Meet The Team

Howard Pepper
Howard Pepper Managing Director
My experience in the insurance industry stretches back over 30 years. As a Managing Director at Marsh & McLennan (formerly Sedgwick plc in the UK) from 1981 to 2005, I had regional responsibility for retail insurance broking in the UK. I then joined Oval Insurance Broking and was appointed Managing Director of the Insurance Broking business in 2007. I’m proud of my excellent track record in developing profitable and client focused businesses across multiple locations.

Favourite Personality – Sergio Garcia.

Hazel Westwood
Hazel WestwoodOperations Director
I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 15 years now and most recently have focused on change management and operations. As a qualified project and programme manager, I’ve got experience in supporting businesses through transition and embedding processes and techniques to ensure efficiency and compliance.

Favourite Personality – Stephen Fry.

Alistair Body
Alistair BodyBusiness Development Director
I have over 20 years in the insurance industry and over the last 12 years I have been working in a broker facing role. Prior to joining Momentum I was Sales Director at NIG Insurance and most recently left Ten Insurance Services as Managing Director.

Working with brokers and helping create customer led propositions is a passion of mine as is supporting the All Blacks and the occasional long(ish) bike ride.

Favourite Personality – James Corden.

Matt Brunton
Matt BruntonBroking Director
I’m proud of the fact that I was the very first recruit for the Momentum team! I’m responsible for the broking of both new and existing business and have built great relationships with both underwriters and our AR Partners. Before coming here I worked at Ten Insurance Services and HSBC after graduating from Portsmouth University. I’m a big Arsenal fan and enjoy most sports.

Favourite Personality – Zinedine Zidane.

Emma Webster
Emma WebsterFinance Manager
I’ve worked in insurance for over fifteen years in various roles within an accounts team, these go from general assistant to accounts supervisor in a local brokerage and on to managing a small team in a large national company. In my free time I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I’m a keen reader and baker. I have been known to ‘inflict’ my sometimes disastrous creations on work colleagues and any unsuspecting visitors. You have been warned.

Favourite Personality – Eddie Izzard.

Karen Jackson
Karen JacksonBroker
I’ve worked in insurance for as long as I can remember and joined Momentum in 2010. I mainly support the Personal Business, but will often assist with Commercial when I’m needed. I’m kept very busy raising my four boys and when I’m not working I enjoy socialising with friends and travelling.

Favourite Personality – Alan Carr.

Helen Webster
Helen Webster Quality and Compliance
I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 15 years, starting as a personal lines broker in a small independent high street brokerage. I moved on to being a commercial broker a few years later after joining Williams & Williams and later Oval Insurance Broking. For 5 years I developed an ‘in house’ underwriting role for companies such as Great Lakes, Zurich, Allianz before joining Momentum in September 2011. When I’m not at work I enjoy travelling and renovating my 19 Century cottage back to its former glory!

Favourite Personality – Guy Martin.

Ben Cooke
Ben CookeBroker
I joined Momentum in October 2012, after previously working in the corporate travel industry. I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in business management. Outside of work I’m a football fanatic and a big Leicester City fan. I also enjoy live music, socialising with friends and travelling.

Favourite Personality – Steve Irwin.

Joe Wyatt
Joe WyattBroking Manager
I came to Momentum in June 2013 from Giles Insurance Brokers. My specialist area of knowledge is in the Corporate and London markets and I have also worked as a wholesale broker. I love travel, the outdoor life and tennis. I am also an active member on the BIBA West Midlands Committee and currently hold the position of Deputy Chairman.

Favourite Personality – Bear Grylls.

Brenda Lakin
Brenda LakinPersonal Assistant - Directors
I’ve come back into the insurance industry after a break to bring up my three daughters. I’m an Admin Assistant here at Momentum and previously worked for Bain Hogg and Aon in Birmingham. I love to keep fit and at the moment circuit training and fitstep classes are my favourites.

Favourite Personality – Graham Norton.

Asta Lee
Asta LeeBroker
I’ve worked in insurance for over 18 years and previous roles have included Aviva and Giles Insurance. My role here is as an Account Manager. Away from work I have a daughter who keeps me very busy, but when time allows I do enjoy running and keeping fit.

Favourite personality – Ricky Martin.

