About Us

About Stackhouse Poland
Individual Solutions for Individual Clients

 Stackhouse Poland is an award winning top 10 independent insurance broker in the UK. It is a management-owned company that was established in 1974 and specialises in the following sectors:

  • Private Client Insurance (Homes, Cars, Jewellery, Art, Yachts)
  • Commercial (SME to large multinationals)
  • Community (Local Councils, Churches and Charities)
  • Health & Protection (Group & Individual)

Our strengths lie in our ability to really understand our client’s complex insurance needs. We help to structure bespoke solutions and build relationships between insurers and our clients

Meet the Stackhouse Poland Senior Team


Tim has been in the industry for almost 30 years, beginning as a graduate trainee straight out of University. He held a number of senior positions in both International and large UK broking houses, including CEO roles in Aon Affinity, Towergate Underwriting, CCV and Paymentshield, before re uniting with old colleagues Jeremy Cary and James Agnew as part of Stackhouse Poland’s 2014 MBO. He has significant experience in the M&A arena, having led on over 50 acquisitions in the past decade.

Likes: Fairness, current affairs, golf
Dislikes: Negativity, reality TV, whisky

JEREMY CARY – Founder & Executive Chairman

Jeremy is a Founding Director and equity partner of Stackhouse Poland. Having led the business as CEO for 14 years he took on the Exec Chairman role in 2015. In addition to looking after a number of key client relationships both private client & commercial, he is responsible for the Stackhouse Poland acquisition programme and is the ultimate ‘Cultural Guardian’ for the Group.

Loves: Old cars, Bordeaux wine & links golf
Dislikes: Queuing, overcrowded trains & oysters (actually they dislike me!)

JAMES AGNEW – Founder & Director

James is a Director and equity partner of Stackhouse Poland and heads up Stackhouse Poland Private Office. James is also a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and has advised the very wealthy in respect of their personal insurance requirements for over 20 years. He takes a very hands-on approach for the benefit of clients and is passionate about “doing the right thing “ for clients and providing the very highest levels of service.

Loves: Italian Braccos, surfing in Devon and card tricks
Dislikes: Poor service, Lateness, Day time TV.

MARK SHAND – Director & Head of Thames Valley

Mark is a Board Director and has over 30 years’ experience working in the industry both as a Broker and an Insurer. Not only does he have Group responsibility for Claims, but he continues to advise a broad range of clients throughout the UK and takes great pride in ensuring each client has a bespoke service.

Loves: Spending time with his family, travelling, keeping fit, playing golf and squash.
Dislikes: Call centres, heights and losing at squash and golf.

PETER ROBINSON – Director & Head of Guildford

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and looks after a number of our clients with large property portfolios. His long and close association with key clients being evidence of the honesty of his advice.

Likes: Crystal Palace FC! golf, cycling and shivering on the touchline watching his son’s play sports
Dislikes: Rhubarb; buses and rudeness

CHARLES HURST – Director & Head of Liverpool

Charlie represents our Northern Region primarily being responsible for its ongoing development following the merging with Coulter Hurst & Co in 2014. His main area of expertise is Property, for both Commercial and Residential, having specialised in the sector for over 20 years. A former President of the Insurance Institute of Liverpool, he is dedicated to raising industry standards and is immensely encouraged to see increased professionalism across the sector. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Broker.

Likes: good manners and the outdoors;
Dislikes: poor manners and being inside for too long!

STEPHEN SMITH – Group Placement Director

Steve is responsible for the Group’s broking activities and insurer relationship management. Steve has in excess of twenty years’ experience in the insurance broking sector, is passionate about looking after clients and delivering first rate advice and service. He looks after a number of major corporate clients who are both UK and global businesses. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Loves: Spending time with his family, golf, cycling and gadgets.
Dislikes: Reality TV, peanut butter and people not getting what they pay for.

OLIVER THORNE – Head of Commercial Division

Oliver heads up the Commercial Division at Stackhouse Poland and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. Oliver joined the insurance broking sector after graduating university in 2007, bringing his passion for client service and people development. Oliver also looks after a number of major corporate clients, mainly in the Media and Financial Institution sector.

