Wayne Tonge leaving ‘to pursue other interests’

Keelan Westall managing director Wayne Tonge has resigned from Arthur J Gallagher, Insurance Times has learned.

Tonge joined when Gallagher bought wholesale broker Keelan Westall on 2 May last year as part of its £38m purchase of Barbon’s property and commercial book. He led Keelan Westall for four years.

Gallagher confirmed Tonge had decided to leave “to pursue other interests”.

A spokeswoman said: “We’d like to thank Wayne for his significant contribution and all his efforts in leading such a great team of wholesale commercial and residential property owner professionals who now form such a valued part of our broadened real estate offering.

“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Keelan Westall is now being led by head of underwriting and development Caroline King with the support of Simon Perry who leads the real estate division of Pen Underwriting.

Gallagher is rebranding its 10 UK underwriting businesses, including Keelan Westall, as Pen Underwriting. Pen has five specialist divisions, including commercial and residential property real estate.

Since Gallagher bought Keelan Westall it has created a specialist team for non-standard risks and made more of its products available on e-trading.

Tonge reported to Gallagher e-underwriting director Simon Read, who left the broker in July.

Read will be replaced at Gallagher by Towergate’s volume chief executive Andy Westby.

Tonge could not be reached at the time of publication.