Gallagher makes senior hire to expand its risk engineering capabilities


Gallagher has appointed Paul Watson as Risk Engineering Partner to lead the strategic development and expansion of its risk engineering services.

In this newly created role, Paul will bring his experience in energy, power and renewables to support the expansion of Gallagher Specialty’s in-house risk engineering capabilities across practice areas including energy, construction and property & casualty.

Paul will also work closely with third-party risk engineers, which currently partner with Gallagher Specialty, embedding strong relationships leading to better outcomes for clients. Paul will additionally be responsible for joining forces with Gallagher offices globally in order to further develop the company’s overall risk engineering services at scale.

Paul joins from Willis Towers Watson where he was Associate Director of Risk Engineering and brings with him over 22 years’ experience working in insurance and the power and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Gallagher he supported global clients across industries including conventional power, onshore and offshore renewables, construction and property.

Paul said: “I’m delighted to join Gallagher and look forward to developing its in-house risk engineering capabilities. Gallagher Specialty’s clients face complex risks and there is an opportunity to provide greater value to them by offering enhanced capabilities within risk management.”

Paul will report into Julian Raven, CEO of Gallagher Specialty’s energy, power and renewables practice, who said: “Paul brings a great deal of industry experience to the business, having specialised in energy, power and renewables for a number of years, and will play a key role in expanding our risk engineering capabilities. 

“This will enable us to provide our clients with best in class support and risk management services, whilst also strengthening Gallagher’s global risk engineering services. Paul is a brilliant addition to the team and I look forward to working with him on our strategy to amplify our capabilities and deliver an even better service to clients.”