Meet the team

 

Tony Gilpin


Tony Gilpin

Managing Director

Tony joined the company in 1996 as Travel Manager; he has since worked his way up the ranks and passed a Diploma in Business Management Degree in 2005. His contribution, hard work, ability to drive new business and results saw him being appointed Managing Director in 2009 following the retirement of Chris Vander.

Following a business restructure in 2012, Tony became joint Managing Director of Chapman Stevens & Chase Parkinson. The businesses have since merged. Under his direction, the Towergate Underwriting Travel business & team continue to grow and achieve great results. Tony has a wealth of experience in all Travel related matters and is widely recognised as one of the leading lights in respect of Insurance Cover to meet the 1992 EC Package Travel Regulations. We now act as Business Partners to ABTA, IAGTO & the Coach Tourism Council.

Outside of work, for his sins Tony is a Nottingham Forest fan, but when he is not holding his head in his hands, he is enjoying his time with his wife & 2 young children. Tony also likes to give back and partakes in many challenges for Charity such as parachute jumping, sailing, bungee jumps & half marathons. Tony also likes to Garden, play football & snooker when time permits.


Steve Browne

Steve Browne

Senior Account Executive

Steve manages a portfolio of existing clients and combines this with new business activities across our range of travel industry products, as well as coordinating and delivering our travel insurance training provision across the portfolio as a whole. He also acts as a liaison with our regulatory solution provider.

Out of work his time is taken up driving his three children to their extensive range of sporting and social activities. Somehow, he has actually found time to help out with his daughter's football team. Steve is a keen cook and a bit of a film buff.


Kevin Street

Kevin Street

Office & Compliance Manager

Kevin heads up our Compliance & Office teams having gained a wealth of experience in a variety of insurance-based leadership roles. The team, under Kevin’s direction have invested heavily in new technology to improve the customer experience and to ensure that Towergate is at the forefront of new changes.



 Tony Duke

Tony Duke

New Business Development Executive

Having previously worked within the travel industry for nearly 20 years, his main focus is on bringing in new business from all travel related companies and making sure that they receive the best service possible, being a strong believer in providing a professional service and maintaining a good working relationship.

Outside of work Tony enjoys spending time with his family by doing various activities. If he is really lucky, he might be able to get out for a round of golf or two at some point in the year. He enjoys socializing with his friends, watching various sports, camping and walking. Like most people, Tony enjoys holidaying abroad and has visited Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, Mauritius and Thailand as well as several European destinations.



Alan James

Underwriting Manager

Alan manages the travel insurance underwriting team for our coach operators and brokers where they manage the pricing of new business and renewals renewal presentations together with policy wordings.

 

Sam Sciortino

Sam Sciortino

Commercial Team Leader

Sam manages the commercial department’s activities, getting involved in new business and renewal negations and assisting mainly Tour Operators/Travel Agents on policies required to comply with the EC Directives and Package Travel Regulations. We are specialists in Tour Operators Liability and Financial Failure Cover.

Outside of work, Sam is an avid gym goer, Arsenal supporter and follows boxing and UFC. Sam enjoys spending time with his family and friends and appreciates good food.

 

Beverley Tavener

Beverley Tavener

Senior Medical Administrator

Beverley manages a small team in the medical screening department where they assess the extent of risk from customers contacting us with their pre-existing conditions and applying the appropriate insurance terms in line with the Company and Underwriter philosophy and practice.

Outside of work she likes spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog, sewing & playing with her adorable grand children.