The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets', (Ofgem) deputy director general Tony Boorman has been appointed the new head of The Insurance Ombudsman Bureau.

Boorman, who will assume his role as the Insurance Ombudsman from March 1, 2000, replaces Laurie Slade, the current temporary incumbent.

Boorman said: "I am proud to make a contribution to the work of the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau. It is the first of the Financial Services Ombudsman schemes and the model on which all the subsequent schemes have been based. I look forward to the challenge of leading the staff into the combined venture at FSOS."

Maurice Healy, chairman of the council of the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau, said: "He will lead the Bureau through the challenges ahead of integrating our work into the Financial Services Ombudsman team."

Boorman is one of 13 FSOS appointments. The others are: Tony Holland (principal ombudsman investments); David Thomas (principal ombudsman banking and loans); Barbara Cheney (company secretary); Terry Kirkham (IT director); Susan Ferran (head of human resources); Christopher Smith (financial controller); Harsha Pandya (financial controller); Stephen White (head of enquiries); David Cresswell (head of communications); Ian Pattison (head of facilities); and Lyn Nevin (research and information manager).