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Mike Taylor-West ACII

Director Global Markets
Private Client, Marine & Aviation

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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Helen Hollins ACII

Senior Account Executive
Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 716762
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A graduate of Sheffield University, Helen joined La Playa in 2016 after 12 years in the Aviation division of Willis, London. Helen has significant broking experience with both large corporations and private individuals, and is highly dedicated to her clients. Helen is mother of two young daughters, a keen singer, and occasionally a Clog dancer.

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Jane Byde ACII

Account Executive
Mobile: 07342 997211
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Jane joined us in 2017, 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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Marie Shaw Cert CII

Client Relationship Manager, Private Client
Mobile: +44 (0) 7471 030260
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Marie joined La Playa in Sept 2015 with over 10 years’ insurance experience, covering both private and commercial insurance at NFU Mutual and R K Harrison Insurance Brokers. Marie loves the culture at La Playa. Her main passions are her young family, travelling and country living. She is also a keen petrol head!

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Matthew Mullee

Co-Founder
Mobile: +44 (0) 7808 329556
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A founding director with two and a half decades’ experience, Matthew is an expert in Private Client broking. Matthew’s role involves developing high-level strategic relationships with other specialist advisers and affinity groups in our niche sectors. An ardent Liverpool fan, Matthew coaches youth teams and leads our annual charity football tournament for Street Child United. 

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Oliver Freeman

Account Executive
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Oliver joined us shortly after finishing his degree in Accounting and Finance at Bangor University, where his studies included Risk Management. Oliver enjoys cycling, regular international travel, and makes superb brownies. He also hosts a mean house party. 

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Will Symington Cert CII

Client Relationship & Development Manager
Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 716763
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Will has joined us from Covea Insurance’s HNW division, having completed their graduate scheme. Aside from his enjoyment of the insurance industry, Will can be found Sailing in Dorset, skiing in Norway and desperately trying to get back into rugby. If he’s not outside, the pub is a safe bet... 

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About La Playa Private Client

Specialist & Independent

La Playa's Personal Risk Concierge service means advice you can trust - from an expert who understands you:

  • Specialist, global policies for affluent lifestyles
  • Independent, specialist advice
  • Boutique–style, luxury service
  • “Can do” culture
  • Worldwide capability with offices in London & New York

Independent and specialist
As an independent broker, we can advise on the best policies available - and on risk management measures including valuations, security, fire prevention and property marking - preserving the value of your property and giving you complete peace of mind. We have access to excellent terms with market-leading high net worth insurers.

In-house Wealth Management
We see insurance as integral to your financial planning - and our in-house financial advice team provides Wealth Management, Pensions and Financial Planning; a joined up approach with a team of advisers working for your best financial interests - all under one roof.

What does “Boutique Service” actually mean?
La Playa’s Personal Risk Concierge means:

1. A dedicated adviser so you can speak to the same person each time

2. Careful listening to really understand your needs and priorities

3. As much help as you need with completing forms to provide risk information

4. A discreet and complimentary appraisal* of your property to assess the risks and ensure you have the right cover where you need it

5. An independent market review market - so you don’t have to shop around comparing policies, cover limits, risks covered and smallprint exclusions

6. Careful monitoring of the insurers’ financial strength, claims and customer service

7. An independent recommendation of the best policy for you - and, importantly, why

8. Specialist policy wordings from underwriters who have demonstrated excellence and deep understanding of your risk exposures. We have analysed a wide range of policy wordings and have selected only the best for our panel. Our advisers have a deep working knowledge of these policies 

9. An intelligently designed portfolio of protection across multiple asset classes and territories

10. Advice on how best to manage your risks - to keep you safe but also to keep insurance costs down

11. Expert guidance on valuations, security and risk management, and connecting you with specialist advisers and suppliers

12. Direct phone, mobile and email access to your adviser for questions and advice. We aim to respond to emails within 60 minutes

13. Policy documents emailed to you - no logins and passwords to remember

14. An advocate beside you if you make a claim - thinking laterally to mitigate the impact, making useful connections to get you back up and running; driving through to a swift and fair financial settlement

Oh, and...

  • No call centres
  • No ‘hold’ music
  • No hidden fees

*subject to availability with our insurer panel

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