South Yorkshire Partners


Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

Our professionals truly listen to you and work with you as a partner to develop solutions that work seamlessly with your business. Coordinated by strategic account managers or relationship managers, our professionals specialise by product, function and industry. In this way we help you uncover risks and discover new opportunities to make your business more successful, now and into the future.

David Westcott

Client Director

David has 13 years insurance industry experience, and specialises in supporting companies with identifying, mitigating and transferring risk. Based out of our Leeds office, David works closely with companies in the Yorkshire region to deliver tailored insurance programmes at a competitive rate. David has particular expertise in Distribution, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology.

Isaac Pollitt

Client Manager

Isaac has 7 years market experience with Aon, and works out of our Leeds office. Isaac has been involved with Connect Yorkshire since our partnership started and is committed to supporting members in their risk and insurance placements. Isaac has particular focus in the Plant/Engineering sector, as well as Technology, Media and Professional risks. Isaac is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Leeds Young Professionals Group.

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

Client Director

Phil is responsible for a range of wealthy families and entrepreneurs. He is familiar with the challenges they face in fulfilling their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Phil has worked in financial services industry since 2004 and is a Chartered Wealth Manager, Financial Planner and a Fellow by examination of the PFS, CII & CISI. He was shortlisted as Young Private Banker of the Year in 2013 and was also highlighted as an industry Rising Star.



Tess Williams

Client Senior Manager

Tess joined Brown Shipley in 2017. She advises on all aspects of financial planning, including pensions, investments, protection and estate planning and helping her clients employ their finances effectively to achieve their aspirations. Tess has over 20 years’ industry experience; predominantly as an Independent Financial Advisor and most recently at HSBC as a Manager of Financial Advisers and Technical Specialist. She is a Chartered Financial Planner of the PFS and STEP Affiliate.


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

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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

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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.

CNG is a purpose driven business that empowers customers, communities and colleagues to flourish. Founded in 1994, CNG is the UK’s leading independent shipper of gas supplying over 1.5million homes through its wholesale gas services and supplies energy to over 45,000 businesses nationwide as an award-winning energy provider. Through exceptional customer service, CNG has won multiple awards recognising its commitment to putting customers at the heart. CNG are ranked ‘Outstanding’ by Investors in Customers and has also received Feefo’s Trusted Service Award.  Using a values driven approach to powering up SMEs across the UK, CNG has earned a trusted reputation from businesses large and small that has led to it recently expanding its product offer to renewable solutions.

Paul Stanley


Paul is an expert in transformational change, with a PhD in Leadership and Innovation. A serial entrepreneur, Paul joined CNG in early 2020 to grow the business through diversification of its product portfolio beyond energy and improving its digitalisation and automation services. Paul is also Regional Ambassador of The Institute of Directors.

Wesley Gill

Managing Director

Having spent many years in the energy industry, Wes formed CNG Switch in 2017 to provide SME broker services for electricity, gas, water, telecoms and merchant services. His skills lie in delivering customer value by applying a customer first lens to secure the best deals to suit varied needs.

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.

Caroline Broad

Business Development Manager

Caroline is Yorkshire born and bred! Following a career as a regulatory law and quality and compliance professional Caroline joined Clarion in 2018 to further contribute to the strategic support offered to clients and friends of the firm. Drawing on her years of experience advising businesses in both a public and private sector setting, Caroline shares a wealth of knowledge on supply chain matters, products and services including innovation, compliance, project management and overall business growth.

By supporting clients and friends of the firm with their ventures she hopes to help businesses navigate an ever changing business landscape, working positively to aid business growth using research and data analysis to discuss strategy, economic landscape, routes to market, marketing and communications and uses this information to make appropriate introductions.

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.

Knowles Warwick is a small firm with big ideas. Established in 1985 by Steve Knowles, we have been helping our clients to achieve their dreams and ambitions for over thirty years. Alongside the compliance work we do for our clients, we also offer a Virtual Financial Director service, corporate finance, business advice and financial services. We believe that the modern accounting firm does more than tax returns and annual accounts. We work with our clients to help them grow and succeed, whether that is business strategy and planning, buying or selling a business, mergers and acquisitions, raising finance, or creating an exit strategy. We pride ourselves on our Core Values: excellence, integrity, teamwork, client focus and communication. Building strong open relationships with our clients so that we can help them build for the future. Thanks to modern technology, we work with clients from across the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Wherever you are, we are your local accountants.

Steve Knowles

Managing Director

Steve started Knowles Warwick back in 1985, and has brought the business through 30 years of ups and downs, to the successful position that it is in today. An Accountant by profession, he knows exactly what it takes to build your own business from the bottom up, and make it a success. Steve also appears at events as a speaker, sharing his knowledge and experience of running successful businesses, and helping clients to achieve their dreams and ambitions. When he isn't wearing his business hat, he likes to wear a fez, and his red scarf is infamous amongst certain circles.


Rob Hanney

Director of Corporate Finance

Rob wears two hats: Corporate Finance and Business Development. He has been with Knowles Warwick from the very beginning and has become an invaluable member of the team over the last 30 years. When he's not helping our clients to find the funding they need to expand, or networking with local businesses and entrepreneurs, he enjoys skiing, playing snooker and spending time with his wife and sons.



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


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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.