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Management Team

  • Matthew Hartigan, Managing Director

    Matthew joined Higos in June 2018 and has over 26 years experience working in the insurance industry. Matthew began his career as a Fire Underwriter for Royal and Sun Alliance in 1992. After five years he moved into sales, with the Independent, joining Smart and Cook in Harrogate as an Account Executive in 1999. In 2005 he joined Zurich in Leeds and was promoted to Head of Broker Market for Wales and the South West in 2007. He fulfilled a number of leadership roles for Zurich from 2011-17 with both national and regional management responsibilities. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Regional Market for the Midlands, Wales and the South West before joining Higos as Managing Director. Matthew is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Insurer.
  • Trudy Brown, Head of Personal Lines and Underwriting

    Trudy has 28 years experience in the insurance industry and has a strong focus on schemes and underwriting. Trudy oversees the Underwriting Unit which gives an essential edge to getting the best deals for clients.
  • Donal Henry, Head of Commercial Sales

    Donal has over 20 years industry experience with Zurich (as a key account manager), RSA and McCarthy Insurance Group (as Commercial Manager). He has a wealth of knowledge dealing with corporate business and is responsible for the day to day procedures for our larger and mid-market commercial clients.
  • Sarah Neale, Head of Central Trading

    Sarah joined Higos in July 1994. ACII qualified and a chartered insurance broker, Sarah is responsible for the management and development of the teams in Somerton and Bridgwater. Sarah is passionate about seeing her staff develop their career paths at Higos with the opportunities available. Sarah has previously worked in both our personal lines and commercial lines divisions.
  • Alan Clarke, Regional Branch Manager

    Alan joined Higos in July 2000 and has spent his whole working career with Higos carrying out both personal lines and commercial roles. Alan is ACII qualified, was awarded as Highly Commended BIBA Young Broker 2015 and is the current Regional Chair of the BIBA West of England region. Alan works closely with six branches to manage performance, create opportunities and develop successful careers for his team.
  • Darren Siwiec, Regional Branch Manager

    Darren joined Higos Insurance Services in April 2013, having 12 years industry experience, for both online and local insurance brokers. During his time with Higos Darren has developed his career from starting as an Insurance Adviser in the Plymstock branch, to now being a Regional Manager. Darren is on the council for the Chartered Insurance Institute of Exeter, and is currently the Young Professionals Group Leader. He currently holds a Diploma in General Insurance and is working towards his Advanced Diploma as part of Higos’ commitment to continued professional development. Darren is responsible for all Personal Lines and Commercial Business in our Bridport, Bude, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Yeovil branches.
  • Gavin Collery, Head of Finance

    Gavin has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance sector, commencing his career with Marsh Management Services in Ireland and Bermuda. His technical experience includes management of the financial, operational, regulatory and IT functions of entities including change and transformation initiatives for systems and processes. Gavin is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Diploma in risk management from Middlesex University and an Associate of risk management from the AICPCU.
  • Stephanie Trebble, Head of Claims

    Joining Higos as a Claims Handler in 1999, Stephanie became the Claims Manager for both Personal Lines and Commercial Lines and was promoted to Head of Claims. Stephanie has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 40 years, the last 19 years in claims and her industry knowledge is invaluable when it comes to providing claims service to our clients.
  • Adelle Hawkey, Head of Compliance

    Adelle joined Higos in September 2014. Having worked in the insurance sector for over twenty years, Adelle comes with a wealth of experience, having previously run an Independent Financial Advisers and most recently heading up the Quality and Legal departments for the UK arm of a multinational insurance company. Through her proactive approach within the compliance field, Adelle has been a finalist in the National Business Awards on two occasions.
  • Vicki Carter, Assistant Regional Manager

    Vicki joined Higos Insurance Services in 2004. During her time at Higos Vicki has held a variety of management positions and has gained valuable experience in many departments. Vicki works with Sarah Neale in our Somerton and Bridgwater offices with a focus on Personal Lines.