Retail MD Des O’Connor assumes responsibility for new acquisition

David Ross, Gallagher UK

Arthur J Gallagher has bought Croydon-based retail broker Blenheim Park for an undisclosed sum.

The new acquisition will become part of the broking group’s UK operations and will report into Gallagher UK retail broking managing director Des O’Connor.

Gallagher’s UK operations are run by David Ross (pictured).

Blenheim Park provides personal and commercial insurance coverage to its UK and European clients. It also operates as Intasure and Quotedesk, which specialise in insuring vacation and second homes as well as handling small and medium-sized commercial business.

Blenheim Park chief executive Michael Farley and his associates will continue to operate from their current locations in Croydon and Tunbridge Wells under O’Connor’s direction.

Gallagher chief executive Patrick Gallagher said in a statement: “Blenheim Park is another example of our success in finding partners that will add strength and depth to our UK operations.

“Their highly experienced team, strong expertise and geographic presence will be an excellent complement to our Gallagher Heath operations in London. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Mike and his team to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.”