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Our People

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Tracey McCreath ACII

Head of Media, Entertainment & Broking Operations
Mobile: +44 (0) 7747 536965
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Tracey is a specialist in insurance for the creative sectors, heading up our Media & Entertainment practice. She also oversees our broking systems, and the design and delivery of best practice in broking operations across the business. 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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Hanna Beaumont FIRM

Director, Corporate
Mobile: +44 (0) 7795 473071
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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 is a specialist in insurance for life science and technology companies. In 2018 she took on responsibility for La Playa's whole corporate division. Hanna is also a qualified fitness instructor and enjoys running, golf and baking.

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Matthew Waite

Corporate Account Executive
Mobile: +44 (0) 7464 829169
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Matthew joined us in 2019 us from the Care & Medical division of a London based broker, backed with 8 years of working across multiple classes of insurance business.

He works across La Playa’s Corporate team, focusing on Science, Media and Technology. Outside of the office, Matt can be found enjoying travel, live music, real ales or console gaming.

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Catherine Lineham Dip CII

Account Executive
Mobile: +44 (0) 7876 825571
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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
Mobile: +44 (0) 7762 905202
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Gareth studied business management at university, and now has over 10 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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“These guys are the only insurance people I will tolerate speaking to these days, as they are actual humans (with both a brain and a heart!) and offer very good packages too - they answer calls and emails promptly and when I had an issue recently with my bank were very helpful to get it fixed.”

George, La Playa business client

 

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About La Playa Media & Digital

Specialist & Independent

Specialist & Independent

La Playa's specialist Mediatech 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 organisation. Our exclusive portfolio policies can help streamline costs, and we’ll always help you stay ahead of the game in managing risk.

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 media and digital businesses
  • Independent professional advice
  • Relationship-based service: right beside you when you make a claim
  • “Can do” culture
  • Seamless insurance across UK and US

Are we right for each other?

What sets us apart is the advice we offer: we really know our stuff. We listen, we analyse, we advise you on how to eliminate or mitigate your risk, and how to protect yourself against what remains. We may not be the cheapest option – so if an off-the-shelf policy and call centre queues work for you, be our guest. But if you need some advice on identifying your risk areas, how to structure your insurance most efficiently and effectively, and how to adapt it to the changing dynamics of your work or life – with hand-holding and close attention to detail - you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the family!

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

  1. 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 - 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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