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


DS Howell
Geza Hajgato has been appointed as account executive at DS Howell.

Hajgato previously worked at M Wood Insurance and will now join the firm's small business unit.

He joins the company's Swansea branch, opened last year, and is the seventh new employee in the last 18 months.

RK Harrison
RK Harrison has appointed Louise Holland as divisional director within its casualty division.

In this role Holland will be responsible for developing the healthcare business for the firm's MedSolutions platform.

She began her insurance career in 1996, as a graduate trainee, focusing exclusively on the US healthcare market. She joined the specialty lines division of Beazley Syndicate in 2003 as an underwriter for the healthcare team.

Peter Stevenson has been appointed as partner at FirstCity's newly opened Manchester office, leading the company's expansion into the North.

Stevenson is a highly rated senior insurance professional from the Manchester business community, having previously been a partner at Willis Group. He is well connected in the region's financial, property, professional and wider business sectors.

Towergate Underwriting Agency Management has appointed Jon Gleave as area development manager.

Gleave brings 18 years' experience in the general insurance market. He joins TUAM from Abbey Legal Protection, where he worked as a business development manager. Prior to that, he was a sales manager in the broker sector. The first 12 years of his insurance career were spent at Sagar Insurances in East Lancashire.

Budget Group
Darren McCauley has been appointed as associate director of pricing for Budget Group.

McCauley joins the group from Churchill Insurance, where he most recently held the position of motor business manager, playing a leading role in the development of key pricing strategies following the acquisition by Direct Line.


Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill Commercial has appointed Peter Millington as development manager.

Millington was previously key account manager for a financial services company, where he was responsible for the sales, growth and profit of key broker accounts.

In his new role he is responsible for leading the new business underwriting team and developing long-term relationships with key broker partners across the North West.

Carl Gray has been appointed as head of finance in London at Fusion.

Gray was previously employed by Thomas Miller, where he was financial controller, responsible for the TT Club. He has also held positions with Mitsui and Limit.

St Paul Travelers
Danny Turner has been appointed as London development manager at St Paul Travelers.

Turner joins from Royal & SunAlliance, where he was most recently broker manager risk solutions, and has also worked at Norwich Union and CGU.

Gordon Hamilton has been appointed as independent non-executive director at Beazley Group.

Hamilton has more than 30 years' experience as an audit partner at Deloitte & Touche.

Beazley has also appointed Joseph Morello as Eastern region underwriting manager in the US, prior to launching its mid-market commercial property business there.

Morello joins Beazley from FM Global/Affiliated FM Insurance Company, where he held the role of opertations vice-president.

Bob Newton has been appointed as non-executive director at Fortis.

Newton brings 35 years of industry experience to his role, having previously been employed as deputy chief executive at NFU Mutual and, prior to that, as director at Aviva.

Before taking up these positions he was general manager of CGU Insurance and enjoyed a 27-year career at General Accident, where he led UK general insurance.


Berrymans Lace Mawer has appointed Françoise Snape as a partner at its Birmingham office.

Snape was previously employed as a criminal and regulatory advocate with Central Solicitors' Chambers in Birmingham.

She has represented public sector bodies, construction and manufacturing companies, insurers and private individuals in the criminal courts.


Mondial UK
Justin Lamba has been appointed as business development manager in Mondial UK's automotive division.

Lamba was previously employed as head of roadside assistance at Daimler Chrysler, a long-standing partner of Mondial UK. He brings with him 17 years' experience in a variety of marketing, call centre management and CRM roles.

London market panelThe London market political risks business panel has appointed David Wright as chairman following the retirement of Geoffrey Lynch, after 21 years' service.

Wright is practice leader for war and political risks at XL Capital Group.


Mark Everest has been appointed as chief legal counsel at Spectrum Syndicate Management, replacing Jacqui Owens.

Everest was previously employed at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert as a senior associate. He is a specialist in reinsurance dispute resolution and has spent 11 years representing major clients in the London and international insurance and reinsurance markets for a range of leading global law firms.

Richard Murphy, Spectrum's chief executive, says: "We are delighted to welcome Mark to our team. His is an important role for the company and he will bring a wealth of expertise in a complex and specialised sector."

Everest adds: "I am very grateful to Richard and his team for the opportunity to work for Spectrum. Given recent developments in the market, not least the rapid growth of regulation and the English Law Commission's ongoing review of fundamental aspects of insurance contract law, this is a very interesting time for in-house counsel.

I am looking forward to the challenge."