Maurice Adams, a well-known chartered insurance practitioner, has retired after being part of The Wigley Group since 1979 – the year the company moved into commercial property with its first acquisition of the former Alfred Herbert works at Edgwick Park in Coventry.
He was The Wigley Group’s broker for 30 years and has been its senior consultant for the last decade, managing insurance of the company’s expanding property portfolio across the Midlands and advising on related matters.
He was also involved in building business relations, and his expertise on insurance, legal and operational affairs has been outsourced to numerous tenants and clients over the years.
Maurice, from Birmingham, said: “The Wigley Group has been a huge part of my working life over the last four decades and I have seen it evolve from agricultural plant hire into property, development and construction.
“It is somewhat fitting that my retirement is in the same year that The Wigley Group’s association with Edgwick Park comes to an end with the regeneration of that area complete.”
Maurice’s role in building relations with clients and suppliers is now led by Peter Burnell who joined the company in 2015 and, having worked in every area of the business, was promoted to business relationship manager a year ago.
Peter said: “It’s exciting to be taking over the relationships that Maurice has forged over 40 years and developing new connections as we look for more opportunities for growth.”
Maurice’s long-standing service was celebrated by colleagues and clients of The Wigley Group, which is based at Stockton, Southam.
Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “Maurice has been a big part of the company right from when we bought our first commercial property.
“With the nature of insurance, you get to know a company very well and Maurice was my go-to man when our managing director Terry Grant died in 2005 and I took over. I turned to him for advice and support, and will always be thankful to him for that.
“Maurice has always been there for us in looking after our business interests and has been a very good friend to the company. We wish him all the very best in his retirement.”