Kalpana Khosla
Kalpana KhoslaBroker
I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, starting my career working for a local broker in Personal Lines. I joined Momentum in January 2015, after previously working in the Commercial Department for Willis Limited and Chesham Insurance Brokers. In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends, cooking, baking and I love spending quality time with my family and love making cocktails!

Favourite Personality – Emma Willis.

Angela Armstrong
Angela Armstrong Broking Manager
I’ve worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. I have had various roles during this time including underwriter at Aviva Insurance and supervisory roles at Insurance brokers including Towergate. Ten years ago I took four years out of the industry and completed my degree in Education. I moved to Leicestershire from Scotland six years ago with my family and have been enjoying exploring different surroundings. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, going to the gym and spending time with my family and cocker spaniel Charlie.

Favourite personality – Bono

Emily Heathcote
Emily HeathcoteBroker
I have over 10 years of experience within the insurance industry, working at IIB Insurance Brokers and most recently at Giles as an Account Handler. I have significant experience in the property sector and large commercial policies. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping and fashion. I am currently renovating an old chapel.

Favourite Personality – Kristen Wiig.

Alisha Okuneye
Alisha OkuneyeBroker
I joined Momentum as a Trainee Account Manager. My role involves working with the broking team and helping with the administrative duties. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising with my friends and shopping.

Favourite Personality – Jack Whitehall.

Lucy Mistry
Lucy MistryBusiness Systems Manager
I’ve worked in the Insurance Industry for almost 20 years performing varying roles for various companies. Over the last 10 years I have concentrated on Operational roles including Project Manager and Business Analyst. I joined Momentum in February 2015 as Business Systems Manager and look forward to ensuring we optimise our systems to help provide a great service to our Partners.

Favourite Personality – Steven Gerrard.

Charlotte Bradley
Charlotte BradleyTrainee Broker
I am excited to start my career with Momentum after leaving the car sales industry.  I previously completed Studies in Business & Management BA Hons and a Masters in Business Administration Global at Leicester DeMontfort University. In my spare time I love shopping, socialising, walking my three crazy dogs and being out in the countryside with the horses.

Favourite personality – Pippa Funnell

Dominic Coghlan
Dominic CoghlanMarketing Manager
I joined Momentum as Marketing Manager in June 2015. I’ve worked in marketing since graduating from Loughborough University in 2008 with a degree in Management Sciences. I enjoy music, reading, sports and spending time with my friends and family, especially my two young nephews. I’m currently learning to play the guitar, although it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be!

Favourite personality – Micky Flannigan.

Julie Langton
Julie LangtonAdministrator
I joined momentum as an administrator. I worked in retail for a short while but prior to that I worked in the banking industry. I have 2 daughters who keep me very busy out of work, as does our recently acquired family dog who likes to be taken on very long walks.

Favourite personality – Keith Lemon

Mary Hatwell
Mary HatwellAdministrator
I  joined momentum as an administrator. I had previously worked as a sales administrator in Renewables for seven and a half years.  I enjoy spending quality time with my two boys, travelling and going to Salsa classes.

Favourite personality – Richard Branson

Kristie Wilson
Kristie WilsonBroker
I started my career in insurance straight from school when I started working at Aviva – what was meant to be a 6 month gap soon turned into 8 years in commercial underwriting! Away from work I enjoy shopping, travelling, socialising with friends and I recently gained a qualification in doing nails so you will usually find me doing mine (or my friends’ and family’s)!

Favourite personality: Emma Stone

Judy Dutfield
Judy DutfieldFinance Assistant
I have been in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years, in various positions within the Finance Department at Oval Insurance.  Although primarily involved with Sales Ledger I have knowledge and experience within all Accounts areas.  I have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren. A little  dog called Bertie and an allotment, all of which keeps me very busy.

Favourite Personality – Gerard Butler.

Astrid Grimes
Astrid GrimesBroker
I have worked in the insurance industry for almost 30 years. I started at Provincial Insurance in Leicester in 1987 as an underwriter and soon moved into broking, working for 5 broking firms along the way dealing with most classes of commercial insurance. I had a very extended maternity leave from 2002 to 2010 but returned to insurance when my youngest child started school.  I am a governor at our local primary school, and produce a village magazine in my spare time.  I enjoy playing tennis and doing occasional fitness challenges! (Moon Walk, Warrior Adrenaline Race etc)

Favourite Personality : Eric Cantona

Nina Ganatra
Nina GanatraBroker
I joined the Momentum team late 2016. My background in insurance spans 13 years in which I have gained experience in SME and commercial lines, starting off in an insurance administration  role and then on to account handling positions. Before my adventures in insurance I’ve worked in sales, beauty therapy and freelance make up for weddings and shows. Outside of work I enjoy reading, travelling and yoga.

