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Lockton announces new executive hires as part of its regional growth strategy

May 24, 2019

(Re)insurance broker Lockton has announced the appointments of two senior hires. Jane Baron appointed as head of its Birmingham office and Richard Barraclough to the position of head of corporate at its Manchester office as they look to grow their presence across the North of England and the Midlands.

Baron joins with two decades of industry experience having previously served at Marsh and Willis Towers Watson.

In her new role she will provide leadership at a time of planned growth in Lockton’s key industry sectors, including food and beverage, retail, transportation and real estate.

Meanwhile, Barraclough joins from AJ Gallagher in Yorkshire, where he most recently led its Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield offices as Regional managing director.

Barraclough will form part of Lockton’s new North Leadership Group, which will be led by Matt Davies, head of risk solutions North for Lockton.

He brings more than 30 years’ experience within the corporate insurance broking space and previously led teams for Willis Towers Watson and Oval Insurance Brokers.

Debbie Day, partner at Lockton, Birmingham commented: “I am delighted to welcome Jane to Lockton, Birmingham at a time when we are positioned well for future growth in our established industry specialism.”

Adding: “Following signs of a hardening market, we are supporting our clients both in insurance placement and integrated risk management solutions, harnessing both our regional and international market capacity.”

“Working closely with our global technical teams, Lockton Birmingham continues to provide innovative solutions to respond to the ever changing demands of our existing and future clients.”

Davies, said: “It is an exciting time for Richard to join Lockton’s Northern leadership team. His extensive experience and deep rooted relationships will help us to continue to exceed the expectations of our clients.”

He continued: “The new leadership team is already providing excellent executive direction of our client service teams and we are positioned really well to maximise the many existing opportunities and unlock new ones. We look forward to seeing Lockton’s northern offices go from strength to strength.”