A guide to this week's movements in the insurance industry


Acumus has appointed Suzanne Cunningham business development manager.

She joins Acumus' 10-strong let property insurance team.

Cunningham has 20 years' insurance experience, working with clients such as Going Places, MBNA and National Australia Group.

She previously worked for White Horse Insurance in Dublin.

Hugh Pallot has been appointed group company secretary at Hyperion.

Pallot joins from QBE Insurance Group where he spent eight years as company secretary of European operations.

Pallot will provide guidance in responding to corporate challenges and help develop the structure and framework for further growth.

Richard Brewster has been appointed finance director at Equity Insurance Group.

He held the role on an interim basis since August 2006.

Brewster was finance director at Cox Insurance Holdings, Equity's previous owner, between 1997 and 2002.

He will continue as non-executive chairman at Argenta Syndicate Management and as a director of IT company, Columba Systems.

Aon has appointed Shaun Cooper as network risk consultant.

Cooper's role will be to broaden Aon's specialist IT offering to existing and prospective clients.

He will also be responsible for reviewing gaps in protection for IT risks and will use his experience in network risk and computer engineering to recommend risk management and risk transfer solutions.

Cooper was founding director of the Information Security System Association in the UK and is a qualified system security certified practitioner.

Andy Eaves has been appointed client service director for Aon's e-solutions team.

He will be responsible for the delivery and support of Aon RiskConsole, Aon's risk management information system for UK and European clients.

Eaves joins the company after 17 years with Zurich Financial Services where he most recently held the position of claims programme manager.r


Assurant Solutions
Assurant Solutions has appointed two new non-executive directors to the board of its UK operation.

Nick Jones and Patricia Jamal join the board and will sit on the audit and risk committee.

Jones spent his 27-year finance career at Citigroup/ Citibank, including senior assignments in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

He retired in 2001 from his role as managing director of the Insurance Banking Group, where he held responsibility for all Citibank's insurance relationships in the UK and Bermuda.

He is also a non-executive director on the board of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (UK), where he chairs the audit committee, and is a director of Music Theatre London.

Jamal has had a long career in finance, retiring from Barclays in 2001 from her role as managing director, head of global financial institutions.

She has held previous non-executive roles on the boards of the charity, Aston Mansfield, and Anglo-Irish Bank.

RBS Insurance
Allan Clare has been appointed head of counter fraud services at RBS Insurance.

Clare was previously counter fraud controller at NFU Mutual Insurance and has over 13 years' counter fraud experience within insurance.

He is an active participant in the counter fraud sector and sits on the ABI's anti-fraud committee.

Clare is also a committee member of the Insurance Fraud Investigators Group.

Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill has appointed Jo Coldrick as the new manager of its underwriting academy.

As underwriting academy manager she will be responsible for the further development of the academy and will oversee employees' study towards professional qualifications.

She joined Allianz Cornhill in September 2002 on the company's corporate graduate management scheme.

Coldrick was previously an insight team leader, based in Manchester.

Lancashire Holdings has appointed John Melcon chief executive of the company's Middle East marketing operations.

Melcon has over 35 years' experience in the international insurance and reinsurance markets.

He will be based in Dubai.


Buckley Scott
Chris Stevens has joined Buckley Scott as head of liability.

He will be responsible for the growth and development of the liability division as well as technical issues.

Stevens spent 10 years at Cunningham Lindsey as the operations manager for the north of England.

Aliçen Schofield has also joined Buckley Scott as a senior adjuster.

She has over 30 years' experience in loss adjusting and will manage claims and support the development of the team.

Schofield joins from Cunningham Lindsey where she held the role of area manager of the Leeds office.

Atos Origin
Atos Origin has appointed Keith Wilman as UK chief executive.

Wilman will work with the UK management team to further strengthen the UK operating model to improve organic growth.

He joins from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he was most recently president and chief executive of CSC's European Group Northern region.

Wilman has over 25 years' experience in the information technology field.

Health & Case Management (HCML) has appointed Jean Brading as director of vocational services.

Brading, whose background is originally in HR, training and careers work was previously managing director of Rehab Window, which she set up in 2003.

Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander
Steve Robinson has joined Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander as development director.

He has 16 years' experience in the premium finance industry and has held a variety of senior positions at both Premium Credit and Close Brothers.

Robinson was formerly the managing director of Premium Credit's personal lines and schemes division.