Favourite personality: Bob Marley

Molly Butler
Molly ButlerBroker
I joined momentum in January 2017 and I am really looking forward to my future here. I started my career in the insurance industry with Aviva 7 years ago as a commercial underwriter dealing with fleet, mini-fleet, property and liability insurance.  Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and have a 10 month old daughter who keeps me on my toes.

Favourite personality: Peter Kay

Amy Archer
Amy ArcherAdministrator
My first job in insurance was at CIA Insurance, where I dealt with landlord insurance renewals and administration. After this I moved onto a more admin-based role and worked at a plant hire for two years.

Outside of work I enjoy going on long walks on the countryside right next to my house, shopping with friends and binging on Netflix.

Favourite personality: Ant & Dec

Marie Jarman
Marie JarmanAdministrator Team Leader
I joined Momentum in July 2017 as an Administrator Team Leader. I have previously worked in the banking Industry (Santander) for many years in various Customer Service/Administration roles. Prior to joining Momentum I worked for 2 years in International Trade for a small Freight Forwarding company based in Nuneaton. I love swimming and have 2 dogs which I enjoy walking in the lovely countryside near to where I live. When I get the time I enjoy listening to a wide range of music from popular to relaxing classical tracks.

Favourite personality – Andreas Bocelli

Tracy Little
Tracy LittleBroker
I started my insurance career back in 1991 and have had various roles at different brokers, including large corporates and family-run companies. My roles have included Life Assurance Administrator, Administration/PA, Senior Personal Lines Account Handler and Commercial Account Handler. I spend most of my spare time taking my teenage son to various football matches –  he plays for a Sunday League team as well as being in the Development Academy of a local professional club.  We also have season tickets at Birmingham City FC!  I enjoy keeping fit and regularly run (well jog!), use my road bike and power walk.  When time allows, I design and create my own greetings cards.

Favourite personality – David Walliams

Natasha Butterworth
Natasha ButterworthBroker
I have over 13 years experience in the insurance industry.  Before joining Momentum I worked at Aon for over 5 years in the Corgi Team before joining Towergate Insurance in 2009 as a Commercial Account Handler.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family & friends and going to the gym.

Favourite personality – Leonardo DiCaprio

Joe Cheesbrough
Joe CheesbroughApprentice Broker
I joined Momentum as an apprentice in July 2017. Having been here for a few days, everyone is really friendly and I’m looking forward to working here. A lot of my family work in insurance and this seemed like a great opportunity for me. Before joining Momentum I graduated in Education Studies from De Montfort University, Leicester. I enjoy most sports including football, tennis and UFC and also like going to watch Leicester City play whenever possible.

Favourite personality – Conor McGregor

Allen Guttridge
Allen GuttridgeBroker
I joined Momentum after six years in the insurance industry having previously held sales and broking roles with NFU Mutual & Berkeley Insurance Group. Most recently I have specialised in personal lines, particularly high net worth household and motor risks. I very much look forward to the future with Momentum where I hope to develop my experience further. Outside of work I enjoy Formula One, live music, reading and travelling.

Favourite personality – Morrissey

Claire Neale
Claire NealeBroker
I started my insurance career straight out of college almost 20 years ago and have remained within the industry for most of that time. I have held a variety of roles from starting in Personal lines and moving into Commercial with a brief stop in claims along the way. I joined the Momentum team in September 2017 and prior to that I was a Commercial Account Handler at the Bateman Group. In my spare time I enjoy Baking, Dancing and Karate (although not usually all at the same time) and making a fuss of my cat Ernie who is a very pampered boy.

Favourite personality – Simon Pegg

Adam Rowley
Adam RowleyMarketing Executive
Having joined Momentum as a Marketing Executive in early 2018. I have been working in Marketing in the insurance industry for 2 years starting at Gallaghers. Outside of work I like listening to music, travelling, watching movies, going to the gym and occasionally watch football at the King Power.

I am looking forward to developing my career at Momentum.

