Our Credentials – experience that speaks for itself
17 industry award nominations in 2019

Matthew Collins

Managing Director

Matthew.collins@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449061  |  Mobile: 07901 551965

Matthew has 29 years broking and underwriting experience both as part of the management team at an award winning independent broker; National Broking Director and UK Board member at Oval Insurance Broking; and Market Management Director at Arthur J Gallagher.

Matthew is a well-known figure within the insurance market, and with his experience and connections our clients benefit by accessing specialist insurers at reduced distribution costs. Overseeing our growing sector development at Ascend, he has previously led teams that have won numerous industry awards.

Matthew has recently been elected to the Governance board at Willis Towers Watson Networks, to assist the £500m gross premium network to continually improve product and customer outcome. Very hands on, you will find Matthew’s approach and different way of doing things very refreshing.

Matt Price

Broking Director

matt.price@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449062  |  Mobile: 07841 020712

Matt has nearly 25 years of commercial insurance broking experience across independent and multinational brokers. Prior to joining Ascend, Matt worked for Willis Towers Watson as Divisional Director within the UK & Global Transportation & Marine division, specialising in freight forwarders, hauliers, car transportation and shipping for 7 years, and as the senior broker within Oval Insurance Broking for 5 years.

Matt has a reputation as a personable, service-driven deal maker bringing clients and insurers together for specialist wordings and products. He has overall responsibility of the group broking and servicing strategy.

Matt is a well-known figure within the insurance market and is on many insurer working groups to improve customer servicing and outcomes.

Simon Horton

Transportation & Logistics Director

Simon.horton@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449068  |  Mobile: 07841 020435

Simon heads up the growing Ascend Transportation department specialising in the haulage, car transportation, freight and associated trades. With over 20 years transportation broking experience having held a number of high profile market positions, most recently as deputy managing director at Arthur J Gallagher, Feering. Simon has a wealth of experience developing and managing exclusive schemes and facilities within the transportation sector.

Simon is well known in the Transportation market and has experience handling multi national, large complex fleet and transit arrangements through to difficult to place start ups.

David Baker

Development Director

david.baker@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449060  |  Mobile: 07849 351919

David specialises in the development of new clients across all sectors. With over 20 years commercial broking experience having held a number of positions at Towergate, Lorica, Oval and FMW.

Ian Lawley

Technical Director

Ian.lawley@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449063  |  Mobile: 07397 195739

Working at the sharp end of the business, Ian delivers insurance and claims solutions for clients. With over 30 years experience in both independent and multinational brokers, he is well known in the insurance market and his expertise has been instrumental in the development of policy wording for leading insurers Aviva, AXA, CNA, RSA, HSB and Zurich.

Ian is a member of the Willis Towers Watson Network Construction Specialist Practice Group.

Paul Bennett

Development Manager

Paul.bennett@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449066  |  Mobile: 07532 792772

Paul has a wealth of sales and development experience gained over the last 35 years within his own business, large blue chip organisations and across growing privately owned businesses.

Paul oversees the marketing and sales strategy of Ascend and brings fresh ideas and delivery mechanisms to the business.

Paul is also a qualified Mechanical Engineer and delivers his own refreshing personal strategy when it comes to engaging with new clients.

Wade Hopkins

Development Manager

wade.hopkins@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449066  |  Mobile: 07532 792772


Alex Patten

Claims Manager

alex.patten@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449069  |

Alex heads up our claims proposition and has over 25 years experience dealing with transportation. construction and property accounts. Having previously worked at FMW Freight, Oval Insurance Broking & Arthur J Gallagher and is hands on.

Overseeing the claims service delivery, leading our award winning First Notification of Loss system, Alex is able to bespoke the claims service to your requirements.

Jenny McGhie

Claims Assistant

claims@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449069|


Mel Seymour

Account Handler

mel.seymour@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449064  |

Mel will oversee the day to day administration of your account and has experience as a London placement broker at Citynet Insurance Brokers and Carrols. As an an immediate contact point for your team, Mel has experience in dealing with the day to day issues that require immediate attention.

Max Collins


max.collins@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449063  |

Eddie Carter


eddie.carter@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449065  |

Katherine Smithers


accounts@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 01245 449067  |

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