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


Neil Bullivant is Howden's new operations manager.

Bullivant joins Howden from Aon where he spent nearly nine years as operations director of its global risks and global liability division and global client solutions North America division, and was a member of the senior management team.

Benfield Corporate Risk
Benfield Corporate Risk has appointed Keith Jones to establish an average adjusting practice in its marine team.

Jones, who has more 30 years' experience, joins Benfield from Marsh, where he managed the company's London average adjusting operation.

Ann Waite, the former chief operating officer and claims director at Dex, also joined the company's marine team earlier this year.

Alla Giddings has becme the chief operating officer at Colemont FSU, a subsidiary of Colemont Insurance Brokers.

Giddings will be responsible for developing and growing Colemont's operations in the former Soviet Union.

Prior to joining Colemont, Giddings served as a senior vice president of Marsh's marine and energy practice, where she was responsible for business development in the former Soviet Union.

Marsh has appointed Andrew Grant as a senior risk consultant in the property risks team of its risk consulting practice.

Grant joins Marsh from Zurich Risk Services, where he was a risk analyst.

He has also worked for Airbus UK as an insurance engineering risk consultant.


Brit Insurance
Peter Burrows will be joining Brit Insurance Holdings in early July as its UK underwriting centre director.

Burrows will join the company from Zurich UK Commercial, where he was managing director. Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years at Royal & SunAlliance.

The UK underwriting centre director role replaces Brit's UK managing director post, which was previously held by Brent Escott. Escott will take up a new position within Brit as director of special projects, with a particular emphasis on the UK small business sector.

Chaucer Syndicates
Chaucer Syndicates has appointed two new directors: Kim Barber and Jonathon Perkins.

Barber, a leading fleet underwriter at Lloyd's, heads Chaucer's motor division, Chaucer Insurance.

He joined the company in 1991.

Perkins, who leads the actuarial team, joined Chaucer in 2001 and was recently appointed as group actuary.

HealthSure has expanded its intermediary support team with two intermediary consultants, Jaswinder Sandhu and Nick Owen; an intermediary co-ordinator, Jordan Pearson; and an intermediary administrator, Laura McCormick.

Ecclesiastical Insurance
Ecclesiastical Insurance has appointed Paul Brooker as its group credit risk manager.

Brooker joins Ecclesiastical from HSBC Insurance Brokers where he was risk and credit control manager.

He has worked in credit management for more than 20 years in a number of industries but gained extensive insurance experience at MMA Insurance and HSBC.

Catlin Group
Catlin Group has appointed Vincent Brazauskas as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of the group's US subsidiary.

Brazauskas has 29 years of insurance management experience, including human resources, IT, communication and claims expertise.

He most recently served as an independent insurance and management consultant in Easton, Massachusetts.

Prior to that, he worked for more than 20 years for One Beacon Insurance Company and its predecessors (CGU and Commercial Union).

Goodhealth Worldwide
Following a restructure of Goodhealth Worldwide's sales operations for continental Europe and the UK, Derry Andrews has been appointed managing director, Europe.

Andrews was previously managing director of Goodhealth's UK private medical insurance operation.

Derry joined Goodhealth in 2003 from Clinicare, where he was managing director.

Goodhealth has also appointed Andrew Apps as its director of global sales and business development.

Apps was previously managing director of Goodhealth's European operation.


John Fitzsimons has joined Misys as an account manager to support brokers in the North region.

Fitzsimons previously sold broker technology solutions for Insurecom and CDL, and has more than five years' experience of underwriting and new business sales.

Misys has also appointed new marketing and communications officers: Anna Pass (communications) and Stacy Brown (marketing).

Pass previously worked in the marketing departments of Bupa and Interserve Industrial Services.

Brown joined Misys from Traplet Publications.

Claims management and insurance services provider CMGL has appointed Jonathan Piper as chief actuary.

Piper joins CMGL from the run-off management company KMS, where he spent12 years, most recently as senior actuary.

Prior to working at KMS, Piper began his career at Victory Reinsurance in 1984, and later was a risk management consultant for The Wyatt Company.


La Playa
Cambridge-based broker La Playa has expanded its corporate team, with Amanda Dewey joining as corporate account handler and Chris Owens as finance and administration manager.

Dewey joins La Playa from the City office of Great Lakes Reinsurance.

She worked for six years in corporate insurance following a degree in combined business studies, and is studying towards CII qualifications.

She enjoys ski-ing and mountain-biking, and has a passion for cooking and good wine.

"Having worked for a large insurance company dealing with huge multi-national organisations, I am looking forward to working with smaller and dynamic organisations specifically in the media fields - I knew my marketing training would come in handy at some point," Dewey says.

"I am enjoying the quality of life working in Cambridgeshire, having survived life in the big smoke for the last six years," she says.

Chris Owens has a doctorate in computer science. He is also studying for several accountancy qualifications.