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Woodgate & Clark Boosts Leadership Team with appointment of James Fairbairn as Director of Specialist Services

Posted on 03 June 2024

Woodgate & Clark, one of the U.K.’s leading loss adjusters has appointed Chartered Loss Adjuster, James Fairbairn as Director of Specialist Services. Fairbairn will now lead Woodgate & Clark’s expert and in-demand team of specialist adjusters across the UK supporting claims for heritage and church property, charities, education, private clients, complex household, subsidence and environmental losses.  

Beginning his insurance career as a claims handler for LV, Fairbairn brings two decades of insurance claims expertise to his new role, including thirteen years in loss adjusting. His promotion follows five years at Woodgate & Clark, most recently as Head of Private Clients within the Specialist Services Division.

The senior management team within Specialist Services is made up of Richard Wilson, Head of Specialist Services North; Steve Willis, Head of Environmental; Martin Shore, Head of Specialist Services South and Dave Hession, Head of Subsidence. A new Head of Private Clients will soon be appointed. 

Graeme Fitzpatrick, Operations Director, Woodgate & Clark said: “These are very exciting times for Specialist Services, where we have been enjoying a period of rapid growth, with new client wins and great long term career opportunities. Our skills in handling these specialist claims set Woodgate & Clark apart and we have selected exactly the right person in James to lead this important area of our business.

“James is homegrown talent and brings a broad range of experience to this important leadership role, as well as a strong commitment to the growth and development of the Specialist Services team. This is all part of our active and targeted resource planning to ensure we continue to deliver the excellent service our reputation has been built upon.”

James Fairbairn, Director of Specialist Services, Woodgate & Clark said: “I am delighted to take up this role and lead our highly skilled team as we adapt to the changing claims landscape.  Specialist Services is an important area for growth at Woodgate & Clark, and never more have our services been in such high demand. That’s both a challenge and an opportunity and will take the type of strong and supportive leadership that I plan to deliver.”