Gallagher has further invested in its South West expertise, with the appointment of Richard Horne, who joins as Regional Broking Director.
Richard will be based at Gallagher’s Bristol office, and will report into Stephen Smith, who leads Gallagher’s Broking & Placement team in the South of England, which supports regional offices in the management of insurer relationships, as well as ensuring access to a wide range of products and services for clients.
In his new role, Richard will be responsible for assisting client-facing teams in Swindon, Gloucester, Bristol, Exeter and Torquay, providing in-depth technical insurance expertise and advice for clients with complex risk requirements, and supporting the offices with managing their insurer relationships.
Bringing more than 11 years’ industry experience, Richard joins Gallagher from insurer RSA, where he was most recently Broker Account Manager for the South West, and was previously Area Sales Manager for the South West at Aspen Insurance Services.
Richard succeeds Brian Walker, who will be retiring after 41 years at Gallagher.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “Having worked for insurers for a number of years, I am delighted to be moving to the broking side of the industry, and to be joining a broker which has a well-established presence in the South West and is embedded in the local communities it serves.
“I look forward to supporting my colleagues in the South West to ensure the best outcome for all our clients and helping to build on the positive momentum Gallagher has through its 300- strong team in the South West.”
Stephen added: “I am very pleased to welcome Richard to the team. His wealth of industry expertise, local market knowledge and demonstrable experience in building a strong rapport with stakeholders makes him a natural choice for this role, and he will play a pivotal role in helping our South West offices with their insurer relationships and clients with complicated risk requirements.”