Major reshuffle follows departure of managers

Allianz Cornhill is set for a massive shake up in its regional management.

It is understood that half its regional managers are set to retire or leave, including the heads of the Birmingham, Manchester and London offices.

The company is also set to appoint a new head of the Glasgow office because of internal promotion.

The London regional office will now be headed by Neil Clutterbuck, who leaves Royal & SunAlliance's casualty team.

Head of claims Keith Mahon is also set to retire at the end of July for a new life split between Australia and the UK.

Broker relationship manager Bob Eveleigh, who retires in September, will be replaced by two people, according to Chris Hanks, general manager of Allianz Cornhill Commercial.

Hanks has split the job in two and will appoint a broker manager for the North and one for the South.

Hanks, who officially takes up his role as head of commercial lines on 1 July, said that his aim was to make Allianz Cornhill the pre-eminent insurer in the UK market. He added that some of the plans under consideration included making it easier for brokers to communicate with Allianz Cornhill.

"This could be electronically or through new telephone-based options," he said.

Hanks said the insurer would also look to expand its range of products, so as to provide a one-stop-shop for brokers. He said this might even mean the development of professional risks cover.

Another of Hanks' ambitions is to be able to survey each risk that is underwritten. "It currently costs £200 for each risk we survey. Could we get that down to £30 and convince clients to stay with us for a couple of years?," he said.

Hanks added that the company's Insight computer-based underwriting system was set to be rolled out after undergoing successful trials.