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


The Folgate PartnershipJohn Crisford, formerly managing director of Heath Lambert UK, has joined the Folgate Partnership as business development director, based in Sevenoaks.The Folgate Partnership has also appointed Tony Gimple as group sales trainer. Gimple has 25 years' sales, marketing and management experience gained in financial services industries. Previous roles have included senior sales management for American Express and Legal and General, and consultancy in sales and business development.

Alexander ForbesAlexander Forbes has appointed Jannie Durand to its board as a non-executive director. Durand is currently the financial director of VenFin, which recently acquired 25% of the share capital in Alexander Forbes.


Lloyd'sLloyd's is sponsoring PhD courses at Cass Business School for two students. The students will spend up to three days a week working at Lloyd's.Yan Duan and Huijan Liu, both from China, will join Lloyd's risk management department and market risk and reserving unit respectively. Liu will carry out research on reserving and capital modelling, while Duan will look at how Lloyd's can better quantify aggregate risk exposure to the market.

AspenJames Few has been appointed as chief underwriting officer of Aspen Insurance Ltd, Aspen's Bermuda subsidiary.Few currently heads Aspen's property reinsurance activity. Aspen's senior property reinsurance underwriters Kate Vacher, Piers Vacher and Stefan Long will join Few in Bermuda.

BritBrit Insurance Holdings has appointed Richard Mander to write marine and energy liability business for Brit Insurance Ltd and Syndicate 2987.Mander was previously assistant liability and energy underwriter at Navigators Underwriting Agency.


HCL TechnologiesStuart Drew has joined HCL Technologies as managing director of its financial services practice. In his new role, Drew is responsible for insurance operations in the UK and Europe. He has 25 years' IT professional services experience. Dan Morris has been appointed corporate vice president of HCL Technologies' global insurance business. Morris joined HCL two years ago, following 17 years at Acc-enture as a partner in its financial services operating group.


IT SolutionsOutsourced IT claim handling service provider IT Solutions has appointed Beena Jotangia as general manager of its domestic insurance division.Jotangia has previously worked with Cox Insurance.

Crawford & CompanyClaims management solutions provider Crawford & Company International has recruited Nick Michell and David Damsell to its UK corporate and major incident team.Michell will be based in the Midlands with UK large loss responsibility. He was formerly head of relationship management at Norwich Union.Damsell will focus on structural engineering and surveying capabilities. He has 30 years' experience in building and structural engineering.

A Sure TalentSpecialist insurance business solutions consultancy A Sure Talent has appointed Marc Wilson as London branch unit manager.Wilson will be responsible for driving the business development and expansion of the business model within the UK. He has 14 years' experience in the legal expenses market and joins from Abbey Legal Protection.


Scott MillsJardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has appointed Scott Mills as London motor broking director.Mills has been in the motor fleet insurance business for 12 years. He has worked for underwriters Corinthian & Wellington and gained motor broking experience with Holmans. Most recently, he was senior motor broker with Thompson Heath & Bond.Mills said, "I am delighted to be joining a forward-thinking organisation, and look forward to the superb opportunity that exists within JLT."Mills' hobbies are golf, reading and gardening.