The Team

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David Hopwood, CEO

David leads Hedron Network. He started his broking career 30 years ago as part of the senior management team at Layton Blackham, helping to grow the business organically and through acquisition. He also established the Layton Blackham Network (LBBS), which become Bluefin Network following the acquisition of Layton Blackham in 2007.  He is committed to supporting and championing independent brokers – capitalising on our firm foundations to generate accelerated growth and success for our partner brokers and trading partners.

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Duncan Pagan, Consultancy Services Director

Duncan is responsible for delivering our consultancy services to partner brokers, including compliance, people, business efficiency, growth, and acquisitions. Duncan was previously MD of Bluefin Network having been a driving force in its creation and growth over the last 17 years. He has considerable experience in working with a range of brokers gained from a background in underwriting, development and broking.

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Paul Webley, Business Development Director

Paul has worked in the insurance industry for 28 years — before joining Hedron Network in 2019, he was Managing Director of Fusion, Arista and Towergate Commercial Underwriting, where he spent 15 years prior to the sale of those businesses to Arch. His career has covered roles in broking, underwriting, and sales leadership. His role within Hedron Network covers business development, sales, and marketing.

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Chris Taylor, Broker Trading Director

Chris manages Hedron Connect and the broker trading facilities within Hedron Network. He joined the Network business in 2010, having previously been the key account manager for Bluefin Network at AXA. Creating a trading environment to work closely with partner brokers to understand their business, identify and secure opportunities, whilst developing great relationships, and seeing brokers succeed and grow is integral to his role.

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