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


Emma Cairns has been appointed as account handler within the property and corporate risks team of Essex-based broker FMW Risk Services.

Cairns has 10 years' commercial insurance experience.

Alexander Forbes
Alexander Forbes Risk Services has appointed Stewart McCulloch to the new role of head of operations. McCulloch joins from Willis, where he was service development director, global operations.

Alexander Forbes has also appointed Tony King as account executive and client services manager for Manchester and the North. King has 40 years' industry experience and joins Alexander Forbes from Dickson Manchester.

Towry Law
Scott Farrell has joined Towry Law Professions from Hanover Park Commercial.

As a senior account handler based in Towry Law's London office, Farrell will focus on clients in the legal and accountancy arenas.

With 15 years' experience in the industry, his previous experience includes both underwriting and broking in various professional indemnity markets.

John Reynolds Group
The John Reynolds Group has been purchased by a management buy-out team consisting of Paul Martin and Martin Davey, both current directors of the company; and Peter Hodgson, previously branch director at Aon Trade Credit Manchester.

Martin and Hodgson take the roles of joint managing directors. Martin is responsible for group development and Hodgson is in charge of group operations. Davey will continue to lead the servicing team within the credit division of the company.

Current directors of general and personal insurance businesses Alex Robertson and Mark Jaworski will also continue in their roles. Jim Roberts, who has stepped down as managing director, remains in the business in a consultancy capacity. Chairman Neil Shaw, after more than 50 years in the company, has retired.


Zurich Global Corporate
Zurich Global Corporate UK (ZGC) has appointed Mike McPhee as head of special projects.

McPhee joins ZGC from Mactavish. His new role will be to work with customers and underwriters to provide bespoke underwriting solutions.

Groupama Insurances has appointed Alistair Sclare as head of healthcare.

Sclare will join on 14 March from FirstAssist, where he is private medical insurance underwriting manager.

He will lead Groupama's specialist health insurance underwriting activities and will be based within the company's healthcare centre in Tonbridge, Kent.

MMA Insurance
Intermediary-only insurer MMA Insurance has appointed Christine Bennett as its customer service manager.

Bennett has 14 years' experience of managing call centres. She was based at Prudential Assurance for 10 years.

Fortis Insurance
Fortis Insurance has recruited four new managers.

Dave Swann, ex head of motor underwriting at Eagle Star, joins as head of motor development. Swann has 30 years' industry experience.

Phil Nicholls becomes head of household development. Nicholls joins from Groupama, where he was charged with underwriting performance and development of large household accounts.

Jonathan Dixon comes to Fortis after 16 years with Royal & SunAlliance, where he was most recently responsible for managing corporate relationships with key accounts. In his role as business manager, Dixon will focus on affinities and financial services markets.

Lorraine Sturrock becomes marketing manager. She has 25 years' marketing and product development experience in the financial services industry. She was formerly a senior product manager with HSBC.

Highway has appointed Tony Alborough as underwriting operations audit manager.

Alborough has been with Highway since 1996, prior to which he was employed with Pegasus Motor Policies. His previous role was section leader, which involved auditing and developing the company's bordereaux business.


Polaris has appointed Peter Knowles as strategy and marketing director. Knowles previously held roles in the intermediary, marketing and IT divisions of Norwich Union (NU).

Polaris has also said farewell to Phil Nunn, who returns to NU following his secondment period.


Rainbow International
Disaster restoration specialist Rainbow International has appointed Nick Jeffrey to its team of national accounts managers.

Jeffrey has previously worked for Schroders and Siemens Finance.

Peter Green has joined Premex, a medical reporting organisation, as IT director.

Green previously worked at Amey Vectra and IBM.

ISS Damage Control
Disaster recovery specialist ISS Damage Control has appointed Richard Storton as technical sales engineer.

Storton will be based in Skipton and will cover the North of England. He will provide support to loss adjusters and corporate clients.

HarpersUK has appointed Jason McSorley as operations manager.

McSorley is responsible for the development of the company's engineering service and associated web-based business solutions.

He has 17 years' experience in the motor trade, with six years in managing sales and developing business opportunities for Audatex (UK).


Damian Allen
RAC Auto Windscreens has appointed certified accountant Damian Allen to the new role of commercial analyst.

Allen was previously a senior commercial analyst with Ventura. In his new role, he is responsible for point-of-sale pricing and ensuring that RAC Auto Windscreens remains competitive in the marketplace.

Based at the company's head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, he will also work closely with the account management teams for the fleet and insurance sectors.

Allen said: "The opportunity to become an integral part of the commercial decision-making process in the business attracted me to the new role at RAC Auto Windscreens. The role represents a real challenge; one that I can give my own identity."

In his spare time, Allen plays with his six-year-old son's Scalextric, PlayStation and Star Wars action toys. He also enjoys DIY and the countryside.