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Mike Taylor-West ACII

Director Global Markets
Private Client, Marine & Aviation

Direct Tel: +44 (0) 203 290 1774
Mobile: +44 (0) 7500 109737
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Mike is a Maritime Business & Marine Law alumnus of the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth. He is also a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Mike brings over 20 years of international private client insurance experience, passion and enthusiasm to La Playa. Mike is also a keen windsurfer and skier. 

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Kellie Cawdron Cert CII

Practice Manager, Private Client
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200671
Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 756330
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With over 18 years’ experience, Kellie is an expert in HNW insurance, specialising in motor, housing, and portfolio policies. Kellie is also involved with business development, and guides the private client insurance team as Practice Manager. Her experience includes being an underwriter at Chubb, and eight years of senior global broking at Marsh. Kellie's a keen traveller and loves spending time with her family.

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Helen Hollins ACII

Senior Account Executive
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200672
Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 716762
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A graduate of Sheffield University, Helen joined La Playa in 2016 after 12 years in the Aviation division of Willis, London. Helen has significant broking experience with both large corporations and private individuals, and is highly dedicated to her clients. Helen is mother of two young daughters, a keen singer, and occasionally a Clog dancer.

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Marie Shaw Cert CII

Client Relationship Manager, Private Client
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200666
Mobile: +44 (0) 7471 030260
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Marie joined La Playa in Sept 2015 with over 10 years’ insurance experience, covering both private and commercial insurance at NFU Mutual and R K Harrison Insurance Brokers. Marie loves the culture at La Playa. Her main passions are her young family, travelling and country living. She is also a keen petrol head!

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Matthew Mullee

Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200652
Mobile: +44 (0) 7808 329556
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A founding director with two and a half decades’ experience, Matthew is an expert in Private Client broking. Matthew’s role involves developing high-level strategic relationships with other specialist advisers and affinity groups in our niche sectors. An ardent Liverpool fan, Matthew coaches youth teams and leads our annual charity football tournament for Street Child United. 

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Mike Cullen

Senior Account Executive, Private Client
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200663
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Mike has over fifty years' experience in underwriting and broking. Formerly a director of Moffat Saunders, Mike initiated the private client division there, and built up a client base of individuals with complicated assets to insure. Mike is an expert horticulturist and regularly supplies plants to Kew Gardens. He also proudly follows his grandsons’ cricketing achievements. 

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Oliver Freeman

Account Handler
Direct Tel: +44 (0) 1223 200662
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Oliver joined us shortly after finishing his degree in Accounting and Finance at Bangor University, where his studies included Risk Management. He now supports La Playa’s Private Client team - with everybody fighting for his time! Oliver enjoys cycling, regular international travel, and makes superb brownies. He also hosts a mean house party. 

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Will Symington

Account Executive
Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 716763
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Will has joined us from Covea Insurance’s HNW division, having completed their graduate scheme. Aside from his enjoyment of the insurance industry, Will can be found Sailing in Dorset, skiing in Norway and desperately trying to get back into rugby. If he’s not outside, the pub is a safe bet... 

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About La Playa Private Client

Specialist & Independent

Specialist & Independent

La Playa Private Client creates a safe space for you to live life to the full, enjoying your family, friends, and assets wherever you are in the world - without worry or hassle.

We can make sense of all your insurance needs - property, yachts and superyachts, high-performance and classic cars, private jets, art, wine and jewellery collections – and your liabilities too. We can pull multiple assets together on a single “portfolio” policy – or if you prefer, take care of each item separately. 

Amid the impersonal and automated world of large insurance corporations, La Playa provides a refreshingly boutique-style service, with individual advice, and cover based on in-depth understanding of your specific situation. After a detailed and confidential review of your needs and priorities, we’ll structure your insurance arrangements so you know you and your family are protected, come what may.  

In-house Wealth Management

We also offer Investments & Pensions and Financial Planning: a joined up approach with a team of advisers working for your best financial interests - all under one roof.

Advice you can trust

…from an expert who understands you

  • Specialist, global policies for affluent lifestyles
  • Independent, specialist advice
  • Boutique–style, luxury service
  • “Can do” culture
  • Worldwide capability: offices in London & New York
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