James joined Gallagher as Managing Director of Insure4Retirement in 2015 and was appointed Managing Director of Deacon in January 2018. Previously, James spent four years at Ageas as Sales & Customer Services Director responsible for the RIAS and Castle Cover brands. Prior to his time at Ageas James spent 16 years in the retail telecommunications sector in a number of sales, service and general management roles.
I began my career at Lloyds TSB Insurance, where I specialised in personal lines policies, before moving to work for a high street broker where I was involved in every aspect of insurance, including sales, claims and customer service. When the opportunity arose to join the Deacon agent team, I didn’t hesitate to apply and was delighted when I was offered the job!
I joined Deacon in 2003 with the ambition of developing my career within the business. In 2010, I completed a Chartered Management Institute diploma to further advance my management skills and support the team to provide a first class service to our customers. I currently manage a team of 10, providing products and services to both new and existing customers.
I have 14 years’ experience in property insurance with a background in sales through to claims and underwriting. I understand how important having the right insurance is, especially when a claim is made. I pride myself on attention to detail and getting the facts right. The team at Deacon are all extremely supportive and I’m very pleased to have joined a company who I believe provides a service that is second to none.
Throughout my career I have specialised in property and commercial insurance. I started work with HSBC Insurance Brokers, where I gained experience in sales and customer service looking after small businesses and property owners. I joined the Deacon key accounts team in 2010, supporting managing agents, freeholders and insurance brokers.
Prior to joining Deacon in 2000, I was a commercial broker for 7 years. During my career here, I have held management positions in business development, direct sales, operations and, most recently, as agency development manager.
I have worked within the insurance industry since 2009 and moved to Deacon in 2012 as a Senior Claims Negotiator. I enjoy supporting our customers with a step-by-step ‘beginning to end’ service, helping them negotiate the claims process and hopefully alleviating some stress.