An insurance professional with almost 30 years’ industry experience has joined TL Dallas to spearhead the next phase of growth within its commercial division.

Tim Mortimer has been appointed as Managing Director – Commercial, at Bradford headquartered TL Dallas, one of the UK’s leading independent insurance broking and risk management Groups.

Tim joins from global insurance firm, Marsh Commercial, which was previously known as Jelf and Bluefin, where he led a team of 150 across 11 offices in his role as northern regional director.

He will lead TL Dallas’ 70 -strong commercial team, which is based across the firm’s 10 offices throughout the UK, offering a full range of insurance services including commercial, trade credit and private client insurances, as well as independent financial services.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: "I'm excited to have joined a high quality, independent broker that has an excellent, longstanding reputation in the market as it prepares to embark on a period of growth.

“Businesses like TL Dallas are both nimble and entrepreneurial, as well as heavily focussed on client service. With so much consolidation in the industry, there’s a big gap in the market for a company with TL Dallas’s credentials and I’m looking forward to building on the commercial division’s already impressive client base.”

Polly Staveley, Group Managing Director said: “Our family business celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and our business model has stood the test of time. We are marking the start of our next century with ambitious growth plans. We want to build on our success in the commercial arena particularly, whilst also enhancing the other services that we provide to clients.

“Tim joined the business in early March, and was soon faced with the unprecedented situation of a UK wide lockdown, with the whole Group working from home. Whilst this has presented unique challenges, in terms of getting to know his teams via video conferencing, he has successfully embraced the challenge!

“Tim has proved to be a huge asset in the last few months, supporting our commercial staff through some challenging times, as well as focusing on developing strategic plans for the next stage of business growth, whilst mitigating against the impact of Covid-19.”

“Having worked for both independent brokers and larger corporate businesses, he is a welcome addition to our senior management team. Under Tim’s leadership, and with his in-depth experience and knowledge of the UK insurance market, we plan to significantly grow our commercial division. His management skills, relationships in the industry and strong business acumen, alongside his operational and compliance expertise, will significantly enhance our business.”