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


Heath Lambert
Heath Lambert has appointed Mark Hardinge as chief executive of its financial and professional risks operation.

Hardinge, who will commence his new role on 1 November, joins from Aon, where he was managing director of its professional risks division.

UK and Ireland
David Burgess has joined UK and Ireland Insurance Services' Altrincham team as commercial account handler.
Burgess joins from RK Harrison in Chester.

Smart and Cook
Smart and Cook has appointed David Wilson as branch manager of its Stockton office.

Wilson has spent his entire career at Willett and Ross (now the Folgate Partnership), most recently as director/account executive.

Marsh has promoted Alan Williamson to head of risk consulting for Europe and the Middle East.

Williamson previously led Marsh's UK risk consulting practice. This will now be headed by George Davies, the previous head of Marsh's private equity and mergers and acquisitions unit in the UK.

Felix Hufeld, chief executive of Marsh Germany/Austria and Northern Europe and chairman of Marsh Affinity in Europe, will also now chair and represent the risk consulting practice on Marsh's European and Middle East Executive Committee.

Marsh has also appointed Alix Seymour in the new position of marketing and communications manager for Medisure, its healthcare programme management arm.

Tim Fearnhead has been appointed chief executive of Glencairn SA, Glencairn's new subsidiary in Johannesburg, South Africa, which will initially focus on treaty and facultative reinsurance business.

Fearnhead was previously chief financial officer of Nedbank's risk division, responsible for the bank's insurance programme.

Angus Simpson, managing director of Glencairn, is to be non-executive chairman of Glencairn SA and Brian Seach, a former director of Glenrand MIB, will advise the new company in a non-executive capacity.


Towergate Partnership
Nick Houghton has joined Towergate as regional sales director for Northern England and Scotland.

Houghton has 15 years' insurance experience in a variety of roles at Zurich, Alexander Forbes and Marsh.

XL Insurance
XL London Market has appointed Michael Moss, David Scully, Clare Pardy, Susie Collier and Mark Bosshard to XL Insurance's fine art and specie unit.

David Rutley has joined HBOS General Insurance in the new role of sales and marketing director.

Rutley joins from Asda, where he was e-commerce and home shopping director.

Fusion has recruited Chris Dee as deputy liability underwriting manager and Andrew Champion as regional sales manager for Leeds.

Dee joins from General Re where he was a senior casualty underwriter, and Champion was previously European sales manager for Car Care Plan (General Motors).

Rob Chapman has also been promoted from deputy underwriting manager to regional underwriting manager at Fusion in Leeds.

Royal & SunAlliance
Royal & SunAlliance has appointed Nigel Fleet as claims supply chain director.

Fleet, who replaces David Neave in the role, has held previous industry roles at Prudential and AXA.

Allianz Cornhill Schemes
Niche insurance market specialist Allianz Cornhill Schemes has appointed

Paul Crump as risk and underwriting manager.

Crump previously spent two years at Fusion, where he was UK property manager.

Medical insurer Clinicare has recruited Angie Scaddan as business development manager for the South West.

Scaddan joins from SPS Wellbeing, where she was an account manager within its large corporate team.


Tam Barnes has joined Helphire as national insurer relations manager.

Barnes previously worked at Zurich, where she facilitated the company's membership of the ABI General Terms of Agreement and set up credit hire strategies.

Aascent has promoted Kevin Houghton to the new position of risk director.

Houghton, who previously managed Aascent's underwriting and risk team, will be responsible for finance and underwriting/risk services.

SEL-Imperial has appointed Gary Brench as business development director.

Brench was previously chief engineer at MMA.

John Earls, research section head at trade union Amicus, has joined the Financial Services Skills Council's board.

Earls is also a member of the FSA's advisory group on financial capability.

Huntswood has appointed Brian Millhouse as managing director for Scotland.

Millhouse was formerly an executive director at Vision Consulting.

Watson Wyatt
Watson Wyatt has appointed Motlatsi Mutlanyane to its investment strategy team.

Mutlanyane, who will be based in Reigate, joins from corporate finance advisory firm Legend Capital.

Also joining the team are William Rainey, previously of Hewitt Associates, and Shitang Lu, who joins from Cass Business School.


Les Brewin
Jelf has appointed Les Brewin as distribution development director to accelerate the company's merger and acquisition activity.

The company said Brewin's appointment was a key move in its commitment to growth in the South West and Wales.

Formerly a director at Royal and SunAlliance (R&SA) where he had worked since 1969, Brewin's principal role will be to promote Jelf's commercial proposition. Jelf said his experience, notably in shaping R&SA's commercial insurance operation in the West region following its restructure in 1996, made him the ideal candidate for the role.

Brewin said: "Jelf has the right balance of drive, ambition and prudence, all of which have led to its successful expansion. It's the calibre of organisation with which I want to be associated."

A 10-handicap golfer, Brewin also enjoys watching horse-racing and is a life-long Leicester City fan.