Our People

Leeds 44 (0) 113 242 3130

John Cockshutt – Director


John Cockshutt

John joined W Denis in March 2010. He started his working life in credit insurance at ECGD, and took on his first broking role at Willis, becoming manager of their Leeds branch. In 2002 he helped to found the credit division of what became TL Risk Solutions and was business director on leaving in 2010, following the Towergate acquisition. John has in excess of 25 years’ experience in credit insurance, and is a member of both the Institute of Export and the Institute of Credit Management.

Kath Sherburn


Kath is a founder member of W Denis Credit and, like John, is ex ECGD, both having originally worked together in the same office of ECGD/NCM. Kath worked for Sedgwick’s/Marsh for 4 years prior to joining W Denis. She has a wealth of experience but would rather not say how much!

Jessica Furmidge


Jessica joined us in 2022, have previously worked in the South African Credit Insurance Industry.

Jacky Fellows


Jacky joined us in early 2019, and has 16 years experience of helping clients with their credit insurance needs. From her days in the Navy, she brings a much needed sense of discipline the Leeds team!

Sarah Beadle


Sarah has over 12 years’ experience in the credit insurance industry, in a variety of roles, and has dealt with a wide range of sectors including construction, retail, and recruitment. Sarah looks after a portfolio of clients in the North of England and has built up excellent working relationships with the Insurers.

Janine Reasbeck


Janine joined W Denis in September 2020, having previously worked at Aon, Bluefin, and Marsh. She brings considerable experience of credit insurance and dealing with clients across a range of sectors. She is developing a portfolio of clients in the North of England.

London 44 (0) 204 537 2470

Derek Barnett – Director


Derek Barnett

Originally from a credit management background, Derek is very experienced in risk analysis and is a specialist in the timber industry. With extensive experience as both a credit insurance underwriter a broker, and as a client using credit insurance, Derek has worked for both leading broking houses and insurers over a long career. Derek also co-founded Coastal Credit Insurance in 2009 which was acquired by W Denis in December 2013, when he joined the London team.

Julie Jackson


Julie Joined W Denis in 2011. Julie graduated with a degree in French and has an extensive background in risk management and credit insurance, having worked as a risk analyst and in credit management, before joining RSA and then Zurich as a senior underwriter.


Richard Jacobs


Richard joined us in September 2016. he brings over 30 years experience of credit insurance, having started as a trainee underwriter at what is now Euler Hermes, and subsequently worked with a number of brokers including Marsh. He has considerable experience and knowledge of receivables finance, but also construction, food, commodity trades, retail and vehicle manufacture.

Bridget Chapman


Bridget has many years experience of Trade Credit Insurance, including holding senior positions at Euler Hermes and Aon. She joined us in 2021 as part of the acquisition of Trade Credit Global, and has particular expertise in supply chain finance.

Tamworth 44 (0) 1827 62970

Richard Murray


Richard joined W Denis in February 2011 having previously worked in the credit insurance industry for 11 years, both at a leading insurer and a major multinational bank. Richard looks after our clients in the Midlands and the South West, and is actively involved in further developing our book of business from the South West to the North West of the UK.

Paul Rogers


Paul joined us in 2019, having extensive previous experience working for both insurers and brokers. A specialist in business development, and using trade credit insurance to support finance deals, he looks after new business in the South West, Wales, and the West Midlands. 

Lee Hargreaves


Lee Joined in late 2020, coming to us from Aon, and having previously worked at Euler Hermes. He brings considerable experience of banking and finance as well as credit insurance, and is responsible for new business in the East Midlands and the North.