02 January 2018
Weatherbys Hamilton, the specialist private client insurance broker, is delighted to announce the appointment of Julian Taylor and Mark Egar as Non-Executives to its board from 1st January 2018.
Julian Taylor (left above) has been a partner of Millers Insurance Services LLP, the leading Lloyd’s insurance broker for nearly thirty years and brings with him a huge depth of industry knowledge. Julian is also directly involved in the thoroughbred industry as a Committee Member of Huntingdon Racecourse and also a successful racehorse owner with Venetia Williams and Henry De Bromhead.
Mark Egar (right above) is a highly respected land agent with Savills (UK) Ltd and has been the manager of the Whitbread family’s Southill Estate since 1981, as well as advising many other high-profile land owners in the UK. Previously he was head of Savills Estate Management and Consultancy.
Weatherbys Hamilton is enjoying strong growth in all three of its core areas of bloodstock, private client and farm & estate insurance and sees these two new Non-Executives as strengthening its team further as it embarks on the next stage of its development.
Charles Hamilton, Chief Executive of Weatherbys Hamilton, comments:
“I have known both Julian and Mark personally and professionally for many years and could not be more delighted that they are joining us. Both are widely known and respected in their different fields and will be a perfect fit for our business with such relevant knowledge and experience. They also identify with our ambition to grow the Weatherbys Hamilton brand significantly and I have no doubt that we will benefit hugely from their advice and strategic vision.”
Harvest – We’re off! The harvest is upon us once again and a little earlier than usual, perhaps by two weeks in some counties, and the combines roll out to tackle the first winter barley crops of the season on the lighter land.
There are many issues to take on board when planning harvest activity and most should have been completed by the time the first fields are cut. However, that’s all very well said and done when on-going issues inevitably confound the best laid plans and it is sometimes useful to have a checklist on the more obscure and, some would say, mundane details such as insurance!
This year is drier and hotter than most and here are a few tips that can help in avoiding trouble.
Fire. Remove the dust and detritus from the combine and also from the balers before, after and during the operation. Combine and large baler fires in particular are increasingly common and in many cases avoidable. Don’t just carry a fire extinguisher in the combine, but have one in each tractor cab and farm pick up. Reviewing these matters with seasonal harvest staff is imperative. The grain drying equipment within the sheds should have been maintained and again be dust free with the electrics and motors checked. Damp conditions, which I am sure will also be experienced, play havoc with blocking augers, which can again cause combustible situations.
Insurance check – Are your combinable crop and straw sums insured adequate to cover the increased quantities and values in the field, in store and being hauled between the two? Insurers will be keen to know where the straw is located and there may be limits on the amount of straw you can store in any one location. Have you extended your insurance to cover hire costs following a fire, thus enabling you to continue without interruption and with the reassurance of knowing that hire charges for machinery and alternative storage/drying are covered?
Staff. Check that temporary staff are well versed in the safety management of the farm and spend time running through emergency scenarios. (Give them emergency numbers to put in their phones). Talk to experienced staff about what went wrong and what worked in previous harvests. Also check that the new seasonal staff are old enough to drive certain machines and combinations as strict weight limits apply – I have a list, and its not easy to follow!
Insurance check – Have you informed your insurer about hiring extra staff – you may be covered automatically, but it’s good to check, just in case employers liability cover was lapsed for any reason. Is there a group personal accident scheme in place to cover employees following accidents and which enables you to employ temporary staff in the knowledge that the insurers will pay for the additional costs.
This advice is not intended to be exhaustive, but if you would find a more comprehensive check list useful, you are welcome to contact Martin Wright on 01793 847333 in our Swindon office or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weatherbys Hamilton is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the Mixed Open at the inaugural International Point-to-Point at Barbury Castle on Saturday 14th January.
This is an exciting new fixture aimed at attracting top competition as well as showcasing talent from both sides of the Irish Sea ahead of the big Cheltenham Sale at the end of that month.
Weatherbys Hamilton is a well-known name for the insurance of houses, farms and estates and bloodstock and has a thriving office in Swindon which serves the Cotswold area and all neighbouring counties. Richard Chugg, Martin Wright and Angus Maclean, the partners in that office, have a strong following and the firm has a growing national reputation.
Charles Hamilton, Chief executive, Weatherbys Hamilton LLP commented ” We are thrilled to be sponsoring at such an exciting new meeting and at course like Barbury. The concept of encouraging Anglo-Irish competition is such a good one and I am sure will be rewarded by great support from runners and spectators alike. Let’s hope for decent weather and a big turn-out to mark a meeting that will only go from strength to strength.”