Meet the Team | Claire Harris
What does your role involve and how did you get into it?
I have worked at Stride Ltd for nearly 15 years and just one year ago was promoted to Commercial Director. I am now responsible for the forward strategy and development of the business, whilst leading and supporting the managers. My role is very hands on, and I do a little of everything – anything that’s client, insurer and development oriented, I’m involved with.
A core part of my role is managing the operation and sales teams, making sure they can build on the previously successful years at Stride. We focus on our clients and safeguard their insurance needs fully whilst providing a competitive and comprehensive policy.
I joined the insurance industry 25 years ago, my first interview was with Guardian Royal Exchange – knowing nothing about the industry I thought it was an admin role in the Guardian newspaper. How wrong was I… mind you this was a blessing as I have never looked back and still enjoy working in insurance to this day.
What do you think are the biggest challenges property owners face?
I think there are many challenges that property owners face but the upcoming energy efficient targets will be somewhat concerning to many landlords. Whilst we all want to improve in this area, landlords need the time and support to be able to upgrade their properties in the most fitting way.
What do you expect for the insurance industry from 2022?
I am expecting to see growing appetite for property owners risks from insurers and more competition than in 2021 but rate stability will still be a keen focus. Building supplies and labour costs are also having a big impact on index linking figures which will inflate the building sums insured.
What do stride specialise in and how to get in touch with you
We arrange cover for all types of let property, including commercial properties, residential property portfolios and blocks of flats, and Stride provide a whole host of supporting products such as rent guarantee insurance, landlord’s home emergency cover and engineering and inspection cover for lifts.
Landlords work with Stride to take advantage of our expertise in property owners insurance and our in-depth understanding of their needs. We are proud of our longevity as a specialist property insurance broker providing advice and secure cover for over 45 years.