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


Neil Hopkins has joined Willis's London bloodstock and livestock insurance operation. He will head up an initiative to provide insurance services to clients in the fast-growing global aquaculture sector.

Hopkins brings unique experience and expertise to Willis, having worked exclusively in this class of business in the London insurance market for the past 21 years.

Tysers, the Lloyd's and international insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Bill Main as its first non-executive director.

Main, a chartered accountant, joins the company after a career in international banking and with Scottish Widows Group, where he was a main board director.

HSBC Insurance Brokers
HSBC Insurance Brokers has recruited Pauline Marsh and Alex Christians to its corporate finance team.

Marsh has over seven years' post qualification experience in private practice.

Christians is a secondee from the corporate department of Richards Butler Solicitors and has advised on a wide variety of acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint ventures.

JLT Risk Solutions
JLT Risk Solutions has recruited a number of partners to its expanded energy business unit. They include Jeremy Swan, former managing director of Aon Energy. He will head up the onshore property and casualty sectors. Paddy McMurray and Rupert McKenzie, from Aon, join him.

Other recent partner appointments are:

  • Richard Scott, from Aon, who will focus on business development in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and former states of the Soviet Union •James Craven, from Heath Lambert who will develop business throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe
  • Robert Atkinson, from Millers, who will focus on client service
  • Chris Benton, from Marsh, who now provides an offshore casualty capability. He is joined by former colleague Graham Long.
  • Central Insurance
    Aberdeen based Central Insurance Services has appointed two new associate directors.

    David Binnie and Darren James move up to their new positions following a number of years with the company.

    Binnie has worked for the broker since 1997, and is a specialist in oil and gas industry insurance and insurance relating to international business. James has been with the company since 2000 and has expertise in the development of new business, particularly in the corporate sector.

    Olivia Dickson and Paul Manduca have joined Aon Ltd's board as non-executive directors.

    Dickson is a member of the determinations panel of the Pensions Regulator and a senior adviser to the FSA.

    Manduca was chief executive of the asset management businesses of Threadneedle and Rothschild.

    He is currently a non-executive director of WM Morrison Supermarkets.


    Amlin Credit
    Amlin Credit has appointed Ray Massey as risk director. He joins Amlin from AIG, where he was responsible for client relationships and risk strategy for its trade credit portfolio.

    Roger Bullows has been appointed as risk consultant to ensure continuity with major clients and a smooth handover of responsibilities. Bullows has over 40 years' trade credit experience.

    Allianz Cornhill LP
    Allianz Cornhill Legal Protection has appointed Rachel Bartlett as a before-the-event claims handler. She will be dealing with claims covered under the legal expenses insurance section of household policies.

    Bartlett has five years' experience of handling household claims in senior positions.

    Legal expenses insurer 80e has announced two new management roles. Phil Bellamy is promoted to operations manager and George Bladon is promoted to sales manager.

    Bellamy worked in various underwriting positions for 18 years with DAS. For the last four years he was assistant underwriting manager.

    Bladon was with DAS since 1988. He started in the claims department then joined 80e in 2001 and became assistant sales manager in 2003.

    Towergate Underwriting
    Towergate Underwriting Agency Managerment has appointed Steph Harvey and Peter Scowcroft as internal account executives responsible for assisting the external sales team, and supporting product campaigns and marketing activity.


    Clyde & Co
    Clyde & Co has appointed Graeme Baird as a partner in its insurance group.

    Baird comes from Hill Taylor Dickinson where he spent 18 years working on major international insurance disputes, including marine and war risks, energy, construction all risks, political risks, goods in transit, fraud investigation and professional indemnity.

    Kennedys has appointed Jonathan Raynes as a partner in the construction team. Raynes, a solicitor-advocate for civil proceedings in the higher courts, joins from Ashurst.

    He has more than 10 years' experience litigating in the construction, power, oil and gas and engineering sectors, as well as the health industry.

    Berrymans Lace Mawer
    Berrymans Lace Mawer has appointed Alistair Kinley as head of policy development. He will be responsible for the firm's engagement with government departments and regulators on key issues affecting the firm and its insurance clients.

    He joins after 10 years at the ABI , where he led policy development on a range of civil justice issues, notably conditional fees and costs.


    Janet Connor has been appointed managing director of RIAS, the over 50s specialist insurer.

    She was previously at Abbey where she was most recently the director in charge of the Abbey Wrap Platform.

    She joined Abbey in 1990 and held a number of director level positions during her career. Prior to her role as director in charge of the Abbey Wrap Platform, she was bank marketing director reporting to the managing director of the retail bank.

    She has an in-depth understanding of business-to-consumer sales and marketing, customer relationship management, cross-selling and brand development.

    RIAS chairman Barry Smith commented: "We are thrilled that Janet will be joining us, bringing her knowledge and skills to build on this success, in line with our ambitious plans for the business."

    Connor said: "This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and vibrant team which has achieved substantial success in the over 50s market. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the company through the next stage in its development."