Experience, Knowledge & Dedication

Our dedicated team combines specialists in financial planning, insurance underwriting and broking. We have the experience and expertise required for planning and arranging insurance policies that are precisely tailored to your needs.

All of our advisers are committed to ongoing professional development. This dedication to learning ensures our knowledge is up-to-date with the latest thinking and approaches to solving today’s insurance issues.

Our regular interactions with insurers and reinsurers enables us to contribute to new product developments and help shape the future of the insurance market.

Paula Steele

John Lamb Insurance Broking Director Paula Steele has worked in the financial services industry for 40 years. Her extensive knowledge and expertise extends across all areas of financial planning, enabling her to deliver comprehensive and cohesive solutions.

Paula uses her experience to resolve particularly complex and challenging issues for individuals and families, and has played an important role in improving standards throughout the financial advice industry over the past few years, contributing regularly to the media.

Paula’s professional accreditations include Chartered Financial Planner and IMC. She is also an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Alex Gibson-Watt

Managing Director, Alex took over managing the John Lamb Insurance team in 2017 and  is responsible for all operations and marketing activities.

Alex was recently nominated in the City Wealth Powerwoman awards 2019 in the boutique growth category.

Having worked part time for the John Lamb business for the past 15 years, Alex now works full time and is a board member of John Lamb Insurance Broking.

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Darren Lee

Darren is Head of Underwriting at John Lamb Insurance Broking. He works closely with clients and insurers, playing a key role in helping to deliver a first class client experience. 

Previously Director of Underwriting and Claims at VitalityLife, Darren has extensive experience and networks in underwriting gained through senior roles at leading reinsurers (Swiss Re and RGA), insurers and the Lloyd’s of London market.

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Nicholas George

Nick is a board member and a qualified chartered accountant with many years of experience in stock broking, investment banking and asset management.

He has spent a large part of his career in the Far East where he worked for JP Morgan and HSBC before establishing a hedge fund of funds business that he sold to LGT Capital Partners. He is a director at Nutmeg and sits as a non-executive director on a number of public, listed company boards including Henderson Far East Income.

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Michelle Cartwright

Michelle is our international life insurance specialist. She has over 20 years of wealth planning experience. Since joining John Lamb, Michelle has placed significant insurance cover for high net worth clients in the UK and abroad. 

She has in-depth knowledge and experience of insurance products available in the UK and international markets and how to access them, enabling families to manage inter-generational wealth transfers effectively.

Michelle is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She holds a BA in Economics with French, an MSc in Psychology and Graduate Diplomas in Law and Quantitative Development Economics and an Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising. She also has a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

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Ken Maxwell

Ken is a Chartered Wealth Manager with over 10 years’ experience working in the financial markets.

He initially started as a private client advisor focusing on equities and derivatives. He later went on to complete the Diploma in Private Client Investment Advice and Management.

Ken has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Exeter. He is currently studying towards the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

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Louise Fairlamb

Louise has worked in financial services for most of her career, specialising in protection and inheritance tax planning, landed estates and primogeniture estate planning over the last 10 years.  With a degree in English, she is studying towards a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Louise is passionate about delivering an exceptional client experience and is skilled in dealing with a plethora of stakeholders to ensure the chosen solution works for all.

Louise is a keen singer and leads the choir for an annual village Christmas carol concert which is attended by over 100 people.  

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Lynn Mcgrane

As Head of Operations, Lynn is responsible for all aspects of client service and business support throughout the insurance application process. This includes management of all client data such as sensitive medical information and ensuring that appropriate processes and controls are in place. She also manages the finance and HR activities within the business.

Lynn has 30 years of experience within the financial services industry, most of which was gained in large insurance companies and more recently in the financial advice sector. She has headed up a number of client service teams, delivering a high standard of service in the areas of life insurance, pensions, annuities and investments.

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