Tim Rolfe handed role at Lloyd's insurer Canopius

Former UK General chief executive Tim Rolfe has joined Lloyd's insurer Canopius as head of its UK retail strategy.

Rolfe will report to Jim Giordano, the group’s chief underwriting officer and will be responsible for the the insurer's expanding retail business, which recently acquired motor insurer KGM.

Rolfe resigned as chief executive of UK General (formerly Primary Broker Services) in January citing "family reasons" .

Prior to that he spent 24 years at Aviva in a variety of roles including the establishment of distribution strategy for Norwich Union.

Canopius chairman, Michael Watson, said: “I believe that Tim’s expertise will be invaluable in helping us to develop a more customer-focused and cohesive strategy for our UK Retail insurance segment.

"UK retail insurance is an increasingly important part of the business that Canopius underwrites.

"We are substantially the largest underwriter of UK household insurance at Lloyd’s, having written this class for more than one hundred years.

"More recently we entered the UK SME market selling combined property and liability package business through Arista Insurance . In June of this year we expanded our range of products through the acquisition of specialist motor insurer KGM.

"Altogether we underwrite more than £200m of UK retail business and it represents nearly 30% of Canopius Group’s total premiums. I look forward to Tim’s contribution to our UK business.”