Neil Forrest and Lee Tetley

Neil Forrest with new MD Lee Tetley

Former Allianz Business Services managing director, Lee Tetley, has been appointed to lead the Newcastle office of JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers.

An insurance specialist with over 20 years in the industry, Lee’s expertise lies predominantly with commercial insurance services, specialising in SME and digital-forward insurance solutions. In his new role, Lee will initially focus on developing the Newcastle office’s strategy for its well-established SME client base, whilst maintaining business growth and developing its team of 18 employees.

Lee’s career has seen him progress from insurance sales and renewals to becoming MD at SMEi prior to its acquisition by Marsh. He remained at Marsh as operations director until moving to Allianz. Lee has substantial experience of leading insurance businesses from start-up phase, through to rapid growth, and within a corporate environment.

JM Glendinning’s Newcastle office is one of nine companies within the JM Glendinning group, priding itself as a renowned go-to broker for providing niche insurance services for ‘hard to insure’ businesses. Lee takes over from former North East MD, Neil Forrest, who following the recent MBO will take on board new group responsibilities. Neil Forrest will continue to work closely with Lee through the transition, whilst working alongside Group CEO, Nick Houghton, across the group’s nine businesses.

Says Lee Tetley: “The business is in a very strong position in the market having grown year on year since it launched in 2013. Our employees and the culture of the business are extremely important to success and I plan to spend a lot of time with our team, mentoring, collaborating with and learning from them. Maintaining a positive working practices will, I believe, enable us to offer the best service to our clients.”

Says Neil Forrest: “Our Newcastle office is in exceptionally safe hands with Lee at the helm. He has an impressive track record of leading businesses to a position of sustainable growth and I have every confidence that he will achieve great things at JM Glendinning. Lee is well known and respected in the insurance industry and has great strengths in employee engagement and strategic planning. I look forward to working with him and seeing the Newcastle business flourish under his leadership.”