Favourite Personality: Steve Carrell (Michael Scott)

Jane Mycroft
Jane MycroftBroker/SME Team Leader
I’ve been in insurance for 14 years. I began my career with Aviva as a motor claims handler, quickly moved into underwriting and specialised in commercial motor, I then spent 4 years with NIG as senior underwriter and team leader. Out of work I love travelling and spending time with my family, I have a 22 month old son who keeps me very busy.

Favourite personality – Sir David Attenborough

Kirsty Preston
Kirsty PrestonFinance Assistant
Martin Barsby
Martin BarsbySenior broker
I have over 20 years experience within the Insurance Industry, previous roles include Broking Manager at Giles and more recently Development Broker at a regional independent broker. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, socialising and spending time with my family.


Favourite personality:  Jonny Wilkinson

Jenna Thomas
Jenna ThomasBroker
I originally joined Momentum back in 2012 as an apprentice with no experience in the industry. I started out dealing with personal lines enquiries and then moved on to do package and small commercial lines. I also qualified as Cert CII.

I left in June 2017 and had a brief spell out of insurance to try my hand at a completely different career. However, it wasn’t for me and I returned to Momentum in April 2018.

Favourite Personality: Miranda Hart

Puja Parnell
Puja ParnellCredit Controller
I joined momentum in July 2018 having worked in accounts departments across a range of different industries over the last 15 years. I am looking forward to bringing my varied experience into my role as a credit controller here at Momentum. In my free time I enjoy walking my chocolate Labrador Coco who keeps me fit and spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Personality: Paddy McGuiness

Lisa Marriot
Lisa MarriotInsurance Technician
I have worked in the Insurance Industry for nearly 20 years starting as a Personal Lines Account Handler for a local Broker. My experience of Commercial Lines was gained whilst working for NFU Mutual. I particularly developed a strong and varied knowledge within their Farming and Agricultural Sector, which lead me to become an Account Executive dealing with new business and servicing existing clients. I joined Momentum in early 2012 as an Account Manager to support our Appointed Representatives.


I left Momentum to go on maternity leave and have enjoyed being a stay at home mum for 5 years. I now have 2 young children, who keep me very active. I returned to Momentum in July 2018 on a part time basis as an Insurance Technician and it’s great to be back!


Favourite Personality – Tom Hardy

Alex Krill
Alex Krill Broker
I began my commercial insurance career in 1998.

Since then, I have worked for independent local and regional brokers as well as, local offices of larger organisations including Country Mutual and PIB.

I grew up in Norfolk but lived in Newark, Nottingham for 3 years before moving to the Leicester area in 2017.

My interest include motoring, travel, history, industrial heritage and following Formula 1.

Favourite Personality – Jenson Button

Sophie Oates
Sophie OatesMarketing and Graphic Design Assistant
I am a student studying Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University and I’m joining Momentum for a year long placement.

I was born in London, then moved to Warwick when I was young and grew up there, I have now moved to Leicester just for this year.

My interests include travel, art, music, and fitness.

Favourite Personality – The Queen

Toby Howgill
Toby HowgillInsurance Technician
I joined momentum in August 2018 as an Insurance Technician after previously working in Milan. I have worked in the insurance industry for 3 years now and I’m not ashamed to say I love it (so far)! I have always worked on the technical side dealing with specialised systems, brokers and insurers rather than direct client facing.
Outside of work I am a season ticket holder at LCFC, enjoy watching all sports and from time to time I venture to the Highlands for a hike.

Favourite Personality: Michael McIntyre”

Sarah Lovegrove
Sarah LovegroveAdministration Assistant
I would like to say that I am very excited to be working here and be part of the Momentum team.
Kelly Foster
Kelly FosterBroker
I have just joined Momentum following an 18 month maternity break getting to know my little girl. I am looking forward to the opportunities here and settling in. I have 23 years experience  within the insurance industry, previously working for Towergate, Aon, Aviva and RSA. Roles including mainly Broking/Account Handling but  a shorter period in Underwriting and Claims. Outside of work I enjoy going to see live bands, being anywhere by the sea, eating out and spending time with family and friends.
Jackie Smart
Jackie SmartAdministrator
I have joined Momentum as an Administrator, I have been in the Insurance Industry for over 10 years as administrator for SME for 7 years processing renewals for account managers also, Finance Department, for 3 years Cashiering at Oval Insurance.  I have Three Grown up Sons and two Grandsons. Me & my husband enjoying weekends away & looking forward to celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary Next Year.

Favourite Personality – Simon Cowell