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


Alan Boswell
Alan Boswell Insurance and Financial Services has announced six senior promotions at board level across three of its divisions.

John Whitehead, previously a board director of Alan Boswell & Company (ABCO), the group's financial services division, will become its managing director replacing Gary Steward, who is retiring.

Former ABCO associate director John Pullin will become a full board director, as will Chris Gibbs and Ian Payter, while David Tuttle becomes a board director of Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers (ABIB).

Andrew Dowler, of Attleborough-based Alan Boswell Insurance Services (ABIS) has been appointed its managing director.

Broker Network
Mark Farrimond has been appointed as northern sales manager by Broker Network. Farrimond was formerly of Wigan broker, Kerwin Smith.

Farrimond has previously worked for Norwich Union and Ace Europe.

James Shearing has been appointed account executive at FMW.

Shearing joins FMW from EIG Ansvar in Australia. Prior to his time in Australia, he was deputy underwriter for Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management .

Footman James
Footman James has announced the appointment of Clair Hayward as operations director. Haywood, who joined the company at the beginning of December, has worked as a key account manager with both CGU and Allianz.

Evolution Underwriting has appointed Lee Batehup as commercial underwriter.

Batehup's key responsibilities will include handling new and existing business for both property and liability. He will also help develop relationships with Evolution's 250 provincial commercial insurance brokers.

Prior to joining Evolution, Lee worked as commercial underwriter for NIG in Maidstone.


Allianz Cornhill
Allianz Cornhill Legal Protection has appointed Carl Petch as before the event claims handler. He will be dealing with claims covered under the legal expenses insurance section of the household policies.

Petch joins from the DAS motor and personal injury area.

Brit Insurance Holdings has announced three key appointments to its Manchester team.

Neil Lyons, who has over 16 years of experience in the insurance industry, joins

Brit as liability underwriter from Lucas Fettes & Partners where he was wholesale broking manager.

Martin Hyde, who has 15 years of industry experience, will become commercial combined underwriter.

Maureen Owen, who has been acting appointed north west regional manager and has over 25 years of experience within the commercial insurance sector, has now been permanently appointed to the role.

Kiln has appointed Paul Hewitt and Paul Wilson as non-executive directors of Kiln plc. The appointments are effective from 1 January 2006,

Hewitt and Wilson become members of the company's audit and risk committee and its remuneration committee.

Hewitt is a chartered accountant and former finance director for a number of UK listed companies including RAC. He is deputy chief executive of the Co-operative Group and a director of the Co-operative Bank.

Wilson is a former director and partner of Bain & Co.

PBS Scotland
Primary Broker Services (PBS) has recruited Frank Sheridan for the post of business development manager - Scotland. Sheridan will be based in the company's Glasgow office.

Diane Harding has been appointed deputy claims manager at Markel International. Harding joins Markel International from Downlands Liability Management, where she held the position of head of reinsurance claims.

Wellington Underwriting Agencies has announced the appointment and promotion of several personnel.

In the marine sector, Peter McIntosh, will assume the role of divisional underwriter responsible for the marine hull and short tail marine, cargo, specie and marine excess of loss accounts.

McIntosh is chairman of the London Joint Hull Committee as well as a member of the LMA marine committee.

Chris Wildee has been appointed divisional underwriter responsible for energy property.

Stuart Rae, who has recently joined Wellington from Swiss Re, has become a member of the liability team.


Beachcroft Wansbroughs
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited Patrick Hill as a partner in its 80-strong Professional and Financial Risks Group.

Hill's appointment follows the arrival of reinsurance specialist, David Tiplady, in December and professional risks partner, Tracey Butcher, in October.

Hill, formerly a senior lawyer at Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw has acted for accountants, surveyors, financial advisers and insurance brokers, as well as handling D&O and financial services-related claims.


La Playa
Cambridge-based broker La Playa has expanded its high net worth private client team with the addition of Sue Ephgrave and Amy Bridger as account executives.

Well on the way to achieving ACII status, Sue Ephgrave joins them from Willis, having previously worked in the farms and estates and then the high net worth teams at Marsh Private Clients.

Ephgrave has spent some time living in Spain and is learning Spanish. She is also interested in the performing arts and is currently rehearsing for the musical Follies. As Ephgrave is a keen yachtswoman, she will be especially well qualified to look after the marine side of high net worth clients' insurance.

"I particularly enjoy working in such a friendly and professional environment, and receiving such positive feedback from clients about our service," says Ephgrave

Also training for ACII qualification, Bridger was a technical underwriter at NIG in Peterborough, specialising in Electronic Data Interchange. Prior to that she worked at Countrywide Insurance Marketing.

Bridger's passion for fine art, interior design and architecture makes her well-placed to work with La Playa's property portfolio, much of which includes art collections and period buildings.