Meet the Team

Circle Golf have pioneered the majority of the covers that clubs now take for granted but we never sit still and continue to drive innovative concepts on behalf of our customers.

Ian Smith

Divisional Director

Ian has been underwriting and managing and servicing Golf Club Insurance Portfolios for over 20 years. He designed Par Excellence - The UK’s market leading contract in 2004 and has run Circle Golf as an entity since 2009 when it was formed as a specialist Golf Insurer. Over the past years Ian’s ideas have shaped the nature of Golf Insurance within the UK. He has been responsible for bringing Greenskeeper Error cover to the fore, been the driving force behind ensuring that the club Financial Liabilities Exposures are properly addressed, has invented and managed ground breaking valuation schemes and is in the process of commencing work on a market leading Fire Prevention facility. Overall you can be sure that if there is an exposure, Ian will find a way to ensure it is protected or prevented.

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Lisa Clark

Branch Manager

Lisa has worked with Ian for almost all of his 20 years - Lisa enjoys exceptional client relationships and it is her job to ensure that clients of Circle Golf experience only the best of service. If for some inexplicable reason our standards drop below the level anticipated, then Lisa and her team will work tirelessly to resolve any client problems. Lisa also manages the educational funds we have in place with both the GCMA and CMAE

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Lynsey Paris

Development Manager

Lynsey has been with Circle Golf since its formation, Lynsey is well known throughout the UK as a highly motivated and driven lady, determined to deliver the best advice to Golf Clubs who have yet to experience our facility and knowledge. Lynsey works very closely with her team of Regional Account Managers, ensuring that a seamless service is delivered right across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. If you have recently become a client of Circle Golf its probably down to Lynsey’s hard work and perseverance, whether at the forefront or in the background assisting her colleagues.

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Bryan Maxwell

Underwriting Team Manager

Bryan brings some much welcome experience and a calming influence to Glasgow. Bryan had been with Circle Golf for 2 years having worked with Zurich Insurance (Circle Golf’s Insurance Partners) for 40 years. Bryan brings some much welcome experience and a calming influence to what is a relatively young team within Glasgow. Bryan is undoubtedly the office’s elder statesman - although on most days he looks younger than Ian.

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Kevin Neal

Regional Account Manager

Kevin looks after our clients in the south of England. Providing Regional Support to our central team in Glasgow, Kevin represents clubs in London, Home Counties and The South West. Kevin is one of very few Golfers we employ - thus unlike the rest of us, he may well accept an invite to play your course - so be warned!

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Bryan Webb

Regional Account Manager

Bryan operates from Nottingham and provides support to Yorkshire and the East of England. Bryan is our eldest employee and certainly the company's wise old sage. Bryan is also an enthusiastic golfer and heavily involved with the Yorkshire region and will in fact be President of the Halifax, Huddersfield & District Golf Union from March 2015. If you are a manager of a club within his catchment, you are already - we are sure - well aware of Bryan's skill and talent both on and off the course.

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Shaun Henstridge

Regional Account Manager

Shaun provides regional support in the Midlands and Surrounding Areas. Shaun is a meticulous and highly respected professional. He has been with the Circle Group for well over 10 years and has built up an exceptional understanding of his clients business. He will be only too happy to meet with you and provide his unrivalled insight into your requirements.

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Michelle Hutton

Claims Manager

Michelle has over 17 years experience handling Liability Insurance Claims. Michelle is thus perfectly placed to assist the club in navigating the minefield that is Injury and Property Damage incidents arriving from the golfing activities of both the club and also it's members and guests. Michelle will also be assisting us in mitigation of loss and general risk management advice.

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Ciaran Sweeney

Regional Underwriter

Ciaran is our youngest member of Staff. Ciaran is being trained in all aspects of the business, Clubs in Scotland have already had the pleasure of seeing Ciaran dip his toes in the water of Public Speaking at a GCMA event, Handling Client Meetings and is now learning the ropes of underwriting our facility under the tutelage of both Bryan and Ian.

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Graham Christie

Account Handler

Graham is blessed with an endless enthusiasm and perpetual good humour - which he needs as he spends much of his time managing Circle Golfs ground breaking Competition Hole in One Cover and our Valuation Services. Graham also supports Lisa, when possible, in the administration of the day to day Golf Club business.

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Margaret Mackay

Account Handler

Margaret will provide support and assistance to both our claims manager and branch manager. Margaret's professional and client focused efforts will be here to assist you with any day to day queries you may have. Providing support to both the insurance and back office aspects of our business.

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Guidance on how to avoid golf buggy and battery thefts.

There appears to be a significant rise in the number of thefts of golf buggies and/or their batteries from Golf Clubs across the UK.


The Club has been with circle for nearly 20 years and I have now worked with for them over 4 years and during this time have had nothing but great help and service from all the team. The advice given is practical and easily understood so we can implement it efficiently without any worry of small print undermining us in the future. I can highly recommend the personal attention you get coupled with the care taken to understand our business.

Neil Hampton – Royal Dornoch Golf Club