James Eveling has been appointed Managing Director of Loss Adjuster Woodgate and Clark Limited and of Van Ameyde UK Holding Limited, effective 1st June 2023.
James Eveling has been involved with the Van Ameyde Group in the UK and Europe for over 15 years and, during that time, handled Van Ameyde’s acquisition of Woodgate and Clark Limited and the marine adjusting/surveying sister company, McAusland & Turner Limited. Eveling also advised on the acquisitions of Quadra Claims Services Limited and Spotlite Claims Limited.
Eveling joined Woodgate & Clark in January 2023 as part of Van Ameyde’s succession plan for the UK businesses as Corporate Governance and Compliance Director. He therefore brings a sound understanding of the Group’s business in the UK and the solid reputation Woodgate & Clark has built delivering excellent customer service and technical expertise to the insurance market across personal and commercial lines, as well as specialist areas such as HNW, real estate and entertainment.
James Eveling said: “I am delighted to take up this position at such an important time in the development and growth of Woodgate & Clark in the U.K. The business has grown substantially over the last few years and, following both organic growth and the acquisitions of Quadra and Spotlite, is now almost three times the size it was when Van Ameyde bought Woodgate & Clark in 2015.
“We will continue to support the platform for further growth by investing in our people, including our significant training and development programmes for existing staff. We will also continue to seek to bring in talented individuals to join our team at all levels across the UK. This will be complemented by continued investment in new technology, including a transformative claims management system and new field technology to support our service delivery and reporting. We will also monitor developments in AI to ensure that we keep pace with changes in the way our industry operates and the demands of clients, whilst remaining mindful of the reasons why we have built such an excellent reputation within our sector.
“Leading a business of our size in 2023 and beyond does now mean more than just delivering the core service. I’d like to see us on the front foot with some of these big themes as we try to deliver some meaningful and positive change. This includes a focus on diversity and inclusion which will be a key driver as we recruit, train, coach and develop the loss adjusters and claims technicians of the future, along with all other professional colleagues, reinforcing our reputation as an employer of choice within our sector. We will also strive to make more progress towards being a more responsible business, committed to the delivery of our ESG proposition and mindful of the objectives and policies of our clients.”
Eveling succeeds Phil Scarrett who has taken the decision to retire after 44 years in the insurance sector. Scarrett will remain with the business as a full-time director until the end of 2023 to ensure a smooth transition.