Yutree Underwriting

Refreshingly Traditional

Trustworthy and thorough

Yutree Insurance is a commercial insurance brokerage and underwriting business that provides highly personalised insurance advice and protection to our clients and brokers.

Total transparency about our fees is a major part of our philosophy with no hidden costs or administration fees across our business. We aim to work as trusted advisors to our clients and brokers alike.

Yutree is committed to professionalism and raising standards across the insurance industry. We encourage and support our people with their professional development through the Chartered Insurance Institute and we actively work alongside our trade association, BIBA (the British Insurance Broker’s Association).

We are also approved by Lloyd’s of London as coverholders, having signed up to their code of conduct and best practice.


Meet the team

Yutree is a carefully selected team of talented and committed insurance professionals – all passionate and enthusiastic about what they do.

Leigh Smart

Executive Chairman

Leigh’s insurance career spans 30 years, founding his own business in 1988. The Davis Group plc was sold to Bluefin in 2007 where Leigh took on the role of Managing Director Distribution for the broking business until 2009. After taking a two-year enforced sabbatical from the broker world, he launched Yutree in 2011. Motor racing is a passion and he is a partner, with Kevin, in Jemco Racing currently involved in Historic and GT racing.


Kevin Hancock (ACII)

Managing Director

Kevin started his career with Norwich Union & Provincial, and was Managing Director at The Davis Group for over 10 years. He is a Chartered Insurance Broker, sits on the CII’s Broking Faculty Board and also chairs the Broker Panel for Pool Re. He is a founding member of the Newmarket Network and sits on the committee of the Newmarket Festival, organising fundraising events for local charities.  A partner in Jemco Racing, Kevin takes part in historic motor racing and also enjoys scuba diving.


Laura High (MInstLM Cert CII)

Director

Laura started her insurance career with Norwich Union in 1995. She joined The Davis Group in 2004. When The Davis Group sold to Bluefin in 2007, Laura was appointed as Bluefin’s Director of Distribution. Laura is a qualified Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management, Cert CII, Chairman of The British Insurance Brokers Association’s (BIBA) Anglia region and a director of BIBA. Outside of work, Laura is a governor at Burrough Green Church of England Primary School and enjoys running and cycling.


Simon Miller (Dip CII)

Director

Beginning his career with Guardian Insurance as a commercial underwriter, Simon has worked for a number of highly regarded independent brokers, most recently as Corporate Sales Director for Allan Chapman & James.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team across all classes of business and for the last 13 years has specialised extensively in the media and entertainment sector. Simon enjoys running and hockey which he also coaches.


Sara Caswell

Finance and Office Manager

Sara is a CIMA qualified management accountant, starting her career in insurance accounting at Direct Choice where she worked for 4 years, she has since worked for 4 years as Finance Manager for another local broker. She is not your typical accountant but she does loves an Excel spreadsheet. Outside of work Sara’s passion is her horse. She also enjoys going to watch comedians and swimming.


Danielle Rairigh

Underwriter

Danielle previously worked in the underwriting schemes division of The Davis Group plc and for national broker, Bluefin Insurance. Danielle works in Yutree’s underwriting department. Her underwriting & broker relationship skills enable Yutree to deliver a high level of service to our broker customers. Outside of work, Danielle is a keen writer.


Sara Thake (Dip CII)

Underwriter

Sara started her insurance career with Saffron Insurance as a Private Clients Insurance Broker. Sara now works in our underwriting department developing her skills within commercial insurance and relationship management. Sara is looking forward to getting out on the road and meeting our broker customers. Outside of Yutree, Sara is a classically trained pianist with a degree in music and also enjoys learning about wine!


Michelle Johnson (ACII)

Insurance Broker

Michelle started her career in 1992 at Provincial (now AXA insurance) underwriting UK property and liability insurance. More recently, she was as a class underwriter at the Lloyd’s syndicate Amlin. During this time she achieved ACII and obtained chartered status. Michelle has completed three marathons but tends to take part more as a spectator of sport these days. She is also about to tackle an Open University course.


