Compliance Consultants and Trainers - Searchlight Insurance Training

Our Capabilities

Searchlight is a full Member of the Association of Compliance Consultants (APCC), the only nationwide association of compliance consultancy firms in the UK.   You can therefore rest assured  that all our consultants and trainers meet the highest professional standards.

Our regulatory consultants and trainers have held senior roles with recent and have direct industry experience. More importantly they have worked as insurers and intermediaries so can provide benchmarked, best practice or market solutions. This is especially important where the “rules” are ambiguous or when regulatory requirements allow flexible and proportionate responses.

They are all unique in combining consultancy experience with regulatory training

Your dedicated consultant will either provide the service directly or source it through a subject matter expert within the team.

Our principal consultants are:

Angie Bryant

Angie BryantAngie’s career began as a graduate management trainee in a small life assurance company in the City where she became the Pensions Administration Manager. Positions that followed included financial adviser, IFA paraplanner, T&C supervisor and compliance manager. For 6 years she was the Compliance Director for a large regional IFA and investment management firm.

Angie’s real business experience as a director gives her practical commercial knowledge enabling her to turn regulation into commercial reality in a pragmatic way that recognises any firm’s need for profitability.

Ian Marshall

Ian MarshallIan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977 and has specialised in insurance since 1979, having worked in Bermuda, California and London. During this time he has worked as an  auditor, director, consultant and expert in various fields and in many countries. His experience is primarily in reinsurance, the London Market, arbitrations, schemes of arrangement and business transfers.

Ian’s employment during this period has been with Ernst & Young and the consulting firm, Chiltington International.

Jock Gillies

Jock GilliesJock was a police officer for over 23 years and his last 6 years  of service were spent in the Commercial Fraud Squad investigating corporate frauds and in the Serious Crime Group as a Financial Investigator .  He completed the Financial Investigation, Money Laundering and Confiscation courses with the Asset Recovery Agency.

After leaving the police he was instrumental in coordinating Bristol financial Institutions and  enforcement agencies in the implementation of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Fraud Act 2006.  Jock has also held the position of Insurance Mediation Compliance Manager and Financial Services Money Laundering Reporting Officer

John Constable

John ConstableFollowing 20 years in the RAF, since 1991 John has been in insurance firstly with Zurich and then JLT Risk Solutions, where he was Head of People Development.

John has trained and coached in many business subjects, bringing commercial awareness, credibility and pure energy. He now runs regulatory, risk and financial training for brokers and insurers. His assignments include open programmes, in-company bespoke training and board briefings.

John regularly publishes articles on subjects as diverse as training and development strategy, financial crime and Solvency II.

Jonathan Besso-Cowan

Jonathan Besso-CowanAfter reinsurance broking in the London insurance market, Jonathan began training activities related to insurance, regulation and management in 1986.

He has trained in London and other parts of the UK, in Italy, Poland, Russia and Colombia.

He introduced the CII courses into Italy and devised insurance training for Poland for the EU on behalf of the CII. He has trained for many years at Lloyd’s training centre and elsewhere in the London Market, working with participants at all levels from graduate trainees to board directors and tutored at Cass Business School on an insurance-linked MBA.

Nick Smith

Nick SmithFollowing a career in the Army Nick worked for a life assurance company as a financial planner. Then, in 1990, he joined LAUTRO as one of its original team of Training and Competence specialists carrying out Periodic Inspection Visits.

After six years as a regulator, including one year as the Training Manager for the PIA, Nick joined a consulting firm and he now works full time as a consultant.


Norman Cochrane

Norman CochraneNorman’s career has spanned working as an insurance broker, independent financial adviser, a manager and a director of companies, a supervisor and compliance officer, and as a trainer, course writer and presenter.

He now works full time as a consultant and trainer.



Phil Dockerill

Phil DockerillPhil’s initial experience was with London Market Insurance Brokers and a specialist Reinsurance Company which was followed by a number of years employed in a regulated environment responsible for advised sales, sales management, compliance, training and various projects.

In the last ten years has acted as a consultant in training and compliance issues for the financial services industry.