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More healthy growth for independent insurance broker

TL Dallas is expanding after appointing two insurance brokers that specialise in the health and care industry.

Account executives, Rico Young and James Bright have joined TL Dallas from Marsh Commercial. They have almost 25 years’ combined industry experience and will be spearheading the firm’s health and care specialism.

Rico said: “After completing my business and economic degree, I started my career in general commercial insurance at SME Insurance Services Limited, before being headhunted by Bluefin Insurance, who were later acquired by Marsh Commercial. Gaining a promotion to account executive in 2018, I managed and grew a book worth £1.5m of gross written premium, with a diverse client portfolio. Experienced at insuring care homes, domiciliary care providers, doctors and dental surgeries, I also advise clients on ancillary policies including motor-fleet, property, management liability and cyber insurance to ensure any potential gaps in cover are addressed. I was keen to join an independent broker again and TL Dallas’s reputation for personal client service and caring for their people really stood out for me, as their values align with my own.”

James said: “I started my insurance career in personal lines insurance in 2005. I then moved to the commercial sector in 2013, working for Bluefin Insurance, which later becoming Marsh Commercial, taking on a new business role for care sector clients. In 2016 I started a management role focussed on growing the care department, looking after a team of account executives and brokers, while still liaising with key clients. In 2019, I went onto replicate the successes of the care division, setting up a new business department for the SME team, whilst also dealing with most types of commercial business, before returning to head up the health and care department in 2021.

“I really enjoy the work mitigating the risks that businesses face in the health and care sector, including medical malpractice and professional indemnity. I also work with clients to provide them with other vital cover, including management liability, cyber, engineering and property insurance. I’m thrilled to be joining TL Dallas. The firm is renowned in the industry for supporting its people and has an excellent team of talented brokers working across 12 UK offices.”

Polly Staveley, managing director at TL Dallas, said: “‘James and Rico are professional, technical brokers who have been working in the health and care sector for over 20 years. They understand the challenges faced by the sector and have access to specialist insurers that cover a wide range of insurance options for our clients.

“They will help us grow our market share in the health and care sector working with individual and large-scale multi-site care homes, children’s homes, foster care agencies, hospices, retirement homes, domiciliary care and supported living providers, charities, dental practices and GP surgeries, as well as with providers of complementary and alternative therapies.”

Head of commercial at TL Dallas, Tim Mortimer, added: “Our commercial division is going from strength to strength with a 15% uplift in business over the last financial year. Welcoming Rico and James to the team is a real highlight for us. Both are dedicated professional brokers who put clients first and have the technical knowledge and expertise to get the best policies in place for clients.”

Contact James Bright on 07984 143885 / or Rico Young on 07984 143758 /, or contact the office on 01274 465 500 /