Gallagher today announced that Nick Harris has been appointed CEO of Gallagher’s UK & Ireland Retail Division, subject to regulatory approval.

Nick joins Gallagher from Marsh, where he was CEO of its Pacific Division, a position he took up when the business purchased JLT in 2019. In this role, he led operations and trading in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, overseeing 2,500 employees. As well as running the business at a time of record growth, he also led the teams during the integration of JLT into Marsh. Prior to this, Nick spent a number of years in a variety of c-suite roles for JLT in the Pacific region.

Gallagher is one of the UK & Ireland’s largest retail insurance broking businesses with 4,000 colleagues looking after the risk management and insurance needs of over one million commercial organisations and individuals. The firm has an extensive office network across the UK & Ireland, which is supported by specialist broking capabilities in specific industries and insurance solutions ensuring clients have access to industry leading technical knowledge.

Nick will join in July this year and report to Michael Rea, CEO of Gallagher’s UK business, which includes Gallagher Specialty and Pen Underwriting alongside UK & Ireland Retail.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael said: “Nick will be a fantastic CEO for clients and our colleagues across our UK & Ireland Retail Division. He is a natural leader who brings a commercially driven mind, which will help fuel continued growth and maintain our positive culture which underpins everything we do.

“Having led this business myself for a number of years, I know that the team has unrivalled commitment and passion for our clients, providing them with advice on how to best manage their risk, enabling firms to focus on successful trading. I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to grow Gallagher in the UK.”

Nick added: “Gallagher has a unique reputation amongst the large brokers, and I am delighted to take the helm of its UK & Ireland Retail operations and join its fantastic leadership team. The team has benefited from strong organic growth over a sustained period, plus an enviable track record of successful acquisitions, and I will be looking to continue this growth.

“Our offices across the UK & Ireland are a critical part of our service to clients, providing firms with important regional expertise, and I am looking forward to meeting these teams to understand how they support clients and the solutions we offer.”