Leeds-based commercial insurance broker and Appointed Representative principal, Gauntlet, has strengthened its hand in one of its key markets, bus and coach insurance, through a significant new appointment.
Former Wrightsure associate director, Mark Monk, has travelled over to the Gauntlet camp, to establish and head-up a southern-based office in Essex, which will handle not just bus and coach insurance, but other types of commercial insurance besides.
Mark Monk has become an appointed representative of Gauntlet’s, as well as head of the southern office, and has already started to manage the risks of some of Gauntlet’s clients in the south. With 30 years’ experience in the sector, Monk represents the high-calibre appointed representative attracted by Gauntlet’s AR model and flexible benefits, which can accommodate high-flyers wanting the next move in their career, in a variety of ways.
The establishment of a southern office is a key milestone for Gauntlet, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in October 2019. Mark Monk will work from a Gauntlet Hallmark office in Orsett, which will replicate the seamless broking service offered from Gauntlet’s head office in Leeds. It will also offer Gauntlet’s southern-based clients a superb face-to-face service and tailored approach to their insurance requirements.
Gauntlet Hallmark will extend Gauntlet’s ‘more than a broker’ approach and give Gauntlet deeper market penetration across the home counties and beyond, managed from an office also conveniently located for clients in London.
Monk is no stranger to working with numerous large accounts, having handled a portfolio of clients that comprised a book of business worth £1.3m and all key areas of bus and coach insurance at an associate director level.
Roger Gaunt, managing director of Gauntlet Group says; “We are delighted to have Mark on board. He brings with him three decades of experience in the bus and coach sector, making our cumulative years in the industry a huge 55! With our shared insight into the market and dedication to doing the best for all passenger transport clients, bus and coach operators could not be in better hands.
“We expect to see our southern-based bus and coach team grow to around three people by the end of 2019, with other types of risk also being managed from our southern office. This will be a major development in our 25th anniversary year.”
Mark Monk adds: “This is an exciting career move and I am relishing the responsibility of introducing Gauntlet’s brand and impressive broking capacity to new bus and coach operators in the south, whilst also being part of an AR network that performs at the highest level and which delivers on its promises, hence the name Gauntlet Hallmark.
“I relish the fact that Gauntlet sets the bar so high and has no time for complacency or less-than-exceptional service delivery from its team. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Being part of the group’s impressive brand growth, in such a pivotal position, was simply an irresistible proposition.”