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Management Team

  • Ian Gosden, Chairman

    Ian is the founder of Higos and has built the business from scratch. He started his career in the life industry in 1986. After several requests for general insurance products Higos Insurance Services was founded in 1990. Customer service and advice were key to early success, looking after the clients of other Financial Advisors. Higos has been built on the back of hard work and staff development with Ian’s key skills of developing new business areas, maintaining and developing relationships and negotiating contracts with insurance companies.
  • Claire Blaymires, Operations Director & Group Company Secretary

    Claire is the Director of Operations and Group Company Secretary. She is responsible for compliance/audit and business processes as well as the portfolio of property including maintenance. She is also responsible for acquisitions and post sale integration. She has been in the Financial Services industry since 1994 joining Higos in 1997. Claire is CeMAP, and FPC qualified and has achieved her Diploma in Company Direction via the Institute of Directors.
  • Nigel Thomas, Finance Director

    Nigel joined Higos in November 2012 and has 17 years experience within the insurance broking industry, most recently as Group Finance Director at Gallagher Heath. Nigel, who is FCCA qualified, is responsible for leading our Accounts Department and the continued development of our financial management information.
  • Trudy Brown, Head of Underwriting and Insurer Relations

    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, Regional Branch Manager

    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 oversees our Bath and Clevedon branches in addition to being responsible for the day to day procedures for our larger and mid-market commercial clients.
  • 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 7 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 Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Exeter, Bideford, Bude and Bridport branches.
  • Sarah Neale, Regional Branch Manager

    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.
  • 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.
  • John Peverall, Property and Facilities Manager

    John joined Higos in 2012 as Property & Facilities Manager responsible for the day to day operation of the company's rapidly expanding property portfolio. He joined Higos after 23 years with the Bank of Ireland where he had been responsible for service delivery across GB and Northern Ireland. A Chartered Building Surveyor for over 20 years he has a wealth of experience in project and facilities management, building surveying, maintenance, property acquisition and health & safety.