Gallagher announces expansion in Yorkshire

Kelly Nicholson

Gallagher has welcomed five new insurance specialists to its Leeds and Wakefield offices, as the insurance broker continues to expand in Yorkshire.

Gallagher now employs over 300 insurance and risk management specialists across its offices in Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield. In Wakefield, Gallagher is one of the city’s largest employers, with more than 200 employees based at its office on Jacob’s Well Lane, supporting business of all sizes with their risk management and insurance requirements. Gallagher’s Leeds team, based on East Parade, in the heart of the business district, specialises in partnering with large UK companies and multinationals, including some of Yorkshire’s most prominent businesses, to manage their risk exposures.

Kelly Nicholson has joined Gallagher’s Leeds office as client service director, bringing more than 18 years’ insurance experience, most recently at Aon in Leeds, where she was client director. In her new role, Kelly will be responsible for overseeing relationships with large corporate clients and leading a team of account executives.

Brad Whitwam has been appointed as placement manager for the Yorkshire region, having joined from PIB Insurance Brokers in Halifax, where he was corporate broker. Brad will be based at Gallagher’s Leeds office and will support client-facing teams across Yorkshire with technical insurance expertise and advice, as well as expanding the region’s insurer relationships.

Danny Jaques and Craig Harte have been appointed as senior account executives in Gallagher’s Wakefield office, with Danny joining from Arabian Shield Insurance, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was head of partnerships, and Craig joining from Schofield Insurance Brokers in Leeds, where he was account executive. Both Danny and Craig will look after a portfolio of commercial clients from a range of sectors, as well as helping the firm develop new client relationships.

Jack Atkinson joins the Wakefield team as account executive, having joined from Aon in Leeds. In his new role, Jack will focus on managing and developing existing client relationships, as well as identifying new business opportunities.

Jon Simpkin, regional managing director for Yorkshire, Gallagher, said: “Yorkshire offers a flourishing and diverse business community, with a strong manufacturing sector, as well as other thriving industries, such as financial and professional services and technology.

“At a time which has brought many unprecedented challenges for businesses in Yorkshire, our new team members, who have in-depth local insurance market expertise, will each play a key role in supporting our growing client base in the region to navigate the changing risks they face.

“Gallagher in Yorkshire is going from strength to strength, and adding five new joiners to our first-rate team of specialists across the region is a real milestone for us. Attracting and developing the industry’s top talent is a crucial part of our long-term growth strategy in Yorkshire, and our new hires are prime examples of this commitment.”

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