An experienced team here to support you at every step.

Avenue is an independent insurance broker specialising in the market placement of UK and international Credit Insurance and Surety Bonds. We have specialisms across all sectors and work with companies of all different sizes from SMEs to multi-nationals. With us, you get the best of both worlds. An independent business with the autonomy to work with every insurance provider in the UK market. And a business that comes with the full financial backing of the Tavistock Group, a global investment corporation founded 40 years ago by Joe Lewis.

Our understanding, connections, and expertise ensure you get the maximum benefits from your policy.

Meet the team

Josh Levy

Chairman

Josh is an Investment Director with responsibilities in portfolio management

and investment strategy in the Tavistock Group, a global investment organisation, and Chief Executive of Ultimate Finance Group – a Tavistock portfolio company that provides funding to SME businesses across the UK. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc, a FTSE 250 group that is the UK’s largest owner of managed pubs and restaurants. Prior to joining Tavistock, Josh worked in the Investment Banking division of Investec Bank plc specialising in UK M&A and ECM transactions across a range of sectors.
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Shaun Purrington

Managing Director

Working as a trusted partner, Shaun has helped some of the UK’s largest and

well-known companies extract exceptional value from the credit insurance markets. An experienced credit management professional, he has held senior executive level positions with international credit insurance companies, brokers and credit management service providers. Shaun was previously Chairman of the ABI’s Trade Credit Committee and currently sits on the Advisory Council of the International Credit and Trade Finance Association – ICTF
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Neil McMyn

Finance Director

Neil is Chief Financial Officer of Tavistock Group’s European Investment Portfolio

and of Ultimate Finance Group – a Tavistock investment that provides funding to SME businesses in the UK. A chartered accountant, Neil previously spent nine years with Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance in Edinburgh and six years in advisory and funds management roles at Westpac Institutional Bank in Sydney. Neil has considerable experience of financial services and of listed companies including being non-Executive Director of DCD Media plc since September 2012.
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Polly Russell-Stower

Legal & Compliance Manager

Polly is the Legal and Compliance Officer for Avenue and Group General

Counsel for Ultimate Finance Group. She is a qualified solicitor and has considerable experience of working in the regulated financial services sector with both lenders and insurers.
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Corran Barnes

Business Development Manager

Another member of the team with both underwriting and broking experience,

Corran joined Avenue’s Manchester Office in January 2018 to head up our commercial activities in the North of England. Prior to joining, Corran was Sales Director for a regional general insurance broker having previously worked for ‘Big 3’ credit insurer, Coface. Corran has particular expertise in placing credit risks originating within the recruitment, technology and invoice finance sectors. He has also been instrumental in bringing innovative new products and solutions to the attention of Avenue’s extensive network of introducers and clients.
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Richard Welbourne

Business Development Manager

Richard started working for Avenue in July 2019 having spent the last 5 years

developing his broking skills with another independent and specialist credit insurance broker. An experienced member of the team, Richard is well known in the industry for his general expertise in structuring trade credit insurance programmes and for his specialisms in the Food & Drink and Construction sectors.
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Rachel Stevens

Business Development Manager

Rachel joined Avenue in September 2019 to lead our commercial activities in the

Midlands region and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team having spent over 30 years in the industry with a number of high profile broking organisations. Rachel’s approach is based on deep specialist knowledge, tailored advice and service excellence which is highly appreciated by clients, insurers and introducers alike.
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Caroline Dixon

Senior Account Executive

Caroline joined Avenue in July 2019 and leads our customer service function,

supporting clients with the day to day running of their credit insurance policies, advice on policy compliance and negotiating renewal terms with the insurers. An experienced credit insurance professional with over 20 years of experience in account handling with a handful of independent brokers, Caroline is able to offer a truly exceptional service to clients of all sizes and operating in any trade sector.
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Nicola Woolnough

Commercial Assistant

Nicola joined Avenue at the beginning of our journey and has provided the

expertise and experience behind our business processes and systems which form the operational ‘glue’ to deliver the very best level of service to our clients, introducers and insurers. Nicola started her career in the commercial risks market and has previously held operational roles in several blue-chip organisations spanning different sectors of the economy. Her role as Commercial Assistant brings her into contact with clients where she supports them with credit limit applications, overdue reporting and other policy related tasks.
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Lesley Bennett

Claims Handler

Lesley has been with Avenue since the beginning and manages the interactions

with insurers when a client needs to submit a claim to the insurer. Prior to joining Avenue, Lesley held senior operations roles with Tokio Marine HCC and Euler Hermes. In addition to claims handling, Lesley provides a complete account handling service for a portfolio of clients and has a particular expertise in the invoice finance space.
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