MEET OUR TEAM
Doug Howell - Managing Director
Doug has been with the Company since 1996 having come to Newport from a large Multi-National Broker in Dublin where he gained his experience in the industry. He is a Qualifed CIP with over 25 years’ experience in Insurance. Doug is married to Louise and they have 3 children. He is an active member of Castletroy Golf Club.
Robert Ryan - Director
Robert began his insurance career in 1989 in London working as a Trainee Underwriter with Cornhill Insurance Company. He returned home in 1994 and worked in his father's brokerage until 1997 when he took over the running of the business. Following the merger between Robert Ryan Insurances (Limerick) Ltd and Cullen Insurances, Robert was appointed a Director of the company. Robert lives in Co Tipperary with his wife Ciara and their three boys and plays golf badly!
Bill Cullen - Director and Chairman
Bill started the Company in Newport in 1974 having returned to his native Newport after working in various branches of the Insurance industry in Dublin for over 10 years. He is married to Heather and they have two sons and a daughter. Outside of work his interests are photography, golf and walking.
Joan started working for Cullens in 1983, she diversified to the Marine Insurance sector in 2000, she returned to the general side of insurance in 2010 and currently deals will motor renewals. She lives locally with her husband and two children. Her hobbies are walking and cooking.
Siobhan is employed with Cullens since 1987 and deals with house and farm insurance. She lives in Rearcross with her husband and two children. Along with her husband, she is very active in the farming community.
Olive started working in the insurance industry in 1977, she joined Cullens staff in 1999. Olive deals with the accounts and credit control. She is married to Mike and has two children. Her hobbies include gardening, walking and socialising!
Ursula Earls Ryan APA (Commercial General Insurance)
Ursula joined Cullens in 2002 after traveling the world. She studied Business and Marketing and currently works in our personal and commercial lines section. She lives locally and her hobbies include pilates and hill walking.
Maureen re-entered the workforce in 1999 with Cullens, when her youngest child started school. She also works in the personal lines section. She has lived in Newport all her life with her husband and four daughters. She loves set dancing and walking and is involved in the local athletics club.
Tess Duffy CIP
Tess began working in Cullen Insurances in 2003 in the Marine sector and transferred to the General Insurance side in 2006. She also works in personal and commercial lines & holds the Certified Insurance Practitioner status. She is a 3rd dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and lives locally.
Irene Hartnett APA (Commercial General Insurance)
Irene began working in Cullen Insurances in 2010 having previously worked in FBD Insurance and as an insurance underwriter in London. Irene is a native of Croom, Co Limerick & enjoys travelling, history, sports and socialising.
Rob Ryan APA (Personal & Commercial General Insurance)
Rob started working for Cullens in December 2013. He currently works in both the personal and commercial lines departments and holds Accredited Product Advisor status. A native of Murroe, Rob's hobbies include soccer and fishing.
Dean Coleman APA (Personal Lines)
The newest member of the team, Dean joined us in 2016 and is currently in training within the company. He is a native of Doon and his hobbies include hurling and greyhound racing. Dean is part of the Limerick U21 hurling team.
PolskiQuote.ie - Limerick Office
Marta Sofinska CIP MDI
Marta joined the company in 2007, originally working in accounts before starting our Polish department (PolskiQuote.ie) the following year where she is now the manager. She obtained MDI status in 2015. Marta holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and lives locally.
Katarzyna Jonova APA (Personal & Commercial General Insurance)
Damian Wreczycki CIP
Damian began working with Cullens in 2014 as part of the PolskiQuote.ie team. He works in both the personal and commercial lines departments and obtained his CIP qualification in 2016.
Piotr Makowiecki CIP
Piotr began working with Cullens in 2015 as part of the PolskiQuote.ie team. He works in both the personal and commercial lines departments and obtained his CIP qualification in 2017. Piotr lives locally with his wife and two children.
Krystian joined us in January 2017 as part of the Polskiquote.ie department & is the youngest of our team. He is currently working in the Personal Lines area. He lives in Newport & his interests include music, sport in general (especially the gym), motorbikes, Rubik's Cubes & also memorization techniques.
Caroline Boyle ACII Chartered Insurer
Caroline joined us in 2012 as part of the merger with Robert Ryan Insurances (Limerick) Ltd. Having started in Insurance in 1980, she has worked in many areas; claims, underwriting and broking, and is an Associate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Caroline lives in Co Clare with her husband and has two grown up children. Her interests include politics, reading, music, film and gardening.
Mary C Ryan
Mary joined us in 2012 as part of the merger with Robert Ryan Insurances (Limerick) Ltd. She has worked in insurance since joining the workforce in the mid-70s; starting in Fred Cullen & Co Ltd before moving on to Coyle Hamilton, MER Insurance Brokers and Robert Ryan Insurances (Limerick) Ltd in 2002. Mary works in our claims department. She lives in Co Limerick with her husband and has two grown up daughters. Her interests include walking, reading, current affairs, gardening and cooking.
Vivienne Roche CIP MDI
Vivienne joined us in 2012 as part of the merger with Robert Ryan Insurances (Limerick) Ltd She has worked in insurance since 1997 starting in personal lines and is now a commercial account handler. Vivienne lives in Limerick and her interests include cinema, music, looking after her many animals and socialising.
Annemarie Stokes CIP
Annemarie joined Cullens in February 2013 from the AVIVA Direct Retail Branch in Limerick where she worked for 8 years in both the commercial and personal lines departments. She holds the Certified Insurance Practitioner qualification. Annemarie lives in Co Limerick and her hobbies include running and GAA.
Martin Kelly CIP
Pauline Kirby McAuliffe CIP
Pauline has worked in the insurance industry since 1996 and joined the Cullen team in 2014. She started her insurance career in personal lines and is now a commercial account handler. Pauline lives in Kilmallock with her husband and two children. Her interests include badminton, walking and she is involved in the local camogie club.
Teresa Tynan CIP
Angela Gleeson APA (Personal & Commercial General Insurance)
Paul McKeogh APA (Personal & Commercial General Insurance)
Billy Leahy CIP
Diane began her career in 1971 looking after the accounts for Halpins Tea. In 1978 she took a career break to raise her children and returned to the workforce in 1985 where she took up a position with Neville Insurance Brokers. Diane joined the Gallivan Kennedy Eakins Hurley office in 1998 and became part of the Cullen team in 2017 following the merger between Cullens and GKEH. Her interests include walking, gardening, reading, set dancing and minding her two lovely grandchildren.
Helen began her insurance career in 1979 and worked for the Insurance Corporation of Ireland until 1990 when she took a career break to live in Australia. She returned to the workforce ten years later and after a short stint with Canada Life she joined the Gallivan Kennedy Eakins Hurley office. Helen joined Cullens in 2017 following the merger between Cullens and GKEH. She deals with personal lines and accounts, and her hobbies include hill walking, hockey and rugby. She has two grown up children.