Meet the teams

Learn about Lisa's role

What are you responsible for in your role?

I work within the Quote Generation Unit and I am responsible for the registrations team & the data entry team. I manage the day to day operations of the team.

How long have you been working at the company?

15 years

What is your favourite thing about working for the company?

The great people who I have worked alongside throughout the years

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Double espresso! 

 

And a few more exciting things...

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

Montenegro as it’s such a beautiful place 

If you could take a month to travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would go on a around the world cruise 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given? 

Your health is your wealth! 

If you had to choose, would you prefer to live with a robot or a cat?

Definitely a cat as I am a cat person. I think I may have been a cat in my past life!

 

Jonathan Cornell - Senior Risk Management Surveyor: South - Regional Teams

Learn about Jonathan's role

What are you responsible for in your role?

To provide site inspection and technical building & construction expertise relating to risk management of construction sites. On-going liaison with Surveyors and Management on technical matters and I help provide some cover when the Regional Manager is on leave.

How long have you been working at the company?

5 years

What is your favourite thing about working for the company?

The feeling that you are making a difference with those that you work with, both builders and colleagues and seeing projects come to a completion knowing the work and effort that went into it, hopefully defect free!

What led you to this career?

Ever since secondary school I knew I wanted to work in construction with initial aspirations to be an architect, however that soon became apparent that was not going to happen. I worked for the local regional builder until I returned from my honeymoon when they made me redundant. Same day I saw an advert in the local press for a Trainee Building Control Surveyor at Lewes District Council. I had been the Building Control Manager for the Rother & Hastings BCP for 8 yrs. when the then Regional Manager for the South East, Sam Butler called me to discuss a project. By then I had been in Building Control for 26 yrs. I was glad to come across to warranty.

And a few more exciting things...

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.

What film could you watch again and again?

Matrix or Lord of the Rings trilogies  

What’s one thing about you that few people know?

I was a Church Warden at our local CoE church for 6 yrs until 2019 during which time I ‘hired’ the current ‘priest in charge’.

Learn about Andy's role

What are you responsible for in your role?

I am responsible for researching, designing, delivering and evaluating soft skill training within the MD Group. This includes things such as management training, corporate inductions, internal e-learning courses, communication skills, etc. I also manage the apprenticeship levy to ensure all staff have opportunities for paid for professional qualifications as part of the apprenticeship scheme. Aside from these two main roles I also offer 1:1 coaching, write monthly articles, design events and look after content on MD Academy, our learning management system.

 

How long have you been working at the company?

Just over 3 years and it’s flown by!

 

What led you to this career?

Like most trainers and facilitators, I fell into it. Many years ago, when I worked in forensics (I have a few good stories) I found myself training others to carry out examinations. From there I got a job as part of a learning and development team for a large pharmacy chain and it went from there. I love the variety and meeting lots of people.

And a few more exciting things...

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play the guitar like John Mayer. If I could sing like him too I’d be very happy. Sadly, I can barely string a few chords together and my singing leaves something to be desired although it doesn’t stop me trying.

 

What film could you watch again and again?

I do love my movies so this is a tough question. I would like to answer something cool here but I have to admit that I never tire of watching Home Alone at Christmas. Makes me laugh every time and takes me back to being a kid again.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

An HR colleague gave me a mantra that has stuck in my head for many years now which is: “It is what it is, we are where we are”. It helps me get past those frustrating moments when things are out of my control.

 

Liam Devaney - MDWIS Managing Director

Learn about Liam's role

What are you responsible for in your role?

Leading the technical side of our business to improve customer service and risk management in a bid to lower loss ratios for our insurers and ensuring our customers comply with our building control requirements. If we do that right, we will see repeat business and help improve the quality of new homes across the UK.

How long have you been working at the company?

This will be my 12th year with MD Group.

 

What is your favourite thing about working here?

The people. I have had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of great people over the past 12 years.

 

What is a unique skill you bring to your job?

You’d be better off asking someone who works with me.

 

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

I’ve been working hard on my emotional intelligence for the past three years after being lucky enough to partake on a leadership development course through MD Group with Baxter Neumann.

 

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

I split my day into 30-minute segments and plan my proactive/must do work in my diary and allow time for reactive work throughout the day.

 

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

I would say it’s a three way tie. Gary Devaney – he’s built a multimillion pound business that employees 500 people in 24 years, starting as a one-man band in a loft conversion above a mechanics. Rob Burridge – one of the most organised people I have ever met or worked with and Rachael Roberts of Baxter Neumann.

