McLarens boosts leadership structure for the UK and Ireland

"These are exciting times," says managing director

McLarens boosts leadership structure for the UK and Ireland


By Terry Gangcuangco

McLarens UK & Ireland, which has doubled in size since 2019, has implemented changes to its leadership structure.

“Effective April 1, McLarens UK & Ireland replaces its executive leadership team with an expanded senior management board to include senior representation from finance, human resources, and legal,” noted the specialist claims services firm in an emailed release. “Liz Tubb, group general counsel; Tushar Nimbalkar, finance director EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa); and Emma Youatt, [human resources] director EMEA all join the new board. 

“From the existing executive leadership team, Steven Wallace (pictured) has been promoted to the expanded role of managing director of McLarens EMEA, taking responsibility for the UK & Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. David Gillan takes control of UK loss adjusting operations; Kieran Gallagher will take the reporting line from McLarens’ expanding adjacencies and emerging practices; Neil Baldwin takes control of commercial development; and Toby Knight has been appointed to a new role of property practices director to oversee the business’ commercial property, private clients & estates, and real estate practices.”

Meanwhile, David Walker is stepping down from his executive director position to assume a global consultancy role with McLarens.

Aside from the new board, the UK & Ireland operations of McLarens now also has a broader management team with the inclusion of operational & business managers alongside practice heads and technical leads. Additionally, McLarens cited “greater demarcation” between these functions that is aimed at ensuring clearer responsibilities.

“This is a hugely positive development and reflects how far we’ve come as a business,” said Wallace. “McLarens is now a multi-disciplinary business of considerable scale and increasing diversity. It’s crucial that we provide the business with a strong foundation for the next phase of our development.

“We recognise that the prior exec team that has led the business for many years needs a broader, more diverse, and more integrated skillset to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. The introduction of finance, HR, and legal onto the board, alongside data & analytics and compliance, will ensure these important functions are central to the business’s strategy.

“At the same time, our technical leaders remain at the core of our leadership. These are exciting times, and McLarens has never been stronger.”

According to McLarens, there are now 45 leadership positions within its UK & Ireland business as a result of the new structure.

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