Meet the Team

Dermot Crookes, APA

Managing Director
Having worked in insurance for 15 years, Dermot Crookes decided to finally satisfy his entrepreneurial tendency and so established Stuart Insurances (South East) Ltd in 2004.  The full-service insurance brokerage specialises in commercial insurances.  Despite some turbulent years economically, Dermot has led the brokerage to grow into one of the most recognisable insurance names in the South East of the country.

His philosophy for the business is to provide unrivalled customer care and an excellent claims service.  He believes that these have to be the difference for clients, especially in today’s environment of ‘race to the bottom’ premiums and direct, call centre based insurers.

Dermot personally looks after clients and thinks that this personal relationship is important. He is an active member of the Irish Brokers Association and the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

To unwind, Dermot likes to play golf and listen to old Elvis classics!
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Angela Brennan, APA (CGI)

Office Manager & Commercial Account Executive

Angela Brennan began her insurance career in 2002.  Since then, she has gained a wealth of knowledge across the insurance sphere but developed a particular flair for commercial lines insurance.  Coming from a farming background, she has a deep understanding of the farming community and the specific insurance needs of this sector.  Hence, this is an area in which she specialises.

An organiser and planner by nature, Angela was an obvious choice for Office Manager as the business developed and expanded.

She is a fully qualified Insurance Advisor by the Insurance Institute of Ireland and participates in the Continuous Professional Development programme

Equally as active outside of the office, Angela is involved in many charitable organisations including the Bunclody branch of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

When she has spare time, Angela enjoys keeping fit, dancing and walking.  To relax, she likes socialising with friends and family.
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John Murphy, CIP

Commercial Account Executive

John Murphy has worked in the insurance world since 2004.  He holds a Professional Diploma in Insurance, awarded by the Insurance Institute of Ireland and maintains this by participating in the Continuous Professional Development programme.

At Stuart Insurances (South East) Ltd, he is responsible for taking care of new commercial clients and has a particular interest in taking care of clients from the agricultural sector.

At the weekend, he likes to relax with family and a glass of wine.  He has a keen interest in soccer and politics.
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Fidelis Ryan

Commercial Account Executive

Fidelis Ryan has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years.  She spent 17 years working in both personal lines and managing insurances for haulage companies.  When she joined Stuart Insurances (South East) Ltd in 2009, she gained considerable experience in liability insurances for commercial clients.  This is the area in which she now specialises.

Fidelis has developed a reputation for determining the individual insurance needs of the client and providing specific, tailor-made solutions.  It is for this reason that she has established a client base from varied sectors that continues to grow.

She is a fully qualified Insurance Advisor by the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

Fidelis has a genuine interest in people and in meeting new people.  Whilst this is something she can bring to her professional life, in her personal life she is a Beaver Scout Leader and enjoys all the social aspects of the role.  She also enjoys walking and camping.

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Lyndsey O’Reilly

Personal Lines Executive

Lyndsey O’Reilly has worked with Stuart Insurances (South East) Ltd since 2005.  Her energy and drive are apparent and are qualities that have helped form the ethos of the business.

Being a ‘people person’ she loves meeting new people and this is something she can do on a daily basis in her role as home and motor Insurance Advisor.  She gains a great sense of satisfaction in being able to resolve a claim and so solve a problem on behalf of a client.

In her spare time, she enjoys nothing more than spending time with family, especially her two daughters.


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Michelle Kinsella, APA (PGI) (CGI)

Personal Lines Executive
Michelle Kinsella joined the company in May 2015 and she immediately set about working towards attaining her Professional Certificate in Insurance.  Her ambitious nature is ensuring that she is quickly working through and achieving the modules for the qualification.This ambition is also evident on a daily basis as she works tirelessly on behalf of clients negotiating the best premiums for their home and motor insurances.In her spare time, Michelle enjoys the outdoor life – particularly caravanning and walking.  She also like to relax with a glass of wine.
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Paula Roban

Personal Lines Executive

Paula Roban is well known in the insurance world, having worked in the industry for over 26 years. During this time, Paula has gained experience in many insurance disciplines including personal insurances and as a claims handler. It is expertly looking after the insurance requirements of commercial clients, however, for which Paula is renowned.

She is a fully qualified Insurance Advisor by the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

To unwind, Paula enjoys walking and running and spending time with her family.

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