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


Marsh has recruited Andrew Towers, a tunnelling engineer with 20 years experience, to join Marsh's Risk Consulting Practice.

Based in London, he will support the construction team to provide underwriting data and risk management advice on tunnelling and construction.

Towers joins from Halcrow Group where he worked on the design and construction of the Channel Tunnel rail link. Previous to this he worked on the Heathrow Express project.

Duncan Rogers has been appointed broking technician at Essex based insurance brokers FMW. He previously worked as a claims handler for Capita Group in Colchester.

Drakefield Insurance Services has appointed Andy Taylor and John Moss to the board of Drakefield Group

Taylor is underwriting director and founder of Go Travel Insurance. Moss is IT director.

Marshall Wooldridge Leeds-based broker Marshall Wooldridge has appointed Richard Sykes as a director.

Sykes has 15 years' experience with the company and will continue his role as commercial insurance manager.


Intermediary-only insurer MMA Insurance has recruited Paul Booth as financial crime manager, to head up its financial crime team.

Booth joined MMA having worked in the petroleum industry providing security advice. Previously, he was with the Post Office's investigation department for 13 years. He is a member of the ABI's financial crime committee and has trained in all areas of investigative work, from the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, to mobile surveillance.

Navigators and General (N&G) has appointed Simon Tonks development manager.

Tonks, currently marine underwriting manager at Allianz, will join the management team with nationwide responsibility for the development of all distribution channels within N&G.

In addition to his time at Allianz, Tonks has many years service in marine insurance, with experience of broking with E Coleman Insurance Brokers, as well as a previous underwriting role with N&G.

NIG has appointed Mike Allison as branch manager of the NIG Reading office. He will have overall responsibility for developing commercial business from intermediaries in mainly the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area.

Allison will manage a team of underwriters and be seeking to continue the growth of the Reading office.

QBE is expanding the casualty underwriting team of Syndicate 1886 with two new recruits.

Martin Boreham has been appointed portfolio manager and will work alongside Peter Graham, who has been appointed as underwriter. Both Boreham and Graham previously worked for GE Swiss Re.

Wellington Underwriting Agencies, the managing agent of Syndicate 2020, has promoted Huw Jones to divisional underwriter responsible for the energy account.

Jones, who was previously divisional underwriter for energy liability, now has the whole energy account, embracing both property and liability underwriting.

With 17 years of industry experience, Jones joined Wellington in 2005 and was previously employed at the Catlin Syndicate where he was responsible for the energy account.


Winter Scott
James King, an associate of Winter Scott, the City-based maritime legal specialists, has been promoted to partner. He specialises in charterparty disputes and cargo claims.

King has worked at Winter Scott for the past seven years.


Premium Credit
Premium Credit has appointed three new sales staff.

David Harrington becomes national key account manager. He will be responsible for, and supporting and assisting, the company's key business partners in the UK and Ireland.

Harrington previously worked for Close Premium Finance.

Tim Porter joins as regional sales manager responsible for Premium Credit's southern region. He leads a team of four regional business managers. Previously he worked for HSBC in Birmingham.

Alan Atkins has been appointed business manager for the Midlands. He will be responsible for supporting and developing both existing and new business in the region. Prior to joining Premium Credit, Atkins spent more than 14 years with NIG Skandia and Finsure.

WiseCall has appointed two new directors, Dave Blakemore and Chris Green.

Blakemore becomes sales director. He was previously a vice-president of Marsh Private Clients and has had 32 years' experience in the industry.

Green becomes finance director. He was previously a finance director in the manufacturing industry.

Two new sales staff are also appointed. Steve Ludgate joins from Equity Red Star, and John Broadbent, a Wise Call claims supervisor, moves across to the sales team.