Our story

In the beginning

Dynamic entrepreneur Ken Barker merged his passion for people with his wealth of experience and formed Barker Insurance Brokers in 1973. Together with his wife Bev Barker and colleague Liz Steele, Barker Insurance had its humble beginnings in tiny offices in the Johannesburg CBD.

Installing “old school” values and getting to know each client personally has been the cornerstone of Barker Insurance and the business has grown from strength to strength. A turning point for the company was moving the personal insurance portfolio to Hollard Insurance in 1986, where a new standard in service and claim settlement emerged.

Barker Insurance then introduced advanced administration and IT systems that gave the company a competitive advantage and has contributed to a paperless ˜green™ office environment. Since its beginnings Barker Insurance has effectively extended its family circle to an efficient, motivated team and Ken Barker, in particular, is delighted at the new levels of service excellence.

Barker history


Barker Overview

Welcome to Barker Insurance.

We are a Licensed Non-Life Insurer and an authorised financial service provider (FSP license number: 17698) and have been providing personalised, non-life insurance solutions to selective clients since 1973. Our philosophy of accepting the right client has enabled us to achieve the levels of service and expertise of the highest standard.

We principally work by word of mouth and do not advertise indiscriminately, unlike many of our competitors. As a result, we conduct business with like minded people, thereby reducing the risk of fraudulent claims, keeping client premiums competitive and our service highly personal.

We are constantly striving towards innovative and imaginative administration. We have an text message facility that notifies the client of every transaction that takes place on their policy, offering complete transparency and peace of mind that changes are not made to the cover without their knowledge.

Our dynamic team members are all dedicated and passionate about delivering a world-class service to our special clientele.

Do you meet our criteria? Please feel free to browse our website for more information, however, if you would like to experience the personal touch, please contact us directly.