Ambitious Leeds-based commercial broker and Appointed Representative principal, Gauntlet Group, has signalled its intention to fast-track growth and reinforce its professionalism, through the appointment of well-connected and hugely experienced ex-Towergate director, Andy Parkin, to the role of Sales Director.
Parkin joins Gauntlet after a year out of the insurance industry spent pursuing his hobby of commercial photography, in preference to working in an insurance world.
Andy Parkin’s career at Towergate spanned seven years, with his last role that of Insurer Relationship Director, based in London. There, he focused on managing Towergate’s top six corporate insurance accounts, negotiating group trading deals for the advisory division and developing insurance products and propositions.
Prior to that, he was Towergate’s Regional Broking Director for three years, covering the whole of the north. His career with the broker began in 2011 as Business Unit Director of the Leeds Airport West office. In total, he has over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
At Gauntlet, he is now reunited with former Towergate colleague Kat King, who joined Gauntlet in autumn 2018 in the role of account executive. He will now also be working closely with Gauntlet’s Sales Manager, Angela McIver, another former colleague.
Managing director, Roger Gaunt, says: “We have been looking for the right individual to deliver the stretching plans that we aspire to implement and we believe we have now got our man in Andy Parkin. His experience is second to none and his expressed enjoyment of mentoring and coaching others will be invaluable for our sales team and our network of ARs.”
Andy Parkin adds: “This was an opportunity I simply could not refuse and one that allows me to have the all-embracing role that will enable me to embed customer excellence and on-point strategies into every stage of the customer acquisition, relationship management and renewal process. We shall continue to seek to have long-term relationships with our customers, by demonstrating to them that there is nowhere better to place their business than with Gauntlet.”
More information about Gauntlet can be found at www.gauntletgroup.com