Our Team

Here’s a bit of background on the experience, specialisms and personal interests of the B Team. You will not meet a friendlier, more technically able, and quirkier bunch of brokers!
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Tom Aldridge

Managing Director

BSc (Hons) Cert CII

Tom has worked in the insurance broking industry for 20 years. He founded Blackford in 2018, recognising the need for an insurance brokerage that offers a values-led, fresh and personal approach to both it’s people and clients.

Tom leads the company, basing many of his principles from his early days in scouting. Outwith work, you’ll find him busy in his garden, at Murrayfield, or walking in Stirlingshire with his dog, Henry.

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Elaine Davidson

Client Manager

Cert CII

Elaine headed straight into work after leaving school. Initially she found a less than fulfilling office junior job where key roles included fetching the morning bacon butties and making tea!

‘So, on spotting an advert for an insurance broking assistant I jumped at it…’

even though she wasn’t entirely sure what an insurance broker was at the time!

Some 28 years on Elaine still enjoys broking, especially the variety of clients she deals with, across a many different sectors. She still finds new and interesting industries to learn about. 

Outside work, Elaine has a real passion for cooking, which she is brilliant at, and some kind of catering or other foodie thing would be her first choice as an alternative career.

She is a keen gardener and also enjoys reading, skiing, golf and yoga.

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Alan T Grant

Client Director

FCII

Alan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Blackford, having started with Commercial Union in 1971. In 1979 he joined a fledgling insurance broking business, Castle Cairn, which grew under his stewardship over the next thirty years to become one of the most highly regarded Brokers in Scotland.

Tom and Alan met in 2011 when Castle Cairn became part of a larger independent Broker, Central Insurance Services, and they quickly realised that they had a lot in common, not the least being shared values and a commitment to a highly professional but personal service to clients.

Outside work, Alan enjoys time with his family and is a doting grandparent to five grandchildren who keep him and his wife both busy and entertained. He also enjoys country pursuits and is a self-confessed history geek, particularly social history, combining this with genealogy and discovering the stories of some very interesting ancestors on both sides of the family.

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Michael Gregson

Director – Private Clients

Michael has worked within the insurance industry for 30 years, closer to 40 if you include helping at his father’s office during school holidays. He ‘officially’ joined his father’s business in 1991 as office junior, gradually gaining enough experience to manage the personal lines department. 

The majority of Michael’s career has been insurance broking, however, he did spend nearly nine years with a boutique insurer who provided specialist cover for higher valued homes and their contents. During this time he gained a deeper knowledge of the underwriting and risk management of this type of risk.

Over time, Michael’s area of expertise has developed into servicing the personal insurance needs of the more discerning individual. Driven by a desire to provide excellent customer service, Michael prides himself on establishing strong relationships and understanding the individual needs of each of his clients.

When not working, Michael plays golf and is a season ticket holder at Tynecastle. He also enjoys walking his dog in the Pentland Hills, near his Edinburgh home, with his wife and two children.

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Monika Hübsch

Broker

Monika found her way into insurance eleven years ago when a family member put her forward for a temporary receptionist role at a reinsurance company in South Africa.  

The underwriters enthusiasm for their specialism turned out to be infectious and Monika was hooked! She specialised in facultative reinsurance placements for both local and international clients throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Not long after moving to Scotland in 2018, Monika joined up with Alan, Laura and Stephen and is a key member of our Team in Edinburgh, specialising in commercial insurances, particularly technology, medtech, professional services, fund managers, oil & gas and engineering & construction.

Outside work, Monika enjoys exploring her adopted country and learning about its history and culture, as well as hill walking and yoga.

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Pam Mackintosh

Client Manager

Pam started her Insurance career in 1990 with Central Insurance Services, an independent insurance company based in Aberdeen. After working through various departments and following acquisition by national broker, Marsh in 2014, she set up the Small Business Unit before taking on the operational role of Client Services Director.

Getting involved in solutions for clients businesses is what enthuses Pam as well as working closely with colleagues, both old and new, to deliver the very best service at all times.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog and socialising with friends.

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Doug Prentice

Client Director

DiP CII

Many years ago a friend arrived at Doug’s family home in a rather smart Mercedes. On hearing he was an insurance broker Doug was intrigued!

