BLP Insurance responds to regional growth with senior appointments


  • Date: 03/09/2015

BLP Insurance, the specialist residential and commercial insurer, has announced two senior additions to its business development executive team in response to increasing regional demand for its building insurance products in the Midlands and South West of England.

Alex Barnes joins as Business Development Executive for the Midlands, based in Birmingham. He has over 15 years’ experience in a similar role, having previously worked at Aon (UK) Ltd, HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd, and most recently, Build Midlands Ltd.

Karen Wilson has also been appointed as Business Development Executive to cover the South West. She joins from Glenigan Ltd where she built up significant experience over a period of 17 years in senior roles at the company.

The firm has also recruited Lauren Neville to join its support staff in its City of London head office to support the growth of BLP Insurance’s national sales team. In her new role, Lauren will be responsible for assisting the Business Development Executives in servicing BLP Insurance’s client requirements.

Kim Vernau, CEO, BLP Insurance, said: “There has been a lot of  focus on the construction boom in London and the home counties, but we are also seeing a significant uplift in the number of residential and commercial projects in the Midlands and the South West. There is increasing investor appetite for commercial real estate outside of London and improving sentiment amongst residential developers and homebuyers, as a result of government backed initiatives, is no longer just confined to the capital.

“We have always held the strong belief that the close proximity of our Business Development Executives to the local market is critical to the success of the business. We are pleased to be able to respond to this growing demand in the South West and the Midlands with these key appointments to strengthen our regional offering.”

Alongside Alex’s coverage of the Midlands and Karen’s focus on the South West, other senior members of BLP Insurance’s business development team include Mitch Cookney (North), Zaf Choudry (Central England) and Claire Hudson (London and South East).

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