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


Intermediary only insurer MMA has appointed Neil Clements as its research and product development manager.

Clements has worked for MMA for eight years, in both IT and electronic trading.

Chubb Leeds has added to its development team with the appointment of Chris Stevenson as a commercial development underwriter

Stevenson was previously with Zurich and brings with him 17 years of property and casualty experience.

Sir Mark Wrightson has been appointed an independent non-executive director of Amlin.

Wrightson is the co-chairman of Close Brothers Corporate Finance, a subsidiary of the Close Brothers Group.

He was formerly chairman of the London Investment Banking Association corporate finance committee and a member of the takeovers and mergers panel.

Anglo Pacific Consultants
SME insurance underwriting agency Anglo Pacific Consultants has promoted Ian Russell to the board with effect from 1 April.

Russell has been with APC for 11 years and will adopt the role of underwriting director, overseeing the agency's underwriting activities.

HCC Specialty
HCC Specialty has appointed Robbie Wood as underwriter on its contingency account.

Wood has been writing contingency coverages since 1974 and joins from Zurich.

He is chairman of the Lloyd's Contingency Society.


Coface UK
Coface UK, a provider of credit solutions for business, has appointed Brian Tourle as risk manager, surety and specific risks.

Tourle will head up the team responsible for underwriting Coface UK's surety business lines, including performance bonds and travel bonds, and specific account credit insurance.

He has worked in business finance for more than 35 years and has experience in both banking and insurance.

Primary Group
International insurance distributor, Primary Group, has completed a restructure and strengthening of its retail broking division.

The restructure follows the acquisition of Vega (commercial broking) and Lorica (employee benefits broking).

Head office functions for these businesses will now be led from Lorica's base in Hartley Wintney.

David Battle has joined the division as managing director, commercial business and employee benefits.

He joins from AXA where he held senior management positions.

Keelan Westall
Independent commercial property insurance broker Keelan Westall has appointed Paul Ellis as sales manager.

Ellis is responsible for the Hampshire-based company's underwriting agency sales, plus strengthening the business development team and key broker accounts.

He has 18 years' direct sales experience and his previous roles include European sales and marketing director at Towry Law and senior account manager at First Choice Health.

Dallas Kirkland
Recruitment agency, Dallas Kirkland, has appointed Tony Robinson as a senior underwriting consultant.

Robinson, who spent 21 years at ITT London & Edinburgh and nine years at Ace European Group, is a specialist in primary liability.

He was vice chairman of the London Liability Group from 1992 to 1996 and was chairman from 1997 to 2000.


Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has appointed Tim Brown as its new senior partner.

Brown will succeed Paul Nicholas, who retires on 1 May.

Brown is chairman of the firm's managing board and head of insurance.

Corporate and commercial partner, Jonathan Watmough, has been appointed the new chairman of RPC's managing board.

Alan Millband has joined East Midlands firm Berryman as a partner.

He will head a new business defence unit in the firm's insurance team.

Millband has 20 years' experience in business defence and, prior to joining Berryman, he headed the Birmingham business defence unit at general insurance firm, Weightmans, where he was a partner for six years.


William Rogers Insurance Brokers
It's been 15 years since Sara Charlesworth left William Rogers Insurance Brokers to raise her family, but now she's back.

Charlesworth was William Rogers' first-ever employee when she joined the Penzance firm after completing her Youth Training Scheme qualifications.

Now, she has resumed her post in the firm's personal lines department, this time around as a personal insurance account handler.

Charlesworth says she is looking forward to meeting new customers and catching up with some old ones.

"I am really excited to be part of the team again, especially as I already know many of the people who work here," she says.

"The industry has changed quite considerably since I left in 1991, but the firm's philosophy remains the same, particularly when it comes to customer care."