Who are FIG and what do we do?

The Financial Industry Group (FIG) is a partnership of leading firms, local government and higher education across Norwich and Norfolk.

Building a global hub

FIG’s vision is to develop a thriving cluster in Norwich that is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for insurance, financial and related professional services.

In doing so, FIG creates value for people, firms and local communities.

The FIG Board comprises senior executives from leading companies, local government and higher education institutions. From UEA, FIG employs the latest thinking and research findings to achieve a sustainable cluster growth and organises a range of activities to promote the cluster.


Our Core Values


We value working together with those inside and outside the financial and related professional services cluster to achieve shared goals.


We embrace technology, support experimentation, and inspire creativity and learning.


We take accountability and are committed to economic, social and environmental sustainability.


We are a business community within a wider community. We aim to engage openly and constructively with all our partners to drive a strong sense of community.

Why Norwich and Norfolk?

Norfolk is a £20 billion economy (Norwich £3 billion) with 40,000 businesses (Norwich 8,000 businesses) and 390,000 jobs (Norwich 110,000 jobs).

There are over 13,300 jobs in the insurance, financial and related professional services cluster in Norwich. It benefits from proximity to hubs of financial and business activity in London, Cambridge and Ipswich.

Over 200 years in the making, Norwich is recognised as a centre of excellence in insurance, financial and related professional services. Norwich is one of the largest general insurance markets in Europe with the 2nd highest concentration of insurance jobs in the UK. In addition to attractive career opportunities, it offers outstanding quality of life, and the benefits of living in a vibrant, affordable, culturally advanced and accessible city.

Norwich is the home of important businesses and brands in insurance and financial and professional services that are taking advantage of the unique ‘value’ on offer in the region.

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Our Strategic Objectives


Develop alliances with key influencers in local firms, education providers, trade associations and government.


Attract, develop and retain talent of the highest calibre. Support community well-being, diversity and inclusion. Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills across the cluster.


Promote the FIG brand and goals of the cluster and expand the impact of its activities.


Enhancing the general business environment's competitiveness, together with the competitive advantage of core firms. This includes strengthening ties with fintech and tech companies to boost investment and productivity. Moreover, fostering a broader ecosystem of firms in the area is vital, enriching the entire economic landscape.


Supporting Norwich as a fantastic place to live and work in. Including, attracting inward investment, preserving cultural heritage, and supporting lifestyle amenities. All of which enhance the city's appeal for existing and new residents.

Meet our team members

Member 1

Steve Davidson

I am committed to, and passionate about, the development of the financial and related professional services cluster in Norwich and Norfolk.

I currently Chair the FIG Board, but prior to retiring in 2020, I was a Managing Director for Marsh and was Head of the firm’s Norwich office. I originally joined Sedgwick in Norwich (now part of Marsh) in 1989, having previously worked in the Insurance sector in the City of London and in Bermuda.

I also Chair the Advisory Board of Norwich Business School (NBS) at UEA (since 2018) and I was deeply honoured to receive an honorary degree (Doctor of Civil Law) from UEA in July 2023 in recognition of my contribution to the University and community.

Most recently, I joined Anglia Capital Group as an ‘angel investor’ in 2022 and have enjoyed ‘dipping my toes in the water’ as far as investing is concerned.

Member 1

Katie Snell

Katie is the Innovation and Sectors Coordinator for New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and supports the development and implementation of the LEP’s sector development activity, assisting with building the strategic connectivity between innovation hubs and key areas of innovation-based activity across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Charlie Wright

I am honoured to work for Epos Now; one of the UK's fastest growing fintech. As SVP of Customer Experience, my role represents our customer voice and our dedicated team that support them end to end.

I am responsible for creating a centre of excellence which leaves our customers championing our platform, maximising adoption so they can compete with the giants and allowing our thousands of entrepreneurs continuing to grow their everything.

I am only able to do this by creating a cultivated workforce and deep connections with our customers; I have a personal desire to have deep routed partnerships in the local community, charities and education institutes to ensure anyone I meet achieves their full potential.

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Tom Latter

I'm the Finance Director for Aviva's Personal Lines insurance business based in Norwich. I've been working in financial services for over 20 years and have been based in Norfolk for the last 12. I've only just joined the FIG board and am really excited to be involved with this group.

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Sam Brown

I'm a Chartered Insurance Broker working for the Alan Boswell Group, where i have been for over 12 years. I work with Commercial Clients across the UK from our head office in Norwich, providing expertise and guidance in their insurance programme design.

