge of a wide range of commercial insurance products. I specialised in personal lines until 2010 before I became a Commercial Account Executive, assisting clients throughout the life of their policy, from inception to any mid-term adjustments and at renewal. I have been Cert CII qualified since 2010, and joined the agents team at Deacon in October 2018.

Anna Garrett-James
Account Associate
Chloe Emery
Account Administrator
Sam Smith
Account Executive
James Collins
Managing Director

James joined Gallagher as Managing Director of Insure4Retirement in 2015 and was appointed Managing Director of Deacon in January 2018. Previously, James spent four years at Ageas as Sales & Customer Services Director responsible for the RIAS and Castle Cover brands.  Prior to his time at Ageas James spent 16 years in the retail telecommunications sector in a number of sales, service and general management roles.

Fernando Valdivielso Cert CII
Account Director

My early experience was gained in reinsurance, commercial, liability, property and motor fleet, as well as broking at Lloyds of London. I joined Deacon in 2011. As part of my continuing professional development, I gained the Cert CII qualification from the Chartered Institute of Insurers, and I have also completed the Institute of Residential Property Management’s (IRPM) Foundation Course. As an Account Director, I take pride in getting to know my customers and to really understanding their individual needs. My customers tell me they like my collaborative approach and commitment to building long term relationships, which I believe is one of the key driver’s behind Deacon’s enviable 90 per cent renewal rate.

Andy Blackmore
Account Director

I started my career in financial services in 2003, working as an Account Manager in the IFA Intermediary Division of the UK’s largest mutual friendly society ’LV’. I made the switch to insurance broking, joining Deacon in 2010 as an account manager. In 2012 I left to expand my knowledge of the industry, before joining again as an account director in early 2015. I’m keen to help raise awareness and comprehension of what Deacon has to offer, because I believe our combination of product, service and people, and our commitment to innovation, is market leading.

Mark Savage
Client Service Manager

I joined Deacon in 2003 with the ambition of developing my career within the business. In 2010, I completed a Chartered Management Institute diploma to further advance my management skills and support the team to provide a first class service to our customers. I currently lead two sales teams providing products and services to both new and existing customers.

Jade McPartlan
Account Executive
Melanie Beeke
Account Executive

Insurance is my second career.  I worked in corporate banking, for JP Morgan for 15 years before joining Deacon in 2011, quickly progressing from administration to key accounts.  I had a break of service to widen my experience and knowledge of the market, and welcomed the opportunity to return to the larger Deacon team in 2016 to support our agents.

Pete Elford
Account Executive

I began my career at Lloyds TSB Insurance, where I specialised in personal lines policies, before moving to work for a high street broker where I was involved in every aspect of insurance, including sales, claims and customer service. When the opportunity arose to join the Deacon agent team, I didn’t hesitate to apply and was delighted when I was offered the job!