Movers & Shakers: Tony Mann and Charlie McEntee join Woodward Markwell

Tony Mann, Charlie McEntree and Andrew Johnson of Woodward Markwell.

Tony Mann, Charlie McEntree and Andrew Johnson of Woodward Markwell.

Ipswich-based insurance brokers and financial advisers Woodward Markwell continues to grow and has just recruited Tony Mann and Charlie McEntee.

Tony Mann joins from Axa Direct where he was responsible for direct commercial insurances.

He brings a wealth of knowledge of working with local companies and an in-depth understanding of their needs.

Tony has more than 25 years’ experience of commercial insurances and will be responsible for serving commercial clients alongside the current team of executives, which consists of David McGowan, Mark Parlett, Matt Scutcher and Amy Weir.

Charlie McEntee joins from AMAS Ltd as an independent financial adviser. She has specialised in personal finances for 25 years, specifically dealing with high net-worth cases.

Managing director Andrew Johnson said: “Having Tony and Charlie with us adds to our already substantial knowledge-base and will enable us to continue to service our existing and new client’s needs to the high standards we set ourselves.”

In the coming months Woodward Markwell is set to grow further with the recruitment of another account executive, independent financial adviser, account handler and apprentice.

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After being made redundant by the Press Association he decided the time was right for a complete change of career and bought a Husse franchise with his partner Jan Pinder.

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