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Moving On!

Published: 01 September 2020

After almost thirty years at WKW, the time is right for me to head out and, together with Jo, achieve as many of the multitude of things we still want to do in life before precious time runs out! Tempus fugit – carpe diem, (or, I guess, in modern parlance – YOLO!). Never have those words been more poignant.

Some will have heard me say in the past few years that I would only vacate my desk as and when I was happy that WKW, and particularly the Admiralty Departments, are in the best possible hands. I am delighted to say that I have no doubts that WKW is set fair to sail on to a very bright and exciting future, particularly with Anthony Smith in the Captain’s Chair and Michael Hird taking over the Helm of our thriving Admiralty Departments, with the Board and entire crew of WKW supporting them.

As such, my last working day will be 28 February 2021. Those who know me will not be surprised to learn that whilst I will have no further part in the direction of WKW from that date, I will not simply be vanishing from the Marine Insurance Scene overnight, particularly on the social and charity fronts. I have so many interests and projects to pursue, and have made so many friends in this uniquely sociable market globally, that I am sure that even when I am not “working”, I will not have time for everything that is planned!

W K Webster is undoubtedly a unique company, both in its ethos and in the services it offers. It is the living embodiment of that company where anyone with the ambition and drive can start at the very bottom and work all the way to the very top - with absolutely no artificial barriers in the way. To wake up every morning not knowing what the day will bring, except that there is certain to be something new, is a rare privilege and (most of the time!) a pleasure indeed. Whilst I shall miss the people, both in every office of WKW and also in the uniquely friendly Marine Insurance world, as well as the cut and thrust of pitting my wits against others globally within the fascinating framework of international trade, I do not lament being able to escape the incessant demands that modern communications place upon us in this 24/7/365 job – best of luck to all of you who will be tackling this going forward!

Covid-19 pretty much stymied my plans for a “2020 world farewell tour” but since travel forms a large part of Jo’s and my intentions post Webster, I would hope that I can still do so in a personal capacity and thus see as many of you as possible in the coming months and years.

Stay safe and well and live life to the fullest.

Gregg Newman

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