People: Russell Scanlan; Pall-Ex

Joanne Marriott
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Joanne Marriott, commercial manager at Nottingham-based independent insurance broker, Russell Scanlan, has been appointed as president of Nottingham Insurance Institute – the first person from the company to take on the role.

The long-established firm, which is based in Wellington Circus in Nottingham City Centre, has a historic partnership with the Nottingham Insurance Institute, with many of its employees on the council throughout the years.

Now, after 19 years of being a part of the Institute, during which time she enjoyed the roles of dinner secretary, treasurer and deputy president, Marriott is taking on the role of president for the next 12 months.

Marriott joined Russell Scanlan in October 2020, and in her role as commercial manager she works alongside the management team to oversee the commercial and SME service departments of the business.

She said: “I am very honoured to have been chosen for the role, having been part of the Institute for almost 20 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some inspirational past presidents, so there are certainly some big shoes for me to fill! Nonetheless, I’m excited for the challenge ahead and I know I have the support of the council every step of the way.”

Leicestershire-based Pall-Ex Group has expanded its network team with a raft of new appointments to support on-going growth.

The logistics giant has doubled its team to 12 following the acquisition of the Fortec Distribution Network in 2020 and the introduction of its shareholder model.

Laura Brown, Nick Antill-Holmes, Alice Holdsworth and Kieran Lloyd Jones have been appointed network compliance managers, while Rebecca Wayte has joined as head of network – North and Craig Chapman as head of network – South East, Emma Beales as head of network – Midlands and Ashely Diamond as head of network – South West.

Member development director, Mark Barlow, has recently been appointed to increase shareholder membership, focusing on key regions for the Fortec Distribution Network, including Scotland.

Sue Buchanan, director of Network, said: “A sharp increase in service demand within the B2C sector has underlined the need for membership growth and improved efficiency within our networks, particularly in rural locations.

“We are pleased to welcome Laura, Nick, Alice, Kieran, Rebecca, Craig, Emma, Ashley and Mark to the team and look forward to strengthening the Pall-Ex Group network with their support.

“With more than 70 years’ combined industry experience, their experience and knowledge of the sector will be vital to strengthening our networks on behalf of our members and our customers.”