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

Broker

MMA Insurance
Intermediary-only insurer MMA Insurance has appointed two new commercial development managers.

Paul Cavanagh and Paul Cousans will be responsible for the southern and northern regions respectively.

Both men have considerable commercial lines experience.

Centor
Chris Tebbitt will be joining Centor to head the company's newly-formed corporate risks division.

Tebbitt joins from Aon, where he worked for the past 10 years in various roles, including client director.

Moorhouse Group
Jan Wilkins has been appointed corporate client service director at Moorhouse Group.

Wilkins joined the group from Aon where she was client service director for Aon's Cardiff and Bristol operations.

In her new role, Wilkins will lead the new Moorhouse corporate division specialising in insurance solutions and risk management for larger businesses

Marsh
Marsh has appointed Mark Wylie as head of operations for client and market services in Norwich and Pune (India).

Wylie replaces Peter Nicholson, who retired earlier this year after following a 30-year career with the firm.

Wylie joins Marsh from a career with HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was head of credit card operations, responsible for three sites in the UK.

Insurer

Primary Broker Services
Primary Broker Services recently established a London office to develop opportunities locally and in the South East.

Dominic d'Inverno will head the business unit.

He has 17 years' experience in the general insurance industry and has been based in the London market for the past seven years, working for both brokers and insurers.

He is joined by technical underwriting manager Shaun Moulster, underwriting manager Jason Leist, and operations manager Andrew Costello.

R&SA
Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) has appointed Steve Hatherall as R&SA Risk Solutions account director.

Before joining R&SA, Hatherall worked as group insurance manager and head of group insurance and security at The Big Food Group.

Heritage Underwriting
Paul Battagliola is Heritage Underwriting's new operations director.

Battagliola began his insurance career with Hartley Cooper in 1979, then moved to Alexander Howden (later acquired by Aon) in 1984.

Marc McLean will join Heritage Underwriting Agency on 1 May.

He will be underwriting personal accident business for Syndicate 1200, a new line of business for the syndicate and for the agency.

HCC
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.

Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill's claims division has appointed David Watkins as technical claims manager.

Watkins has 12 years' experience in global risks, head office claims and UK property claims.

Validus
Validus Holdings has appointed Joseph Consolino as its chief financial officer and executive vice president of the company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Validus Reinsurance.

Legal

Forbes Solicitors
Chris Booth has been appointed a partner at Forbes Solicitors.

Booth, who joined Forbes in 2002, specialises in defendant insurer litigation and heads the fraud investigation unit.

Other

MSB
Canadian and US property data collection and management firm, Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MSB), has appointed Tony Boobier as vice president of its international solutions division.

Based in London, Boobier will develop the use of MSB's claims and underwriting systems in the UK and European insurance and reinsurance sectors, initially focusing on UK companies with a US property book of business.

Axiom Consulting
Specialist insurance services and consulting organisation, Axiom Consulting, has appointed Mark Sullivan as its head of claims.

Sullivan, the former head of reinsurance at Xchanging, has more than 16 years' experience in the Lloyd's and London insurance market in both technical and management positions.

Cadre CSM
Cadre CSM has appointed Ian Bullen as an adviser to the company.

Bullen will assist Cadre's business development within the insurance industry.

He has held senior management roles in companies such as Sherwood International, CSC, GE, Logica and Sirius Financial Solutions.

Claims management

Broker Assistance
Broker Assistance, a motor claims management company for brokers, has appointed Steve Rigby as its operations director.

Rigby is responsible for all operational functions within the company.

Before joining Broker Assistance, he was head of operations at RAC Claims Services.

Profile

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Colin Robertson is the new manager of Ecclesiastical Insurance's (EI) Gloucester underwriting centre.

He replaces Keith Hall, who will manage the company's Newcastle underwriting centre.

Robertson has nearly 20 years' insurance experience and, for the past four-and-a-half years, has been EI's assistant chief surveyor.

He worked with Allianz Cornhill for 15 years and was heavily involved in creating its underwriting academy.

Robertson is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a former chairman of the Association of Insurance Surveyors.

At Ecclesiastical, he will continue to build the firm's business relationships with more than 300 brokers throughout the South West and South Wales.

"I plan to continue to strengthen broker relationships and raise awareness of our specialist understanding of care home, charity and school insurance," Robertson says.

Out of the office, Robertson enjoys competitive yacht racing and has participated in many events, including the Fastnet Race.