We are a team with many skills - but one goal.

All of our team are insurance hardened individuals who have come from various backgrounds across the industry. Most importantly, we are ethical, non-corporate and pragmatic. Our number one aim is to do the best for you, and you remain at the heart of all we do!

Peter Cullum CBE PhD MSc.MBA FCII

Phone: 01455 556681
Email: peter.cullum@mvpartners.co.uk


Peter's industry experience needs no introduction, and he is widely known as the founder and major shareholder in Towergate, GRP and MVP.

His current roles include Visiting Professor at Cass Business School in conjunction with the Peter Cullum School for Entrepreneurship. Since investing in Ataraxia Broking Ltd, Peter has brought the benefit of his wealth of experience in the M&A market, along with wider insurer relationships to further enhance our product offerings.

Dave Clapp Cert CII

Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 01455 556681
Email: dave@ataraxia.co.uk


Many will associate his name with the success of County Group, which he took from a single brokerage, into a large group of 30+ brokerages through acquisition. Great deals, and first class customer service was the ethos behind this success, and something that Dave is passionate about. He also brings a wealth of industry contacts and experience to the role.

Nick Hopkin CMGR

Regional Development Director
Phone: 07921 567712
Email: Nick@mvpartners.co.uk


Nick has built up an extensive knowledge of the insurance profession over the past 20 years. Initially spending 5 years broking, he has worked in a variety of roles, most recently at NIG as Strategic Partner Manager where he successfully managed and grew profitable accounts with some of the UK’s largest Insurance Brokers & Networks.
He is a natural relationship maker and strategic thinker with a solution-led mind, whose reputation is built on successful collaboration and teamwork delivering results.

Paul Hughes

Regional Development Director
Phone: 07377 165241
Email: Paul.Hughes@ataraxia.co.uk


Paul brings over 30 years industry experience with him the Regional Development Director role.

Having risen through the ranks, firstly at RAC then Direct Line Insurance, Paul gained a wealth of operational and management skills, which were put into further play in his Sales Director role with Bollingtons. Paul joins Ataraxia from Principal Insurance, where he was Operations Director.

He is a great relationship builder, and is perfectly poised to project manage the roll out of our partnership deals to our network of brokers.

Sandra Alexander

Financial Director
Phone: 01455 556681
Email: sandra.alexander@ataraxia.co.uk


Sandra is a Graduate Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience in insurance broking industry. She has extensive management and finance experience, including the implementation of systems and controls to improve efficiency. Sandra has significant international experience across 15 countries and enjoys extensive acquisition and integration experience.

Simon Hughes BA(Hons)

Non-Exec Director
Phone: 01455 556681


Simon was previously chief operating officer and executive board member for Open GI, and responsible for software development and delivery, as well as a background in customer services and technical operations at the software house.

Prior to this, Simon worked for 15 years with Gus PLC, delivering IT solutions within the FS sector, and is well placed to help deliver rapid growth plans for our broker members.

Steve Duffy Cert Cii

Investment Director
Phone: 07977 139557
Email: steve@ataraxia.co.uk


Helen O’Neill BA (Hons)

Phone: 07980 292218
Email: honeill@ataraxia.co.uk


Helen’s career in insurance started in the broker sector, with experience of both independents and nationals, followed by 10 years with Close Brothers Premium Finance. Helen is a strong relationship builder, and enjoys meeting new brokers and getting to know their issues.

A good listener, Helen thrives on helping find solutions to complex situations. This works well with new investment opportunities, and the continued development of our existing group brokers.

Neil Birchenough

Business Development Manager
Phone: 07714 755623
Email: nbirchenough@ataraxia.co.uk


Neil has been in Insurance for over 30 years, starting in the claims sector then moving into the High Net Worth arena. Neil specialised in building relationships with insurance and brokers whilst working within an outsourced claims function. He likes to help brokers with existing business, and to look for new opportunities and revenue streams.

Neil has also spent time recently within a commercial brokerage and then working in the Life Insurance and Private Medical markets.

Mary Leigh

Business Development Manager
Phone: 07701 059424
Email: mleigh@ataraxia.co.uk


Mary has spent the best part of the last decade in the broking sector, gaining extensive experience of personal lines, wheels and commercial business in her roles. Mary is highly experienced in working with software houses, notably Acturis, to analyse performance through the reporting functions.

With a strong aptitude for new business, Mary is perfectly poised to drive performance across our group brokers.
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