Is Bob Beckett the insurance industry's answer to Roman Abramovich? He has already persuaded Mike Williams to leave Biba and join Total Broker Solutions (TBS), the start-up venture backed by The Beckett Group.

But it seems he is only one of a host of well-known names to get involved with the new network.

Rumour has it that Julie Rodilosso, only weeks after selling her company R&R to Thompson Heath Bond, is returning to public life as the TBS marketing guru working closely with Williams on the company's strategy.

Also, GISC's communication director Catherine Nicholl has decided to join Robin Wood Associates but has been seconded to TBS to steer it through its initial compliance issues.

Who could be next to join this veritable Chelsea-like venture?