New hires and promotions herald expansion | Wilson Organisation


February 1, 2013

New hires and promotions herald expansion

New hires and promotions herald expansion

The general insurance team of insurance broker and financial advisory firm The Wilson Organisation has made two senior hires and promoted three experienced professionals in the first stage of its expansion plans for 2013.

New starters are Julie Downes who joins as Account Director, and Richard Lloyd, the firm’s new General Insurance Team Manager.

The team, which works with businesses and individuals across the UK from Wilsons’ Nottingham head office, is further strengthened with the internal promotions of Mike Reed, Paddy Fitzgerald and Karen Reed who all become Account Executives.

“Our people are of paramount importance to our business,” comments Annabel Prow CEO of The Wilson Organisation, “and we pride ourselves on the level of technical expertise that we are able to offer, typified by our latest new hires and promotions. We believe in attracting and retaining talented individuals, and ensure their ongoing development to the benefit of our portfolio of commercial clients by investing in their professional development and training.”

Julie has worked exclusively in the specialist area of professional indemnity for 20 years and began her career with Wilsons before joining Derby insurance Broker AH Bell where she headed-up the PI Department for 14 years, working with a range of businesses from start-ups to £5M-plus turnover established companies. The new role at Wilsons will involve working with existing clients and new business development, utilising Julie’s extensive specialist professional indemnity knowledge, skills and expertise.

Technical insurance specialist Richard Lloyd joins Wilsons from Towergate Insurance, Nottingham, and has previously held senior positions at Sutcliffe, Williams & Williams, Westerby Insurance and Marsh UK. With more than 20 years experience within the insurance industry, Richard is ideally qualified to lead Wilsons’ commercial team.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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Harold Wilson (Insurances) Ltd. and Harold Wilson Financial Services Ltd. are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)