Cornish Mutual has welcomed three new recruits to its expanding team in Somerset, helping to meet growing demand from the region’s farms and rural businesses.
Leanne Pitman, Will Weatherill and Jack Webster are the newest members of the South West insurer’s Field Force team – the company’s ‘boots on the ground’, who visit Members to offer insurance advice.
Cornish Mutual has locally-based Field Force teams across the four counties in which it operates: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
A former member of Culm Valley Young Farmers, Leanne Pitman spent much of her childhood on her grandparents’ farm in Wellington. With a Business Management degree from the University Centre Somerset, Leanne also has a background working as an account manager in private medical insurance. Leanne will support Cornish Mutual Members in South Somerset, including the Bridgwater and Taunton areas.
Leanne said: “I really like the ethos of Cornish Mutual and I am excited to be working with people who share my passion for farming and the countryside. I am really looking forward to working in my local area and cannot wait to get out and meet our Members.”
Will Weatherill is still very active on his parent’s farm, where he grew up. Prior to joining Cornish Mutual, he worked for Santander, Audi and in a business development role for Glide Facilities, a student facilities company in Bristol. Focusing on the East of the county, Will’s role includes advising Members in Wellington and Tiverton, as well as the area north of Exmoor.
Will said: “The Cornish Mutual philosophy is close to my heart: I want to do right by people. I am also delighted to be working in the area where I grew up as there’s such a great community here.
“I love talking about farming and spending time on farms, and hopefully that enthusiasm will shine through when I meet Members.”
Jack Webster, who will be responsible for looking after Cornish Mutual’s Members in North Somerset, grew up in the Mendips, where he still lives with his young family. He previously worked in various general insurance roles, including a position at a health insurance company.
Jack said: “The Cornish Mutual Field Force role really appealed to me because it involves getting out and seeing people face to face. Cornish Mutual really put its Members first, which means we don’t get paid commission and instead focus entirely on what’s right for people. I am really looking forward to building relationships with both new and existing Members.
“The company has a really nice ethos and my new colleagues have been incredibly welcoming.”
Cornish Mutual Business Development Leader Philip Wilson said: “As a mutual organisation, Cornish Mutual is owned by its Members so it is really important that we have a strong Field Force team, to meet their needs. With growing numbers of Somerset’s farms and rural businesses choosing Cornish Mutual for their insurance, it is important that we continue to grow and develop.
“Leanne, Will and Jack are welcome additions to our Somerset team, allowing Cornish Mutual to build a strong network of locally-based advisors to support our Members in their own environments.”