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12 February 2024

Howden Strengthens Commercial Team With New Appointments

Howden, the international insurance group, has welcomed two new appointments, Dean Barker and Ross Power, to its South and West Wales region.

Dean Barker joins the firm as Account Executive and will be responsible for delivering insurance solutions to businesses operating across the commercial sector.

Dean joins with almost 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, previously working for regional and national brokers such as Jelf and Towergate. Dean specialises in supporting clients in the construction, manufacturing and retail industries.

Dean said:

“I’m thrilled to have joined the Howden team in Wales and feel as though I’ve really hit the ground running.

“Engaging with and providing dedicated assistance to our clients is a true passion of mine, and Howden’s commitment to a client-centric approach really resonates with me.

“I was also impressed by how active the firm is within the local community, and this is something I’m really looking forward to getting involved in.”

Howden has also welcomed Ross Power to its South and West Wales region as Commercial Account Handler.

Ross, from Swansea, is responsible for assisting the company’s Account Executives in building new business and attracting new clients, as well as working closely with clients on their day-to-day needs.

Ross will draw upon his extensive experience within the insurance industry in South Wales specifically, having worked for a number of brokers in the area, most recently for Douglas Insurance.

Ross said:

“I am thrilled to be part of Howden's dynamic team in South and West Wales. Working closely with our clients to address their day-to-day needs and contribute to the growth of the business is a challenge I am eager to embrace. Howden's reputation for excellence in the insurance industry drew me in, and I am excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact in the region, building on my experience in the South Wales insurance market.”

These appointments coincide with the opening of a new office in Swansea, as part of Howden UK & Ireland's commitment to further strengthen its foothold in the South and West Wales region, providing risk advisory services to businesses.

Dean and Ross will sit under the leadership of Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, previously of Aston Lark, which was acquired by the Howden Group in 2022.

Gary said:

“Welcoming Dean and Ross to our team is a significant step in reinforcing our presence in South and West Wales. Their wealth of experience and dedication to client satisfaction aligns seamlessly with Howden's values. As Regional Managing Director, I am confident that their contributions will play a key role in our continued success in the region. We are excited to have them on board as we expand our operations with our new Swansea office.”

About Howden UK&I

Howden UK&I is part of global insurance group Howden, and one of the largest specialist insurance distribution groups in the UK. Our unique high street branch network continues to grow, with over 200 branches and centres, supporting clients in communities across the country.

Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses personal, business, corporate, rural, private client and niche insurance brokerage, supporting the traditional to the extraordinary. Known for exceptional customer service, Howden is rated 4.8/5 on Trustpilot. Find out more at


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