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Catherine Lineham Dip CII

Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200657
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Catherine has over 15 years’ insurance experience as both a commercial underwriter and broker. Catherine previously spent seven years living and working in Spain in the property sector, and still enjoys visiting Spain regularly. When not insuring all kinds of media clients and art events she hits the gym or yoga mat and then the spa.

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Gareth Cotton

Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200665
Mobile: +44 (0) 7342 997211
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Gareth studied business management at university, and now has over 7 years’ broking experience. He was one of eight finalists in the national Young Broker of the Year Awards in 2013. When he’s not busy being super dad, Gareth is a competitive runner and has a keen interest in technology and music production. 

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Kelsey Grimes

Chief Compliance Officer
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 20 3865 0149
Mobile: +44 (0) 7876 825570
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DC-born Kelsey is a qualified lawyer and advises La Playa on a wide range of issues, including regulatory and legal compliance. Previously associate general counsel at an entertainment insurance company in Washington, D.C.. Kelsey also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate degree with honours. Kelsey loves cooking, non-fiction novels, and all outdoor activities.

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Natalie Deacon Cert CII

Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 20 3865 0149
Mobile: +44 (0) 7876 825571
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Natalie joined us from Towergate Entertainment with nearly 20 years' experience in insurance in the Media & Events industry. Her experience includes both underwriting and broking, giving her an excellent perspective on securing the best for her clients. Natalie also holds a Diploma in Media Studies, is a great festival-goer, and loves spending time with her young family. 

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Rory Macrae

Trainee Account Handler
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 20 3865 0149
Mobile: +44 (0) 7392 319809
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Rory joined us in 2016 having spent three years in commercial film production. Rory works across both the Arts & Entertainment and Science & Technology teams. Outside of work, Rory enjoys playing the guitar and rugby, both with limited success.

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Sonia Maio

Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200670
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After working on several key projects for La Playa we convinced Sonia to join us permanently in October 2008. Sonia comes from a commercial background with expertise in financial services. Sonia is also a skilled seamstress, and an expert in Italian cuisine – growing her own herbs and tomatoes, and cooking to her mother-in-law's traditional recipes. 

Tracey McCreath ACII

Director, Media, Arts & Entertainment
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200655
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Tracey is director of La Playa’s creative sectors, heading up our Arts & Entertainment and Media & Digital divisions. With a background in the City and three decades of insurance experience, advising clients, and managing complex insurance portfolios, Tracey is also a Chartered Insurance Broker. She’s a regular runner, mainly to counterbalance her cake obsession. 

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About La Playa Arts & Entertainment

Specialist & Independent

Specialist & Independent

The arts present a very specific set of risk exposures – and now your digital and online risks can expose you globally. We understand the risks and pressures you face - and we speak your language. We’ll support you with great advice - helping you make good decisions for your organisation.

Our exclusive portfolio policies can help streamline costs, and we’ll always help you stay ahead of the game in managing risk. The show must always go on - insurance isn’t just about processing a claim, it’s about thinking laterally to solve challenges and problems fast.

At La Playa, we’re passionate about the arts and creative industries – many of us are practitioners and active consumers; in fact, La Playa founded the first ever corporate art collective!

In-house IFA

We also offer Business Protection (including Key Person Insurance) and Employee Benefits: a joined up approach with a team of advisers working for your best financial interests - all under one roof

Advice You Can Trust

…from an expert who understands you

  • Specialist insurance for entertainment and the arts
  • Independent professional advice
  • Relationship-based service: right beside you when you make a claim
  • “Can do” culture
  • Seamless insurance across UK and US

Premiums start from £550 inclusive of IPT

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