Leading global professional services firm Aon, has strengthened its market position with 25 promotions and appointments at its Leeds Tingley and Harrogate offices.

Aon, which provides its Yorkshire-based clients, from SMEs to large corporates, with a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions has invested in specialist expertise with 14 appointments and 11 internal promotions, including five to director level. They include client management director Taz Begum, broking directors Steve Tierney and Joe Francis, client service director Nichola Hall, who are all based in Leeds Tingley, and Andy Hall, client management director, who is based in Harrogate.

The business has promoted a further six individuals. In Leeds Tingley, these include client service managers Chris Finch, Donna Slack and Holly Copsey, client manager Christine Smith, and trainee commercial broker Christian Connolly. In Harrogate, James Browne has been promoted to client service manager.

In addition, there have been 15 new appointments. In Leeds Tingley they include client directors Andrew Robson, David Westcott, Gary Eaton and Gavin Rourke who join from Gallagher, Packetts, Towergate and The Burley Group respectively, and commercial broker Emma Crawford who joins from Gauntlet Risk Management.

Appointed to the role of client service advisor are Amy Kirk and James Stapleton who join from The Burley Group, Rebecca Gittins from the Leo Group, Alexandra Readman from Allianz Insurance, Casey Teal from Romero, and Jack Oultram from Marsh Commercial. All will be based in Aon’s Leeds Tingley office alongside client service manager Mark Owen who has joined from W Denis Insurance, and Wajihah Aroob who joins as an apprentice. In Harrogate, Ben Green joins from Bartletts also as a client service advisor.

James Fell, head of office for Aon Leeds Tingley and Harrogate said: “We have seen increased demand from clients seeking insurance and risk management advice, and this will only continue as they navigate the challenges resulting from COVID-19. To ensure we can continue to support our local, regional and national clients with our knowledge and experience, we have invested in our fantastic team by promoting internal talent and through highly skilled talent acquisition.

“I am extremely proud of all our employees and congratulate everyone on their well deserved promotions. I am also delighted to welcome our new members who have further strengthened the team with their wealth of experience, local market knowledge and expertise.”

Aon employs more than 115 insurance and risk management specialists across its Yorkshire offices providing clients, from SMEs to large corporates, with general risk and insurance, risk management and consultancy, employee health and benefits, credit insurance, cyber risk consultancy, and mergers, acquisitions and transaction services.