Gallagher, one of the UK’s largest providers of risk management and commercial insurance solutions, has appointed James Fletcher as Branch Director in Manchester to support its growth agenda and continue expanding client capabilities.
James will lead the 40-strong insurance broking team — which looks after a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from some of the North-West’s largest corporate organisations through to local SME businesses — from their base on New Bailey Street.
James joins Gallagher after 10 years with insurance company QBE Europe, based in Manchester, where he most recently headed up client solutions for the North. For the past three years, this role has seen him dedicated to working closely with the insurer’s top clients in the region in order to deliver the most effective risk transfer solutions by bringing together underwriting, risk management and claims propositions across a number of business lines.
In addition to its 40-strong insurance broking team, Gallagher’s Manchester operation houses specialists in trade credit, employee benefits, wealth management, claims and compliance. Its various branches across the North-West form part of a 50-strong UK networks of branches looking after businesses of all sizes, from SMEs through to large corporate organisations.
James’ appointment sees former branch director Paul Fairhurst take on the broader role of Chairman for the North West, where he will continue working with clients and assist in developing strategic M&A opportunities in the region. Paul also plays an active role in the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce — the largest Chamber in the UK and the current holder of the Chamber of the Year award. Paul is the Local President for Manchester and has held this position since June 2017.
Stephen Penketh, Regional Managing Director for Gallagher in the North West, said: “James is a great hire for Gallagher as we continue to invest in strengthening our capabilities to best meet the needs of customers. We pride ourselves on thoroughly understanding our clients and their industries, providing a local service supported by specialist and global resource to help them grow while minimising their total cost of risk. James’ experience is ideal to lead our expanding team in Manchester.”
James Fletcher said: “I’m incredibly excited to join Gallagher at a time when it has transformed itself through acquisition and integration into a regional broking powerhouse right across the UK. I’m looking forward to getting to know our clients, ensure local businesses know the breadth and depth of what Gallagher has to offer and working with a great team in Manchester to develop and grow this business.”