ONE of the UK’s leading rural insurance brokers has announced the appointment of a new commercial director.

The appointment comes at a time of continued growth of services and client reach for H&H Insurance Brokers.

With over 30 years in the business, and its foundations deeply rooted in rural communities, H&H Insurance Brokers offers independent advice on all aspects of rural and agricultural insurances across the North of England, Scottish Borders, North Wales and Cheshire.

It also has a dedicated claims department to ensure that if the worst happens, clients can rest assured that they are fully supported.

Darlington-based Chris Clement, has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, including extensive knowledge of the rural sector. He started as a junior in an insurance brokers in Darlington and has worked his way up.

Latterly, he was account executive for McClarrons Ltd, an independent insurance broker in Yorkshire and prior to this, built up a highly successful insurance career working in strategic roles for Swinton and NFU Mutual.

This new position within the team is a strategic one to ensure that the business remains future-focussed and able to respond to the changing needs of the industry and clients. Mr Clement will work closely with Managing Director, Paul Graham to ensure further growth and development of niche markets.

Mr Clement said: “I am thrilled to be taking up this exciting opportunity to work for such a progressive insurance brokerage. I have known H&H Insurance Brokers for a number of years, it is a dynamic organisation with a strong brand and is well respected within the industry and is also known for having excellent relationships with its clients.

“My aims going forward are to grow the rural commercial side of the business, look at new services and expand our geographical reach in the North, to North Yorkshire, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

“Of key importance to me is to work with the team to remain incredibly client focussed and continue to offer a second-to-none insurance support service to clients.”

If any evidence was needed to underpin this pledge and the business’ reputation in the industry, it was recently awarded the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real clients.

In response to the appointment, Paul Graham, managing director for H&H Insurance Brokers said: “I’m delighted that Chris has agreed to join the team as commercial director, his knowledge of, and enthusiasm for the area and the industry, will be an asset to our growing team and portfolio.

“It is a key role for our company, which will continue to strengthen our presence and further expand our services.”

In making this appointment, H&H Insurance Brokers is demonstrating its continued commitment to growth and strengthening its vision to be ‘the insurance broker for rural and agricultural businesses’.