Gallagher today announced Chris Patterson, previously Group Managing Director at Bollington has been appointed Regional Managing Director for the North West.

In addition to continuing to oversee Bollington operations, Chris will lead all of the Gallagher offices in the region, which are based in Liverpool, Manchester, Sale and Chester. Chris will report into Peter Matthews, Managing Director for the North.

After 19 years with Aviva, Chris joined Bollington in 2008 and has held various leadership roles in the business over the last 13 years. Commenting on his new role, Chris said: “I am delighted to be expanding my role to head up all of Gallagher’s UK Retail operations in the North West. We have a fantastic opportunity to build on what both Bollington and Gallagher have achieved so far in the region, and I am looking forward to bringing together two talented teams to benefit our clients.”

Gallagher also confirmed that Phil Evans will move into a leadership role in Gallagher’s SME and Personal Lines team, which has over 1000 employees and looks after 900,000 customers. Phil will report into Managing Director, Gareth Birch. He will stay in his current role of Managing Director for Micro-SME and Personal Lines for Bollington, and will continue to lead his 170-strong team. Phil joined Bollington in 2019 having previously worked at Carole Nash, overseeing the integration of the business with Autonet, part of the Ardonagh Group.

Phil, added: “Becoming part of Gallagher’s SME and Personal Lines team is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my team. Since joining Bollington in 2019, the business has made excellent progress on our micro-SME and personal lines proposition with a major focus on developing our digital capability and now as part of Gallagher we plan to continue to build on this.”