A Leicestershire commercial insurance broker has promoted three senior managers to Director roles within the business.
Anthony James Insurance Brokers, which is based in Loughborough, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.
Prior to the challenging circumstances of COVID-19 it was poised to expand into extra space at their Princes Court offices, a move which is on hold for now as the firm switches its operations to focus on an online and remote working support model.
Whilst the office expansion is on hold, the promotions are firmly in place, with Leonie Rainbow, Liudmila Matvievskaia and Jacob Duckworth promoted to Director roles within the Operations, Finance and Client Services divisions respectively.
Managing Director Steve Boorman says: “As we all face what is an incredibly difficult challenge personally and in business, it has never been more important to have a strong management team professionally. We were poised to announce these promotions but wanted to give everyone time to settle into our new operating procedures first. We have now successfully transitioned to the remote office, thanks in part to a prescient trial of the approach as the crisis escalated pre-lockdown.”
The trio have been with the firm for nine, five and three years, with Leonie joining as an apprentice in 2011, Liudmila arriving in 2015 as finance manager and Jacob starting his role with the brokerage business in 2017 in a sales role – two of the newly formed board will be under thirty years of age.
Steve Boorman continues: “It gives me an enormous sense of pride to see Leonie, Liudmila and Jacob doing so well in their careers and in the business. We’ve enjoyed growth across all of our sectors for the last few years but that is only achievable and indeed sustainable if you have a strong team across all of the management disciplines.
“We now face our most testing time as our clients and ourselves have to step up to the most unusual circumstances that I have ever had to deal with in my career and I can say there have been some tricky ones before, however, I know we will do that together with this great team.”
Leonie Rainbow adds: “It’s been fantastic to be a key part of the Anthony James evolution after joining the business in 2011 as an apprentice. Working my way up through the various disciplines has allowed me to gain both insight and a passion that is perhaps unusual in many businesses today.
“I want to say a huge thank you to Steve for giving an opportunity to younger professionals like me and my colleagues to create such a rewarding career and this is something I aim to continue to champion within our business as we look to the future and beyond the current challenges we all face.”