Gallagher has announced the launch of a new practice in the UK – one that is devoted to bloodstock, livestock and aquaculture.
The line-up, consisting of a team of eight, will be led by two former Willis Towers Watson teammates – Sophie Chambers and Dan Fairweather. It will be based in London as part of Gallagher’s UK specialty division and will be responsible for clients globally.
Chambers will take on the role of managing director and will head up the practice. She spent six years as director, Global Asset Protection, at Willis Towers Watson, where she was responsible for bloodstock. She also previously spent time at Lycetts, the farm and estate broker, and boasts more than 30 years of bloodstock industry experience.
“I am impressed by Gallagher’s approach of putting clients front and centre and employing sector specialists who know and understand their clients’ needs,” she said. “Gallagher already has a strong client base in sports, and adding bloodstock is a natural extension of this. I am passionate about the sectors we support and as part of Gallagher I believe we can continue to develop our client base further and provide innovative solutions that will appeal to the bloodstock, farming and aquaculture industries.”
Meanwhile, Fairweather becomes divisional director focusing on livestock and aquaculture clients. He spent the last seven years with Willis Towers Watson and was also a specialist in aquaculture at RSA previously.
“Last year we identified an opportunity for Gallagher to develop a unique global bloodstock, livestock and aquaculture practice and I’m delighted to welcome this highly skilled new team to the business,” said head of business development for Gallagher’s specialty division John Thompson.
“The London based team will support clients globally, and are demonstrative of the talent pool in the London Market which we can draw on for the benefit of our clients across the world. Investing in talent is an important part of our long-term strategy and it’s fantastic to be able to offer a brand new sector specialism.”