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

AWD Chase de Vere Sheralee Ellis joins AWD Chase de Vere's personal injury team as a specialist adviser and licensed expert witness.

Ellis previously worked for Frenkel Topping, joining AWD Chase de Vere as part of a nationwide expansion of the personal injury team due to a huge rise in activity.

She is also well known as a lecturer on investments, personal injury trusts and the Courts Act 2003, addressing chambers, solicitors, insurers and various associations.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Jim Rush has been appointed as finance director of JLT, following the resignation of George Stuart-Clarke.

Rush, an Australian chartered accountant, previously worked for the Asia-based conglomerate Jardine Matheson Group, where he held the position of group treasurer.

Stuart-Clarke is standing down from the board, but remains a member of the group's executive committee and will now be responsible for special projects, reporting directly to Dominic Burke, group chief executive.

Marsh has appointed Emma Fieldman and Neil Potts as client executives at its Leicester office, expanding its local client servicing team in the Midlands.

Fieldman and Potts have previously worked with HSBC and RA Cowen.

The insurance services firm has also appointed David Ellison as client adviser, moving on from his previous role at Aon.

John Powell has been appointed as commercial insurance director for Welsh broker ProtectaGroup.

Powell has an impressive reputation among the major insurance companies in South Wales. He has amassed nearly 40 years' experience

in the industry, begining his career in 1968 with the Royal and most recently holding the position of chief executive of Culver Insurance - a company he established in Cardiff, later opening offices in London and Bracknell.

Towergate has made a number of appointments to its retail broking division.

Jonathan Webb, previously of Marsh, has been appointed as managing director of Towergate

Risk Solutions Leeds.
Neville Mort is now managing director of the company's education insurance operation in Leeds.

Nick Houghton has been promoted to managing director of Towergate Professsional Risks from his previous role as regional sales director.


Michael Jones and Edward Carvell have been appointed as sales support executives for Finsure's sales and development team.

Both men were previously senior customer service consultants within Finsure Operations, Jones with more than six years' experience in the insurance industry and Carvell currently studying for his certificate of insurance.

This appointment will see them contributing to the development of new and existing broker accounts in both the commercial lines and personal lines business area.

Hiscox has appointed Callum Taylor as D&O underwriting manager.

Taylor previously worked for Ace European Group, where he was senior underwriter (D&O) and responsible for the successful development of its D&O and other liability-related products in the Midlands and southern England.

Prior to joining Ace, he has also worked as an associate director for Howden Insurance Brokers and spent eight years with AIG Europe, working in the UK and Ireland in a variety of financial lines positions.

MMA Insurance
Intermediary-only insurer MMA Insurance has appointed Martin Scarrett as household and travel underwriting manager.

Scarrett was previously business change manager for the company, but will now be responsible for managing and developing the household account - a key area of growth for the company, whose account increased by 25% in 2005.


Beachcroft Regulatory Consulting (BRC) has appointed Richard Hampton to its senior consulting team.

Hampton joins the consulting arm of Beachcroft following his previous position as managing director of HSBC General Insurance.

BRC have also appointed Joe Chiaro, formerly a director at KPMG, to head the consultancy's regulatory remediation service to firms regulated by the FSA.

Finbar Cahill has been appointed as a new partner for national law firm Keoghs, assisting in the expansion of its personal injury department.

Cahill is an experienced insurance litigator and has previously been a partner at Henmans and Hill Dickinson, specialising in defendant personal injury, dealing with serious injury claims.

Having recently returned from a round-the-world trip, this new position in Keoghs' Bolton office will see him relocating to Manchester from his original base in Pangbourne, Berkshire.


Amber Credit
Paul Barrow has taken the role of senior regional account manager with Amber Credit.

Barrow brings with him 11 years' experience in the premium finance market.


The CII has appointed Norrie Erwin as its new business development director for the general insurance sector.

Erwin arrives from Capita Affinity Services, where he was sales director. He has more than 30 years' experience in the insurance industry, including roles with organisations such as Legal & General, Norwich Union and the National Australia Group.

He will report to the CII group marketing and sales director Lee Gladwell, who said: "I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Norrie Erwin's calibre to the CII. He brings a wealth of major account management experience, has a highly successful business development track record and his leadership skills will be invaluable to help the CII support the business objectives of our customers through our new partnership approach.

"Norrie will help us in developing our solutions, including training, online support, accreditation, consultancy, qualifications and other services in a single partnership framework."