New chairman of Broker Direct states his policy.

The new chairman of Broker Direct, Barry Fehler, has pledged to continue the tradition of his predecessor, the late Andrew Paddick.

Fehler was previously non-executive director representing the broker shareholders. He is also the managing director and founder of South Essex Insurance Brokers.

“It’s a privilege to follow Andrew,” he said. “I am not looking to make any major changes – I will keep the tradition going.”

Paddick, who was also director-general of the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB), died in January at the age of 58.

After his death, John Greenway MP, the IIB’s president, said. “For 20 years, his unique style of representing the interests of insurance brokers rightly won him many friends and plaudits from the industry and his death leaves a huge void.

“Paddick was infamous for taking on the Treasury and regulators and fiercely campaigning in the interest of insurance brokers.”

Roy Green, group chief executive at Broker Direct, said: “We are extremely pleased that Barry Fehler will be taking up this new responsibility. With the launch of OurNetwork, his extensive broking knowledge and commitment to the independent broker cause will be invaluable.

“His advice and guidance will be valued across the company and especially in our growing retail business.”