Senior Leadership Team

We have six regional offices strategically placed to be as near to you as possible – it’s important to us because we know it’s important to you.

We have offices in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Sevenoaks and Plymouth employing over 120 experienced staff (with a combined 1000+ years of knowledge!) This means more than 190,000 working hours a year dedicated to looking after your insurance needs.

Here are just some of the faces that work behind the scenes to make sure we give you the best possible service and support we can.

  • Neil McFarlane ACII
    Group Chief Executive Officer

    Neil is Group Chief Executive Officer for TH March.

    He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Neil was also elected as one of the youngest Presidents of the Plymouth Insurance Institute in 1992.

    Neil’s career in insurance began in 1982 when he joined Cornhill Insurance as a motor and motor fleet Underwriter. He joined TH March in 1983, starting with an account handling role within the Commercial Insurance Department, then moving to an account executive’s role, both based in the Plymouth office.

    Neil was appointed as an Associate Director, in 1998 and moved to our London office in 1999. He became a Director in 1999 and was appointed Sales Director in 2005.

  • Simon Dawe ACII
    Managing Director

    Simon is Managing Director for TH March. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Broker.

    Simon’s career in insurance began in 1997 when he joined TH March and first worked in our Plymouth office, mainly in the Commercial Department, for six years.

    He was promoted to Account Executive in 2003 and relocated to our Birmingham office and subsequently promoted to Associate Director and then naturally progressed to a Regional Director role. In 2018 Simon was appointed as Sales Director.

    As part of his ongoing Professional Development, Simon gained his CII Diploma in 2006 and his ACII in 2019. In June 2022, Simon was appointed Managing Director.

    He is a Guardian for Birmingham’s Assay Office and likes to spend time with his wife and two teenage children – both of whom are heavily involved in various sports, and he also coaches Redditch United’s U18s men’s football team.

  • Richard D'Agostino BA MSc FCII
    Product Development Director

    Richard is our Product Development Director and also manages the TH March Glasgow office and is responsible for a portfolio including clients in Scotland, Northern England, Northern Ireland and Eire.

    After completing his degree in Business Management, Richard joined Stenhouse/Aon where he worked in the Technical Audit Department, gaining his ACII, prior to joining TH March in 1989.

    As part of his ongoing Professional Development, Richard successfully attained Chartered Insurance Broker status and the FCII distinction before going on to complete an MSc in Risk Management & Insurance at Glasgow Caledonian University. Richard has also been awarded the title of Chartered Insurance Risk Manager from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

  • Mark Smith ACII
    Non Executive Director & Chairman

    Mark is a Non Executive Director and remains Chairman after a long standing career as Broking Director for the TH March Jewellers Block account.

    He joined TH March in Plymouth Devon in 1987 with responsibilities in the commercial department before moving up to London in 1992. Since that time along with facilitating the operation of the company’s Lloyd’s markets Mark has dealt specifically with Jewellers block insurance and its associated products.

    Mark has a BTEC in business studies, is ACII qualified and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Before joining TH March, Mark spent eight years at Commercial Union, dealing with all aspects of commercial insurance.

  • Michael Ferraro MA MSc ACII
    Non Executive Director

    Michael is a Non Executive Director, following his long career with us.

    He joined TH March in 1972, coming from a research background in molecular genetics. He worked initially in London in Jewellers Block, general commercial and life departments, before moving to the Plymouth office where he completed his Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute. In 1978 he moved to the Birmingham office for 10 years before returning to London in 1988.

    Michael was the 3rd generation of his family to hold the post of Managing Director. His grandfather joined the firm’s founder, Thomas H March, in 1905, with his father taking over the role on his grandfathers death in 1960.

  • Karen Hutchison
    Regional Director

    Karen is Manager of the Company’s largest Sales Office in Sevenoaks, responsible for making sure that everything runs smoothly.

    She joined TH March in 1977 and spent 8 years in the Jewellers Block Department. She then left to work for C E Heath & Co as an Account Handler and then Fielding Seaton and Jones to run their Jewellers Block /Art Dealers Departments, including broking in Lloyd’s.

    Karen returned to TH March in 1990 to assist with the running of the Sevenoaks Office and became Associate Director in 1999. She holds the Certificate in Insurance.

  • Steve McSweeney
    Regional Director

    Steve joined TH March in February 1998 as an Underwriting/Broking Technician. 2012 saw Steve naturally progress to Senior Broking Manager.

    In April 2019 he was promoted to Associate Director – Broking.

    Steve is Dip CII qualified and has recently been promoted to Regional Director responsible for Jewellers’ Block Broking for TH March and manages a team of 5 Technicians.