About The GSI Group

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The Principals of the GSI Group are committed to further expansion over the next 5 years from both organic growth and acquisitions. With the advent of Financial Conduct Authority regulation professionalism and personal service are our prime objectives for taking the business forward.

Company History

The GSI Group has its origins going back to 1978 when its founder Geoffrey Simmons first started an Insurance Brokerage from premises in Windmill Street, Gravesend.

Since that time the business has split into four entities each specialising in its own particular area of expertise. Personal Lines insurance is carried out at their head office in Gravesend, Commercial Risks & Schemes (select trades and professions) at their Medway Branch and Financial Services in West Malling.

Geoffrey Simmons Insurance Consultants llp offer the full range of personal insurances tailored to suit the needs of the individual from the high risk driver to the mature householder. They currently offer a choice of over 400 motor schemes and have negotiated special rates for both young and old alike.

They are members of Countrywide Insurance Management Limited which is a national network of Insurance Brokers and trade with insurers electronically when not offering bespoke policies. Newly appointed Partner Mark Faull comments "when recommending a product to a client quality of cover is as important to us as cost and so should it be to our client. This is the only way to evaluate true value for money".

GSI Commercial Services llp are commercial brokers who have operated out of their Branch Office on the Medway City Estate since 1991.

They specialise in arranging commercial insurance for a wide range of corporate clients both locally and nationally. They have a number of specialist arrangements in place for Trade Associations and Affinity Groups.

In addition to Geoffrey Simmons, there are two partners - David Bramley-Harker and Terry Charlesworth.

David informs us that as well as the usual risk placements such as hauliers, motor traders, tradesman and the like they offer specialist risk management advice. This is achieved by conducting a detailed analysis of the clients business and then compiling a report and action plan so as to reduce and manage risks that can threaten the survival of any business.

UK Special Risks Ltd was formed in 2000 to specialise in arranging insurance for niche markets such as Electrical Contractors, Health Food Shops, Dental Laboratories, Garden Designers and the like.

The company is run and co-owned by Martin Bell (FCII) who has a wealth of experience in arranging schemes for various trades and professions. "You never know" he said, "if you run your own business we may have a special scheme for you". The benefits are normally cheaper rates with wider cover than is ordinarily available.

GSI Wealth Management Ltd are Independent Financial Advisers authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The GSI Group

The GSI Group consists of:

Geoffrey Simmons Insurance Consultants llp
35/36 Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1AS
Tel: 01474 359117/8
Fax: 01474 567852
E-mail: info@thegsigroup.co.uk

GSI Commercial Services llp
63, Riverside 3, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Medway City Estate, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4BH
Tel: 01634 727766
Fax: 01634 726647
E-mail: commercial@thegsigroup.co.uk

UK Special Risks Ltd
Unit 6 The Oaks Business Village, Revenge Road, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent ME5 8LF
Tel: 01634 862525
Fax: 01634 862425
E-mail: info@ukspecialrisks.co.uk

GSI Wealth Management Ltd
1 Churchill Court, Horton's Way, Westerham, Kent ME19 4YU
Tel: 01959 561500
Fax: 01959 562570
E-mail: postmaster@gsigroup.co.uk

Senior Staff & Advisers

Geoffrey Simmons

Geoffrey Simmons

Partner & founder of The GSI Group. His background prior to Broking was that of Area Manager for Pearl Assurance. With a deep-rooted desire to be able to give Independent Advice he founded the Business in 1978 as a composite Brokerage. Over the years the Business has split into 4 separate entities each specialising in their own areas of expertise.

Mark Faull

Mark Faull

Mark is a Partner in Geoffrey Simmons Insurance Consultants LLP. He joined the business in 1992 having previously worked for a number of Brokerages in the Metropolitan area. His forte is being able to offer bespoke policies tailored to the needs of the individual.

David Bramley-Harker

David Bramley-Harker

David joined the GSI Group in 1992 as a Commercial Account Executive having served 5 years as an underwriter with Royal Insurance. He became a Partner in GSI Commercial Services in 1995 and has seen the business expand three-fold but still has ambitious plans for the future. David’s main areas of expertise include Motor Fleets, Hauliers, Liability, Motor Trade and Property insurance. David is a Chartered Insurance Broker, professionally qualified to ACII status.

Terry Charlesworth

Terry Charlesworth

Terry joined the GSI Group in 1993 as a Commercial Account Executive and, together with David, became a Partner in GSI Commercial Services in 1995. Prior to that, Terry spent 10 years with a number of national Brokerages. Terry’s main areas of expertise include Contractors, Manufacturers, Distribution and Motor Fleet.

Brenda Hoadley

Brenda Hoadley

Brenda has been with the GSI Group since 1989 and, along with her Accounts Team, has the unenviable responsibility for reconciling more than 50,000 transactions each year. Brenda and Karon are responsible for the smooth running of the Accounts Department, overseeing the settling of Insurer accounts and reconciling the client money bank accounts for the three businesses within the GSI Group.

Maria Hatfield

Maria Hatfield

Office Manager at GSI Commercial Services, Maria has worked for the GSI Group since leaving school. Her main responsibility is to ensure the smooth running of the Medway Office. Maria has more than 20 years experience in Motor, Household and Liability insurance.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter joined GSI Commercial Services in 2002 as a Commercial Account Executive, having previously worked for national Brokerages. He specialises in all aspects of insurance for small businesses and tradesmen.

Brett Dennis

Brett Dennis

Appointed in March 2004 as Compliance Officer for Geoffrey Simmons Insurance Consultants LLP, GSI Commercial Services LLP and UK Special Risks Ltd. Brett has worked in financial services since 1987, originally in banking, then with Misys IFA Services – a fore-runner to OpenGI. He holds professional qualifications from the Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and is AFPC qualified.