South Yorkshire Partners

Connect Yorkshire Partners are just that, in every sense of the word, professionals in the services sector, consisting of, but not limited to; Legal, Accounting, Recruitment, Insurance, Banking and Wealth Management.

Our partners offer help and support to our members, with their specific knowledge and expertise. All businesses, no matter what their shape or size, need help and advice from these industries.

Our partners hold seminars on various topics ensuring our members are informed and kept up to date with all the latest news and developments that are constantly changing and evolving in the business environment.

Below are our exclusive Partners:

We've always believed that the first step to building wealth is building relationships.

For over 200 years, we’ve been working with our clients to preserve and enhance their wealth. By getting to know you and your family, we’re perfectly placed to adapt as your needs change over time. This is just one of the reasons many of our clients have trusted us for generations.

The art of listening.

Done well, listening is not just a skill; it’s the key to getting to the heart of your current circumstances and future ambitions. It’s how we’re able to build bespoke teams around you to deliver a planning-led approach that will encompass our three core services of wealth planning, investment management and lending. In a continuous cycle of evaluation we listen, plan and deliver so that these services work together to achieve your goals, and we’re able to adapt as your needs change over time. It’s why our clients trust us to manage their wealth so they can focus on living their lives.

Phil Harris

Executive Director

Spending time with my growing family provides me with the most enjoyment; however, I am also heavily involved with the local community, winning awards such as 'Volunteer of the Year' (2020). I am the Chair for the Leeds & District Basketball Leagues and previously held a variety of other voluntary positions including  Non-Executive Director of a Yorkshire education trust.

As an active participant in various business catalyst and angel investor networks I have established a strong presence within the Yorkshire Entrepreneur market. This includes regularly chairing masterclasses for Connect Yorkshire.

I hold degrees in Finance, Business, Psychology and Sport. I'm a Chartered Wealth Manager, a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow by examination of the Personal Finance Society, Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments.

I have received numerous industry awards and recognition during my career.  These include being shortlisted by Spears as 'Young Private Banker of the Year' (2013), highlighted as an industry ‘Rising Star’ (2014) and winning 'Director of the Year' (2021) in the Yorkshire Financial Awards.

My role at Brown Shipley & Co Ltd, a Quintet Private Bank, involves the relationship with a small number of very high value clients and their wider family. I advise and support them with the challenges they face in fulfilling their hopes, dreams and aspirations.



Brewster Partners are recruiters and search experts in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Humberside, the East Midlands and the North West.

Established in July 2011, the company grew rapidly to be in the top 1% of the UK’s fastest growing start-ups and now employs a team of over 45 staff members with over 500 years combined experience in the recruitment and executive search sectors and has annual revenues of £4m.

They have been recognised with two awards by the Chambers of Commerce (Medium Business of the Year 2015 & SME Business of the Year 2016) as well as achieving Investors In People Platinum in June 2019 (assessed against the 6th generation IIP standard).

Nigel Brewster

Partner and Chief Executive

W:  07758 112 002
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Nigel has approaching 20 years’ experience in the executive search and recruitment sector. He works with some of the most notable businesses in the North of England and has a reputation for delivering against challenging assignments with humour and candour. As well as developing an enviable reputation for his Executive responsibilities, Nigel has also spent 10 years fulfilling a range of challenging Non-Executive roles including President of a local Chamber of Commerce, British Chambers of Commerce National Policy Advisory Council and Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Chambers of Commerce Group.

Nigel’s specialism

Nigel has responsibility for actively managing a number of key client relationships as well as personally delivering on senior recruitment, search and selection assignments for senior management and executive level appointments. His specialisms include senior management and Executive level appointments for organisations in retail, business services, engineering & construction and manufacturing as well as a range of assignments in the public and third sectors.

Maria Bramall

Office Managing Partner – Sheffield & Doncaster

W: 07962 012 705
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Maria is responsible for delivering strategic regional growth goals for South Yorkshire. Her role is both internally and externally focused, ensuring customer needs are understood and their expectations exceeded.

Maria’s specialism

Maria joins Brewster Partners having worked for 16 years extensively as a training HR professional throughout Northern America, Europe and the UK. Working across all sectors, Maria has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience delivering training projects primarily focused on leading and enabling business growth strategy. She has an MBA from University of Sheffield where she majored on business hyper growth.

Maria outside of work

Maria lives in Sheffield with her daughter Annabelle. She’s a long distance runner and has completed the Paris Marathon and various other long distance challenges. She’s a huge Arctic Monkeys fan.

We understand fast growing business as we work with many of the most successful owner managed businesses in Yorkshire. We make it a priority to invest our time in getting to know you and your business, and this is just one of the things that differentiates us from other law firms. We want to understand your real issues, rather than just serving your immediate needs. That way, we can provide the insight and expertise your businesses really needs and understand where we can best add value so we can invest in your success. These are just some of the ways we help our clients:

  • Helping businesses put in place funding for growth;
  • Assistance with raising capital;
  • Putting in place employee share schemes;
  • Protecting intellectual property;
  • Employment law advice as the work force undergoes change and growth;
  • Advice on historic commercial contracts as well as setting them up from scratch; and
  • Improving cash flow with pro-active debt recovery advice and assistance.

