Our People

Our People

Directors | Private Client Team | Science & Technology Team | Fine Arts Team | Arts & Entertainment Team | Wealth Team | Marine Team | Media & Digital Team | Administration & Marketing Team


Mark Boon ACII

CEO
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With thirty years' experience, Mark specialises in insurance for the creative sectors, where his expertise has seen him handle multi-million pound claims. An "early adopter", Mark is passionate about innovation and creativity, and has designed many specialist niche insurance programmes himself. Mark is one very few insurance professionals both licensed in New York State and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.

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Jane Byde

Head of Fine Art
Direct Tel: 01223 200650
Mobile: 07342 997211
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Jane joined us in 2017 as Head of Fine Art, with ten years of experience dealing with large and complex risks in the Lloyds Market. Jane is a Chartered Insurance Broker, has a degree in History of Art and diplomas in Museum Studies and Wines & Spirits. After hours Jane can usually be found on the yoga mat, poking around in a museum, or singing.  

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Mike Taylor-West ACII

Director, Private Client and Marine
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 203 290 1774
Mobile: +44 (0) 7500 109737
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Mike is a Maritime Business & Marine Law alumnus of the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth. He is also a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Mike brings over 20 years of international private client insurance experience, passion and enthusiasm to La Playa. Mike is also a keen windsurfer and skier. 

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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 Fine Arts

Specialist & Independent

Specialist & Independent

Our in-depth understanding of the unique risk exposures in the art world means we speak your language - and we can save you time and hassle in the event of a claim. Our expertise is backed up with efficient and highly personal service and our wealth of experience spans over 50 years.

Whatever your specialism, we’ll take a creative and innovative approach to structuring your Fine Arts insurance programme and select for you an insurer who demonstrates understanding and experience of your field.  We’ll support you with great advice - helping you manage your risks and make good decisions for your business. 

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 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
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