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


Heath Lambert
Heath Lambert has appointed Mike Hurst as a director of its professional risks team.

Previously, Hurst spent 15 years at Hanover Park Commercial, where he headed up the company's professional risks division.

Lindsay Stevenson has been appointed as director of Colemont's construction team.

Stevenson brings more than 35 years' experience in the construction insurance sector, having previously headed construction teams at Aon and Heath Lambert.

Colemont has also appointed Adam Tanner into the newly-created position of compliance officer.

Tanner previously held the position of deputy compliance officer at Arthur J Gallagher and has worked for Lloyd's in the market supervision department.

Steve Elliott has been appointed as e-trading team leader at specialist personal lines insurance provider MCE.

Elliott has been with the company for more than six years and previously spent three years as bike insurance team leader.

He will now be responsible for e-trading new business and renewals.


Stuart Sinclair has been appointed as president and chief operating officer of Aspen Insurance Holdings.

Sinclair was most recently president and chief executive, Greater China, GE Financial Services, part of GE Capital. He has also served as president and UK chief executive of GE Consumer Finance, and held several positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, including chief executive of Tesco Personal Finance.

It is expected that Sinclair will also join the company's board of directors.

Martin Kelsh and Tim Griffiths have been appointed as strategic account managers at NIG.

Kelsh brings more than 24 years' experience in the insurance broking industry, having previously held senior roles at Kelsh & Sons, Miller Kelsh, Millers, Alexander Forbes and Oval.

Griffiths joins the company after more than 21 years with General Accident, CGU and most recently Norwich Union, where he was a business consultancy manager within the distribution development team.

Simon Arundel has been appointed to the newly-created role of compliance and fraud manager at Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Arundel joins the firm's claims management team and will be responsible for delivering anti-fraud policies and procedures, and ensuring that FSA requirements are met. He will also represent Ecclesiastical in the industry.

Paul Murphy has joined Fusion as UK property underwriting manager.

Murphy was previously employed by Norwich Union, where he has worked for the last 16 years, most recently as underwriting manager of the industrial sector.

Fusion has also appointed Robert Goodwin as deputy UK property underwriting manager.

Goodwin joins from Allianz Cornhill, where he has worked since January 2002 as property and casualty underwriting manager.


Elborne Mitchell
City law firm Elborne Mitchell has promoted Jonathan Bruce to partner.

Bruce joined the company earlier this year and specialises in the marine, energy and aviation areas.

He has acted on losses worldwide, involving coverage as well as recovery and defence of liability claims.

He frequently becomes involved in Latin American matters, being fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

David Sweeney has been appointed as a non-executive director at Halliwells.

Sweeney, who will sit on the law firm's dispute resolution board, was previously chief claims manager at NFU Mutual, until his retirement on 30 June.

He has previously held roles on the ABI strategic claims committee


Jon Lott has been appointed as managing consultant within the general insurance team at Troika.

Lott joins the London-based management consultancy, which specialises in retail financial services, from Direct Line Insurance, a division of RBS, where he has held a broad range of senior positions over the last 11 years.

Lott is Troika's second senior appointment to its general insurance team in recent months, following the appointment of Julia

Hyde-Price, formerly consulting and business development manager of Rubicon Corporation.

Open GI
Open GI (formerly Misys) has appointed David Kelly as sales manager.

Kelly has almost 20 years' experience working for Lloyds TSB. He spent the past five years in its private banking division, managing a team of account managers and independent financial advisers responsible for 1,500 clients with over £1bn of funds under management.

Clear Insurance Management has promoted two of its account executives. Daniel Innes becomes financial lines director and Andrew Moses is promoted to broking director.

Both Innes and Moses joined Clear shortly after its formation in 2001.


Miller Insurance Services
Miller Insurance Services has appointed John Bissell as operations director.Bissell joins the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker from

Cap Gemini Consulting, where he was a management consultant for financial services, having previously spent 25 years in the

insurance industry. Prior to that he worked at Aviva, where he held business development, marketing and operational roles, both in the UK and overseas.

Graham Clarke, chief executive of Miller, said: "In today's rapidly changing market, driving performance improvement to deliver greater efficiency will be key to our future success. John will be working closely with the board, business unit leaders and other managers across the company to ensure that we optimise our operational performance. John's roles, both as a management consultant and as a business development executive within the insurance industry, will bring valuable experience and insight, and we are delighted to welcome him to Miller."