Our insurance industry stalwart is retiring after 50 years in the business.

Mike Ware has most recently been a consultant at Bayliss & Cooke, and he is now stepping down from the role.

“During my time at Bayliss and Cooke, I have worked with great colleagues and clients, and over the years, I have made many friends in an industry which I’m very proud to be part of,” said Mike.

“It’s an industry that has provided me with a very satisfying work/life balance and which has helped me to reach my personal milestone of a 50-year career.”

During Mike’s service at Bayliss & Cooke, the company joined forces with the Henshalls Group in Newport to create one of the region’s largest independent brokers.

Henshalls managing director Mark Freeman said: “We’re sad to see Mike leave us after so many years in the business, but we wish him all the very best for his retirement.

“He actually set out his retirement plans around two years ago, but his commitment to the company and clients is so great that he made several comebacks at the firm’s request!

“Mike’s knowledge and experience has proved invaluable during the transition since we acquired the company, and now our growing Henshalls Group family is firmly-established with a strong and thriving network of clients spread far and wide.”

At the start of his career, Mike joined Commercial Union (now part of Aviva), before transferring to corporate insurance broking with AON – one of the world’s largest broking groups.

He held various roles in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, before an approach from a London-based Lloyds broker to set up a provincial broker operation where he managed his own office.

“The parent company was sold and the business was acquired, and after several different job offers, I joined Bayliss & Cooke,” said Mike. “There I combined my account servicing role with a position as technical and broking manager, using my vast experience to ensure clients received the very best advice at all times.

“It’s exciting to be looking forward to new challenges in my retirement and I’m keen to continue to pursue my hobbies which include exploring the countryside, model railways, flying my drones, videography and time to visit more National Trust and English Heritage properties.”