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Gallagher appoints broking & placement managing director

April 08, 2020

Insurance broker Gallagher has announced that Simon Collins will be appointed managing director of the broking and placing team within it’s UK Retail Division.

Collins succeeds Mark Armitage, who retired at the end of March after seven years at the firm.

In his new role, Collins will be responsible for overseeing Gallagher’s national broking strategy and placement activities working closely with the regional directors. The team is responsible for the placement of corporate UK and international insurance for new and existing clients and managing insurer relationships.

He brings over three decades of insurance experience and joined Gallagher in 2017 as market management director, UK retail. Before joining the insurance broker, he held senior positions at Marsh, JLT and Miller in placement roles.

Collings said: “Having been part of Gallagher since 2017, I’m delighted to have the opportunity now to take the helm of this team, following in the footsteps of Mark Armitage, who has been instrumental in overseeing Gallagher’s strategic placement direction over recent years.

“The ability to broker the best deals for our clients is vital in order to retain and develop new business. I look forward to working with our regional teams to build our existing broking capabilities, strengthen our insurer relationships and develop new products.”

Michael Rea, CEO, Gallagher’s UK Retail Division, added: “Simon has long-standing insurer relationships and expertise in managing risks for clients from a range of industries, and will play a pivotal role in steering our regional broking and placement teams to deliver insurance solutions that mitigate complex risks facing our clients.

“Investing in talent is an important part of our long-term growth strategy – and I am very pleased that we have made this key leadership appointment from within our existing team.”