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


Legal & General
Legal & General has appointed Andy Roche national sales manager for its general insurance business.

As well as being responsible for broker sales teams across England and Wales, Roche will lead the new dedicated broker contact centre.

Roche joined Legal & General from Zurich where he was a strategic development manager across various distribution channels.

Priest & Co
Priest & Co has made three appointments to its new corporate risks division.

Colin Brown and Rob Hearn previously worked within the corporate risk division of Lloyd's broker CBC UK as director and divisional director respectively.

Catherine O'Toole previously worked for Marsh as an account executive.

InsuranceQuoteline has appointed Sue Edgerton as operations manager.

Edgerton will head the accounts team and public relations.

She joins from Legal & General.

Sarah Lothian has been appointed account manager by Ascent.

Lothian will head their specialist contractor's division serving asbestos, demolition, roofing and scaffolders.

She was previously employed with Kerry London.

RK Harrison
RK Harrison has announced that Dominic Collins will succeed Richard Corfield as group chairman.

Collins takes up the post in June 2007.

Collins has over 30 years experience, holding a number of senior positions with the JLT Group.


Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill has apponted Steve Isherwood new technical claims manager.

Isherwood's role will involve overseeing the investigation, negotiation and settlement of claims and the provision of technical support to all aspects of the claims process, including complaint handling.

He was previously an assistant liability manager at Admiral Insurance Services.

Isherwood will be based in Milton Keynes.Los

Alistair Hardie has been appointed managing director, FirstAssist Speciality Insurance.

Hardie has spent most of his career in financial services and was previously sales director for UK and Ireland at Stonebridge Insurance. djuster


Silverbeck Rymer
Silverbeck Rymer has promoted Sally Raeburn to partner.

Raeburn joined Silverbeck Rymer in 1995 and was previously an associate partner at the firm.

Starting in the personal injury department she currently specialises in the area of catastrophic injury.

In addition to her technical duties, Raeburn will assume the role of mentor to trainee solicitors and qualified staff at Silverbeck Rymer.

Davies Lavery
Davies Lavery has announced the appointment of new partner Mark Burton, who specialises in liability claims.

Burton joins the accident and injury division from DLA Piper, where he was head of London casualty.

He advises on the full range of liability claims work, particularly employer's liability, public liability, construction, occupational disease, catastrophic injury and large losses.


Close Premium Finance
Close Premium Finance has appointed Allan Oliver as its first network relationship manager.

Oliver is responsible for building relationships with the UK's networks and ensuring these partnerships run smoothly and effectively.

Stuart Reid has been appointed Close Premium Finance's general manager for Ireland.

His role will be to oversee the growth of Close's portfolio of business in Ireland and develop products that meet the needs of Irish brokers.

Reid, formerly director of general services at the Irish Brokers Association (IBA) will take up the position on 1 January 2007.

Gethin Wood has joined Close Premium Finance's telesales team as an account manager, becoming the principal point of contact for around 300 brokers in the south of England.

Wood previously spent 18 months in Close's key accounts team, where he arranged new business quotes for some of the country's largest brokers.

Julie Hicks has been appointed as the first area marketing manager to provide support for its local institutes.

Hicks will support the Anglia group incorporating the institutes in Peterborough, Cambridge, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Norwich.

She joins the CII from an independent school where she was the marketing director, having previously held a variety of marketing roles within the automotive and property sectors.

Capita has appointed Steve Lewins as business development manager for its absence management services division.

Lewins has over 20 years experience in insurance and has spent the last five years as a national partnership consultant for Capita BEST.

Dean Holloway has been appointed business development executive on the Capita CARE account.

Holloway will be responsible for the management and development of Capita CARE's independent and small care group business nationwide.

He has 17 years experience in insurance having spent the last two years within Capita CARE's technical broking team.