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


Benfield has appointed Angela A'Zary as senior vice president of its property specialty team.

A'Zary was previously managing director at Guy Carpenter, where she led a team of actuaries and catastrophe modellers, and worked with the company's retrocession specialty and property specialty groups.

FP Marine
Audrey Poon has joined FP Marine Risks as manager-trade finance.

Poon, who has 16 years' experience in insurance broking, has spent the last decade specialising in marine cargo insurance for trade financiers and international commodity traders in Singapore and the region.

She will now be taking responsibility for managing the Hong Kong-based marine insurance broker's new initiative, aimed at providing trade financiers and their clients with bespoke marine insurance products.

F Patrick Baker has been appointed as managing principal for Integro's recently launched aviation practice.

Baker joins Integro from Aon's aviation division, and previously served as managing director of Marsh's aviation practice.

Baker will be working out of the company's New York office.

THB Group
THB Group has appointed Jane Joslin as chief operating officer of Thompson Health & Bond, the group's Lloyd's broking division.

Joslin has worked within the Lloyd's/London market on both the broking and underwriting sides for 25 years. She joined THB in 2002 as group internal audit manager, responsible for driving the FSA authorisation process for general insurance within all group companies.

Subsequently, she was appointed as a director of the Lloyd's broker in 2004.

Her new role will see her acting as liaison between the Lloyd's broker board and the group management functions, promoting and enhancing the relationship between THB and other group companies.


CTC Non-marine
Jeff Ashman has joined global loss adjusters CTC Non-marine at its London headquarters, providing technical support to CTC's loss adjusting and risk analysis services.

Ashman is a chartered electrical engineer with 23 years' experience in the design, installation and maintenance of equipment, ranging from mining through to power generation and transmission.

Although based in the UK, he will be working with clients throughout the world.

Groupama Healthcare has appointed Pete West as key account manager for the southern region, where he will be responsible for the company's intermediary relationships across the south of the UK.

West has previously worked at SPS Wellbeing, FirstAssist and Royal & SunAlliance.


Cunningham Lindsey
Cunningham Lindsey UK has appointed Cath Williams as technical motor fraud manager, where she will be dealing with complex and organised motor fraud within the company's Investigation Services Division.

Williams joins the business from the Cotswold Group, where she was fraud manager for three years. Prior to that, she worked for Norwich Union, where she was motor fraud prevention manager for six years.

Tom Slassor has joined Helphire Group as group underwriting and product development manager.

Slassor was formerly sales and marketing manager at Albany Assistance, the LEI and claims-handling arm of the company.

He brings to the role many years' experience in the traditional insurance market, specifically in negotiating with underwriters on rating issues and designing policy wordings and products.

Teresa Budworth has accepted the role of chief executive of the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (Nebosh).

Budworth has worked for around 27 years as a safety professional and chartered fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

She previously held the position of deputy chief executive for Nebosh, following three years as a non-executive director. Before joining Nebosh, she led the safety training and consultancy team at Norwich Union Risk Services.

Insurance software provider SSP has appointed Barney Quinn as a non-executive director.

Quinn was formerly board director of Sherwood International, an LSE-listed provider of software and services to the insurance market, which was acquired by SunGard in 2003.

Lloyd's Market Association Mel Goddard has been appointed as director, underwriting, at the Lloyd's Market Association (LMA), the body that represents all underwriting businesses at Lloyd's.

Goddard moved from broking to under-writing in 1986, becoming active underwriter of Syndicate 1223 in 1996. She was the first woman to be appointed active underwriter in Lloyd's and was a director of QBE Underwriting Agency. She has recently been active in the UK, US and Bermuda as an expert witness on some of the key market issues in litigation. She is an ARIAS UK panel arbitrator and has continued her involvement in the market as an independent reviewer.

Simon Sperryn, chief executive at LMA, said: "This is a key role in the market, which is designed to ensure that underwriters have an effective influence over the policies and work of the Association and of Lloyd's itself. Mel's diverse and successful career in the market, her underwriting experience and technical knowledge will be invaluable not just to LMA but to the franchise."