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Stonebridge strengthens network support with Darby’s appointment

Stonebridge, the national mortgage and protection network, has appointed Daniel Darby to the newly created role of Protection Account Manager.

The appointment, effective immediately, is the next step in the network’s strategy to bring market-leading protection support and training to the network’s Appointed Representatives (AR).

In the new role, Darby will focus on developing and implementing additional training programmes to further improve ARs’ ability to discuss protection needs with customers, as well as promoting continuous engagement and facilitating access to centralised expertise.

Darby brings over 20 years’ industry experience to Stonebridge having been a mortgage and protection adviser and from his previous role as Area Mortgage Manager for South Wales at TSB. He reports directly to John Scrivens, who joined the Stonebridge Senior Management Team towards the end of 2023 and is responsible for the network’s protection strategy.

Stonebridge has already made enhancements to its protection proposition in 2024, having appointed both Guardian and Zurich to its protection panel [article] and launching a new ASU offering with Wessex [article].

Driving excellence in protection training and support

John Scrivens, Head of Sales at Stonebridge, commented: “A key element of our strategy is to provide our ARs with market-leading support and training to confidently protect their customers. With Dan now on board, we will be further accelerating our plan.

“Having been an adviser himself, Dan brings with him the experience, knowledge, and understanding to engage and support our member firms. Not only for where they are as a business today, but for their future aspirations.”

Daniel Darby, Protection Account Manager at Stonebridge, commented: “The exceptional support and training provided by Stonebridge demonstrates a real understanding of the protection market and the valuable opportunities it offers ARs, benefiting both consumer outcomes and commercial growth.

“I am excited to further empower our member firms to effectively meet their customers’ protection needs with even greater confidence.”

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