03 February 2016

Towergate today announces the appointment of James Barnard as Chief Transformation and Change Director.

James will report into our CEO Underwriting and COO Adrian Brown, and will play a key role in driving the change programmes that are needed to transform Towergate.

He joins Towergate from Aviva, where he has been IT Integration Director, reporting to the Group Executive and leading the Integration and Transformation of Friends Life IT into Aviva.

James had been with Aviva for over sixteen years, holding many senior roles including Ireland Transformation Director and Shared Service Director.

He has a proven background in driving change execution and a real mix of skills in IT, change and business transformation.

James Barnard commented today: “Joining Towergate at this time, to be part of the leadership team and to take the business forward is an opportunity I couldn’t resist. The scope and ambition fits with my ambition and values; moving to Towergate was an easy decision. I wanted to be part of something big and truly transformational and without doubt, this is the most exciting opportunity in the UK insurance market.”

Adrian Brown added, “We are continuing to build a high calibre team, and I believe James is the perfect person to work alongside myself and the Executive to ensure the successful delivery of our change agenda. Attracting somebody of James’ calibre positions us well to execute on our various change programmes.” 

About Towergate

Launched in 1997 Towergate is the UK’s largest independently owned insurance intermediary.

Towergate is an important distribution channel for a significant range of insurance products and a key strategic partner for the UK’s largest insurers.

Towergate’s scale, customer insight and distribution relationships make it a unique business and a leader in the markets in which it operates. Its combination of distribution and underwriting gives it unparalleled consumer data and market insight.

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