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


Groupama Healthcare has appointed Steven Brewis as business development manager for London and the surrounding area.

Brewis has worked in the UK financial services industry for more than 15 years.

Brewis joined the company from FirstAssist, where he was a senior relationship manager.

Fortis Insurance
Richard Harris has joined the Fortis Insurance team as head of motor claims.

Harris, who has more than 18 years' experience, started his career at Mercantile and General Reinsurance before joining Endsleigh, where he spent the past 18 years prior to joining Fortis.

Brit Insurance
Brit Insurance Holdings has made two key appointments to its UK household underwriting team. Mary Flatres has joined as head of household and Mervyn Albon as household underwriter.

Flatres has specialised in the household market for more than 15 years and joins Brit from NIG (RBS Insurance).

Prior to this, Flatres held underwriting positions at Bishopscourt, Cox Underwriting and AIG.

Albon also has more than 15 years' industry experience and joins Brit from Hiscox, where he spent four years as line underwriter (UK and European household in Lloyd's).

He previously worked for Chubb Insurance, plus a number of brokers, including Fenchurch and Apex.

Motor insurer Highway has appointed Lee Radley to the newly-created position of claims relationship manager.

Radley's role will include acting as trouble-shooter and management point-of-contact for all brokers and intermediaries in respect of Highway's accidental damage (AD) and fire and theft claims services. Radley joined Highway in 1998 and became deputy AD claims manager in 2001.

In 2003 he was promoted to AD/fire and theft manager.

He has also worked as a futures trader, as well as a healthcare development consultant for a major broker.

Fusion Insurance has appointed Andrew Fleming as executive manager of its Glasgow office.

Fleming joined Fusion in November 2004 as regional sales manager.

Before joining Fusion, Fleming was director, group client services for Senior Wright.

He has also worked for Hill House Hammond Business Insurance and Royal Bank Insurance Services.

MediCare International
MediCare International has appointed Roger Green as international sales consultant.

Green has a wealth of experience in international markets covering both individual and group business.


Marsh has expanded its Maidstone client servicing team to boost development in the area's small and medium-sized business sector.

Natalie Hughes joins Marsh as a client adviser from SBJ Group, while Deborah Westwood and Stephen Slade have transferred from other Marsh businesses.

The Maidstone client servicing team is part of Marsh's newly-launched risk trading practice.

Glencairn has appointed Rachel Errington as project manager of its bespoke modelling solutions.

Errington will focus on managing and developing Glencairn's reinsurance client portfolio in Russia and Eastern Europe.

She has nine years' experience in these markets, having previously worked for Beazley and Benfield, where she was integral to the development and expansion of the business in Russia, central and eastern Europe.

Willis Group
Willis Group Holdings has appointed Doug Smith as non-executive deputy chairman of its mergers and acquisitions (MA) practice.

Smith has been chairman of a number of divisions within global insurance brokers, including Marsh's private equity and MA practice.

Willis Group's Inspace division has opened a new office in France, called Willis Aerospace Consulting.

The new office is headed up by Philippe Montpert, a broker with 20 years' experience in the industry.

John Bennett has been appointed as a director of the Lloyd's broker, Windsor.

Bennett joined Windsor in 2002 as managing director of the group's commercial and international broking operation.


EJS Partners
International executive search firm, EJS Partners, has appointed Tim Wilkes as a search consultant at its London headquarters.

Wilkes has more than 20 years' executive search experience in the international financial services sector.

In addition to Wilkes' appointment, EJS has also hired Almira Cemmell as trainee researcher and Marie Williams as office manager.

Coface UK
Russell Warner is Coface UK's new sales director.

Warner has spent 14 years in the receivables finance industry and has extensive experience in recruiting and building sales teams.

He joins Coface from Eurofactor, where he was group commercial director.

Mike Harmer has been hired by insurance specialist marketing and PR agency FWD as associate director of its research division.

Harmer headed Norwich Union Insurance's Insight team for six years and, prior to this, worked for marketing agency Saatchi and Saatchi and Sky Magazine in the US.


Ryan Sherer is the new marketing executive at Essex-based insurance broker, FMW.

Sherer previously worked for Chelmsford County Court as an executive officer and was a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons

He lives in Felsted and enjoys playing golf and going to the theatre.

Helen Bloomfield also recently joined FMW as an account handler.

Bloomfield has degree in leisure studies and lives in Brightlingsea.

Before joining FMW, Bloomfield worked at Allan Chapman & James Insurance Brokers, of Colchester.