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    Chris Wheatley

    Managing Director, Premex Services Limited

    Chris joined Premex as Commercial Director in 2006, following its acquisition of Micrah, where he headed up the medico-legal division. Chris began his career as a marketer for Adidas international AG, where he progressed to Sports Marketing manager, before joining Micrah (part of HBOS).


    Chris has an MBA, specialising in relationship management and development, making him well placed to lead the Premex team in a highly competitive marketplace. Chris became Managing Director of Premex Services in February 2020.

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    Simon Margolis

    Group Chairman

    Simon qualified in Medicine from the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, subsequently working in several hospital posts and as a General Practitioner before founding Premex in 1996.

    In 2012 Simon was appointed as Chairman of AMRO for a second term having previously held the position in 2006 when he was heavily involved in the formation of the MRO agreement which followed on from the case of Woollard v Fowler. 

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    Doug Laver

    Finance Director

    Doug is a Chartered Accountant who spent the early part of his career working for a number of major Insurance companies.  Doug joined Capita in 2004 and supported their rapid growth in the financial services BPO market through contract wins and acquisitions, subsequently working across much of the company’s portfolio of private and public sector businesses as Divisional Finance Director. Doug joined Premex in July 2017 as Group Finance Director.  

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    Peter Higson

    Operations Director

    Peter started his career at AXA, where he held various roles within the underwriting, claims and HR departments.  Prior to joining Premex, Peter gained extensive operations management experience working across a variety of companies including Marks and Spencer, Ticketline and Ceridian. 

    Peter joined Premex in 2014 and is focused on continuing to drive service delivery, innovative systems and customer centric solutions to ensure Premex is best placed to meet the demands of an evolving market.

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    Maria Hardwidge

    Managing Director, Premex+

    Since joining Premex in 2001, Maria has worked across the business and she was appointed Managing Director of Premex+ in March 2019. With an intricate knowledge of the company's processes and customer requirements, Maria is responsible for the commercial and strategic direction of the company's complex injury service, Premex+.   Maria will continue to develop the brand and service in order to offer a high quality and tailored service designed specifically for specialist cases.  

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    Caroline Russell

    General Counsel and Head of Compliance

    Caroline joined Premex in 2009 and advises the Premex Group in respect of a wide range of legal and compliance matters. Caroline is responsible for driving forward the Premex Group compliance and risk management programme, helping to ensure that the Premex ethos of continual improvement and active risk management is the forefront of the Group strategy.

    Caroline qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and spent seven years as a corporate lawyer in Manchester, initially with Brabners Chaffe Street and latterly as an associate with DLA Piper. 

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    Tamsyn Haselden

    Group HR Director

    Tamsyn is a qualified HR professional (FCIPD) and Occupational Psychologist (AFBPsS) who has worked across a variety of business sectors. Starting her career with Royal Mail Group and then Reckitt Benckiser, Tamsyn is dedicated to delivering strong commercially-focused outcomes for the business. Change management and high performance are critical factors to business success and both involve bringing our people with us on the journey. 

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    Wayne Brannan

    Commercial Director

    Wayne joined Premex in 2015, having worked closely with the group during his time as a senior manager at one of the largest law firms in the sector. Wayne began his career as a filing clerk in a large-volume property law firm in 1998, shortly after becoming a Fee Earner and acting for clients in the Sale & Purchase, Disputes and Litigation areas before moving into insurance services in 2011. Working for BGL – one of the leading motor insurance brokers in the UK – he gained valuable experience in the commercial management and procurement of £multi-million supplier partnerships contracts covering a range of claims and work provider services.

    Wayne was promoted to the Premex board in September 2018, and to Commercial Director in February 2020, and is responsible for looking after trading and driving commercial innovation across our extensive customer base.