Keith Dickinson Director

Keith is a Geography Graduate from UCL who has operated in veterinary insurance and finance for over 30 years. He has supported the veterinary industry avidly during that time with financial and professional initiatives. He is a keen cyclist with a passion for golf, cricket and football.

Dan Leyland

Dan Leyland Operations Director

Managing Director with over 25 years of commercial insurance expertise in all business sectors including 7 years in the veterinary industry. Big Aston Villa fan and family man.

Shermin Cardus PMI, Health and Wellbeing Director

Shermin has worked for Shire Insurance for over 6 years and runs a dedicated health insurance team. Outside of work Shermin is keen at fitness and enjoys new cultures through travelling and cuisine.

Graham Scott Funding Specialist

Graham has over 40 years experience working in the banking industry. The last 10 years have been concentrated solely in Healthcare. This also included a national responsibility for the veterinary sector. He is passionate about providing great customer service and always looking to say yes, rather than no! In his spare time he loves the outdoor life and is a keen fisherman and gardener. Inside hobbies include reading and eating!

Matthew Wilkinson Head of Finance and Communications

Matthew is Head of Finance and Communications at Shire and has been with us since 2014, he is currently working towards his AAT qualification. Outside of the office he confesses to be an overenthusiastic club cyclist and runner… luckily this balances his love of cakes and fine ales.

Sarah Truscott

Sarah Truscott Commercial Account Handler

Sarah joined Shire in 2016 and has worked in insurance since 2010 as a Commercial Account Handler. She is Cert CII qualified and is working towards her Diploma. Sarah’s interests outside of work include Aston Villa Football Club, swimming, shopping, and where possible a nice relaxing Spa day!

Tracy Cooper Commercial Account Handler

Tracy has worked in the insurance industry since 1994 and has been with Shire since 2011. Tracy passed her Cert CII in 2016 and is setting her sights on starting the Diploma. Outside of work Tracy enjoys spending time with family, reading and swimming.

Michelle Sharpe Claims Handler

Michelle starting working at Shire in 2011 and completed her Cert CII in 2012. Outside of work Michelle is kept busy with her two children, she also enjoy days out with her family, spending time with friends and listening to music.

Jayne Farren

Jayne Farren Commercial Account Handler

Commercial Account Handler with over 19 years experience within the insurance industry varying from Personal Lines Insurance to Global Accounts. Jayne became Cert CII qualified in 2014 and outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two children, watching movies and eating out.

Carla Barry Commercial Account Handler

Carla is the newest member of our insurance team, joining us in August 2021. She has worked in the industry since 2014, is CII qualified and is currently working towards her DIP. When she’s isn’t at work, Carla enjoys swimming, spending time with her dog, going out for meals and having days out with family and friends.

Tom Crocker Administrative Assistant

Tom joined Shire in May 2021 having completed his Business Management degree and is currently working towards his Cert CII qualifications. Outside of work Tom enjoys following Formula 1, playing football as well as eating out.

Laura Price Administrative Assistant

Laura has been working at Shire since 2011 and is working towards her Cert CII qualification. Since she started with Shire, she has worked in Commercial, Personal and Health Insurance. Laura’s interests outside of work include being busy with her two young children, day trips out with her family, watching films, catching up with friends and eating out.

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell PMI Health & Wellbeing Administrator

Sarah has worked in the insurance industry since 2010  and became Cert CII qualified in 2012, earning the Birmingham Insurance Institute’s Most Meritorious Completion of the Cert CII Award for this year.

Sarah has experience in commercial insurance as well as employee benefits and outside of work enjoys spending time with her young family and dog, as well as sewing and crochet.

Abbie Walton PMI Health & Wellbeing Administrator

Abbie joined Shire in August 2020 and is working towards her Cert CII qualification. With no previous experience within the insurance/employee benefits sector, she has a steep learning curve ahead, but so far she has relished the challenge and has very quickly become a key member of the PMI Health & Wellbeing team. Outside of work Abbie spends a lot of her spare time with her x3 mini Dachshund’s, particularly enjoying her walks with them. She is looking forward to moving into her first home with her partner and their dogs very soon.

Olivia Ling PMI Health & Wellbeing Administrator

Olivia is the newest member of the Shire team, joining the Shire Health & Wellbeing department in August 2021. She is looking forward to the challenge that her first job in the insurance sector will bring her and all of the learning and knowledge that will be coming her way. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, watching films and days out with her partner. She has recently bought her first home.


Shire Veterinary Insurance And Finance Brokers are looking for talented individuals to come and join our expanding team in Amington, Tamworth.

Shire is an energetic and fast-moving environment where everyone is wholly focused on delivering exceptional service to our customers. If that environment appeals to you, click on the View Jobs link for more details of the openings we currently have available.

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