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


Jelf has promoted group compliance manager Julia Samson to the new role of client services director within Jelf Insurance Brokers.

Mike Trevor, who was previously a compliance manager at the James Hay group of companies, will replace Samson as group compliance manager.

Parkwood Sinclair
Essex-based Parkwood Sinclair, a member of broking group Vega, has appointed Malcolm Allen as commercial claims handler.

Allen previously spent two years within the commercial fleet claims department of Highway Insurance.

At Parkwood Sinclair, Allen will have specific responsibility for commercial fleet claims, but will also be involved in property claims processing.

Alexander Forbes
Alexander Forbes Corporate Risk Solutions has appointed Kieran McHugh as its managing director for Ireland, based in Dublin.

McHugh joins after 20 years with Marsh in Dublin, where most recently he was deputy chief executive and managing director, corporate client practice.

Shane Bermingham is to launch the company's first Limerick office. Bermingham also joins from Marsh, where latterly he was business development executive.

Nick Saltwell has joined FMW as a trainee broker.

Saltwell has recently completed his A-Level exams.

Oval has recruited the following new staff to its Midlands corporate insurance team:

  • Terry Moyes in the new role of corporate regional servicing director, mainly responsible for the development of Oval's corporate service offering. He previously worked for Marsh in Birmingham.
  • Nigel Cunniffe as client director. He joins from Marsh in Leicester.
  • Craig Burton as regional broking director. Burton carried out a similar role for Marsh as part of its regional broking operation in Birmingham.
  • Moorhouse
    Simon Thomas has been appointed group commercial director of Moorhouse's new corporate division aimed at larger businesses in Wales.

    Thomas joins from Marsh, where he was associate business development director.

    HSBC Insurance Brokers
    HSBC Insurance Brokers has appointed the following:

    Christopher Jenkin and Mark Currie, reinsurance directors and Asia Pacific specialists from Miller Insurance.

    Currie joined the firm in October as associate director.

    Jenkin will join in January as a production director responsible for developing HSBC's reinsurance business presence in Asia.

    Edward Donne has also joined the company as divisional director within its professional indemnity practice. He was previously client services manager at Alexander Forbes Professions.

    Nigel Fretwell has also joined the company as global HR director. He was previously group employee relations director at Barclays.


    Joe Grasso, a maritime attorney and partner at US firm Thatcher Proffitt & Wood, has joined Amlin on a six-month secondment.

    Grasso has 20 years' international legal practice experience.

    Group Direct
    Motor insurer Group Direct has promoted Dave Gay to underwriting manager.

    Gay, who was previously motor underwriting manager at Hill House Hammond in Bristol, first joined Group Direct in March.


    Garwyn has recruited Capita's technical claims manager Chris Gibson as manager of its disease and illness unit in Harrogate.

    Geoff Lodge and Debra Smart have also left Capita to join Gibson at the unit.

    Additionally, Neil Hackett will become manager of Garwyn's disease and illness unit in Burton in January upon the official retirement of Ken Cole, who will stay on as a consultant.

    Roy Leighton has replaced Jonathan Bloomer as chairman of the Financial Services Practitioner Panel at the FSA.

    Bloomer will now become deputy chairman of the panel for one year.


    Brian Bendle
    Tyser UK, the retail broking division of Lloyd's broker Tysers, has appointed Brian Bendle as director of professional indemnity.

    Bendle joins Tysers after 19 years at Lloyd's broker CBC UK, where he was a director responsible for professional indemnity and directors' and officers' (D&O) liability.

    Bendle will build a team of executives over the coming months and focus on financial liability products, construction and miscellaneous professional indemnity.

    He will also develop a D&O liability account, including charity trustees and pension trustee liability. Focusing on the UK market, he will also assist colleagues in the development of other territories worldwide including the US and Canada.

    David Randle, managing director of Tyser UK, said: "We are delighted to welcome Brian to Tysers.

    "With his wealth of experience he is a valuable addition to our team and will play a key role in the expansion of our professional indemnity capability."

    When not working, Bendle can be found at the piano giving recitals, and accompanying choirs and instrumentalists around London.

    He has two daughters and lives with his partner in Kent, where he can regularly be found hacking around a golf course.