 

What led you to this career?

After a serious rugby injury scuppered my teaching placement (I was going to be a PE teacher) in my second year at university, I decided to embark on a new direction and took up a degree in building surveying.

 

Learn more about Liam... 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Learn a new language: Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.

 

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

It’s a split between living in China for seven months and where Gemma and I spent our honeymoon, Sirmione, Italy. China was eye-opening as it was a completely different way of life and culture. Sirmione on Lake Garda is amazing. It’s our dream to travel Europe and especially Italy.

 

What film could you watch again and again?

Lock Stock, Snatch, Step Brothers, Superbad or Knocked Up.

 

If you could take a month to travel anywhere, where would you go?

Campervan around Europe.

 

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

If you want something, work hard and you can achieve it.

 

If you had to choose, would you prefer to live with a robot or a cat?

A robot to do all the boring housework chores that as adults we have to do.

 

What’s one thing about you that few people know?

I used to be in shape.

 

What one word would your friends use to describe you?

Honest.

 

What actor would star as you in the movie version of your life?

Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, as he’s one of my better lookalikes.

 

Steve Chadwick - Training Academy Manager

Get to know more about Steve's role... 

What are you responsible for in your role?

I directly manage a team of 5 BC & Surveying Graduate and I am coaching a graduate Technical Advisor from Richard Bradshaw’s team.

How long have you been working at the company?

I have been at MDWIS since 5th July 2021!

What is your favourite thing about working for the company?

Just how welcoming the whole company has been. I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t been actively helpful!

What is a unique skill you bring to your job?

I have been told on many occasions in the past that I am a really ‘explainer’.  Hopefully that skill will serve me well with my role as Training Academy Manager.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

Delegation – It peaks and troughs for me but I do need to realise that it makes more sense to delegate than just carry on with the task myself

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Early start – 6am – couple of hours before the house wakes up

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

A former manager, Neil Herries, he has passed a way now but had an amazing skill of making you realise you did know what the best route was and having the confidence to take it – However difficult that choice might have been.

What led you to this career? Lockdown… It made me reflect on what I was doing, where I was in my career and that I had more to offer to a team rather than being a Principal subject matter expert…

Michael Wasmuth – FRU Claims Handler

Get to know more about Michael's role...

What are you responsible for in your role?
I handle claims that are submitted for any structural defects that may have occurred to a Policy Holders property.


How long have you been working at the company?
Just over 2 years


What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I set myself a personal target for the week and attempt to stick to as close to it as I can, giving me a drive to be productive each day.


What led you to this career?
I stumbled into car insurance a few years ago and seemed to have a real knack for dealing with Policy Holders over the phone and being able to translate the policy to them.


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Always wanted my Pilots license


Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?
New York, it truly is the city that never sleeps as someone that doesn’t enjoy sleeping it was the perfect place for me.


If you could take a month to travel anywhere, where would you go?
The Americas a different continent every couple days.


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
So far it would have to be ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ Written by Richard Osman


What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Not so much advice but more saying I have lived by since hearing it ’Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend the rest of its life believe it is stupid’


What film could you watch again and again?
There is a few but my go to repeats are the Stars Wars films (normally skip the most recent 3 for obvious reasons)


If you had to choose, would you prefer to live with a robot or a cat?
Have to be a cat, with cats you know their intentions but no matter how well a robot is programmed you can never trust it (Terminator films are evidence of this)


What’s one thing about you that few people know?
That I was born in Johannesburg South Africa and moved here when I was 7.


What one word would your friends use to describe you?
That all depends on which ones you ask but the general consensus would be annoying


What actor would star as you in the movie version of your life?
When I had my long hair it would have been the overweight Liam Hemsworth in Avengers Endgame

Lisa Kipling - Quote Generation Unit

Learn about Lisa's role

What are you responsible for in your role?

I work within the Quote Generation Unit and I am responsible for the registrations team & the data entry team. I manage the day to day operations of the team.

How long have you been working at the company?

15 years

What is your favourite thing about working for the company?

The great people who I have worked alongside throughout the years

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Double espresso! 

 

And a few more exciting things...

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

Montenegro as it’s such a beautiful place 

If you could take a month to travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would go on a around the world cruise 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given? 

Your health is your wealth! 

If you had to choose, would you prefer to live with a robot or a cat?

Definitely a cat as I am a cat person. I think I may have been a cat in my past life!