NFU Mutual
NFU Mutual has appointed Martin Ritchley as a non-executive director.

Ritchley was previously chief executive of Coventry Building Society, which he joined in 1990.

NFU MutualNFU Mutual has appointed Martin Ritchley as a non-executive director.Ritchley was previously chief executive of Coventry Building Society, which he joined in 1990.

JL MansonManchester-based insurance broker JL Manson & Partners has appointed John Aspinall as a senior account handler in the commercial broking department. Aspinall, who has over 16 years' experience in the insurance industry, was previously the underwriting manager for the SPIRIT unit at AXA Insurance.At JL Manson & Partners he will be responsible for handling the ongoing needs of the firm's larger corporate clients, and will specialise in dealing with businesses in the recruitment sector. Aspinall will also be involved in technical and control issues from both a risk management and compliance perspective.

MonumentMonument UK has appointed Tim Smyth as managing director.Smyth joined Monument in 2000 as sales and marketing director. Over the last three years Smyth has worked on the development of new business within both the Primary Group owned entities and more traditional transactions.Within his new role Smyth will be responsible for developing Monument's four core areas of business - property and casualty, accident, health and travel and special risks. He will also work closely with the Primary Group's strategic development team.

Charlton CommercialCharlton Commercial Insurance Brokers (CCIB) has acquired the portfolio and staff of MacDonald Black.Like CCIB, MacDonald Black is largely commercial based, with a small amount of personal lines.MacDonald Black (based in Glasgow) will trade as a division of CCIB, retaining its name and trading style. Jim Black and Malcolm MacDonald have been appointed associate directors of CCIB.

Jardine Lloyd ThompsonJardine Lloyd Thompson has appointed Luis Higgins to its transport risk division as national transport director, based in London.Higgins has had 10 years' experience in the passenger transport section, most recently for Stagecoach, based in the US.

GlencairnGlencairn Limited has appointed John Phillips as a partner in the reinsurance division. He joins Jeffery Wright in having responsibility for marine and aviation reinsurance and retrocession business.Phillips was previously a director at Robert Fleming Insurance Brokers.Before that he spent six years with Nicholson Leslie Aviation Reinsurance Brokers (later to become Aon Marine and Energy) handling marine and aviation reinsurance.

MillerMiller Insurance Services has made several internal promotions.Paul Connelly has been promoted to director of the energy and property and liability unit, Ian Harrison to director in the programmes and facilities unit and John Lunn has been promoted to director of Miller financial services.

Arthur Marsh and SonArthur Marsh & Son has announced changes to its structure and management team. From 1 November 2003, they will be incorporated under the name Arthur Marsh & Son Limited, but still be known as Arthur Marsh & Son. Adam Marsh, grandson of Arthur Marsh, will head the company as managing director and his team is made up of directors, Graham Wedgbury, Les Dunster, Isabel Palmer and Colin Bowler.

HenmansHenmans insurance litigation teams are keeping on three of their trainees who have just qualified. Alexia Baston and Jane Lightfoot have joined the personal injury team and Charlotte Da Silveira has joined the professional negligence team.

KPMGKPMG has recruited Jeremy Forty from Tillinghast Towers Perrin as an associate director within the strategic and commercial intelligence (SCI) team in its financial services practice.Forty has over 15 years' experience in the financial services industry and has a focus on the distribution of life and long term savings products - particularly looking at how product providers can maintain profitable growth while adapting to the considerable regulatory changes in the industry.

ABSMeena Kanagavel has been promoted to the newly created role of project manager at repairer network ABS Accident Solutions.The move has been made following her project management contribution to the launch of ABS Repairer Software.

Association of Friendly SocietiesAt the 2003 Annual Conference of the Association of Friendly Societies in Birmingham, Paul Protheroe, chief executive of Pioneer Friendly Society, was appointed vice president of the Association.A board member for three years, Protheroe has concentrated on developing the role of the Association in providing training and development opportunities for member societies with particular emphasis on director and senior management development.In his new position Protheroe will be looking to promote the Association of Friendly Societies' role in working with and developing the mutual sector in the UK.

Company focus

JunctionJunction, the affinity arm of the Budget Group of Companies, has appointed Natalie Blakeley to head up the account management team for its recently won Bradford & Bingley home insurance account, which launches on 1st December 2003. Blakeley joins Junction from the Direct Line Group, where she managed the Tesco Personal Finance account for the last three years. She brings with her five year's experience in the industry, gained in various roles within the Direct Line Group, and previously with Privilege Insurance.Blakeley will be based in Leeds. Junction has also appointed programme manager Tina Gallogly to head up the team of project managers responsible for launching and developing new affinity partnerships, and currently focusing on the Bradford & Bingley home insurance service. Gallogly brings 15 years' experience gained in both financial services and project management. Prior to joining Budget, Gallogly's career with AMP Pearl included project management of the AMP Churchill deal and the sale of Cogent to BNP Paribas. Dominic Ralfs, previously from AMP, and Allen Seldon, from PricewaterhouseCoopers, both experienced project managers, are also joining Junction's project team.

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