Nick Carson (Cert CII)

Claims Manager

Nick has worked in insurance for over 9 years.  Posts at AXA Insurance included Commercial Property Claims Handler, Quality Assessor for internal claims handlers and Claims Auditor for external suppliers. Nick is working towards his Dip CII qualification. Outside of work, Nick enjoys attending music festivals, theatre shows, travelling and anything to do with sport, mainly football and American Football. He considers himself as a film buff!


Holly Cooper (Cert CII)

Insurance Broker

Holly’s insurance career spans 14 years, and  started in the claims department of AXA Insurance. She then moved into underwriting within the marine division of Bluefin Insurance. Holly now manages claims for Yutree making sure that our customers’ interests are looked after at all times throughout the claims process. Outside of work, Holly is kept busy with her two young children.


Emily Chapman (Cert CII)

Insurance Broker

Emily started out in insurance 5 years ago in AXA claims and then went on to work at Saffron Insurance for just over 4 years in their claims and commercial department. She is Cert CII qualified with the intention of working towards her Dip CII. Outside of work her passion is horse-riding and has her own horse which keeps her busy.


Luke Tabor

Insurance Broker

Luke started his insurance career in 2013 within the AXA Commercial Claims department and went on to join Saffron Insurance in 2015. At Saffron, Luke specialised in both personal lines and commercial SME business. He is currently working towards his Cert CII with the intention to progress to his Dip CII. Luke plays Second Row for his local rugby club and can sometimes be found in the gym, but mainly at BBQs!


Shari Gardiner (Cert CII)

Insurance Broker

Shari started in insurance 5 years ago at the Co-operative insurance claims department and then went on to work at Towergate Insurance for 3 years. She started in their claims department dealing with both commercial and high net worth clients and then progressed in to the commercial account handling team. She is Cert CII qualified with the intention of working towards her Dip CII. Outside of work her passions include netball, going to the gym and socialising.


Robert Proctor

Company Secretary

Robert Proctor studied at Leicester University and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  He has over thirty years’ experience working in the Company Secretarial & Legal Departments of a wide range of companies, principally in the insurance, publishing and food & drink industries.  He was Secretary of The Davis Group PLC from 2000 until its sale in 2007.


Opportunities

Want to join our team?

Yutree was founded with its clients, brokers and people at its heart. Creating an environment where talented and professional people can thrive lies at the core of Yutree’s culture. As such, we are always on the look-out for passionate and resourceful people committed to exceptional service provision.

If that’s you, then we’d love you to get in touch.

Testimonials

I have only been dealing with Yutree for a short period of time but during this time I have been very impressed with their response times, staff attitude and most of all very competitive rates. A Rated security with a quick turnaround has helped us secure new business and hopefully it continues.

Karl Sutcliffe – R A Cowens

Yutree are the BIBA approved scheme for Liability Cover, and have provided an excellent product (covering over 600 trades) and service to our member brokers. We have had excellent feedback from brokers using it, and have no hesitation in supporting Yutree. BIBA has a commitment to raised standards and we can totally support the service and product Yutree offers via the scheme.

Steve White - CEO BIBA

Yutree Insurance provide an excellent service and their quotations are not only very competitive, but are provided in good time, well in advance of target deadlines. Their underwriters are experienced and a pleasure to deal with and are always available to discuss a risk when some flexibility is required, whether in respect of premium or terms, to ensure they are suitable for the client.

Yutree have helped us out with several recent cases and have provided terms for risks which other insurers have been reluctant to provide. In addition to an exceptional service their suite of products offer wide cover with low excesses and Lloyds security across a diverse range of industries.

Russell Stone Dip CII - R K Henshall

Excellent service levels and are happy to discuss a variety of risks – even the non-standard. This enables us to provide bespoke insurance programmes for both small commercial and large corporate clients.

James Allotey Cert.CII – CGI Insurance

Yutree’s flexible underwriting, competitive premiums and exclusivity regularly helps us to win and retain clients.

Graeme Harper - Harper Stairmand

Yutree are a pleasure to deal with. Always responding quickly to our enquiries, they enable us to give our clients the very best service that we can and they regularly help us to win new business.

Stewart Pease – Finch Commercial

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