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


Budget Group
Compare the Market, the online comparison site arm of the Budget Group, has appointed Louise Rogers as marketing manager.

Prior to joining the firm, Rogers was direct marketing development manager at Thomas Cook Signature.

Dave Fleetwood has been appointed as a non-executive director at Marsh.

He has recently retired from City of Sunderland, where he served successively as assistant city treasurer, acting director of community and cultural services and head of strategic change.

Additionally, Marsh has promoted Stephen Halsall to regional client service director, and Gareth Waite will take over some aspects of operational management for the public sector practice in Cardiff.

Alex Sawers has been promoted to a client executive role in Glasgow, and Neil Reid joins as client development executive, based in Manchester.

Meanwhile, the company expands its property department in the Netherlands through the addition of a four-strong team led by Wim de Graaf.

De Graaf was previously insurance director at Gerling, and prior to that he was property manager at Zurich, having joined the firm in 1977.

His team will consist of Paul Heesen and Richard Makkus, both joining as executive broking specialists, and Ellen van der Hulst, who will be supporting the underwriters with specific focus on international accounts.


AXA has appointed Olivier Mariée to the newly created role of group marketing director, reporting directly to the chief executive of AXA UK, Nicolas Moreau.

Mariée was previously senior vice-president and head of customer care and distribution at AXA SA in France, having joined the group in 1992.

He will now also become a member of the AXA UK executive committee.


Garwyn has appointed George Mercer and

Chris Lewis as business development managers, based in Harrogate and Burton respectively.

Both have extensive experience in liability claims: Mercer has held management positions with General Accident, Zurich and Aon, while Lewis has worked in a similar role with PCS, Royal & SunAlliance and Quest Gates.

The CII has appointed David McIntosh, a senior partner at Davies Arnold Cooper, as chairman of the professional standards board (PSB).

McIntosh will succeed the Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral, who will complete his two-year term as chairman later this year.

Cunningham Lindsey
Yvonne Lane has been appointed as client relationship manager at Corpore, a division of Cunningham Lindsey.

Lane previously worked at HCML and brings eight years' experience in sales and marketing in the health and rehabilitation markets.

Carl Chapman has joined the business consultancy team at Countrywide, part of Open International.

Chapman joins from the training department of Open GI, also part of Open International. There he worked for more than two years, prior to which he worked for Insure Shop, part of the Equity Group, as a customer service adviser, before taking on the role of acting branch manager.

Stewart Myles has been appointed head of crash repair for Audatex's newly formed crash repair team, providing solutions, services and training support to its bodyshop and motor manufacturer customers.

Myles joined Audatex in 1998 as area manager and has 23 years' experience in the motor industry.


GI Resource Management
Matthew Green has been appointed as managing director of GI Resource Management.

Green has more than 14 years' experience in the insurance industry, beginning with Hays Inter-Selection, where he specialised in the personal lines and claims markets. He was later approached by Reed, eventually creating its successful insurance and financial services business in the Midlands.

Green said: "This is a very exciting time for me. I am looking forward to being able to add value to the insurance industry, as opposed to working in the stereotyped parasitical manner of traditional recruiters.

"We have created an approach that drastically reduces the recruitment fees a client will need to pay over the financial year and significantly increases the service levels they will receive."

Green is building a team of six consultants over the next 12 months, specialising in outsourcing general insurance recruitment, initially in the West Midlands, but with plans to provide UK coverage within four years.