Introducing the team that’s got your back

Alan Jecks, Chris Jecks, Brad James, Jon Gallagher and Garry Whatton collectively offer over 100 years of experience in the insurance industry. Their combined knowledge and expertise has been gained through dedicated careers in insurance broking and underwriting, both locally and internationally.

Alan Jecks

Alan Jecks


Founding director and majority shareholder of the company, Alan followed his father into the insurance business. He began his career in the London market prior to emigrating to New Zealand. Alan has managed the local branch of an international insurance broking firm prior to starting his own business. During his time as owner of GYB, he has forged many long-term relationships with clients.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, food, wine, and he is a motor enthusiast. Alan is also a keen cycler and has regularly participated in cycling events, such as the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

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Chris Jecks

Chris Jecks


Chris joined the business in 2009 following several years in the construction industry.

Chris specialises in commercial fire and general covers and also runs the life division of the business.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Adrianna, and his three children Ollie, Charlie and Thea. He also enjoys all sport, cooking and travelling.

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Brad James - Broker

Brad James

Senior Broker

Brad joined the GYB team having spent 10 years as a qualified insurance broker and branch manager for another local broking firm. Brad has experience with claims and key account management, with a particular interest in the technical aspects of liability insurance. Brad specialises in commercial fire and general cover, with a focus on delivering detailed needs analysis, regular review and claims advocacy.

Brad resides on the Kapiti Coast with his wife Lisa and daughter Isla. In his spare time enjoys sports, rock music, and craft beer.

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Garry Whatton - Chief Financial Officer

Garry Whatton

Chief financial officer

Garry has been in the industry in various roles over many years. Beginning his career with Royal Sun Alliance, he joined the industry from school as they let him keep his long hair. His insurance experience includes underwriting, liability and marine claims, and recovery. Garry took a few years out of insurance to obtain a diploma in horticulture and run a company.

Garry likes all sport, plays social tennis and squash, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Jon Gallagher - Claims manager

Jon Gallagher

Claims manager

Jon will be your Claims Manager and your first point of contact for all manner of claims. His primary objective will be assisting you with claims, fast-tracking the process, providing continuity technical expertise and advocating on your behalf with insurers.

Jon has been in the insurance in for almost 20 years beginning his career as a Claims Handler for State Insurance and filling a variety of roles over the years, more recently branching out to Sales and Underwriting with Vero Insurance.

Jon resides in Stokes Valley with his wife Kerrin. In his spare time Jon teaches the drums and plays in a covers band (The Scale) – a regular at pubs and clubs throughout the Wellington Region!