New MD for Wilsons’ General Insurance | Wilson Organisation


December 12, 2014

New MD for Wilsons’ General Insurance

New MD for Wilsons’ General Insurance

Wilsons has appointed Mark Minton to the new role of Managing Director of the General Insurance division.

Working alongside CEO Annabel Prow and Group MD Charlotte Perkins, Mark brings thirty years insurance and financial services senior and Board level experience to the firm. In the new role, Mark will support the Board and senior management team in defining and delivering Wilsons’ strategies for growth and expansion.

Mark’s extensive sector experience includes 25-years with a market-leading Yorkshire-based insurance broker and financial adviser firm, as Group Managing Director where he not only influenced a significant increase in turnover he also managed a number of mergers and acquisitions. Additional experience includes seven years in Florida, where he was president of RBR Estates, until his return to the UK in 2012,

He takes up the new role at Wilsons from £47m turnover Financial Services Network business Personal Touch, which is based in Solihull, where he was Strategy & Business Development Director.

An avid Rugby League supporter, in his spare time Minton was also a main Board Director of Bradford Bulls Rugby League team from 2000 until 2005, where he was responsible for branding, marketing, ticketing, pre-match entertainment and sponsorship.  The Bulls were World Club Champions three times during his time on the Board.

Mark says of his new position as MD, General Insurance at Wilsons:

“Wilsons is a thriving and established top 100 insurance broker and financial adviser in the UK, and the new role of MD of its General Insurance team is created at a time when the firm has experienced a sustained period of high demand for its services.

“The role will see me channel my extensive senior management, commercial and practical experience in insurance, and apply my analytical and strategic ambitions to work with the firm’s Board and senior teams to drive performance and growth in the next stage of Wilsons’ history.”

Charlotte Perkins adds: “This year, the firm celebrates its centenary and is set to further grow the business as we enter its next 100-years.

“Mark is a highly experienced, respected professional and a fantastic addition to the team. He will spearhead the strategic growth and business development of the General Insurance division, working alongside the MD of our Financial Services team Pat Makin, the firm’s senior management team, Deputy Chairman Gary Cormack, and our CEO Annabel Prow.

“Mark’s appointment is a significant first step for Wilsons in the next stage of its strategy for business growth. We continue to add-to and develop our team to the benefit of our client portfolio and providers, and Mark is already on the look-out for more experienced professionals to work within General Insurance to complement our existing 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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