Arthur Marsh

Arthur Marsh & Son, the Middlesex broker specialising in courier and commercial risks has announced changes to its structure and management team.

From 1 November it will be incorporated under the name Arthur Marsh & Son Ltd, but will 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.


Lionel Thomas has joined Genavco Insurance as property portfolio manager. His role will involve the development of the property investment insurance business. Thomas was formerly area development manager at AXA Insurance.

Private Health Partnership

North London private medical insurer Valerie Levene has joined forces with The Private Health Partnership, part of Skipton Building Society group.

Valerie Levene's business was established in 1993 and currently looks after more than 350 company healthcare schemes in addition to individual schemes. Her business will assume The Private Health Partnership brand and Valerie Levene will continue to have a hands on consultancy role with both new and existing clients.

Premier Underwriting

Premier Underwriting has appointed Nigel Munns as underwriting director.

Prior to joining Premier, he was a director at actuarial consultants B&W Deloitte. In that role he assisted a number of the leading UK and European insurers in the areas of rating and pricing, distribution, market information and strategy as well as being involved in some leading mergers and acquisitions.

Munns is also a leading analyst and commentator on the UK motor and household markets.

BoncasterBoncaster has appointed Julie Charlton as head of motor operations. She will have responsibility for all aspects of operational performance including achievement of the company's business development objectives.

Charlton brings experience in all aspects of call centre management. Prior to joining Boncaster, she worked for UK Insurance Partnerships (formerly Privilege/Green Flag) where her various roles included responsibility for sales, customer services and staff resourcing for three sites.

Charlton will be responsible for the motor and motorcycle new business, customer service and renewal operations within Boncaster's contact centres at Bradford and Brentwood.

Swansea based van insurer Gladiator Commercial, has appointed Chris Price as its new managing director. Gladiator is one of the UK's largest specialist van insurers, and part of the Admiral Group. Price will be responsible for managing the development and growth of the company.

He joined the Admiral Group in 1996, from Swinton Insurance in Swansea, and originally worked in sales. In April 1998, Price joined a new team, to set up Gladiator Commercial, providing van insurance and other insurance products for small businesses. As Gladiator Commercial grew, he was promoted to operations manager.

Groupama Insurances has appointed David Simpson as chief internal auditor for its UK operations. He has joined Groupama from a division of BAE Systems where he was head of audit. He will lead the group's head office audit team and will be accountable to the UK board for the development and delivery of the internal audit strategy for Groupama UK. Simpson is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He began his career at KPMG. Prior to his role at BAE , he was senior manager for group projects at Lloyds TSB.

As chief internal auditor, Simpson will be accountable for the development and delivery of an internal audit strategy for the financial systems and business operations within Groupama Insurances and other group subsidiaries.

This encompasses the audit of financial processes, as well as implementation of the appropriate regulatory requirements and related risk management procedures.

Berrymans Lace Mawer

National law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer announces the appointment of six new partners. The appointments bring the partnership total to 83.

The new partners in Birmingham are: Henry Bermingham (personal injury); and Julian Smart (professional indemnity).

In London, the new partners are: Vicki Swanton (medical negligence); Orla Scanlan (police); Laura Trezise; and Michelle Penn (occupational disease).

Thales Telematics
Thales Telematics has appointed Jean-Louis Moraud as chief executive.

Moraud is responsible for managing and developing the various international divisions. He is also responible for defining and implementing the global strategy of Thales Telematics, particularly through the development of its portfolio of major clients, which includes international carriers, governments and local authorities.

Previously, Moraud was managing director of the energy, transport and telecoms divisions of Thales Information Systems (IS). He was also president of the subsidiary Texen and commercial director of Thales Avionics.


InsurE-com has appointed Tony Vince as chief information officer. Vince becomes a member of the board and his key responsibility is to further establish a reliable systems infrastructure to support the planned expansion of insurE-com for UK intermediaries.

Vince has spent the past 15 years working with a number of major insurance companies, including AXA and Norwich Union.

He is a qualified accountant, with a degree in economics, and has many years experience of IT development within insurance companies.

Vince has undertaken a number of roles, including financial and business planning, development and implementation of management information systems, reviews and corporate strategy.

Injury management and rehabilitation specialist IPRS has strengthened its board by appointing Cathie Bruce as sales and marketing director.

In her new role, Bruce will be responsible for coordinating and driving all sales and marketing activity for the four divisions of IPRS, with particular emphasis on industry and insurance.

She was previously sales and marketing director at Fortis Insurance. Prior to that she held several positions at Marsh, including national business development manager, personal lines.

Universal Salvage

Vehicle services company Universal Salvage is restructuring its sales team, a move which sees the appointment of Alison Carey as insurance sales manager.

With over ten years' industry experience, she will be strengthening links with insurers and launching brand new services including total loss management and engineering services. She will also be developing new ways of enabling insurers to cut costs and streamline the service they offer.

Navigant Consulting
Judith Spry, formerly with KPMG, has been appointed director at specialist independent consulting firm Navigant Consulting insurance practice.

Spry has international experience in the measurement of business interruption losses, lost profits, property damage analyses, damages in commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, employee theft, D&O, construction bonds, fidelity bonds, environmental claims and reinsurance issues.

Her clients include commercial property and casualty insurance companies, law firms, corporations and individuals.

Company focus
Opus appoints group development director

Opus has appointed Keith Runciman as group development director.

Runciman will be based at the Opus head office in Bolton. He has 35 years' experience in the insurance industry. He was formerly operations director of general insurance and personal lines at Opus. He has been given the new responsibility of streamlining the various Opus divisions and overseeing the training and competency system, brokerASSESS, delivered by Biba.

In his new role Runciman will look at the wider North West insurance community, seeking acquisition opportunities for the business.

Runciman says: "Our move towards compliance in line with FSA requirements has been greatly accelerated, and staff who have taken part feel noticeably more confident about the process.

"It's a daunting time for brokers out there in the market place, tough new legislation is going to put a strain on smaller brokers and we are in a strong position to offer a helping hand."

Opus insurance brokers are seeking acquisition opportunities as a response to pending competence and training regulation by the FSA.


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