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Caunce O’Hara is a UK top 100 commercial insurance broker protecting approximately 40,000 businesses from life’s uncertainties. The company offers a full range of insurance products and risk management services to freelance professionals, contractors, SME’s, large corporate clients and high net worth individuals. Caunce O’Hara’s mission is to help customers plan for the unexpected, feel protected and thrive.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Manchester, Caunce O’Hara has 45 employees and operations in the UK and selected international markets. The company pioneered the selling of freelance insurance policies online and remain one of the most dynamic insurance brokers in the UK.

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Leadership team

  • Chris Caunce ACII - Founder and Director
  • Martin O'Hara ACII - Founder and Director
  • Ben Leeson Associate Director at Caunce OHara
  • Donna Smith - Schemes Director
  • Chris Caunce ACII - Founder and Director

    Chris Caunce ACII - Founder and Director

    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 in 1995.

    Likes sailing, family, Subway tuna salads

  • Martin O'Hara ACII - Founder and Director

    Martin O’Hara ACII - Founder and Director

    Martin began his journey in Insurance more than 35 years ago starting out as a commercial manager and over time went on to secure Commercial Director Title. He is an ACII Chartered Insurance Broker. Martin founded the business alongside Chris in 1995 and plays a key role in the strategic direction of the business.

    Likes golf, Bolton Wanderers, sport in general

  • Ben Leeson Associate Director at Caunce OHara

    Ben Leeson - Associate Director

    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.

    I dislike unnecessary processes, pointless meetings and designer dogs!

  • Richard Holden - Finance Manager

    I have adopted a variety of roles, as well as looking after the company’s finances. I’m currently a fan of……Golf, Football (Man City), NFL, cooking, family holidays & nights out with friends.

    I’m not so keen on…….Mondays, getting back from holidays and Manchester United.

  • Donna Smith - Schemes Director

    Donna Smith - Schemes Director

    I joined 17 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.

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

  • Diane Bradford Cert CII - Claims & Compliance Manager

    I joined the company in 2004 when the claims department still had paper files, I soon changed that! I’m currently a fan of………Manchester City always, Great British Bake Off and improving my painting techniques, on canvas not walls.

    I’m not so keen on…….Dieting. I start a new diet every morning when I wake up and it usually lasts for an hour or so!

  • Andrew Wells BA (Hons) ACII - Commercial Director

    I've been in the industry for 10 years now and with Caunce O'Hara for 5. After working to achieve Chartered status I have progressed through the company and now lead the corporate division.
    In my own time my favourite thing to do is spend time with my wife and two boys.

    I also have an unhealthy interest in performance cars and motorsport in general

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