Likes: swimming, running, cycling, cooking, Monty (his dog), a challenge
Dislikes: bland food, cold water, headwinds

ANDREW CUNIS – Head of Private Clients

Andrew is the Head of Private Clients and is accountable and responsible for the day to day running of this division within the Group. Andrew has spent the last 15 years in personal lines insurance and was latterly responsible for the sales and distribution across Northern Europe, Middle East and Asia for AXA Art.

Loves: Running around after his 3 boys, golf, tennis & squash
Dislikes: People walking slowly on the pavement.

MARCIA REID – Head of Healthcare

Marcia, originally a pharmacist, has been involved with the business of health for over three decades. Prior to joining Stackhouse Poland in 2010, Marcia held senior roles including National Account Manager for Bupa UK, Head of Corporate Sales at Simply Health and Director of Corporate Consulting at Lorica, In 2008, Marcia was named as one of the top 50 most influential advisers in the UK by Health Insurance Magazine. Marcia is a Prince 2 Practitioner, member of the Institute of Directors Policy Voice Committee and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Likes: Twitter, Long weekend lunches, watching football and cricket, drinking peach bellinis with her grown up daughter.
Dislikes: Phrases like ‘with the greatest of respect and I hear what you are saying’ which mean the exact opposite!


Darren is a Board Director and heads up Stackhouse Poland’s new business division. Darren enjoys building strong partnerships with like-minded professional firms along with the really fun part of the job, meeting new clients. His particular area of expertise is designing bespoke, global policies for wealthy and high profile clients. Over the last 10 years Darren has advised a wide variety of clients with annual premiums ranging from £1,000 to £500,000.

Likes: meeting interesting people, watching my 8-year-old son play football and family holidays.
Dislikes: having to get up very early at weekends to watch my son play football(!), having my face painted like a butterfly by my 5-year-old daughter and reality TV.

HANNAH FRY – Risk and Compliance

Hannah has a commercial insurance background with over 17 years broking experience, which gives her a unique take on how risk and compliance should function. One of the original members of Stackhouse Poland she has been with the business for 15 years and is Certified by the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Loves: spending time with her husband and son George, anything arty and singing at every available opportunity!
Dislikes: being disorganised, rudeness and cottage cheese!

What Our Clients Say

Like many of our clients, Raymond presides over a global business which requires him to travel frequently. His success and travel pressures have led to Raymond establishing an impressive property portfolio with multiple homes and cars across the UK and Europe whilst his assets include a jewellery collection of over £40million with a single item valued at £15million. Raymond’s annual insurance spend was £490,000+ per annum when he first contacted us several years ago. We carried out a detailed audit and consolidated Raymond’s property, cars, jewellery and other assets into one bespoke global insurance solution with enhanced cover levels and alongside our fee-based approach, we were able to reduce his annual cost to £285,000. Not surprisingly, Raymond has remained one of our most loyal clients.

Raymond Reynolds

Stackhouse Poland has provided excellent and personal insurance services to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity for 5 years. Their comprehensive services is based on realistic understanding of the risks and sensitivities of charities and our activities. We have a dedicated charity partner and a lead contact which ensures a full understanding of our business and opportunities providing tailor-made insurance cover based on discussions including risks and changes in legislation. We have enjoyed excellent and cooperative services with access to the full market.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Heather Wood

After suffering the frustration of trying to get quotes for my PI renewal elsewhere, it was genuinely refreshing to speak with someone who actually knew the market. Everything about the experience, from quote to completion, was handled really professionally. I never once felt like i’d been processed – it made a very pleasant change to be treated like a real person – and save money to boot!

Melanie Lord

I have to say that Stackhouse Poland is genuinely amongst one of the best suppliers I have had the pleasure to work with. Being responsive to our needs and providing a personal service means that at the times when we need to rely on their expertise, they have always been there for us.
I would (and do) recommend your services to our associates. Above all, it’s the people within an organisation that make it special, and the individuals I speak with at Stackhouse Poland always provide knowledgeable and reliable responses. You are made to feel like you are speaking with friends, not suppliers – well done!

Lalit Kumar

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