Please get in touch with the team below to see how we can assist you.

Richard Moran

Senior Partner

Described as ‘exceptionally calm under pressure’ and having a ‘tough approach to negotiating’, Richard is a corporate finance lawyer with over 25 years' experience. He works with a wide range of clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt transactions and management buy-outs.

Advising on strategy as well as delivering transactions, Richard’s focus is on long-term client relationships. He has particular experience in handling the delicate issues at the heart of succession planning for complex family-owned businesses and is comfortable dealing with large corporate businesses alongside those with limited previous experience of working with professional advisers.

Richard is also part of our International team and works with clients with interests around the world particularly international businesses with interests in the UK and Europe.

Roger Hutton

Joint Managing Partner

Clients view Roger as pragmatic, commercially savvy and astute. His work involves acting for a wide range of stakeholders - leading national insolvency practices, as well as major corporates, investors and directors. Roger is comfortable on either side of a distressed situation and prides himself on understanding where his client wants to get to and doing his upmost to get them there. His work involves buy-outs, acquisitions, advising appointment takers, as well as leading high-profile and complex litigations on behalf of and against directors and office holders. Roger is both highly regarded and well connected. His style is informal, direct and down to earth.

Roger thrives on the day-to-day challenges of being a restructuring lawyer and has enjoyed tremendous success and a national profile. Roger has worked on several complex high-profile brand insolvencies including many sports clubs and retailers. He has also worked on behalf of a number of high-profile bankrupts, and directors in difficult circumstances, both before and after insolvency has occurred.

As Joint Managing Partner, Roger works with the management board to help further develop our business and client relationships. He is committed to understanding how our clients would like to work with us and how we can provide more to our clients than just legal answers.

McLaren Leeds specialises in the sale of new and used McLaren cars plus servicing, parts and accessories.

Situated on Aire Valley Road, just off the M1, with fantastic access to the A1, catering across the north of England, McLaren Leeds is the eighth UK location in McLaren Automotive’s expanding network of retailers.

McLaren Leeds is operated by Park’s Motor Group, a private family-owned business with a portfolio of over 20 new car franchises in various locations throughout Scotland.

Mark Ballance

General Sales Manager


+44 (0) 1134 879710

Welcome to the next generation of insurance broking.

Partners& is a Chartered insurance broker providing specialist insurance, employee benefits, risk management and claims advice to businesses and private clients. As a next generation insurance advisory business, Partners& combines the best traditions of broking, which places value in relationships and technical knowledge, modern thinking and intelligent use of technology to ensure our clients experience a better way.

In line with its strategy to continue developing a strong northern presence, Partners& is actively looking to support likeminded businesses in the Yorkshire area.

Our aim is to be the best insurance advisory business in the UK, characterised by:

  • People who stand shoulder to shoulder with you
  • Advice that makes a difference
  • Outcomes that shape your future


Client Partner

Tom is a Yorkshire lad, born and bred. He started his insurance career at NFU before moving to Henderson Insurance Brokers in 2008 where he worked his way up to Management Director prior to joining Partners& in December 2020 as a client partner. Tom actively supports an ecosystem of connected Yorkshire businesses and is passionate about offering comprehensive advice to protect client against risk and ensure their business resilience.

0113 887 3805 / 07764 492847


UK Sales Director

Since graduating from the University of Leeds, Jon has worked as a commercial insurance broker specialising in the food manufacturing sector and supporting M&A transactions for Private Equity and trade investors. He has held senior positions at global insurance brokers before joining the Partners& executive team as Sales Director earlier this year. Jon is also involved in a number of charities and is Chair of the Working Option in Education advisory board, committee member of children’s charity KidsOut and a co-founder of the BPFS Black Leaders Network.

m: 07776 340 091

Western Provident Association (WPA) are a specialist health insurer with a heritage stemming back over 110 years. As a not for profit insurer we choose to commit our interests to improving customer experiences and ensuring that our customers get the right product for their needs. This includes full private medical insurance and cash plans for both companies and individuals. One thing that we believe at WPA is that the customer should have the freedom of choosing when, where, and who to have treatment with making our products an integral part of the ever changing healthcare systems within the UK.

Scott Turner


I am Scott Turner, a Healthcare Practice Partner. My focus is to help new customers buy medical insurance; particularly the self-employed, company directors and professionals. I also specialise in dealing with company policies for 2 employees and above. I am here to help you at every stage of your journey with WPA. You can rest assured that I will help you to choose the right cover at the right price. I'm available however you choose, be it a meeting, by email or over the telephone, at a time that's convenient to you.