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Jeremy Cross - 30 years with IPS Group


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Name: Jeremy Cross

Position: Director

Specialisms: Specialise in recruiting senior executives in the General Insurance market, with a focus on underwriting and management roles, particularly in the London market

Joined: 5th April 1989

Number 1 single that day: Roxette – The Look

Top grossing film that year: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

This month in 1989: World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee

What initially attracted you to IPS?

A Bermuda office, which closed shortly after I joined! Mainly the opportunity to have a direct correlation between how hard I worked and how well I was rewarded.

Recruitment has a reputation of high staff turnover – what has made you stay for 30 years?

Great colleagues. There are 5 others I work with who have already reached 30 years service and many more who have worked for IPS for 10, 15, 20 & 25 years. Not only have they become good friends, it means clients benefit from continuity of service from consultants who have a deep understanding of their business.

How has IPS changed over the past 30 years?

There weren’t any computers 30 years ago!

Best habit at work your colleagues would say you have:

Knowledgeable about the insurance market and a collegiate approach.

Worst habit at work your colleagues would say you have:

Setting the aircon too low!

Best Memory at IPS:

Seeing colleagues progress from junior roles into senior management positions. Also honoured to have become a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers during my time at IPS.

Passions outside of work:

My wife and I have a wonderful daughter who is studying at Loughborough University and a severely autistic son who we love just as he is. Sailing (I am a member of the Lloyd’s Yacht Club and am part of the Fastnet 2019 crew on Lutine), skiing and photography.