Brightside co-founder Chase-Gardener handed commercial director role

Paul Chase-Gardner Brightside

Brightside founder Paul Chase-Gardener has been given a new role as the broker’s commercial director, with former Barbon chief executive Ian Sutherland also joining the business.

The appointments are the first management changes implemented by new owner Anacap, which confirmed its acquisition of Brightside in late July.

Sutherland will replace Chase-Gardener, pictured, as finance director after spending eight months leading Barbon on an interim basis.

Sutherland's departure was announced in September. He previously served as chief financial officer of Barbon and parent Caley.

Keith Jackson has joined Brightside as group capacity and carrier director bringing together the Group's placement, pricing and underwriting to deliver a cohesive service to insurers.

Graham Johnston, who joined Brightside in March this year has been appointed group risk director.

Brightside chief executive officer Paul Williams told Post: "As a top 20 insurance broker, Brightside has set ambitious targets to grow the business. We see this growth coming from our acquisition strategy targeting niche UK broking businesses and forming new insurer and distribution relationships. Further developments include the company's online capabilities and expanding areas of product specialisation."

He added, "I am delighted to have Ian and Keith on board and to welcome Graham to the senior team. This strengthened team will ensure we are using the experience and talent of our senior people to help drive our strong growth ambitions.

"These key appointments mark another milestone in the Brightside story. With this expertise and the backing of a sound investor like AnaCap, we are well placed to realise our growth plans."



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