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MHG Spotlight: Cathy Lane, Director, European Operations

CATHY1The bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know the person that runs the show in our Isle of Man office, Cathy Lane!

Before MHG

Growing up with a passion for the arts, Cathy originally went to an art college in London for theater design specializing in costumes and props. She later did freelance work for the Dutch Royal Ballet, Surrey Opera Company, Spitting Image and Chanel Four Films. Also, on weekends she worked at the world famous Madame Tussauds!

After making her way through the theater and film industry, Cathy moved back to the Isle of Man to pay off student debt by working in a shoe factory. She then moved back to London 2.5 years later to work for another footwear company progressing from a sewing machinist on the production line, to women’s footwear designer, and finally production manager before relocating to the Isle of Man again.

With the footwear trade in decline, and the Isle of Man being well known for its financial services industry, Cathy decided to make the transition and ended up as a financial adviser at a local IFA company. After 8 years, Cathy moved to another local broker to set up a life assurance department, and from there moved to MHG

MHG Timeline

Cathy was hired by MHG in January of 2011 as an Operations Manager, and was put in charge of building up and hiring a staff at MHG’s recent expansion office in the Isle of Man. She was a key part of successfully starting up MHG’s new branch and was promoted to Director, European Operations at the end of 2012, and still hold that position today.

Personal

Cathy is an avid reader, and loves fantasy and sci-fi books, films, television shows, etc. (She recently attended Star Wars Celebration in London).  Due to her background in theatre and costumes, Cathy also loves to design and make things. She can sew you anything from a wedding dress to curtains!

Community Involvement

Cathy is a supporter of numerous cancer research charities, either through taking part in events or sponsoring others who are close to her who take part in events! She also volunteered as a costume maker for a local children’s theatre group, and has been involved with the Isle of Man TT for 8 years, working with the TV company who film the races. Cathy and her husband have spent the past couple years renovating their house which was originally built in 1886!

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.