Wardrop & Co. Ltd. are proud members of the PTS, and was founded in 1979 by John Wardrop, who had been arranging specialist insurances for philatelic and numismatic collectors and dealers for many years. Acting on behalf of Harmers Insurance Agency Ltd, whose insurance facility had originally been placed with certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London in the early nineteen seventies, by John's younger brother Tom.
In 1985, John resigned from the broking house that handled the facility and by that time, he had formed a close working and personal relationship with Bernard Harmer and Ray Haffner of Harmers of London. The Harmer family owned Harmers Insurance Agency ltd and ran it as a separate entity from the famous auction house.
On John's departure from his previous company, he received a request from Bernard Harmer and Ray Haffner to continue to act on their behalf and manage a similar facility.
Support was required from different underwriters, as his previous company continued to run their own facility, this was obtained and the vast majority of clients transferred to the new arrangement.
It was Bernard who requested John to form the new company, he and Christopher Harmer served as directors of Wardrop & Co. ltd. for the first two years of its existence, to ensure a smooth transition of the client base and goodwill, Ray Haffner remains a director to this day.
John's elder son, Chris, understudied his father for 11 years and was appointed to the board in April 2018, he has been responsible for the running of the company since his father's passing in 2019, and has grown the business by adding the Household and High Net Worth line, Dan Bates joined in 2012 and is responsible for accounts and claims, Naomi Court joined in November 2017 and is responsible for client relationships, liaison with underwriters and the LLoyd's broker, on whose behalf of Tom Wardrop, is authorised to place business.
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