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Caunce O’Hara is a business insurance broker protecting approximately 30,000 businesses from life’s uncertainties. The company offers a full range of insurance products to freelance professionals and contractors, including offshore energy contractors.

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

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Leadership team

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

    Benjamin Leeson - Head of Caunce O'Hara

    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!

  • 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…!

  • 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.

    Likes sailing, family, Subway tuna salads

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