Existing North West and Scotland head to retire

Allianz UK has named Stuart Darroch as Manchester branch manager and co-head of the North West and Scotland region.

Darroch will run the North West and Scotland region with fellow co-head and Scotland branch manager  Stephanie Ogden.

The two co-heads will replace North West and Scotland regional manager Alex Stuart, who will be retiring at the end of this year after 13 years with the insurer.

New Manchester branch manager Darroch has been with Allianz since 2010, when he joined as distribution manager. He previously worked in sales and distribution roles at rival insurer RSA.

Allianz UK director of broker markets Sarah Mallaby said: “Stuart has a wealth of industry and market experience and was instrumental in building the Manchester branch GWP to £100m.

“I’m confident Stuart will continue to build and strengthen the Allianz proposition across the North West.”

On Stuart’s retirement, she added: “Alex will be greatly missed and I would like to thank him for his contribution during his time at Allianz and wish him the very best for the future”.