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Established in 1881


Proud of our pedigree. A long standing insurance heritage and history

Established in Nottingham in 1881 by Patrick Scanlan, we pride ourselves on having offered quality, bespoke insurance brokerage and risk management services for 140 years. We have built up a strong professional pedigree by advising on all types of insurance for individuals, large corporates or small businesses.

We always look to innovate and adopt best practice to consistently deliver results. We continually embrace technology to increase efficiency, improve customer experience and speed up policy documentation and claims management.

As independent insurance brokers we aim to provide the most appropriate advice possible. We are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and also members of UNA, the UK’s leading alliance of independent insurance brokers, which help us enhance our offering to you.

We’ve been doing this for a long time. Contact us today to benefit from our expert knowledge of all things insurance on 0115 798 0786 or email contactus@russellscanlan.com

1881 - Company Founded

Company established by Irishman, Philip Scanlan, who comes to Nottingham from Dublin to marry.

Early 1900s

Henry Russell becomes a business partner, and Russell Scanlan is adopted as the firm’s official name.

Records suggest that Boots the Chemist was an early client, with policy documents insuring the now global firm against war time disruption.


Henry Russell’s son, Bill Russell, joins the firm.

The company is, at this stage, entirely paper-based; hand-written ledgers, renewal cards, policy records are all filled out by brokers on behalf of clients, and card indexes exist for each type of policy.

Early 1980s

Henry Russell passes away and his son, Bill, inherits the firm.

  • 1988 - Bryan Banbury joins the company as Account Handler.


The collapse of Lloyd’s of London has repercussions across the whole UK insurance market, including independent brokers.

Bill Russell sells his shares in the company to colleagues Ian Chaplin and Mike Timberlake.

Russell Scanlan sets up a niche insurance offer for the allotment sector.

  • 1995 - Alastair Bowie joins as Senior Account Handler.
  • 1999 - Mike Dickinson joins the firm.


  • 2001 - Alastair Bowie and Bryan Banbury become Directors.
  • 2002 - Andy Jenkins joins Russell Scanlan in the newly created role of Operations Manager.
  • 2003 - Russell Scanlan acquires the insurance business from Frank S. Ullyatt.
  • 2005 - Andy Jenkins becomes Operations Director.
  • 2005 - Mike Dickinson becomes Development Director.
  • 2007 - Andy Jenkins, Bryan Banbury, Alastair Bowie and Mike Dickinson take over the company through a management buyout.
  • 2007 - Bryan Banbury becomes Managing Director following the successful management buyout.
  • 2007 - Russell Scanlan’s Masterbrew insurance service is launched for the emerging micro and craft brewery sectors.
  • 2009 - The company joins the Unitas Alliance (now UNA).


  • 2012 - A milestone is reached, with Russell Scanlan celebrating its 130th year.
  • 2012 - Alastair Bowie steps down as Director of the company.
  • 2013 - Simon Winiarski is promoted to the board.
  • 2014 - The Russell Scanlan Healthcare division is launched.
  • 2015 - Masterbrew celebrates with its 100th client and extends its service to distilleries.
  • 2016 - Russell Scanlan awarded Chartered Status.

Glad we were able to do business again with your company as I feel you have been very accommodating to all our needs and a pleasure to deal with – nothing has ever been a problem and I would like to thank you for that.

John Pye & Sons

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