Science & Technology Team

Science & Technology Team

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Hanna Beaumont FIRM

Director, Science and Technology
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Hanna joined us in 2006 from the City where she spent six years in commercial insurance and risk management at Aon, looking after UK and multinational clients. Hanna is a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management and advises life science and technology companies. Hanna is also a qualified fitness instructor and enjoys running, golf and baking.

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Matthew Clark ACII

Director, Global Markets
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200667
Mobile: +44 (0) 7775 537387
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With global commercial experience, Matthew has become one of the most experienced insurance brokers in the UK's science and technology sectors. He has developed an in-depth understanding of the risks associated with emerging and disruptive technologies. Matthew is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager, and a biker. 

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Elaine Lamb

Director, La Playa International
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 20 3865 0149
Mobile: +44 (0) 7771 528 092
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Elaine joined La Playa’s S&T group in August 2011, bringing 18 years’ experience in commercial broking, including over 10 years working on international and technology business. She works across La Playa’s London and New York offices, supporting clients with both their UK and US operations. Most weekends Elaine can be found on the Golf Course.

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Catherine Richardson

Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200659
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Catherine joined us from Saffron Insurance Brokers after 4 years' commercial broking experience. With a Cambridge degree in Biochemistry, she specialises in life science insurance, alongside which she's studying hard for her professional Chartered Insurance Institute diploma. Outside of work she enjoys reading and travelling, and has recently developed quite the taste for festivals.

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Nicolae Muturniuc

Account Executive
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Mobile: +44 (0) 7464 829169
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Nicolae joined La Playa in 2017, with three years' previous experience at a City-based Lloyd's broker. Prior to insurance, Nic worked at an econometrics consultancy firm and co-founded a tech start-up after graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in Management and Entrepreneurship. He's working towards his CII exams, and also enjoys dabbling in Coursera courses.

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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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Phillipa Salt Cert CII

Account Executive
Mobile: +44 (0) 7766 142845
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Phillipa joined La Playa’s London office after working locally in commercial insurance in Suffolk while her family were young. With over 20 years of general and commercial insurance experience, she is delighted to have found her passion in the science and technology sector. Phillipa is devoted to her family, to Tottenham Hotspurs FC, prosecco, and foreign travel.

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Rory Macrae

Account Handler
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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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About La Playa Science & Technology

Specialist & Independent

Specialist & Independent

La Playa's specialist Science & Tech team can help you protect your business with smart, flexible, high-performance insurance - with a friendly human UI. 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 business. 

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

Tech-based business is 24/7, global and borderless, exposing you to new risks and liabilities - often in unfamiliar places. As the law struggles to keep pace with technology, insurance can provide a real safety net if you fall foul of changing legislation.

  • Specialist insurance for science and technology
  • 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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