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


Zurich Municipal has appointed Tom Shewry to the newly created role of head of education.

Shrewry will lead a dedicated team responsible for providing market driven solutions to meet the needs of independently-funded schools, colleges and universities.

Shewry joined Zurich from Ernst & Young in April 1999 to take up a role in reinsurance.

He then moved to Zurich's personal lines division as claims finance manager, followed by a programme manager position, before taking on his latest role.

Sterling Insurance
John Blundell has been appointed managing director of Sterling Insurance Company.

He also joins the board of Sterling Insurance Group.

Blundell joins the group from HBOS General Insurance where he was a board member with overall responsibility for the creditor business.

Prior to that he was a founding member and managing director of St Andrews Insurance Group, where he led it to become a market leader in creditor insurance and the fastest growing specialist creditor insurer in the UK.

Liberty Syndicates
Liberty Syndicates has made changes to its casualty division with the appointment of Kevin Ritchie as divisional underwriter and Alan Tomlinson as divisional deputy underwriter.

Ritchie began his underwriting career in 1985 with Aetna Casualty in the US.

He joined Swiss Re in 1997, then moved to London in 2000 and joined Liberty Syndicates in 2005 as deputy class underwriter - treaty casualty.

Ace European Markets
Stephen French is Ace European Markets' (AEM) new chief underwriting officer.

French, who has 25 years' industry experience, has been with AEM for more than 10 years and was previously branch manager and property underwriting manager.

Neal Hayward has also been appointed AEM's property underwriting manager, having been a senior underwriter within the division for the past three years.

Hayward was previously with XL Re and Chaucer Syndicate and has 20 years' experience in the market.

AIG Europe
AIG Europe (UK)has promoted Kelly Lyles to director, commercial lines.

She replaces Michael Whitwell, who has been appointed the American International Underwriters regional president for the central Europe and commonwealth of independent states region.

Lyles joined AIG in 1985, most recently holding the title of director, financial lines.

Anthony Baldwin has been promoted to the position of profit centre manager, financial lines.

He joined AIG in1995 and most recently held the title of senior vice president, financial lines


Heath Lambert
Heath Lambert National has recruited Mark Webster and Patricia Douglas to its Aberdeen office as part of an expansion push in Scotland.

Webster, who has more than 20 years' experience in the insurance industry, has joined Heath Lambert as client service director.

Douglas, who has 23 years' experience in the insurance industry in both the UK and Europe, joins as development executive.

Colemont Insurance
Richard Warburton has joined Colemont Insurance Brokers as a director in the company's property and casualty division.

Warburton brings 22 years of insurance experience to Colemont's property and casualty team.

He has previously worked for Commercial Union, AIG, Heath Lambert, Willis, and Aon.

Integro Insurance Brokers
Peter Burton is Integro Insurance Brokers' new London compliance officer.

Burton has 32 years' experience in the Lloyd's of London and UK insurance market.

He joins Integro from St Paul Traveler's UK, where he served as compliance officer for 10 years.


Charles Carter and Garth Bearman have joined the Donald Macdonald Partnership (DMP).

Their positions at DMP will combine advisory and marketing activity roles .

DMP advises insurance companies and other risk carriers on the structure of their reinsurance programmes.

FitzGerald Consulting
Graeme Shurben has joined FitzGerald Consulting as a senior consultant based in Newcastle.

He has 27 years' experience in loss adjusting, senior management and marketing.

Previously, he was a divisional director at QuestGates, a national account manager at GAB Robins and group quality control director at Miller Pycraft.

GAB Robins
GAB Robins has combined its insurance company and risk management services divisions to create GAB Robins North America, and has named Robert K Meyers president of the new unit.

Meyers joined GAB Robins in 2000 as executive vice president of business development.

Previously, Meyers was president of the company's insurance company services division and, prior to joining GAB Robins, he was a managing director for Marsh

Jelf Group
Mark Davis has joined Jelf Group as an independent financial adviser to bolster its presence in the Worcester area.

Davis has been in the financial services industry for more than 16 years, most recently with the Gloucester-based Brunsdon Group.


Alexander Forbes
Colin Goddard is regarded as one of the people responsible for attracting European football teams and players into the London Market in the early 1980s.

Recently, he was appointed to the specialist sports team at Alexander Forbes in London.

He will be working with Terry Machin and Larry Spurgeon to develop the portfolio of sports and personal accident business around the world.

Goddard is a sports personal accident specialist with more than 35 years' insurance broking experience.

He joins Alexander Forbes from Aon, where he was responsible predominantly for European wholesale sports business.

With in-depth knowledge of both club and individual sport personal accident business, Goddard has worked on a number of accounts involving world-renowned clubs and players.