Meet the team

Our Leadership Team

Simon Brewster Cert CII
Director & Owner

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Simon joined the family business in May 2014. A self-confessed ‘tech geek’ Simon has a software background that took him into the Investment Banking sector building trading and risk systems. He is using his skills to make a big difference to Ellis David by using technology to enhance their service.

Outside of work Simon enjoys playing golf and enjoying fine wines and single malts. His favourite quote is from Isaac Asimov – “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do”!


Denise Judge Cert CII
Managing Director

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Denise arrived at Ellis David in 2003, when she joined as a broker. Since then, she has worked her way up through the business, before being appointed as Managing Director in 2012.

While being managing director means responsibility for running the business generally, Denise still enjoys spending time with customers and ensuring they have the right protection in place for their assets – whether business or personal.


Our Broking Team

Fred Brown CertCII
Broker (Property Owners)
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Fred joined Ellis David in February 2022 to support the Croxley and London broking teams.  In Mar 23, Fred joined the Property Owners broking team and is now a fully qualified broker.

Richard Hamill
Property Owners Manager
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Richie joined Ellis David  in May 2021.

He is now responsible for the Property Owners team and our market-leading facility that we have from Hiscox.

Joshua Hyde
Broker (Property Owners)
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Josh joined Ellis David  in Oct 2023.


Neil Porter Cert CII
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Neil joined Ellis David as soon as he completed college in 2000. As an insurance broker in the Private Clients team he sources insurance quotes, makes policy adjustments and provides claims assistance and advice for clients.

Neil’s favourite quote is by Bill Nye – “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” and when he’s not at work he enjoys playing a bit of football.


Mark Lester
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Mark joined us in 2015 as Private Clients Adviser. He has spent 12 years in the insurance industry with Moffatt Saunders, Rampdale Insurance and Knight Insurance. During that time a Formula 1 car was one of the more unusual things that Mark has arranged cover for!

In his spare time Mark enjoys going to concerts, travelling, reading, a bit of cooking and socialising and dreams of a tour of the USA.

Maimuna Dibba Cert CII
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Mai has been with us at Ellis David since 2009. She specialises in Private Clients and is responsible for personal lines broking and account management. Mai is passionate about ensuring that we are experts in our fields and that we truly care for our customers.

One day Mai would like to treat herself to a round the world trip, in the meantime she spends her spare time relaxing with her yoga, reading, cleaning and eating out..


Despina Michael
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Despina joined Ellis David in December 2022, when we merged with Crystal Insurance Brokers.

Pradip Patel
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Pradip joined Ellis David in December 2022, from Crystal Insurance Brokers.

Nicola Michael
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Nicola joined Ellis David from Crystal Insurance Brokers, following the merger of the two companies in December 2022.

Neil Cavanah ACII
Chartered Insurance Broker
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Neil joined Ellis David from Towbay Ltd, when the two companies merged in June 2020.
Connor Clare
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Connor joined Ellis David in Novmber 2023.


Stuart Runciman ACII
Broking Consultant
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Stuart started contracting for Ellis David in February 2016 as a consultant. Before that he was working for Aviva to develop their “Distinct” product range for high-net worth individuals. Prior to that he has worked as a senior underwriter for both Sterling Insurance and Chubb, specialising in High Net Worth clients. At Ellis David, Stuart is consulting on strategy, training and new business development.


Our Support Team

Daniela Budjanovcanin
Broker Support
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Daniela joined Ellis David from Towbay Ltd, when the two companies merged in June 2020.

Fred Rumney
Broker Support
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Fred joined Ellis David in January 2023.

Richard Carden
Copywriting and Social Media
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Richard works part time for Ellis David and is responsible for all of our written communications across our Website, Letters, Emails and Social Media feeds.

Wendy Brewster
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Wendy joined Ellis David in May 2015 and her role involves liaising with insurers to make sure all invoices and accounts are paid on time and preparing our management accounts.

Olly Evans
Broker Support
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Olly joined Ellis David in October 2023.

Dan Gill
Broker Support
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Dan joined Ellis David in October 2023.

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