Some years on, Doug left school and embarked on a training programme with Royal Insurance (known as RSA these days). A firm of great repute offering a good course and chance of a career with security and future prospects appealed. As someone who didn’t want to be stuck in an office 9-5, a role that would involve travelling to meet clients, learning about them and their businesses sounded ideal.

Today, with over 40 years experience in the insurance trade, Doug still enjoys this aspect of his job. Helping people, understanding their businesses, developing long-term relationships to provide the best cover remains hugely important to Doug.

When he’s not working, Doug enjoys the great outdoors. A former ski instructor, skiing is still top of his list. He also likes hill walking and is a huge fan of cycling, clocking up many miles on the road bike around his home each week.

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Stephen Randall

Client Manager

Cert CII

Stephen studied Archaeology at Glasgow Uni but eventually dropped out when he realised there was no Indiana Jones hat or whip! After five years as a care worker he fell into insurance when looking for something a bit more 9-5 that he could make a career of.

‘A lot of people switch off when I tell them I work in insurance but I love it and would recommend it to anyone! As brokers we talk to people from all walks of life and businesses across all sectors, and I enjoy helping people find solutions to their business risks.’

When he’s not working, Stephen enjoys origami, archery and playing board games amongst other things. He also has six hens so spends a lot of time hunting for eggs and cleaning the coop! 

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Laura Scougall

Client Director

LLB (Hons), ACII

Laura studied law at Edinburgh University and qualified as a solicitor with Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS).

She grew up around the insurance industry and decided she would enjoy applying her legal training in that context so joined Castle Cairn Insurance Brokers in 2006 as a commercial insurance broker.

Laura looks after the full range of commercial insurances but particularly specialises in financial lines insurance with a number of clients in the fund management, technology and oil & gas sectors.

Having two young children doesn’t leave much spare time but Laura enjoys baking with them, listening to podcasts, being part of the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank team and doing the occasional Peloton class.

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Maureen Stewart

Senior Broker

Starting her insurance career at Commercial Union in 1979, and apart from taking a career break to have her family, Maureen has almost 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

Maureen and her colleagues in the Aberdeen office joined the Blackford team in August 2020, bringing additional commercial insurance knowledge and expertise to the Group.

Working across a variety of Commercial Insurances, she enjoys talking to clients to understand their individual insurance needs and thrives on the challenge of finding the appropriate solutions for them.

As a new grandma, Maureen adores spending time with her grand-daughter and loves socialising with family and friends.  Any other free time she has is spent walking, swimming and relaxing with her nose stuck in a good book!

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Chris Tosh

Group Director

ACII

On leaving school in 1985, Chris joined Royal Insurance (now RSA) as a management trainee enjoying a high level of technical background. In 2003, he joined Central Insurance Services becoming a Director and upon their amalgamation with Marsh, became Marsh Commercial’s Underwriting Director across the entire UK operation. 

Chris joined Blackford as Group Director in 2020, and is developing a portfolio of clients across Scotland operating primarily in Energy/Renewables, Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing and Distribution sectors. 

Outside work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing hobbies with his two sons which include cycling, swimming and golf.

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Fiona Walker

Head of Broking and Operation

FCII

Having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Commerce Fiona was taking a ‘year out’ and working in a DIY shop.

‘… this was basically socialising and burning through my wages by the second week of the month!’

Parent pressure to get a ‘real job’ aligned with a recruitment drive by a large global broker drew Fiona into the insurance world. The chance to work in a sector she could utilise her degree, build a career and gain professional qualifications was appealing.   

Fiona became a member of the Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute when she passed her FCII in 2008.

Her 24 years in the sector has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience across many different businesses including multi-nationals, football clubs, start-ups, universities and small sole traders. Each client throws up unique and challenging queries.

Outside work, Fiona loves football. She’s a massive supporter and season ticker holder of a particular Glasgow club. Another love is music, particularly 60s to 90s and attending live gigs of her favourites when she can.

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Blackford is a trading name of Blackford Group Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference 831508). Registered Office: Blackford Group Limited, 26 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET (Registered SC616744). Blackford Group Limited is an Appointed Representative of James Hallam Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference 134435).

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