The TIN team

Jeremy Burgess

Born in the midlands, quickly removed to Denmark (where I gained my blond hair) I then returned to Cardiff before spending my formative years in the north west 

Before launching The Insurance Network with Phil, and stints as a conference producer at Osney Media and World Trade Group, I was a chef, park ranger and sports ground line-marker. 

I am responsible for putting together the conference agendas and looking after the relationships with our speakers and advisory boards. I also have overall responsibility for finance, the day to day management of the business, running the Maidstone office, and mitigating Phil's impact on all of the above.

Today, as an international man of (little) mystery, I’m consumed by tennis (a new hobby), cycling, football (an old one), cars (generally fast and shiny), food and wine. On days off I follow orders from my family and enjoy misquoting film lines.

Phil Middleton

I co-founded The Insurance Network with Jeremy in 2005. I look after the relationships with our sponsors, and run the Ludlow office where Cole, Marcello & Oscar are also based.

My twenties were spent in Jakarta DJing and running club nights and nightclubs, where Trainboy was born. My thirties saw me in London working in multimedia, web design and learning the conference trade at Osney Media, where Jeremy and I first crossed paths. 
 
In 2012 I moved to Ludlow in Shropshire so my 2 young girls could grow up in the country, and opened the Ludlow office. In 2017 we escaped the local business park and we are now happily ensconsed above a very good restaurant. Despite all of that I do still miss lunch in London.

Hobbies and interests include DJing (Trainboy lives!), cricket (I skipper the Ludlow Nomads CC - sponsored by The Insurance Network), taming the garden and enjoying my food and wine. Especially cheese. And wine. 

Marcello Ditoro

Before joining The Insurance Network in 2013, I ran my own business in London, worked as an estate agent and a sales consultant.

I work with Phil, Cole and Oscar in the Ludlow office. It’s my job to find the best people to attend the events, and to make sure the right people know about them. I find new attendees, but also work with existing members and previous delegates to make sure they are getting the most out of the network.

I like the energy surrounding a new event, the challenge and reward of finding 'the right people' - and convincing them that's what they are - and following the latest developments in insurance.

I am a proud father, an avid supporter of AC Milan, and a keen photographer. I regularly beat Phil at tennis and my Golf is definitely faster than Cole’s.

Cole Fellows

I joined The Insurance Network in 2015, and I work with Phil, Marcello and Oscar in the Ludlow office. I currently look after all things data related (and there’s a lot of them), and have responsibility for accounts and credit control…as well as IT. I suspect I do the things no one else wants to do...

Prior to joining the TIN team, I worked in a high-end jewelry and watch boutique where I developed an expensive liking for luxury watches.

To stop myself buying timepieces I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting and paintballing, mastering the Art of The Barbecue, and all things technology. I live in a quiet countryside village, which is home to the first community owned pub in Herefordshire, which I am duty bound to support.

My Golf is the fastest.

Oscar Lywood

I Joined The Insurance Network in July 2018 working within the data department as a Database & Data Research Executive. I’m based at the Ludlow office working alongside Phil, Cole and Marcello.

Prior to joining The Insurance Network, I worked in the French alps at a place called La Rosière as a chalet host allowing me to develop my passion for skiing.

It’s my job to assist Cole in managing our customer database, working closely with Marcello in sales to find the best people to attend the events while maintaining current customer details so that they continue to hear from the network.

I really enjoy seeing a new event take shape and the satisfaction of knowing that on the day I have helped bring everyone together to discuss issues that affect the industry.

I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting and all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.

Elle Spearman

I joined The Insurance Network in 2019 after returning home from travelling the world. Based in the Maidstone office, I work with Jeremy where my main duty is to market our events through a variety of communications and platforms, such as through social media and emails.

Before my travelling adventure, I worked for a boutique marketing agency in an assistant role. 

My role at The Insurance Network is my next step on the ladder where I relish the opportunity to grow professionally - enabling me to harness my desire to create campaigns from start to finish and for all things organisational.  

Out of the office, my passion is yoga and cooking. Whether it is Thai, Japanese, Mexican or Vietnamese – you name it, I’ll try cooking it.

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