Hertford-based private medical insurer Simplyhealth has appointed Simon Letchford as business development consultant. This new position has been created to effectively service the intermediary sector.

Letchford joins Simplyhealth from BCWA Healthcare having previously gained experience at other insurance companies including Dominion and Commercial Union.

Paul Brand has been appointed active underwriter of Syndicate 2003 at Lloyd's, managed by Catlin Underwriting Agencies (CUAL).

In his new role, Paul Brand will oversee all underwriting activities at CUAL and the syndicate, which is one of the ten largest at Lloyd's in terms of capacity.

The appointment is subject to Lloyd's regulatory approval.

Brand has worked at CUAL for 16 years, the past 12 as deputy underwriter.

Chubb Commercial Insurance
Rob Cage has joined Chubb Commercial Insurance, a division of Chubb Insurance Company of Europe (Chubb Europe), as the zone underwriting manager for ocean marine.

Cage brings to Chubb Europe almost 20 years' experience in the marine market as an underwriter and manager. Most recently he was at the FSA where he managed the regulatory relationships with managing agents at Lloyd's.

Sutton Winson
Sheila Bertram has joined Sutton Winson in Twickenham as assistant manager of the private clients division.

She headed up Royal & SunAlliance's (R&SA) PrimeChoice team in London for 12 years until R&SA's decision to move that operation to Oldham.

CityNet Insurance Brokers
CityNet Resources has changed its name to CityNet Insurance Brokers and appointed Melanie Weedy and Gerry Kinsella to the board of directors.

Kinsella has been with CityNet since September 2002, having previously worked with Coyle Hamilton for 13 years. Weedy joined CityNet in May 2003, having also worked with Coyle Hamilton.

Tyser (UK)
Tyser (UK), the retail broking arm of Lloyd's broking house Tysers, has announced two senior appointments.

David Page joins as a senior account executive and Martin Parfitt as the new head of London Market broking. Both Page and Parfitt were previously with Alexander Forbes Risk Services UK (formerly Bradstock Blunt & Thompson), where they held senior roles on the client services and broking teams.

Smart and Cook Group
Alan Tickner has joined Smart and Cook as a director in the company's Teesside office. He has spent 20 years as a broker, latterly specialising in alternative risk financing including protected cell captives. He will be developing business in the Teesside area.

Tickner is a twice past president of the Insurance Institute of Middlesbrough and president of the Cleveland Scientific Institute.

Crawford & Company
Crawford & Company has appointed six members to join its newly-formed counter fraud solution service. The existing team, headed by Bobby Gracey and Robin Wintrip, will be joined by the following, who have a combined 81 years of experience:

Colin Russell joins as senior investigator for the North of England region. Gerry Conlan joins as a senior investigator in Scotland. Louise Pope joins as a fraud co-ordinator and will be based in Glasgow.

Garry Slater joins as an investigator for the Midlands region. Hester Bridges joins as a technician/administrator for the Midlands region and Paul Owens joins as an investigator for the Southern England regions.

International law firm DLA has appointed Radd Seiger as a partner in DLA's Insurance Group.

Seiger is based in DLA's Birmingham office. Having always defended public authorities and private organisations, he specialises in personal injury (concentrating on employer and public liability) and medical negligence.

Albany ULR
Uninsured loss recovery specialist Albany has appointed a new legal team.

Simon Matthews has joined Albany as company solicitor and legal manager. He will lead the personal injury team, as well as provide legal advice and management of legal issues to the Albany Group

Tamsin Waugh has also joined the company as legal co-ordinator. She will take a lead role in visiting and negotiating with experts, including dealing with queries over payments and costs, and write off requests from solicitors

FINEOS has appointed Isabel Hudson to its board as a non-executive director.

Hudson brings to FINEOS more than 20 years of senior-level experience. She currently holds the position of corporate development director with Prudential in the UK, which she joined in June 2002.

The Peterboroug- based team at Misys Insurance Management has been strengthened by two new appointments.

Stephen Burton has joined as account executive, responsible for servicing Countrywide members in the North. He has worked for loss adjustor GAB Robins, Capita McLarens and the Iron Trades Group, since joining the industry in 1980.

Rachael Cave joins as fleet sales technician. She joins from Aon in Leicester, where she was responsible for handling large commercial risks. She has previously worked for Shaw Insurance Brokers, in Peterborough.

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Navigant Consulting
Navigant Consulting has appointed Garred Clements as senior managing consultant.

Clements, formerly with Stambridge Ltd, has 12 years' experience in the insurance sector working across a wide range of disciplines including broking, underwriting and claims handling.

Company focus
Insurance Institute of London high level changes

Derek Thornton, director of Heath Lambert, has been elected president of the Insurance Institute of London and Bronek Masojada, chief executive of Hiscox, has been elected deputy president.

Thornton's roles currently include managing director of internal risk management and Lloyd's compliance officer. He was formerly chairman of UK Broking, a director of Lambert Fenchurch, a director of Fenchurch and managing director of Fenchurch Insurance Brokers.

Masojada, who is a deputy chairman of Lloyd's and a vice president of the London Institute, joined the Hiscox Group as managing director in 1993, became managing director of Hiscox in July 1996 and chief executive in 2000.

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