Spraying out expletives

To Trinity House for the tenth anniversary celebrations of Towergate, a company founded in a small office in Essex and that has grown in the space of a decade to become a national powerhouse run by self- confessed, deal junkies.

The event proved to be a real beauty parade of the great and the good from rival brokers and insurers alike, but it was the speeches that proved to be as entertaining as the politics of the seating plan.

The chief deal junkie in charge, Peter Cullum, gave a warts and all account of the firm’s rise to the top, shortly after Lexicon adviser and deal maker Andrew Sibbald had given a precise dissection of the Cullum regime.

Sibbald began by declaring that he had handed a note to Cullum asking if he could “make a few jokes at his expense”. He added that he was handed a note back from Cullum which he mistakenly read as: “No, you c**t,” when he obviously meant to say: “No you can’t.”

Cullum stood up and suggested that Sibbald had just made his resignation speech. The evening concluded with every guest being handed a management text book chronicling the Towergate story and Cullum’s expertise.

In particular it detailed how Andy Homer had introduced ‘Bullshit spray’ to the boardroom.

Who said that insurance was boring?