Chris Blackham boosts Endorphin with operations hire

Chris Blackham's start-up Endorphin has appointed Robert Brown as operations partner.

Brown will join Endorphin in October from AXA-owned Bluefin where he is currently under notice as marketing manager. Blackham sold his business Layton Blackham to AXA in 2007.

Endorphin, described as a boutique insurance consultancy and investment house, said the appointment marks the beginning of its "long term strategy to concentrate on finding the insurance entrepreneurs of tomorrow and helping them succeed."

Brown will lead the operational structuring of new start-up brokers and provide marketing advice from day one.

Brown said: “I am delighted to join Endorphin. This is one of those ‘chance in a lifetime’ opportunities. I have worked with Chris and Geoff in the past and together we will do everything in our power to ensure the businesses we invest in are structured for competitive long term growth.”

He added: “With the insurance market on full tilt, consolidators are fighting a losing battle.

"I keep hearing more than ever that now is the time to change your business model. We are in a very fortunate position that we and our investments don’t have the baggage that goes with that. This is an incredibly exciting time for us.”

Blackham said: “I am delighted Robert has chosen to join Endorphin. We have lots to do and in addition to taking responsibility for Endorphins day to day operational management Robert will work with our newest investments to help them refine their business plans and financial models and guide them through their set up stage.

"With experience in scheme affinity marketing, acquisitions and operational change, Robert’s experience will also be of great benefit for both Endorphin and our investments as we grow together’".