Insurance broker WF expands Irish footprint

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WF Risk Group managing director Richard Willis (centre) with Bruce Low (left), managing director Kennett Ireland and Wayne Kwan, sales director Kennett Ireland (Ricky Parker Photography)

Belfast-headquartered WF Risk Group, owner of Willis Insurance & Risk Management in Belfast, has expanded its footprint in the Republic.

It has appointed two directors to head up Kennett Insurance Brokers Ireland DAC, situated at the prestigious Merrion Square South address in Dublin.

Already owners of one of the UK’s largest independent and family-owned brokers, the Belfast firm has made two strategic appointments in Ireland in Bruce Low, who will take lead as managing director, and Wayne Kwan, who will take up the post as sales director.

The group has been writing business in the Republic for over 45 years, and following Brexit it established a regulated entity in Dublin to enable it to look after those businesses across the island, north and south.

WF Risk Group managing director Richard Willis said: “The group has worked for decades in the UK and Ireland markets, and we are delighted to be expanding our presence within the island of Ireland.

“These recent appointments give us an expanded and unique platform to trade with firms cross-border and the wider European markets.

“Bruce and Wayne are great additions to the team, with 40 years combined experience in commercial insurance, providing bespoke solutions across numerous industries. We look forward to continued growth within the Group.

WF Risk Group has experienced significant expansion over the last four years, both organically and through the acquisition of like-minded companies.

It has over 140 members of staff at various offices in the UK and Ireland including Belfast, London, Hull, Leeds and Dublin.

WF Risk Group ( says it is continuing to look for new acquisitions and is committed to adhering to its family-run business culture with those values remaining key to its business strategy as it prepares for future growth.