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About Caunce O'Hara & Co Ltd

Welcome to Caunce O'Hara, we are a business insurance broker protecting 30,000+ freelance professionals from life’s uncertainties through business insurance including: professional indemnity insurance, public and employers liability cover, tax enquiry and legal expenses cover, and personal accident and sickness insurance.

We offer a range of insurance products to protect freelancers and contractors from most sectors, including offshore energy contractors.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Manchester, Caunce O’Hara pioneered the selling of freelance professional indemnity insurance policies online, and has continued to offer a convenient online service to freelance professionals ever since.

Going from strength-to-strength across a number of niche markets, the company remains one of the most dynamic insurance brokers in the UK.

If you would like to discuss your freelance insurance, please call our Feefo award-winning team on 0333 321 1403


Meet the leadership team

Ben Leeson Head of Caunce OHara

Benjamin Leeson - Head of Caunce O'Hara & Co Ltd

I’ve actually had two spells at Caunce O’Hara, I worked here back in 2008 and spent 4 years in our broking team before leaving to join a large insurance company. I just couldn’t stay away and now I’m responsible for the development and implementation of our business strategies.

Outside of work and unlike most of my colleagues it seems, I’m a Manchester United season ticket holder and love travelling.

Interesting fact: I dislike unnecessary processes, pointless meetings and designer dogs!

Twitter: @CaunceOHara

Donna Smith - Sales Manager

Donna Smith - Sales Manager

I joined 19 years ago (wow time flies) and I started as the Front of House Receptionist. Within a year or so I was working as a Schemes Account Handler and then 6 years ago I was made Schemes Director. No real qualifications to state...rather than go to college and progress, which all the family expected me to do.

Interesting fact: I’m not so keen on football (well actually any sports) and sand. Yes I do actually have a phobia of sand…!

Twitter: @donnasmith

Katie O'Sullivan Schemes Manager at Caunce O'Hara

Katie O'Sullivan - Schemes Manager

My journey at Caunce O’Hara started back in December 2014 after being made redundant from a private bank. I was offered the same role at their London branch but decided to stay in Manchester and luckily was offered the position Front of House at Caunce O’Hara.
A short while later I moved over to the online department & was promoted to team manager in October 2018.

Interesting fact: Likes: Manchester City, Mallorca, Spring Time, Travelling, Shoes & Bags, Working, Being happy - Dislikes: Grey skies, worrying.

Twitter: @CaunceOHara

Chris Caunce ACII - Founder and Director

Chris Caunce ACII - Founder and Consultant

Chris has been an insurance broker for 30 years and is an ACII Chartered Insurance Broker. His career has taken him from starting his own brokerage at the tender age of 22, through senior positions with larger firms and eventually establishing Caunce O’Hara with Martin O'Hara in 1995.

Interesting fact: Likes sailing, family, Subway tuna salads

Twitter: @CaunceOHara

Phil Ainley Chartered Marketer

Phil Ainley MCIM CMktr - Marketing Manager

I joined Caunce O’Hara in February 2018 and have worked full time in the creative media industry since 1997 as a graphic designer, web designer and web manager, and since 2008 as a marketer. I’ve been lucky enough to won 4 creative design awards and I’m proud to have achieved Chartered Marketer status in 2019.
I have always tried to live by the saying “Fix the problem, not the blame”, which has come in very handy in my career so far.

Interesting fact: Likes Liverpool FC, AC/DC, Weekends, Theatre, Running.

Twitter: @CaunceOHara

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