Close Brothers reveals senior team changes

Sean Kemple, managing director of Motor Finance, will become MD for Premium Finance and for Motor Finance

Close Brothers Premium Finance has re-organised its senior management team following the decision by Paul Trail, managing director to step down from his role.

Rebecca McNeil, CEO, Retail, which incorporates Motor and Premium Finance, said that Sean Kemple, managing director of Motor Finance, will become MD for Premium Finance and for Motor Finance, while Elliott Hayes, sales director for Commercial Lines and Laura Sweetman, sales director Personal Lines will have responsibility for managing relationships with our broker partners.

McNeil said: “I am sorry to see Paul leave Close Brothers Premium Finance, and I wish him the very best for the future.”

“We are lucky to have a strong pool of talent and experience within the Premium Finance business and it’s great to announce that Elliott and Laura will assume these new senior roles, with oversight from Sean.”

She added “My expectations are that our specialist focus on commercial lines (with Elliott) and personal lines (with Laura) will hugely benefit our 1,600 broking partners across the UK and Ireland as we emerge from the pandemic.

“We believe that providing financing to spread the cost of insurance will be key for millions of businesses and individuals as the economy opens up again. Close Brothers was the first business to provide premium finance in 1977 and we remain as fully committed to our broking partners today as we did when we first started more than forty years ago.”

Kemple added: “I am looking forward to working alongside Elliott and Laura to maintain our leadership in the premium finance sector.

“I am a firm believer in the principle of continuous improvement in the services we provide our broking partners, and my priority will be to review our current portfolio to ensure we are giving our brokers the tools they need to grow their businesses and meet their future business aims.”

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