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Hanna Beaumont FIRM

Director, Corporate
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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 Clark ACII

Director, Global Markets
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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 a Chartered Insurance Broker, a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager, and a biker. 

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Elaine Lamb

Director, La Playa International
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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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Matthew Waite

Corporate Account Executive
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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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Bernice Morris Cert CII

Corporate Account Executive
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Having spent the last 7 years leading an account handling team with another Cambridge broker, Bernice joined the La Playa team in August 2018. Starting her career in 1992 in the Commercial Underwriting department of a global Insurer, her career has mainly been in the broking arena but she also has experience of working for Insurers and MGA’s. Bernice has a passion for the natural world, genealogy and watching live athletics.

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Gareth Cotton

Account Executive
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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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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

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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