Gallagher, one of the world’s largest insurance, risk management and consulting firms, has appointed James Murray as Head of Office at its ‘centre of excellence’ for corporate clients in Leeds to support the continuing rapid growth of the office and delivery of innovative risk solutions.
Based on East Parade, in the heart of the business district, James leads a team of risk and insurance experts focussed on supporting major clients, including large private and public companies and complex multinationals. The branch is dedicated to providing the region’s largest businesses with a tailored service delivered by individuals well-experienced in managing and mitigating a wide range of distinctive risk exposures.
A chartered insurance broker, James was previously Client Management Director at Aon in Leeds, where he specialised in the design and delivery of tailored risk management and insurance programmes for sophisticated existing and new clients.
Gallagher is a major employer in Yorkshire with offices in Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield, employing over 300 risk, insurance, claims and employee benefits specialists. Through its 50-plus strong UK branch network and global footprint offering client service capabilities in more than 150 territories, Gallagher supports organisations of all sizes, from large global companies through mid-market commercial clients to SMEs.
Jon Simpkin, Area Director for Gallagher in the North, said: “James is a great hire for Gallagher. Clients benefit from our detailed knowledge of their business and the sectors in which they operate, receiving local service and expertise backed by global resources. James’ experience and passion make him ideally placed to lead our expanding team in Leeds as they continue to help businesses understand and manage the risks they face more effectively.”
James Murray said: “I’m incredibly excited to have joined Gallagher. I’m getting to know our clients and ensuring other businesses know the breadth and depth of what Gallagher has to offer. I’m working with a great team here in Leeds and looking forward to attracting new talent to help further develop and grow the business.”