EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK
Crutes Law Firm
Paulina Wicks has joined Crutes Law Firm as a fast track manager in the company's Newcastle office.
She has more than 28 years' experience in insurance and is ACII qualified and a chartered insurer.
She started her career in 1974 as a motor household underwriter with Iron Trades, and has also spent time with other insurance companies.
Her experience is wide ranging, overseeing around 80,000 claims annually, covering private motor, commercial vehicle and fleet policies all including personal injury loss.
Who's moving where
HSB Haughton Engineering Insurance Services has appointed three new development executives.
Don Collett joins the Birmingham office; Colin Armit joins the Leeds office and Richard Jones joins the London office.
Focusing on new business development, all three bring with them a wealth of experience in the engineering insurance market.
Sara Lilly has joined Bristol based Allianz Cornhill Legal Protection as a business developer responsible for developing new and existing accounts in the broker market. .
She was previously with the RAC as a new business executive (legal).
Elaine Moore has been promoted to prospects manager for Bristol-based legal protection company DAS. Her role is to oversee claims evaluation to ensure that prospects of success are 51% or greater.
She started with DAS six years ago as a claims handler in personal and commercial claims.
AIG Europe (UK) has appointed David Stewart as UK and Ireland manager, energy division.
He joined AIG Europe in January 2001 following AIG's acquisition of HSB Engineering Insurance. He has served AIG Europe as vice president for utility, construction and boiler and machinery and latterly as deputy energy manager. Prior to joining AIG, Stewart held a number of senior roles in underwriting and management positions for insurance companies and national brokers
Towry Law has appointed Mat Heritage to its Bracknell office.
Heritage joins from Financial & Credit, a specialist credit insurance broker based in Kent.
Prior to this he was part of the credit underwriting team at Euclidian, a Lloyd's syndicate.
Insurance technology provider Sirius Financial Systems has appointed Greg McBride as a Sirius for Broking sales consultant within the UK systems division.
McBride will focus on servicing the South West region. Prior to his employment with Sirius, he spent several years with a specialist software supplier.
Jason Battersby and Geoff Kitchen have been appointed as broker development executives within the Acturis broker development team.
Battersby is based in Manchester and will deal with brokers in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Kitchen, who is based in Bristol, will cover brokers in the South West, Wales and the Midlands.
Both Battersby and Kitchen have substantial industry experience within the insurance and IT sectors.
Carmichael and Company
Carmichael and Company has appointed Bill Watt to its business development team. He joins Carmichaels at a key stage as it invests heavily in new technology that the company believes will enhance the service it offers to both policyholders and insurers.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert
Partners Tim Taylor and Patrick Foss from Hill Taylor Dickinson's insurance and reinsurance group join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert's shipping and international trade team.
Taylor joined Hill Dickinson as a trainee in 1976, and subsequently helped to establish breakaway firm Hill Taylor Dickinson's marine insurance and reinsurance practice in 1989.
Foss joined Hill Taylor Dickinson as a trainee in 1987.
Commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed Martin Gill as fraud investigation director and Scott Bowers as fraud solutions director bringing the total number in the team to nine.
Gill and Bowers have been working together for the past 15 years in roles as varied as covert surveillance operations to working with CID intelligence investigating major fraud and diverting funds for terrorism.
Both have spent the past five years specialising in the insurance sector, working on major fraud investigations into staged and contrived motor accidents.
Clyde & Co
International law firm Clyde & Co has appointed six new partners within the firm.
Aida Cable, who trained as a barrister, is now a commercial litigator .
John Leonida joined Clyde & Co in 1997. He specialises in transactional shipping work.
Philip Roose joined the firm in 1997. As a marine litigator, he specialises in cargo recovery matters and charterparty disputes.
Based in Paris, Xavier Périnne joined the firm in September 2002. He heads up the new corporate team in Paris.
Andrew Grant advises on disputes under insurance and reinsurance contracts.
Graeme Taylor joined in April 2002 and specialises in commercial real estate work.
Aascent Finance Company
Aascent Finance Company announces the appointment of Ray Heap as business development manager. Heap is based in the South and will be responsible for developing broker accounts in that area.
He joins Aascent from Folgate where he was broker channel manager, and prior to that he was regional sales manager at ITT London & Edinburgh.
Yorkshire-based insurance and risk management specialist Gauntlet has appointed Rob Batham as sales and development manager.
He has previously worked in the commercial loss adjusting sector in the Midlands and Yorkshire regions and was until recently development manager for an internet-based claims solutions company.
Allan Chapman and James expands board
Allan Chapman and James has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Louise Miller and John Claffey.
Claffey, who joined the media broker in 1997 as senior account executive and Miller who joined in 1999 as senior account executive sales, are appointed director of corporate risks and director of corporate sales respectively.
Louise Miller and John Claffey
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