Russ has more than 30 years of insurance broking experience. After various roles in the financial service sector, he established the business in 1989. His area of expertise is securing the most favourable life cover and critical illness terms for clients.
Russ’s aviation passion dates back to the mid 80’s when he flew several of the early design microlights. Moving up to heavier aeroplanes, he secured his PPL/A in 1990 at White Waltham & then went on to gain his IR and Multi Engine ratings. However, in recent years he’s rediscovered the joys of microlight flying and the majority of his hours aloft are now flown in a fixed wing EV97 from a farm strip near Swindon. He’s made several epic microlight flights to northern Sweden & Finland & has given talks and written articles about his travels.
Nicki has worked with Russ for 31 years and with the business since formation. She has developed a specialist knowledge in relation to the general insurance activities of the business. This includes accident & sickness contracts, travel insurance along with loss of class 1 medical insurance for professional pilots. Where required, she also assists in the setting up of policy related trusts. She has flown several times in both light aeroplanes and microlights but, to date, has not been persuaded to take her PPL!
Loreli joined the firm in 2006 and is our case process manager. She liaises between the insurance company and clients ensuring cases are underwritten quickly & efficiently. She is able to assist with proposal completion and any ongoing underwriting queries. Loreli also advises in relation to pilot travel insurance and has a comprehensive working knowledge of the life cover underwriting criteria of our insurers too. She has also flown in light aircraft and is hoping to do some flexwing microlight flying in the near future.
September 2019 saw us reach our 30 year anniversary.
During this time we’ve arranged policies totalling in excess of £1.6billion for clients flying anything from hang gliders to wide bodied jets. Russ, Nicki and Loreli have combined insurance broking experience of more than 75 years.
You’re in safe hands with SPI.
Insurance for cadet pilots
We have agreed standard terms with an insurer for ab initio cadet pilots who need life and critical illness cover for the purposes of loan coverage or longer term financial security.
Tax efficient life insurance
Ask SPI for details of relevant life insurance and this potentially highly tax efficient method of covering life insurance premiums. Most of the insurers we work with now offer this type of life insurance. Generally available to Ltd company employees (most often Directors), this can be a very effective way of covering insurance costs.
Fixed wing microlights
For qualified pilots flying less than 50 hours p.a we’ve managed to negotiate standard terms for life insurance and critical illness cover. This product covers the majority of 3 axis aircraft types.
Pilot supplies discount
Our long standing discount scheme with Pooleys is set continue for 2020.
SPI clients can now enjoy very worth while reductions on virtually every product line they sell. This includes a 20% reduction on Pooleys own label products.