Company & History

Since 1925 Rowlands & Hames Insurance Brokers Limited has established a reputation for providing corporate and private clients with quality general insurance and financial services.

Today, we continue to provide advice on and arrange all classes of insurance and personal protection contracts, priding ourselves in developing long term relationships with both clients and insurers.

Rowlands & Hames, unlike many insurance broking firms, offers both independent general insurance and independent financial advice as integral parts of our business, thus enabling us to provide a complete and comprehensive client solution.

Whether private, commercial or corporate our clients benefit from a bespoke and tailored client management service from our dedicated teams of specialist trained professional advisers.

With significant industry experience supported by Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications, the teams develop insurance and personal protection schemes designed to compliment the individual’s risk outlook.

Seeking expert advice from Rowlands & Hames will simplify the insurance process, saving you valuable time and ensuring competitive solutions.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (firm reference 148191) and are members of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. We have a legal duty to represent the best interests of our clients providing impartial advice at all times.


Edward Rowlands formed ‘E Rowlands & Co.’ in the mid 1920s as an Insurance Brokerage.

He was joined after World War II by Alex Fazackerley, having retired from the Army after the war, having served in India.

Fazackerley subsequently purchased the business from Edward Rowlands and developed it further, running it on his own until 1978, when he, unfortunately, died in the course of selling the business to a Leeds based Insurance Brokerage. The director in charge of this Leeds brokerage was Andrew Dalby FCII.

Andrew Dalby was joined in 1979 by Robert Willis who joined to run the Financial Services arm of the company. The brokerage was regulated at that time by The Insurance Brokers Registration Council – a voluntary regulatory body.

In 1982, ‘E Rowlands & Co.’ purchased the insurance broking practice of established Blackpool insurance broker, ‘Bernard Hames & Partners’ and the company then changed its trading name to ‘Rowlands and Hames’.

In 1988, Andrew Dalby and Bob Willis undertook a management buy-out from the Leeds based brokerage and formed ‘Rowlands and Hames Ltd.”

Andrew Dalby FCII and Bob Willis Cert PFS were joined as directors by Andrew Farnworth ACII, in 1992, a financial adviser and Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and by John Isles ACII, in 2004, a Chartered Insurance Broker.

Andrew Dalby retired from Rowlands & Hames Ltd in 2004.

Bob Willis retired from Rowlands & Hames Ltd in 2011.


Rowlands and Hames’ current Managing Director is Chartered Insurance Broker John Isles ACII and Finance Director, Chartered Insurance Practioner, Andrew Farnworth ACII.

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