THB stated promoting Declan Durkan to the role was part of a “renewed focus on supporting UK retail brokers”

THB has appointed a new managing director to its wholesale broking arm.

Declan Durkan takes up the leadership role at THB UK Risk Solutions, in a move which the international group said signals its “renewed focus on supporting UK retail brokers”.

He will report directly to Darren Nightingale, chief executive of THB MET, which encompasses the Lloyd’s broker’s marine, energy and transportation divisions. 

And Nightingale promised the move would deliver to UK brokers the broadest range of insurances that THB has ever offered from one platform.

“Appointing a managing director dedicated solely to promoting all our UK classes is a first for THB and demonstrates our commitment to providing meaningful support to Britain’s retail brokers,” said Nightingale.  

“We’re a Top 10 Lloyd’s contributor with expert broking teams built over 50 years, and while we’ve long been a recognised force in wholesale motor fleet we’re now bringing our market power and experience to bear in supporting UK brokers with our strongest ever proposition.”

“Strong and experienced team”

Durkan joined THB in 2017 following senior roles at JLT, Marsh and Arthur J Gallagher.

And Durkan said: “I’m delighted to be leading a strong and experienced team – boosted recently by the appointment of two more business development managers – to assist our retail broking partners in developing new revenue opportunities and supporting them with the placement of both common and complex risks.  

“We’re offering not only our THB UK Risk Solutions teams’ expertise across commercial, property, liability, fleet, and professional and financial classes including cyber liability, but also for the first time we will formally work together with our specialist marine, energy and transportation teams including aviation, all of which cater for UK risks. 

“Plus we’re building a bigger portfolio of schemes and online options making it quicker and easier than ever for our brokers to meet their clients’ needs. We want THB to be our brokers’ first choice for all their UK risks.”

THB UK Risk Solutions places UK risks on behalf of around 1,300 brokers.