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


Marsh has appointed Simon Collings as leader of its UK employers' liability practice.

Collings has worked at Marsh since 1996, most recently as employers' liability practice placement leader.

Marsh has also appointed previous Barclays group chairman Sir Peter Middleton to the newly-created role of UK non-executive chairman.

CRS has appointed Clive Edwards as operations director playing a key role in the future introduction of its intermediary IT system.

Edwards has previously worked as an operational director at Miller, Marsh and most recently Willis.

Jelf has appointed Stephen O'Donnell in the new role of associate director of Jelf Insurance Brokers, based in Cardiff, part of Jelf's drive to increase its presence throughout Wales and the South West.

O'Donnell joins from Rees Astley, where he was a director.

Aon has appointed the following professional risks staff:

  • Birmingham: Nam Qureshi joins from Layton Blackham as client manager. James Frost has been promoted to a business development role.
  • Bristol: Karen Brown joins from Hayes Parsons as associate director; Kevin Palmer joins from SecureMove Property Services as client manager; Ed Varley joins from SBJ as client manager; Ben Waterton joins from Marsh as development executive.
  • Ryan Senior and Fiona Ward have been promoted to associate director and assistant client manager respectively.

  • Manchester: Helen Mortonson joins from HSBC Insurance Brokers as client manager; Gwyneth McShane joins from Marsh as assistant client manager. Natasha Johnstone has been promoted to assistant client manager, and client manager Simon Ong has transferred to the Manchester office from Aon in Wickford, Essex.
  • Insurer

    Allianz Cornhill
    Simon Cuthbert has been appointed regional business manager at Allianz Cornhill Engineering's Birmingham office.

    Cuthbert has over 10 years' experience in the engineering insurance and inspection market, nine of which have been spent at several Allianz Cornhill Engineering offices - most recently London.

    Beazley has appointed David Marock as claims team head of its specialty lines business.

    Marock joins from McKinsey & Company, where he was involved in the business transformation of major insurers in the London market.

    Catlin has appointed Michael Harper and Jean Claude Damerval as non-executive directors.

    Harper was formerly chief executive of Kidde.

    Damerval was previously group controller, managing director and chief executive for international operations at AXA.

    John Marion stepped down from Catlin's board on 14 July.

    Stephen Blasina has been appointed as manager of Chubb's specialty division with overall responsibility for Europe, based in London.

    Blasina was previously responsible for overseeing Chubb's specialty lines in the Asia Pacific region.


    Hextalls has recruited a new shipping and transport team consisting of the following:

    Partners - Dominic Lang, Paul Bugden, Jonny Duval and Alex Vassiliades, and solicitor - Lyn Misselbrook.

    All previously worked together at Stallards. Each of the partners has over 20 years' experience in shipping and transport law.

    Beachcroft Wansbroughs
    Simon Hodson has been appointed senior partner elect of Beachcroft Wans-broughs from 1 August, following Lord Hunt's decision to stand down.

    Hodson has been head of the firm's commercial division for the past three years. He will lead the firm with Paul Murray, litigation practice head, who became managing partner elect in May.

    Lord Hunt will continue as a partner with the firm to help build on the success of its financial services group, which also incorporates regulatory specialists Beachcroft Wansbroughs Consulting.

    Lawrence Graham
    Lawrence Graham has appointed David Breslin as a partner.

    Breslin, who joins from Baker & McKenzie, has a background in marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, trade credit insurance and insurance of financial and professional liability risks.


    Claims Management Group has appointed Mike Burrows as business development executive for its London market division.

    Burrows joins from Capita, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of sales processes, new products and distribution channels, and business-wide development strategies.

    Room Solutions
    Room Solutions has appointed Paul Saffer to its board, heading up the company's new projects delivery business unit.

    Saffer has 20 years' project delivery experience gained in London market insurance software houses.

    Insurance Compliance Services has appointed Richard Bruce as a member of the consultancy team providing support for existing and new clients in the North East.

    Bruce joins from Zurich, where he was compliance manager for the UK personal lines division.

    SEL-Imperial, the importer of crash repair and performance parts, has appointed Jeremy Bates as operations director. Jeremy has 18 years' motor industry experience.


    Colin Wallace
    Hiscox in Scotland has appointed Colin Wallace as manager of its art and private client division.

    Wallace will be responsible for the development of the art and private client business in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    Wallace, who will be based in Glasgow, was previously business development manager for accident and health at Ace European Group in Scotland.

    He said: "I am delighted to join the team at Hiscox and look forward to the challenge of further developing the business in the region".

    Away from work Wallace's time is mostly taken up by his young family, but when he gets the chance he enjoys music and is a 10 handicap golfer.

    He also enjoys football and is a keen Motherwell fan.