About Direct Group


Direct Group was established in 1990 and has grown to be one of the UK’s leading insurance services provider, predominantly offering products and services to brokers, intermediaries, corporates and affinities. We provide businesses with options to complete or compliment their proposition with quality products, backed by leading brand insurers and supported by market leading claims, sales and service.

Led by a team with a reputation for innovation and dynamism, Direct Group is where ‘insurance and innovation’ combine to provide solutions to difficult to solve problems, within the insurance market. We do this by establishing long term relationships. with leading partners to correlate insurance solutions to both clients and to underwriters. With over 600 highly-trained employees across 6 UK-based offices and market-leading, in-house technology, processes and expertise; we pride ourselves in effectively delivering solutions and servicing to the high standards and timescales expected of today’s market.

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27 +

Years of experience

Offices

6

Offices

Employees

600 +

Employees

Policies managed

3 Million +

Policies managed last year

Bespoke Schemes

4,600 +

Bespoke schemes for affinity partners

End To End

End to end capability

Underwriting, Administration and Claims

FCA

FCA Authorised

Third Party Administrator and Claims Management

Claim Managed

325,000 +

Claims managed last year

Companies that trust Direct Group

We provide insurance products and/or services to many well known retail and insurance brands in the UK.

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What customers and clients say about us

Our Values


Our values guide the way in which we work with our partners, clients, customers and each other


Our business operates based on values which include four key areas:

We Think… Customer
We care about our customers and act with our customers best interests in mind., going the extra mile to delight our customers through excellent service. We build great successful long lasting client and customer relationships.
We Think… People
We treat people as they would want to be treated and work together as one team, through open and honest communications. We inspire and help each other grow to achieve great things personally and professionally and strive to make work fun.
We Think… Big ideas
We work hard towards achieving individual and business goals and actively listen to our customers’ feedback to find better ways to provide excellent service. We think about things differently and are open minded to new innovative solutions. We act upon new opportunities, to develop and grow ourselves, our services, processes and the business.
We Do… The right thing
We act with integrity, doing what is right and not what is easy. We treat our customers, clients and each other with trust and respect,. We honour our commitments and take action to make a positive difference.

Our People


We have a work-force of over 600 skilled employees, led by a highly experienced management team with over 150 years of cumulative experience in the UK insurance industry.

Derek Coles

Derek Coles

(Chief Executive Officer)

Joined Direct Group as CEO in 2006, Previous private equity experience includes the management buyout of Direct Group from Barclays Private Equity and executive management of GAB Robins under Brea Capital,Previous experience includes Managing Director at GAB Robins and Head of Group Procurement for life, general insurance and mortgage products for Barclays. Bank alliances with Woolwich plc and Legal and General.

Scott Hough

Scott Hough

(Chief Financial Officer)

Joined Direct Group as Finance Director in 2002. Previous private equity experience includes the management buyout and secondary management buyout of Direct Group. Previous experience includes Audit and Corporate Finance roles at KPMG, including Financial Services.

Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter

(Midas MD)

Joined Direct Group as part of the Midas acquisition in 2016. Previous experience includes MD at Prestige Underwriting Services and various roles at JJ Ballantine and Sun Alliance.

Russell Crewe

Russell Crewe

(Direct Group Claims Division MD)

Joined Direct Group as Claims Division Director in 2012. Previous experience includes Managing Director then Director of Operations at Ashworth Mairs Group and Loss Adjustor at GAB Robins

James Astle

James Astle

(Broker Division Director)

Joined Direct Group as Broker Director in 2016. Previous experience includes Head of Broker Development at Ageas and Regional Sales Manager at Zurich.

Nicola Walsh

Nicola Walsh

(Business Support Director)

Joined Direct Group as Business Support Director in 2001, responsible for Project Management & Implementation, Service Delivery, Data Management and MI Solutions.

Careers

Were always on the look out for talented people with the passion to deliver excellent customer service. We have various customer and client facing roles across our 6 regional offices, so if you’re looking to work for a fast-moving and innovative company plus agree on our values, please take a look at are current vacancies.

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