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


CJ Coleman
Ben Coleman has joined Lloyd's broker CJ Coleman, Coleman, who was previously at Arthur J Gallagher, has expertise in global property and the move represents the broker's plans to diversify its business into other lines outside of its core expertise of professional liability. Coleman has some 15 years of London market property broking experience.

Benfield has appointed Robert Bredahl and Frank Wilkinson to its board. Bredahl joins as an executive director. He is currently the head of Benfield Advisory and president of Benfield Inc. Wilkinson joins as a non-executive director. He worked for EW Blanch Holdings Inc from 1969 until 2000, serving at board level.

James de Rose has been appointed associate director of relationship management for Junction, the affinity arm of the Budget group of companies. De Rose was previously senior vice president of commercial accounts at Servista. An experienced relationship management professional, de Rose will head up a team of managers responsible for Junction's affinity partner solutions.

Smart & Cook
Smart & Cook has appointed David Burnett a new non-executive chairman. He is a partner in TT International, the fund management business which he joined in 1998. Prior to that, David had a long and distinguished career with SBC Warburg where he was a managing director in its London office.


Brit Insurance has appointed Ray Cox to the newly-created role of underwriting rirector, UK division. Cox joins Brit after over 30 years at Royal & SunAlliance Group, where he was most recently director, underwriting and risk, for its UK business, responsible for underwriting strategy and operational management.

Aspen Insurance Holdings has appointed three new directors: Stuart Sinclair, president and chief operating officer of Aspen; John Cavoores, the former president and chief executive of OneBeacon Insurance; and Glyn Jones, the former chief excutive of Thames River Capital and Gartmore Investment Management.


Lifestyle Services Group
Alan Brocklehurst has joined Lifestyle Services Group (LSG) as the new head of security and risk management. Joining LSG directly from a post in Iraq where he was responsible for the creation of a new national intelligence service, Brocklehurst will head the fraud team of the Cheshire-based insurance administrator. He has previously worked extensively in fraud investigation including the Fraud Squad and the Serious Fraud Office.

SDM Property Assistance, which offers surveying, reporting, reinstatement and storage solutions to the insurance market, has appointed Jim Blessing to manage its growing team of surveyors. Blessing is well known throughout the Scotland market, having worked in a senior capacity as both commercial manager and senior surveyor for almost 20 years.