Patrick Carney


Started his career in insurance with Sun Alliance in 1980 and moved to Cayzer Steel Bowater Brokers in 1983 before joining BSIS in March 1986 and becoming a Director in 1988.

Scott Kinnaird ACII


Joined Cornhill Insurance as a commercial insurance clerk in 1984. Left to join independent NE Brokers Bishop Skinner in August 1986 working his way up to Director level over a 25 year period. Following the sale of Bishop Skinner to CCV/Towergate in 2010 he had the opportunity to buy a 50% shareholding in BSIS, joining them in July 2011.

Jon Gray Dip CII

Account Director

Started insurance career at General Accident in 1985. Since then, has worked for local North East brokers including Todd & Cue and Bishop Skinner, carrying out various roles including managing an office in Sunderland whilst working for Henderson Insurance Brokers. Left Aon to join BSIS in May 2021 when an unmissable opportunity to join the team as an Account Director came along.

Deborah Kinnaird

Office Manager

Has worked in the NE insurance market for 30+ years having joined BSIS in October 2000.

Rob Capocci

Account Executive

Commenced employment with Norwich Union in 1968 before moving to a claims background with both insurer and then Marsh & McLennan Group. Has worked for other local brokers for many years before moving to BSIS as an Account Manager in November 2012 following the sale of his previous company to CCV.

Claire Evans

Commercial Account Handler

Started work at AA Insurance in 2000 before commencing employment with BSIS in August 2002.

Debbie Armstrong

Commercial Account Handler

Joined the team at BSIS in February 2015 after having spent 25 years at independent NE Brokers Lycetts.

Donna Laws Dip CII

Commercial Account Handler

Joined BSIS at the start of October 2016 having spend 24 years commercial broking at Newcastle based Lycetts.

Mandy Armstrong

Commercial and High Net Worth Account Handler

Has 30 years’ experience working for various independent brokers having joined BSIS in November 2010.

Ann Dickinson

Personal Lines Account Handler

Has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance market, joining BSIS in August 2011.

Lynsey Gray

Personal Lines Account Handler

Joined BSIS in November 2017 having worked in similar roles in the NE market for the past 10 years.