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Nikki Bennett
Director
General Insurance
     
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Nikki Bennett

Experience: Managing Director of Thistle’s general insurance, claims and consumer credit division. Over 30 years’ experience in the general insurance sector including 7 years as a commercial insurance underwriter and 11 years in broking, including schemes management, before specialising in compliance.

Life outside Thistle: Loves to go camping whatever the weather, enjoys cocktails and foreign capitals – known for her Liverpudlian sense of humour and rooting for the red side of the city.

Interesting fact: Nikki is keen on boxing – not watching mind you but taking part.

Helen Dean
Technical Support Senior Manager
General Insurance
     
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Helen Dean

Experience: 15 years general insurance experience with 12 years working in compliance and 6 years at Thistle. Helen manages the Technical Services Team within the insurance and consumer credit division with a particular focus on regulatory change.

Life outside Thistle: A hill walker and cyclist at heart….even if not always in practice.

Interesting facts: On occasion can be seen in an orange bib marshalling at the annual Isle of Man TT motorcycle races. 

Thistle Initiatives
Rick Double
Field Support Senior Manager
General Insurance
     
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Rick Double

Experience: 25 years general insurance broking and 15 years general insurance compliance experience, spent the last 11 years in a consultancy role at UKGI and Thistle Initiatives. A fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. Aims to make compliance understandable, relevant and a discipline which supports businesses.

Life outside Thistle: Passionate about wildlife and nature conservation.

Interesting facts: A Norwich City fan living in Ipswich!

Trudy Mason
Operations Senior Manager
General Insurance
     
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Trudy Mason

Experience: Spent the last 16 years in the insurance industry in various capacities and have been with Thistle since UKGI was acquired. Loves the diverse challenges that every day brings and the satisfaction of helping colleagues and the business strive to be the best they can be.


Life outside Thistle: When not being dragged around by her German Shepherd, she likes to indulge her artistic side either playing the piano, painting or getting creative with some other weird and wonderful medium.


Interesting facts: Can wiggle her ears, touch her nose with her tongue and gets hiccups every day.

Chris Leglu
Senior Manager
General Insurance
     
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Chris Leglu

Experience: Chris has 26 years’ general insurance experience, including 11 years in broking and 9 years in underwriting before also specialising in regulatory oversight roles, including 3 years in the Lloyd’s of London Performance Management Directorate. During the course of his career, he also worked overseas for a large insurer before joining Thistle in 2019.

 

Life outside Thistle: Father of three lively children, Liverpool fan and outdoors enthusiast.

 

Interesting fact: Born in France and still has family in both countries but no French accent to speak of.

Siobhan Roby
Technical Support Associate
General Insurance
     
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Siobhan Roby

Experience: Joined Thistle in 2015 and prior to this was working for Lloyds Banking Group for over 5 years. Since starting Thistle, she helps with administration tasks from invoicing to managing the business’s pipeline. Still deals with the administration side of the business but has now progressed on to Consumer Credit authorisations and applications. She is also part of the management administration for Hiscox.

Life outside Thistle: Soon to be a new mummy to a little girl. Loves keeping fit, travelling and being with friends and family. Oh not forgetting she likes to keep up with the Kardashians!

Interesting facts: Has walked with lions in Mauritius and partied with Will.I.Am.

Sarah Toy
Technical Support Manager
General Insurance
     
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Sarah Toy

Experience: 28 years working in general insurance, with the last 20 years in general insurance compliance. Has worked for UKGI/Thistle for 5 years in total, originally as part of the field team and now in the Insurance and Consumer Credit Technical Services team.

 

Life Outside Thistle: A keen walker and foreign holiday taker, sometimes with the whole family and sometimes without for complete relaxation.

Russell Gibbons
Technical Support Manager
General Insurance
     
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Russell Gibbons

Experience
With over 40 years in the General Insurance sector, Russell has experience in various roles from customer support and training to regulatory compliance. As a compliance and technical consultant, Russell assists firms with regulatory compliance queries and applying working knowledge in areas such as rules and guidance in SYSC, SUP, FIT, PRIN, ICOBS, and TC.

Life outside Thistle
Used to play Golf and Chess but since the granddaughters arrived does not have the time.

Interesting fact
For his sins, he is an avid Arsenal supporter and hopes one day to see them back where they should be – at the top of the league.

Pippa Dutton
Technical Support Manager
General Insurance
     
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Pippa Dutton

Experience: Technical Compliance Manager at Thistle who has been with the company since November 2017. She works as part of the Compliance Technical Support Team based in the Warrington office, covering helpline, document checking and financial review services amongst others. Pippa is a management graduate with an ICA Diploma in Compliance. Previously, Pippa worked for 18 years at N Brown Group as a Compliance Manager.

 

Life outside Thistle: Busy working mother of two teenagers who likes walking her dog when (and if) she has time!

 

Interesting Fact: Likes to attend Retro 80’s Festivals.

Alastair Haughton
Technical Support Manager
General Insurance
     
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Alastair Haughton

Experience: Worked in financial services (banking) since 1980. Financial advice, mortgages and insurance-related compliance roles since 2000. Joined UKGI (now Thistle Insurance and Consumer Credit Division) in May 2012. Specialist in FCA Rules and Guidance with significant experience in the analysis and implementation of legislation and regulation, making compliance ‘live and breathe’.


Life outside Thistle: Musician, drummer in a rock band and will watch almost any sport, drinks almost any beer and plays anything that he can hit or that has strings on it. Enjoys watching and playing live music.


Interesting facts: Born in Nigeria, once played football with Bill Shankly, recently played a gig at a rock festival in Ibiza.