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


Alexander Forbes
Alexander Forbes Corporate Risk Solutions (AFCRS) has launched a specialist trade credit insurance and surety practice following the appointment of Paul Rowland and Andrew Clark from Atlas Risk Management.

AFCRS previously worked with Atlas to provide trade credit insurance and surety solutions to its corporate clients.

Additionally, AFCRS in Manchester has appointed Peter Mitchell from Heath Lambert.

Mitchell will be responsible for business development in the northern region, which covers Alexander Forbes' Manchester and Newcastle offices.

HSBC Insurance Brokers
Steve Robinson has joined HSBC Insurance Brokers as a senior development executive in its commercial risks division.

Robinson joins from Willis subsidiary SCR, where he was an executive director.

In his new role he will focus on kidnap and ransom and political and medical evacuation products.

Peter Clifford has also joined the company from Aon as assistant director, specie division, fine art and antique section.

RFIB has appointed Patrick Wadeson to its cargo team from Ropner Insurance Services.

ProAktive Risk
Yorkshire-based Rixon Matthews Appleyard (RMA) and Atkinson Smith, both part of the ProAktive Risk group, have made the following board level changes:

RMA managing director Rod Johnson takes on the newly-created post of ProAktive Group chairman. He will also retain his key account role at RMA.

RMA board member Clive Owen replaces Johnson as the company's managing director.

Owen first joined RMA in 1995 when Owen Insurance Services, the company he founded, merged with RMA.

Atkinson Smith in Doncaster has appointed Andy Morley as a director.

Morley first joined the company eight years ago, latterly being responsible for developing sales and marketing strategy and managing his own commercial client portfolio.

Towergate London Market
Alan Cockerill and Yvonne Young have joined Towergate London Market's motor fleet department as a renewals account handler and an account handler respectively.

Cockerill was previously a broking and schemes account handler involved with motor fleet risks at R L Davison.

Young joins Towergate following the company's acquisition of Bray Wintour Patis.


Richard Davey has joined Amlin as an independent non-executive director.

Davey, who has also joined Amlin's audit committee, held various roles at investment bank NM Rothschild until his retirement in 1999. He advised Lloyd's, and then Equitas, on the reconstruction and renewal proposals of the early 1990s.

Hugh Hayward has stepped down as active underwriter of Chaucer Syndicate 1084 for the 2006 year of account, to concentrate on the syndicate's marine division.

Until his retirement in 2007 Hayward will also support his successor, Bruce Bartell, in developing the syndicate's underwriting activities.

Hayward has also resigned as a director of Chaucer Holdings. He remains a director of Chaucer Syndicates.

Bartell was previously active underwriter of Syndicate 1096, which merged into Syndicate 1084 in 2003.

In other company moves, Chaucer Syndicates has promoted Janet Helson and Gina Butterworth to directors.

Helson will lead the development of Chaucer's third party syndicate management activities, while previous risk manager Butterworth becomes risk officer responsible for the company's business-wide risk management programme.

Medical insurer HSA has appointed Keith Blacker as director of group finance.

Blacker has previously worked at firms including Lloyds TSB, where he spent over 16 years within its insurance operation.

Towergate Partnership
Towergate Partnership has appointed Scott Bennett as customer relationship executive for its North region, based in Leeds.

Bennett joins from Yorkshire Building Society, having managed its Leeds city centre branch for the past 12 months. Prior to this, he spent 13 years with Hill House Hammond.


Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed professional indemnity specialist Dominic Dennis-Browne as a partner in its lawyers' liability group.

Dennis-Browne was previously head of professional indemnity at Hextalls.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has appointed David Tiplady to its insurance and reinsurance group.Tiplady, who was previously a partner with Kendall Freeman, played a leading role in the Lloyd's Names litigation during the 1990s.

He is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading reinsurance experts


Sarah Marchant has been appointed as account manager at Multiassistance, the property repair network.

Marchant joins from Hays Construction & Property, where she was a senior recruitment consultant for the past two years.


CMGL Corporate Risk Solutions

CMGL Corporate Risk Solutions is a new business unit specialising in the prevention, detection and investigation of business risks including insurance fraud and white-collar fraud.

The team is led by John Halls who returns to CMGL after six years at Omni Whittington and Axiom. He originally joined CMGL in 1994.

Halls is joined by Tony Brightwell and John Cassey. Brightwell previously worked with the Fraud Squad at New Scotland Yard. He is a recognised expert in developing anti-fraud measures and fraud investigation within the insurance industry. Cassey previously worked for HM Customs and Excise where he was involved in a number of high-profile cases involving white-collar fraud. He has also worked for a number of international companies as well as central and local government.

Many of the Corporate Risk Solutions team have worked together for over 20 years and all are forensic specialists with extensive experience in areas such as insurance, law enforcement, banking, accountancy, risk management and IT.