Paul Chase-Gardener becomes commercial head as new owner plots quick growth

Brightside’s new private equity owner Anacap has reshuffled the broker’s top management to help see through the changes it has planned for the business it bought in July.

Co-founder Paul Chase-Gardener has vacated the finance director role to become the broking group’s commercial director, supporting chief executive Paul Williams.

Chase-Gardener told Insurance Times: “There are some significant challenges in the plans that Anacap has for our business.

“There is no great secret that they are looking [for us] to grow and grow quite quickly. Some of the experience I have around what Brightside has done in the past and what it could do is going to be useful to them and they would rather have me do that than running a finance function.”

Barbon interim chief executive officer Ian Sutherland has joined as its new finance director.

Chase-Gardener said Sutherland “has rolled up his sleeves and got stuck in, which is great”.

Sutherland left Barbon at the end of 2013 after the appointment of new chief executive Martin Totty.

Before heading Barbon on an interim basis, Sutherland was chief financial officer of Barbon and its owner Caley.

The company has also appointed Keith Jackson as group capacity and carrier director.