Who's Who At Footman James?

06 September, 2013

This month as part of our ‘Who’s Who at Footman James’ feature we have interviewed Kevin Askill - Client Director within the Commercial Insurance team. 

o What do you do?
I’m involved with all types of commercial insurance. I visit clients all over the country to talk to them about their insurance needs as well as dealing with them by phone/email. I service both existing clients and new business, and I also manage a team of staff who look after general commercial risks from commercial combined, fleet policies to tractors, liabilities and commercial vehicles.

o How long have you been in insurance?
Since leaving school in 1977, I have been at Footman James for 27 years!!      

o What are your specialisms?
My specialism is motor trade insurance but I also have a good knowledge of general commercial products as well.

o How did you get into insurance?
I’m not sure people ever really choose insurance; it is certainly not as romantic as train drivers or firemen. I think it tends to be an occupation that people find themselves involved in by various circumstances.

o What was your first car?
It was a Mini 850 1961, Old English white; it had some rusty holes in the floor where you could see the road going by as you drove along!

o What is your dream car?
A Mercedes 300SL Gull Wing.

o Can you tell us about any interesting cases or clients that stick in your mind?
Many years ago Footman James were involved in insurances for a theatrical removal company (haulage contractor), who moved pop groups etc. It was quite interesting sorting out the insurances for the likes of vehicles involved with Pink Floyd in the USSR and U2 in Israel.

o Can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m married, have two children and a dog. My interests are sport (watching not playing!), music and eating out.

o If you were a vehicle, what type of vehicle would you be?
I’d like to think I’m an Austin Healey but I’m probably more like an Austin 1100, you can draw your own conclusions!

o What tips would you give to motor trade customers?
Look for a specialist insurer or broker. Ensure the sums insured are correct and make ensure your insurers are fully aware of what type of motor trade activities you are actually involved in.