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


John Davies has joined THB Motor Fleet, the wholesale motor fleet broking operation. Davies was formerly deputy chairman of RL Davison & Company.

Cooper Gay
The Cooper Gay Group has announced that David Gay, who founded the company with Derek Cooper in 1965, has stepped down as a non-executive director of Cooper Gay (Holdings). His remaining shares have been bought back by the company.

Smart and Cook
Smart and Cook has announced the appointments of Alan Douglas and Janice Reilly, both formerly of Heath Lambert, who join the Edinburgh team of National Brokerage Smart and Cook (Scotland).

Douglas will join as branch director and Reilly as an associate director.

JR Clare
JR Clare Underwriting Agencies has appointed David Phillips and Danny Rose as senior UK commercial property underwriters. Both Phillips and Rose join from Cox Insurance.

Oval has appointed Howard Pepper as managing director of its corporate business. Pepper, who will be based in Leicester, will also be responsible for the East Midlands division. Nick Lunson has also joined

Oval to head its financial lines unit.

Allen & Allen
Quotea, the online network of dedicated motor insurance websites operated by Allen and Allen, has appointed Dave Beynon as its new online development officer.

Beynon joins from McLaren Cars Ltd where he developed the company intranet from inception.

Willis has strengthened its expertise in the field of solicitors' professional indemnity with the appointment of Trevor Moss. Moss previously headed Alexander Forbes' solicitors/international professional indemnity division.s


Hiscox has appointed leading auctioneer, Andrew Cheney,in the new role of senior risk management surveyor. Cheney joins from Rowley Fine Art Valuers and Auctioneers. He has appeared as a valuer and auctioneer for the BBC Flog it! and Bargain Hunt programmes as well as acting as an appraiser on the US version of Antiques Roadshow.


Mansion House Executive
Specialist insurance search firm Mansion House Executive has appointed former British Insurance Awards 2003 Young Achiever of the Year Terri Grainger to their Birmingham office as consultant. Mansion House also strengthened its London-based team in early 2005 with the appointments of Michelle Hannen and Nathan Franklin-Stokes.

Jelf Group has appointed Matthew Burman as an independent financial consultant at its Cheltenham office. Burman previously worked in the Jelf sales team for three years.

The Misys User Group, an independent organisation made up of Misys system users, has appointed The Insurance Centre's John Regan as National Chairman. Regan was previously the

User Group's North West regional chairman.

Janice Whitelock

Primary Broker Services has appointed Janice Whitelock as senior underwriter at its new regional base in Bristol.

Whitelock brings her local knowledge to the role, having lived in Bristol since 1982. She has substantial commercial market experience and has worked for ACE Europe and more recently AXA, where she was senior underwriter for four years.

She will develop the company's business in the South-West and South Wales area as part of PBS's growing commitment to this region.

Whitelock said, "I'm determined to make the Bristol office an important part of the PBS success story."

Whitelock is a huge Bristol Rovers fan and season ticket-holder, and her ambition is to manage the team for a day. She also enjoys watching other sports on TV including rugby, snooker and cricket.