Movers & Shakers: Chartered insurance brokers Woodward Markwell strengthens team

IPSWICH-based chartered insurance brokers Woodward Markwell has appointed Mark Parlett as account executive with responsibilities for both new business and client servicing.

He has a wealth of experience having previously worked for local insurance brokers and has excellent industry knowledge. He is proud of his strong client relationships and service deliverance which he feels are key in meeting clients’ needs.

Meanwhile, Mark Barr and Liz Howe have secured Chartered status following examination success, Mark being one of a small group who achieved Chartered Financial Planner Status.

Managing director Andrew Johnson said: “This demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards through qualification. Coupled with Mark’s appointment this enables us to push on with our development plans, as we approach our 30th anniversary”.

PR and digital marketing agency Mosaic Publicity has expanded its services to offer a programme of open courses, delivered in its new media training suite in Colchester.

As a result of the media training expansion, Lindsey Gray has been appointed as office administrator. Lindsey, 45, has a background in media and spent 12 years in television production working at Sky Television and London Weekend Television. She is also an experienced web content provider and editor and continues to manage Alan Titchmarsh’s website.

Lindsey, who is responsible for overseeing the media training department, said: “It’s great to be part of such a dynamic team and I look forward to contributing to what looks set to be a very exciting year ahead.”

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Gemma Rawlinson, who has worked for Mosaic for over five years, has been promoted to sales and marketing manager to drive in business, identify opportunities and build new relationships.

Gemma recently won a gold award for Best Use of Social Media at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards East Anglia, which recognised a social marketing campaign commissioned by the NHS North East Essex. She was also runner-up in the Young Communicator category.

Gemma, 26, who will now also oversee marketing strategy and implementation, said she was looking forward to getting her teeth into her new management role. “I’m thrilled to have been offered this opportunity,” she said. “It’s a huge leap from my first days with Mosaic and I really appreciate the support and encouragement from the company directors.”

TWO new faces have joined the team of finance directors at East Anglian based My Business FD which offers professional financial director services to growing businesses throughout Suffolk on a part time, affordable basis. Robert Murphy and Paul Turner have considerable commercial financial director level experience and will use their expertise to support clients working across a variety of sectors.

Robert joins My Business FD from Digital Learning Marketplace plc, a publicly-listed e-learning provider, where he was instrumental in turning the company round to profitability and achieving significant growth.

Previous experience includes director level positions within the digital technology, creative media, healthcare and property sectors, and he has a particular expertise in technology markets.

Paul comes to My Business FD with over 20 years’ financial experience, most recently working as a portfolio finance director with a number of multi-million-pound turnover clients including businesses in the recruitment, retail and media sectors.

Commenting on the two latest signings, the founder and managing director of My Business FD, Chris Chapman, said: “We offer first class financial expertise to ambitious, growing companies who want to expand and grow but do not have the resources to fund a full time, experienced finance director. Our track record speaks for itself and the appointments of Robert and Paul will undoubtedly further enhance the services we provide as we continue to work with many more ambitious businesses across the region.”