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


Steve Pugh has joined Marsh's risk trading practice in the role of southern regional sales leader.

Pugh was previously with County Mutual, NFU Mutual and Avon.

In his new role, he will work closely with the client and development teams in Exeter, Cardiff, Leicester, Maidstone and Southampton.

Marsh has also expanded its forensic accounting and claims services team, appointing Caroline Woolley as vice-president and John Wattrus as claims consultant.

Woolley has ten years' experience in forensic accounting, most recently in BDO Stoy Hayward's forensic services division.

Wattrus was previously employed in Kroll's financial investigations department.

Maestro Tasker
Teresa Ornyik has been appointed as marketing executive at specialist Lloyd's broker Maestro Tasker.

Ornyik's previous experience includes both sales and business development roles with a Lloyd's broker and Insurance Times.

RK Harrison
RK Harrison has appointed Justyn Larcombe as divisional director within its private clients & fine art division.

Larcombe has several years' experience of the HNW insurance industry, including a period as director of Willis Private Clients and presiding over an HNW business that grew threefold in two and a half years.

Greystone Insurance Services has appointed James Leigh as business development manager.

Leigh has 12 years' previous experience with both the company and broking sectors.

Also, Sabbah Uppal has joined the firm's Altrincham office as a commercial account broker.


Stephen Jenkins has been appointed as business development manager at Fortis.

Jenkins was previously with Portman Building Society, where he was insurance development manager. Prior to that he worked at Folgate Insurance, Royal & SunAlliance, Norwich Union and Shakespeare Underwriting.

Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill Commercial has appointed David Cooper as regional manager of its London property owners division.

Additionally, the firm has appointed Asmik Iskandaryan as project manager, responsible for the company's SME sustainability strategy.

Whittington has appointed Simon Birch as chief operating officer, leading the group's Asia-Pacific expansion plans from its Singapore headquarters.

Birch previously worked for AXA, where he was Asia head of partners and direct business in Singapore.

Cardif Pinnacle
Paul Glen has been appointed as chief executive of Cardif Pinnacle.

Previously Glen has held senior roles with both QBE Insurance and Legal & General.

Ingham Underwriting has appointed Sharon Conn as development underwriter for Northern Ireland.

Conn previously worked for Quinn Direct, and will now be based in Northern Ireland, supported by an underwriting team in Ripon.

Affiliated FM
Commerical property insurer Affiliated FM has appointed Matt Southall as a production underwriter.

Southall brings more than 16 years' experience, including five years with Royal & SunAlliance as underwriting development manager.


Rosemary Hilary has been appointed director of the business review and audit division (BRAD) at the Financial Services Authority.

Hilary will take up this role on 4 September, having previously worked as head of the FSA's risk review department since 2004.

Prior to that she held several managerial roles at the Bank of England before transfering to the FSA and becoming head of corporate authorisation.

Richard Easterbrook has been appointed as Aascent's first strategy and planning manager.

Easterbrook's career spans both broker and insurer markets in management and sales roles, working with firms such as A Plan Insurance, Independent, AXA and Fusion.

Grant Thornton
Simon Sheaf has been appointed actuarial director in the financial markets group of Grant Thornton.

Sheaf, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, brings with him more than 15 years' experience in the non-life insurance industry. Most recently he was head of the actuarial department at

St Paul Travelers, with responsibility across the UK and Ireland operations.

Multiassistance has appointed Santi Brage as operations development manager.

Brage previously worked for HSS Hire Service Group as a regional manager, for Hire Station as a divisional director and for Improveline as an independent consultant.

Independent Appointments
Simon McGill has been made Independent Appointments' national account manager.

McGill has been with the company for eight years and previously led its South-west operation. Prior to that he worked for Ecclesiastical and Cooke & Mason.

Watson Wyatt
Martin Pike has taken the role of European director of Watson Wyatt's insurance and financial services consulting practice.

Pike joined the company in 1983 and has, as head of the firm's UK insurance and financial services practice in recent years, established a track record of significant growth and profitability.


Mark Hadfield has joined global insurer Endurance in the role of business development manager in its UK property business.

Hadfield was previously employed by Allianz for six years, achieving the position of national broker manager. Prior to that he was at Independent and Guardian Royal Exchange.

In this new position, he will work directly with Jon Houghton, who heads up Endurance's UK individual-risk property team, focusing on running the broker interface and developing the company's regional portfolio.

Houghton said: "Mark is a recognised development professional in the market and will compliment the existing strength of the underwriting team and bring fresh energy to our growing business.

"Endurance is building a track record of financial strength and high-quality service, and nowhere is this better illlustrated than in our UK property team, who - in a short period of time - have established strong relationships and a reputation for excellent service with brokers and clients."