Introducing the team that’s got your back
Alan Jecks, Chris Jecks, Brad James, Jon Gallagher, Garry Whatton, Zoe McGaffin and Nicki Kelly collectively offer well over 100 years of experience in the insurance industry. Their combined knowledge and expertise has been gained through dedicated careers in insurance broking, claims and underwriting, both locally and internationally.
Founding director of Alan Jecks Insurance Brokers or GYB as we’re now known, 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.
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.
Brad joined the GYB team having spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a claims manager, qualified insurance broker and branch manager. Brad has a particular interest in the technical aspects of liability insurance and specialises in commercial fire and general cover, with a focus on delivering detailed needs analysis and regular review.
Brad resides in Whitby with his wife Lisa and children Isla and Benjamin. In his spare time enjoys rugby, baseball, rock music, and craft beer.
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 joined GYB as a Claims Manager and has subsequently moved into a broking role. Jon has been in the insurance industry 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 the Hutt Valley with his wife Kerrin and daughter Amelia. In his spare time Jon enjoys teaching the drums.
Zoё joined the GYB team after a year of Case Managing with NZI Broker Claims, handling a portfolio consisting of both Domestic and Commercial property and motor claims. Prior to ‘falling into’ Insurance, and between children, she worked in Hospitality as an Events Manager and Marketing Co-Ordinator for a large Wellington waterfront bar & restaurant.
Outside of work, Zoё is a Volunteer Firefighter at Trentham Station, and also enjoys spending time with her three children Logan, Olivia and Carolyn. As a family they particularly enjoy going on weekend adventures, chasing their German Shepherd (Lagertha) around the park, and the occasional dance-off in the kitchen.
Nicki joined GYB in March 2019 in a broker support role following 5 years at other Wellington brokerages and 10 years at Vero Insurance. Her current role is to provide any administration support required for the GYB brokers.
Outside of work, Nicki enjoys spending time with her two children, Ashleigh and Connor and enjoys music, movies, baking and gardening.