Who we are

From our leaders to administrative support, our people make our business. Without this, we wouldn’t be what we are now: the Eastwood family – and we hope that our clients feel this too. Interested in joining our team? Please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Working for us

We don't currently have any positions available but we welcome the submission of speculative CVs. We reply to all employment enquiries and will keep CVs on file to be considered should any suitable vacancies arise. If you are interested in working for us, please send your CV to Lucy Hodgson, Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

We take staff development very seriously and believe that each employee is an important and valued member of our team and our company’s success depends on the dedicated efforts of each person. Our commitment to staff development ensures that our staff are provided with the learning and development opportunities they require to perform their duties to the highest standard.

Staff at Eastwood and Partners receive a comprehensive induction, annual appraisals and individual training plans. As part of our Study Agreement, we provide encouragement, financial support and time off for employees to attend seminars, training courses and to achieve relevant qualifications.

In addition, everyone can access an online learning and development system where they can store their Continued Professional Development and complete any of the 280+ online courses. Staff can also take advantage of a ‘gap analysis’ website, where they can test their knowledge and receive feedback. 

Eastwood and Partners employs about 55 people. Insurance roles operate within the following departments: Commercial, Corporate, SME, Personal Lines, High Net Worth, Broking and Compliance. Support departments are: Accounts, Reception/Secretarial, IT and Human Resources. In addition, we have partner companies who employ approximately 36 members of staff in total and cover the following areas: Financial Services, Health and Safety, Credit Risk. 

"We are extremely proud of our record of employing trainees. Where possible we aim to take on a trainee every year. We have many success stories of staff that have begun their employment with us as a trainee and have been developed and promoted through the company" Lucy Hodgson, Director.

Jayne Clowes


My insurance industry career began in 1980 and I was a co-founder of Eastwood & Partners in 1991. I am responsible for office management, compliance and an account handler for commercial clients. Outside of work, my interests include spending time at the coast, walking, cooking, fashion and family life.

Who are we

Eastwood and Partners has specialised in providing corporate and private clients with intelligent insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. Today, we are firmly established as one of Yorkshire’s most respected independent insurance brokers and have built our success upon our ability to find bespoke insurance solutions for each client whilst offering quality service. Operating from a network of offices in Huddersfield, Sheffield and Elland, our experienced team of insurance professionals continually exceeds customer expectations. Independently owned and operated, we have access to an extensive portfolio of business insurance and private insurance products that are complemented by a comprehensive range of claims, internationalhealth and safety, financial planning, and credit risk services.

As part of the professional service at Eastwood and Partners, an Account Executive is appointed for every client. They will work with you to understand your business, appreciate the risks and challenges you face and discuss how best they can be managed and insured. You will also receive assistance with day to day queries and policy alterations from a dedicated Account Handler. 

The traditional values, integrity and results associated with an established, market-leading broker enable us to nurture long term, value-adding relationships with clients and work with them to safeguard their business and private assets.

"There's a family atmosphere in this firm, we're good at listening. Our clients feel that they are needed and looked after. They appreciate our long-term commitment" – Lucy Hodgson, Director.


At Eastwood and Partners we recognise that an increasing number of companies have representation overseas. To meet their needs we have developed an international network of insurance brokers. We have built effective trading relationships with quality insurers and partner brokers in a number of countries worldwide.

Whether you have a single overseas office or you run a multi-location manufacturing business, our experienced team can draw upon their experience and practical knowledge to craft an insurance solution just for you.

We provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are being looked after by a quality broker who is experienced at dealing with the very specific insurance requirements and legislation of their country. The added benefit of a partner broker is that they provide a local accessible service for your overseas representation. We are also able to provide "reverse flow" business - where there is a requirement for a policy to be issued in the UK to meet with legislation, for a UK entity of an overseas domiciled company.

"Eastwood and Partners Insurance Brokers has developed effective trading relationships with insurers and partner brokers to ensure adequate protection can be provided and that it meets with local legislation” – Tony Crabtree, Director.


Tony Crabtree


Following a burgeoning football career, I took an interest in the insurance industry and eventually into commercial broking. I then joined our team in 2006, progressing to the Board in 2011. Away from the office, I am a governor at a local school, have long-term involvement in junior sport and enjoy football and golf.

Lucy Hodgson


My focus is on providing insurance solutions, tailor made to bring comfort and security to clients. My responsibilities also include our Broking activities and all aspects of HR. I am a member of Rotary and run a leadership programme for young future leaders. I am also a trustee of an almshouse charity. I love singing and belong to a choir.

Andrew Sugden


Working as an Insurance Broker since 1980 and previously a Director of another brokerage, I went on to be a co-founder of Eastwood & Partners in 1991. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time outdoors, as well as living and working on a small Peak District farm.

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Ian Sheppard


I am Managing Director of the Westin Group, also based in Huddersfield. I was appointed to the Board in 2012 to assist with financial and commercial aspects of the business, having had previous industry experience in finance and operational roles within large retail groups. I have also been a Director at Eastwood Financial Services since 2020. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Huddersfield office

Northumberland House, Northumberland Street
West Yorkshire

Tel: 01484 820000

Sheffield office

4 Park Square, Newton Chambers Rd
Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown
South Yorkshire
S35 2PH

Tel: 0114 2965760

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Eastwood Insurance Brokers is a trading style of Eastwood and Partners Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered office: Northumberland House, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1DT. Registered in England and Wales company no. 2560460.

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