I was delighted to join the FIG Board in 2023. I've enjoyed living in Norfolk pretty much my entire life and it's great to be able to be an advocate of it as a thriving hub for the financial sector as well as a beautiful part of the world to reside.

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Stephen Scowen

I am an Economic Development professional with 20 years’ experience of working at various local authorities, leading teams enabling growth for much of this time. I have performed a prominent role in the development and growth of industrial clusters in a variety of roles, particularly in relation to figNorwich, New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) sector group, and the Food Enterprise Park, since 2015.

I currently work as Strategic Growth Manager at Breckland Council, leading a team responsible for identifying, and delivering, a range of targeted, tactical interventions throughout the district to enable and accelerate clean, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Member 1

Richard Pearce

I am proud to work for Barclays Private Bank and Wealth Management. My role is to support the community, clients, businesses and charities which I serve, with valuable and often life changing knowledge, information, connections and insight. Working across the bank with specialist colleagues to make sure our clients receive a best-in-class relationship that provides them with value, service, long term growth and security.

I am driven to connect our society with a wide range of events programmes that support key community messages, aids business growth and funds for charities and community groups. All of this is underpinned by my desire to connect and grow the market that we serve through deep rooted community involvement and business collaboration, taking on charity board roles, creating agendas for change and being a catalyst for good.

Member 1

Sharon Cousins-Clarke

Sharon Cousins-Clarke is an economic development professional working for Norwich City Council. With a background in economic research and analysis, her current role is focussed on providing an economic evidence base to inform policy development. Outside of work, Sharon enjoys a number of hobbies including exercise, ballroom dancing and language learning (German and Turkish).

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Anna Douglas

Anna is relationship manager for business, financial and legal services at the University of East Anglia. Her role is to promote collaboration and partnerships with external organisations to support growth and innovation. Anna's career spans a number of sectors including insurance, legal and voluntary services.

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Roberta Willner

Roberta Willner is the Business Development Manager for Norfolk County Council. Roberta leads the Economic Development team, with key areas of delivery including business and supply chain support, sector development and site development. Roberta has worked in Economic Development for past 12 years, in various roles including grant funding programmes, delivering inward investment and leading on international trade programmes, predominantly for the energy and food & drink sectors.

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Jodie Hosmer

Jodie is Head of Legal Operations at Mills & Reeve with over 18 years’ experience as a transactional lawyer and manager. She has a strong regulatory and project delivery background and is passionate about ensuring the pathway for early entrants into professional services is inclusive and spent time on the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Legal Panel commenting on the Legal Apprenticeship Standards as part of the Government Trailblazer Scheme. Jodie is a frequent guest and panel speaker on the future of legal services. Outside of work Jodie is kept busy being a taxi for her two children and other volunteer roles.

Member 1

Kerry-Anne Rookyard

Kerry-Anne is a Head of BD & Marketing at Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors with over 25 years’ experience in PR, marketing and project management. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and experienced in the planning and delivery of marketing plans across all channels. Kerry-Anne has worked agency and client side supporting businesses with their branding and marketing activity, delivering events and providing public relations support.

Member 1

Aiden Watts

Aiden is a Divisional Director and Chartered Wealth Manager at Brewin Dolphin and has over 14 years' experienced in the financial services industry. He started his career in London with UBS before returning home to Norfolk and the Norwich office of Brewin Dolphin in 2009 and works closely with solicitors, accountants and IFAs with whom he continues to look after a wide range of private clients, trust and charity clients. Outside of work, Aiden is kept busy by his young family but attempts to play tennis and is a qualified Rugby Referee.

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Alton Nutile

A dynamic strategic and operational leader serving as the Commercial Operations Director at Brown & Co, bringing a wealth of financial expertise to the FIG board. An accomplished accountant, Alton seamlessly oversees business operations, quality assurance, systems, information technology, financial reporting and financial control. His extensive background spans diverse sectors, including banking, insurance, facilities management, energy, and retail. Alton's vast experience and strategic vision positioned him well to join the FIG board in 2022.

Rooted in Norwich, Alton is not just a financial expert but a keen advocate for the local economy and education. Beyond boardrooms, he dedicates himself to inspiring the next generation of financial professionals by collaborating with schools and educational institutions. He also acts as trustee of a local charity. Alton's commitment to fostering talent and contributing to the community exemplifies his leadership and passion for making a lasting impact.

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