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


Towergate has named Nigel Morris as its new group corporate account director, and Tony Lawrence as South East regional sales director.

Morris was previously managing director of commercial schemes, while Lawrence joins from RIAS.

Oval has appointed Julian Connor as senior development executive.
Connor, who will be based in Wakefield, will focus on the introduction of quality corporate business into the group.

Keelan Westall
Keelan Westall has appointed Nicky Pepper as sales director. Pepper previously managed corporate client accounts for Morgan Stanley and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Agency Underwriting
Agency Underwriting has appointed Stephan Byrd as regional development executive to spearhead its agency drive in the North of England.

Byrd is originally from South Africa, where he held similar roles, most recently at FMI in Johannesburg.

Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance has appointed Becky Blanchard as internal communications manager at its head office in Kingston, Surrey. Blanchard was previously communications manager at Orange.

Lloyd's has appointed Celia Denton, former Deloitte head of internal risk management, assurance and advisory practice, to the Council of Lloyd's.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Ali Sallaway as a partner from 1 May 2005.
Sallaway joined the firm in 1999 and specialises in reinsurance litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. She has acted on behalf of insurance, reinsurance and general commercial clients including Marsh and Lloyd's.

Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson has appointed Jamie Taylor as head of its motor claims fraud team. Taylor, who will be based at the firm's Liverpool office, was previously head of insurance claims fraud at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Birmingham.


MMB Compliance Solutions has appointed Dan Fergar as insurance consultant. Fergar joins from Edgar Hamilton, where he was compliance manager.

Alarm, the national forum for risk management in the public sector, has appointed former chairman Bob Cope as its interim chief executive.

Outgoing chief executive Simon Wills will continue to work for the association in a temporary capacity.

Jelf Group has appointed Mike Gough to the new role of managing director of its private clients division from
1 May 2005.

Gough has been at Jelf for nine years, most recently working to develop the private clients operation, particularly since the firm's acquisition of A Wills & Co in January.

Working Partners
Paul Ashcroft has joined Working Partners, a partner of Health for Industry, as client director.

Ashcroft joins from Mellon Human Resources and Investor Solutions.


Gordon Tulloch
Giles Insurance has appointed Gordon Tulloch as its new director of broking.
Tulloch, formerly property underwriting manager for Ireland at AIG, will become one of Giles' senior board members, taking responsibility for the firm's relationships with its network of insurers.

At AIG Tulloch successfully spearheaded the company's launch of terrorism cover in Ireland. Prior to this he was senior underwriting manager with St Paul Travelers.

Tulloch said: "Giles has quickly built up a reputation as a go-ahead company which has grown tremendously over the last few years.

I am looking forward to playing a key role as the company gears up for the next phase of its development."

Tulloch, who is originally from Ayr, will be based at Giles' Glasgow office. He is married with two daughters and his hobbies are rugby and golf.