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


Benfield Corporate Risk
Benfield Corporate Risk has recruited an eight-strong global energy casualty team.

Brian Richardson, Jim McGarey and Clive Millan will be based in London.

Richardson, who will be the team leader in London, was previously head of Aon's energy casualty team.

Millan also joins from Aon's energy casualty department, where he spent six years.

McGarey was previously a senior vice president at Marsh and managed its worldwide energy liability group in London from 2000 to 2005.

Anne Di Bella will be based in Bermuda. She previously spent ten years working in the Bermuda market for Marsh.

Other new team members Mary Di Fede and Sherrie Boatman will be based in

New York, and Mike Moran and Marlene McLoad will be based in Houston.

Lucas Fettes
Lucas Fettes in Manchester has appointed Andrew Geraghty to the new business team in its wholesale division.

Geraghty has 10 years' commercial insurance experience, gained from previous roles at Heath Lambert and Aon.

Miller Insurance has promoted the following staff at its Beckenham office:

  • Mark Addis to business development director;
  • Simon Curtis to claims director;
  • Lorna Prout to operations director;
  • Andrew Tamworth to business development director;
  • Lucinda Williams to associate client director.
  • Miller has also appointed the following new staff:

    Anj Chadha as associate director handling strategic accounts. Chadha joins from Aon in Sydney.

    Ralph Lepore as account broker looking after significant UK accounts. He joins from Marsh in London.

    Neil Russell as account broker working on strategic accounts. Russell joins from Marsh in Tunbridge Wells.

    Kirk Peattie and Phillip Knight have joined Towergate Underwriting Agency Management's sales team as area development managers.

    Both will market Towergate and external underwriters' facilities to the company's UK agency base.

    Peattie, who has worked for the past five years as an insurance recruitment consultant, will be based in the West Midlands region.

    Knight, who was previously a commercial account/sales executive at Country Mutual Insurance Brokers, will focus on the North West region.

    Central Insurance
    Alan Allsop has joined Aberdeen-based Central Insurance Services to take control of retail client management.

    Allsop joins from Royal & SunAlliance, latterly as schemes account manager in Oldham. He had worked at the insurer since 1978.


    Specialist Lloyd's insurer Advent has appointed Peter Stormonth Darling as a non-executive director.

    Stormonth Darling was chairman of Mercury Asset Management (now Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) from 1979 to 1992, and is currently a director of Merrill Lynch Asset Allocator.

    Stanley Zax, a non-executive director at Advent since 1999, has now left the company's board.

    Terry Dunning has joined Garwyn as divisional director, heading up the company's new construction division.

    Dunning, formerly director of construction at GAB Robins, will be based at Garwyn's new City office.

    HCC Insurance Holdings has made the following promotions as a result of its recent restructure of international operations:

    HCC Insurance Holdings (International):

  • Barry J Cook to chief executive;
  • Nicholas I Hutton-Penman to chief operating officer;
  • Brendan R Merriman to chief financial officer.
  • HCC International Insurance Company:

  • Charles L C Manchester to chief executive;
  • Michael L Onslow to senior vice president, A&H, property, marine and energy;

  • James R Davidson to senior vice president, credit and surety;
  • Tony Browne to vice president, professional indemnity.
  • Other

    Guardian Holdings
    Caribbean financial services firm Guardian Holdings has appointed David W Davies as a non-executive director.

    Davies was previously chief executive of Pearl Assurance, and is currently a Trustee of the British Telecom Pension Scheme.

    Darwin Rhodes
    Mark Sheldon has joined insurance recruiter Darwin Rhodes as a senior consultant based at its Leeds office.

    Sheldon, who joins from Hays Insurance in Leeds, will focus on senior appointments in the North England broking and underwriting markets.

    Martin Porthouse has also joined the company's Manchester office to recruit for the loss adjusting and claims sectors across the North of England.

    Motor repair trade body MVRA has appointed Len Worthington as its new regional manager, serving the company's members in Yorkshire, Humberside and North East England.

    Worthington was previously group operations manager for Gateshead-based Priory Motor Group.

    City law firm Kennedys has appointed Ian Reid as a partner in its construction and engineering group, specialising in contentious and non-contentious construction law.

    Reid joins from SJ Berwin.


    David Way
    David Way has been appointed to Alexander Forbes' expanding specialist energy team.

    He will work with Ian Curtin, managing director of the company's energy division in London, to develop the portfolio of power business around the world.

    Way joins from Heath Lambert, where he was latterly managing director of Heath Lambert Natural Resources, running the power and oil and gas teams.

    A power specialist with over 30 years' broking experience, Way has worked on power projects in the UK and worldwide.

    Way said: "I was attracted to Alexander Forbes' energy division by its drive and commitment to the energy sector."

    Way's hobbies include walking and climbing.

    He recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for a local charity, raising over £4,000.