Insurance group Howden expands presence in Wales with new Swansea office

Front centre Gary Stevens, Regional Director, Howden, with rest of Wales team

Howden, the international insurance group, has announced the opening of a new office in Swansea.

This strategic expansion is 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.

The new office is located at Axis Court, Riverside Business Park, Swansea. Under the leadership of Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, who has over four decades of industry experience, the Swansea office aims to become the leading competitor in the commercial broking sector in South and West Wales.

Stevens, previously of Aston Lark, which was acquired by the Howden Group in 2022, has outlined ambitious goals for the office, including doubling the size of the team by the beginning of 2025, reflecting the company’s dedication to employing the best talent and fostering a dynamic team culture.

“I am thrilled to lead the team in Swansea as we work towards becoming the primary choice for risk advisory services in South and West Wales,” said Gary Stevens.

“Howden continues to be a driving force in the insurance industry and our goal is not just to be a significant player within Howden, but also to be the go-to partner for Welsh-based companies seeking high-quality risk advice.”

The investment in the Swansea office underscores the importance of South Wales to Howden UK & Ireland’s overall business strategy, with a second office in the region set to open this spring.

Stevens also emphasises the importance of having a collaborative and enjoyable work environment, stating: “We aim to have fun while delivering exceptional service to our clients. We’re building a team of highly skilled brokers with expertise in various sectors, including transportation, construction, charity, care, professions, sports and leisure, and waste/recycling.”

In July 2023, it was announced that Howden would become a Principal Partner of The British & Irish Lions for the next four years and the official front of jersey sponsor for the upcoming 2025 Lions Tour to Australia. This partnership support extends to a community level via the Lions Origin Clubs, with the Wales office supporting local teams across the region.