Introducing the team that’s got your back
Alan Jecks, Chris Jecks, Brad James, Jon Gallagher, Richard Lewis and Garry Whatton 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 daughter Isla. In his spare time enjoys rugby, baseball, rock music, and craft beer.
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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 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!
Our Claims Manager Rich joined the GYB Team in 2018 after returning from London where he worked for an International Logistics Company. Prior to this Rich worked in domestic claims for one of New Zealand’s largest insurers.
Outside of work, Rich enjoys cooking, playing a range of sports and travelling.