Interview

Newbie news: Vizion Insurance Brokers

New model broker: Bluefin founder Chris Blackham, former Chubb HNW lead John Sims, Trevor Davies, partner at Kennedy’s law firm and ex-rugby international Jeremy Guscott have teamed up to found Vizion

Broker Apprentice 2016: Meet the winner Craig Younger

Mastering the Broker Apprentice: After six exciting episodes, the Broker Apprentice has been crowned. Insurance Age catches up with chief judge LV Broker’s managing director Mike Crane and winner Craig Younger to find out how he triumphed

Profile: Gary Humphreys, Markerstudy

Making a mark: Markerstudy’s group underwriting director and second biggest shareholder Gary Humphreys tells Insurance Age about Brexit’s effect on regulation, acquisition strategies and the advantages of remaining unrated

Broking success: Tony Knight, Knightsure

The old school approach: Knightsure director Tony Knight prides himself on his old school, face-to-face approach, but is not afraid to take on new challenges such as cyber or how to thrive in the post-Brexit world

Broking success: Quality advice

Luker Rowe managing director Chris Luker details the broker’s family origins and explains its commitment to dealing with clients face to face

Broking success: Miles better

Miles Smith’s Paul Chainey and Paul Samways explain how the broker has grown by focusing on high-risk sectors and building specialisms

Broking success: Data driven

Matt Munro, chief executive officer of Igo4, talks telematics, aggregator sites and the importance of brokers utilising data to add value for insurers

Broking success: Kings of the road

The Plan team are cycling mad (a signed Bradley Wiggins jersey hangs on the wall). MD Ryan Georgiades tells Insurance Age about the vehicle-focused broker’s move into pedal bikes

Broking success: Gem of a broker

Managing director of TH March Neil McFarlane explains how the specialist jewellery broker is looking to grow and keep the personal touch with clients

Broking success: National ambition

Managing director Russell Lane set up Bristol-based professional indemnity broker Brunel Professional Risks 10 years ago. He explains the firm’s nationwide reach and his plans to open more offices.

Broking success: Fresh ideas

Fresh Insurance chief executive Lisa Powis explains how the broker expanded its female-focus to become a tech-savvy multi-brand business

Broking success: Professional reputation

Chairman Robin Lucas explains how Lucas Fettes & Partners is growing due to referrals and its reputation, but warns that developments such as the advent of driverless cars could see the demise of unprepared smaller brokers

Broking success: Customer centric

After a management buyout and a radical restructure, group managing director Chris Patterson explains why the outlook is bright for Bollington Insurance Brokers

Broking success: Network growth

Managing director Roger Gaunt set up Leeds-based broker Gauntlet 20 years ago. He explains how he developed and diversified the business and shares his thoughts on succession planning