Gallagher has appointed James Fletcher to lead its Manchester operation as Branch Director to drive growth, continue to strengthen its regional presence and further build out client capabilities in the North-West.
James joins Gallagher after 10 years at QBE Europe, during which time he was based in the local Manchester insurance market, most recently heading up client solutions for the North. For the last three years, this role saw 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.
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, build Gallagher’s regional profile and assist in developing strategic M&A opportunities. 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.
In addition to its 40-strong regional 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 — Gallagher’s Manchester operation houses specialists in trade credit, employee benefits, wealth management, claims and compliance.
UK Retail CEO Michael Rea said: “With significant opportunities for both organic and inorganic growth, the North-West is a real area of focus for Gallagher’s strategic expansion in the UK. As we continue to invest in building out our regional presence and capabilities, James will make a fantastic leader for our team in Manchester. Not only is he well-known in the local insurance market, but his energy, enthusiasm and track record of total client focus means he is a great cultural fit for Gallagher.”
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.”