Kelliher Insurance Group has big plans for the year – from broker network expansion to client base diversification – as the market reaches what group chief executive Imogen Coggan described as “an interesting crossroads.”
To pave the way for upcoming changes at the British broking group, several appointments have been made. Component business Kerry London, for instance, will see Dean Calaz and Neon Mavromatis join as board directors.
Meanwhile returning to Kerry London following a stint at HCC is newly appointed professional indemnity head Ross Thompson. The rehire will work closely with Mark Harcott, who has been named as head of the group’s wholesale division Kerry London Underwriting.
Former surety managing director Andy Ray’s departure, on the other hand, sees the appointment of Giles Ham as head of surety while Gill Ayres is tapped as surety specialist. Ray has moved on to start his own underwriting business.
“Expanding our broker network beyond the South East will be key to achieving our 2020 vision,” said Coggan, who believes the new appointments will kick-start the process of diversifying the group’s client base in 2018.
The firm also cited a shift in consumer behaviour towards wanting to do business with local brokers.
“The market has reached an interesting crossroads, where it is now paramount for wholesale brokers to expand their customer bases and develop a regional network,” noted the CEO. “The City can often be inward-looking and it is important for brokers to remember that they have thousands of customers eager to place business with them across the UK.”
Kelliher Insurance Group employs more than 150 people based across offices in London and the South East. Other component businesses include Trade Direct Insurance and SelfBuild Insurance.