Paul Coates


I started working in insurance after completing my A-Levels and worked for a small personal lines local broker.

After a short time, I moved to a larger commercial broker who specialised in bus, coach, haulage and courier fleets.

I worked my way up through the business and was made a Director and Shareholder.

I was an integral part of the business’s growth from a dozen employees when started to over 100 in the group when I left.

I, together with my colleague Ian McCarron, decided to leave our previous roles & set up McCarron Coates to provide clients with a bespoke insurance product whilst delivering exceptional service standards.

At McCarron Coates I am responsible for retaining & winning new clients, forming relationships with key partner insurers as well as looking after the internal procedures to ensure clients receive the highest standards of service.

On a personal level I`m married & father to twin girls – Sophia & Evie – and in my spare time try to keep fit by running.

Ian McCarron


I began my career in Insurance working in a Commercial Underwriting role at Royal & SunAlliance.  At RSA I built up a good knowledge of commercial lines underwriting and gained valuable experience to take further in to my career.

After a few years underwriting I took the decision that I wanted more customer interaction and chose to move over to broking where I joined Gauntlet Risk Management.

It was here that I gained exposure to all areas of the business with involvement within support, accounting, sales and managerial.

Working as a divisional Director I managed a team of sales and support executives whilst maintaining a book of existing customers and driving quality growth in to the business both personally and through the sales channels.

I added additional qualifications and skills to my resumé in the health & safety and risk management environment and began to take a more strategic approach to looking after my clients with a heavy focus on risk management and controlling costs.

In 2018 I took the decision to form McCarron Coates with my colleague Paul taking the experience gained in previous roles to deliver a high quality client experience.

My role is to ensure that the business develops at a sustained rate and we continue to deliver high quality, competitive and innovative solutions for our clients.  I ensure that are systems and procedures are controlled to ensure our service delivery remains at the highest standard.

I have a particular specialism working in the transportation sectors and like to work closely understanding our clients businesses in detail to arrange the appropriate protection and control methods.

Outside of work I am married with two small children, Jack and Ava, and any spare time after that is spent keeping fit or following Leeds United.