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Spotlight on…. Joe Penny

How did Joe come to work for Anthony Jones?

A career in insurance wasn’t on Joe’s radar while he was growing up. The eldest of three boys, he was brought up in a football-mad home by his builder father and mother who runs a beauty shop. It was his mother’s shop that started Joe on this path. One of her customers worked as a director at a local insurance underwriting firm. He offered the 18 year old Joe a job as an insurance administrator and post boy.

The offices were just across the road from the Bromley home of Anthony Jones. A year after he joined, one of Joe’s colleagues left the business to go and work over the road for Anthony Jones. Encouraged by his ex-colleague, Joe followed soon after. He started work in the commercial insurance department; 14 years later he’s still there.

What is Joe’s role at Anthony Jones? 

Joe is now an Account Executive at Anthony Jones, specialising in business and vape shop insurance. He finds the vaping sector particularly interesting and has seen this market evolve and mature over the past decade. No two businesses are the same and he enjoys getting to know the businesses he works with and the people who run them.

Joe is a committed family man

Joe has known his partner, Daisy, since they were teenagers. They started dating when they bumped into each other at the party of a mutual friend to celebrate the marriage of Will and Kate 10 years ago. Within a couple of years they had bought their first house and set up home together.

By September 2020 and three children later, they had outgrown their first home and moved into a house with space for their young family. Joe is a devoted dad to Freddie (7), Poppy (5) and Ivy (16 months).

What keeps Joe busy outside of work?

Weekends are spent running the children to various clubs and activities, such as swimming and gymnastics. Their families are close-knit and the children enjoy spending time with their grandparents and great-grandparents.

Still football-mad, Joe is a Millwall season ticketholder and takes Freddie along to matches whenever he can (or he did until Covid hit). Joe played football to a semi-professional level until he was in his mid-twenties and Freddie looks set to follow in his dad’s footsteps – he’s currently on trial with Charlton. Freddie plays for the local U7 team on Sunday mornings and, unsurprisingly, Joe is the team’s manager and coach.

The new house keeps Joe and Daisy busy. They are gradually working their way through it, decorating it room by room. But there’s time to relax at home too. A new garden outbuilding has become their outdoor focal point and on weekend evenings they can be found sitting around the firepit with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

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