Meet Michael Bartlett, Our New Yorkshire Chair
15th November 2019
Michael Bartlett started his career with the then Royal Insurance Company, before joining the family business, an international insurance broker, over 50 years ago.
Passionate about family business, Michael has been an active IFB member for many years and was appointed IFB Yorkshire Chair in Summer 2019.
Joining the family business
“My father, who founded the business, was single-minded about me joining the company, which I did in 1963 at the age of 21, after a period of training with an insurance company. I became Managing Director in 1985, and Chairman in 1996, following the death of my father.
“Over the years we have acted for many family businesses. I have often joked that we all have similar stories, it is only the names that are different! We do therefore have a common culture, which we can share.
A family business can sometimes be a lonely place, and it is good to be able to talk to other people in similar situations. I am not ashamed to admit that I have often noted what other owners do, and have taken in their ideas for my own business.
“Society has changed over the many years since I joined the business, and with hindsight I joined too soon. I did not have much choice in the matter, but my advice to any family member aspiring to join a family business would be to go off and do something else first.
I particularly wanted to gain some fluency in the languages that interested me. My father couldn’t see the point, but today we have an international business."
New Yorkshire Chair
“My appointment as Chair of the Yorkshire region comes at an interesting time for family businesses. Business is facing many challenges and a fast-changing political landscape.
I hope to support the IFB in the region by growing the family business community, and to use the position to make sure the voice of Yorkshire family businesses is heard."