Direct Group
Direct Group has appointed Peter Cartwright as commercial director.

Direct GroupDirect Group has appointed Peter Cartwright as commercial director.Cartwright, previously sales and marketing director for GMAC UK, has 16 years' experience in the UK motor finance industry. Prior to joining GMAC, he worked for Mercantile Credit, Woodchester Finance and GE Custom Finance.

Allan Chapman & JamesColchester-based media specialist broker Allan Chapman & James has made several appointments.Simon Miller, previously business development manager with The Davis Group, has been appointed corporate sales director.Joe Freebody, previously head of risk management at Crowe Insurance Group, takes on the newly-created role of operations manager.Neil Horsfall, previously a loss adjuster with Capita Insurance Services, has taken on a new role as claims team leader. has appointed Ian Boys to the newly created role of systems trainer.Boys has joined, part of Cox Insurance, from MMA Insurance, where as a broker network manager he was in charge of the broker training programme for the agency network. At his responsibilities include designing and delivering regular training to brokers on how to use the online system and developing new training initiatives.

NIGSteve Symonds has joined NIG's commercial division as regional manager of the Redhill office. Symonds has 29 years' experience in the commercial insurance industry, most recently as manager of Scottish General Insurance Company, based in Glasgow.

AXAAXA has made three senior appointments within its commercial management team.Chris Brown has joined AXA in the newly-created role of national sales director. Brown has joined from Royal & SunAlliance. David Aiston will be taking the role of regional director, north. Aiston has been with AXA since 1999. Before that he spent ten years at CGU.Martyn Grime will be taking the role of regional director, south. Grime has worked for Guardian Royal Exchange and then AXA for the last 25 years.

CignaCigna International Expatriate Benefits has appointed Teresa Rogers to the newly-created role of director, international client management, Europe.Rogers is responsible for client management for Cigna's European client base and development of a European account management team. She will work closely with sales directors in London, Madrid, Munich, The Hague and Zurich. Rogers has eight years' account management experience in international private medical insurance, including roles with Aon Consulting.

AceAce European Markets has appointed Neal Hayward to the newly created position of vice president, property department.Operating from Ace European Markets' London branch, Hayward takes responsibility for underwriting UK, European and international excess of loss property business. He has joined Ace from XL Re, London, where he was managing a portfolio of international property business. Prior to that he spent 11 years at Chaucer Syndicate.

Ingham & CoIngham & Co (Liabilities) has appointed John Mason to the newly created position of business development manager. Mason will be responsible for developing relationships with Ingham's intermediary panel, and with insurers and underwriters, as part of a long-term expansion plan.Prior to joining Ingham & Co, Mason was the regional liability and construction underwriter for The Underwriter Insurance Company, based in Leeds. Before that he was regional underwriting manager for Chartwell Underwriting following 12 years with Norwich Union.

Heritage Managing AgencyHeritage Managing Agency has appointed Nick Jones as the deputy underwriter of Lloyd's Syndicate 1200. Jones has been with the syndicate since May 2003 and was formerly commercial lines underwriter at Faraday. He will support active underwriter Les Rock in underwriting the £118m stamp capacity for 2004.

Vizards WyethBruce Hall, a senior solicitor, will be joining Vizards Wyeth's city office in Lime Street. Hall will be working alongside Vizards Wyeth partner Anne Davies helping to develop new and existing clients.

Berryman ShacklockSpecialist insurance lawyer Stephen Robb has joined as partner in the insurance department at Nottingham law firm Berryman Shacklock.Robb has experience in public liability, employers' liability, motor and fraud claims. He has joined from national insurance firm Weightman Vizards, where he was responsible for complex motor claims for clients including Zurich and AXA Corporate Solutions, as well as direct instructions from local authorities and loss adjusters.

MisysMisys has extended its FSA business unit with the appointment of a new regulatory support consultant, Bernie Leech. Leech has more than 25 years' insurance experience. He spent the majority of his career in underwriting and electronic trading development at Eagle Star, before joining Misys to manage the testing of an OASys development project.

Albis AssociatesAdrian Butland, chief executive of Underwriting Management, has entered into a co-operation agreement with insurance services company Albis Associates, with Butland taking on the role of managing partner at Albis. Butland started his insurance career in 1970 when he joined the Lyon Underwriting Box at Lloyd's. He then spent ten years working for HS Weavers (Underwriting) Agencies. In 1989 he joined Additional Underwriting Agencies (No4), where he handled syndicates in run-off. In 1990 Butland formed London Underwriting Services. In 2000 he formed Underwriting Management.

Primary Broker ServicesPaul Bennett has joined Primary Broker Services as business development manager.In his new role, Bennett is responsible for establishing and developing broker relations across the North East. He was previously an account manager at Norwich Union, Leeds, where he worked for ten years

PractivPractiv, a provider of consultancy, IT and marketing services to the insurance sector, has appointed Paul Smee as a non-executive director.Smee started his career in 1978 when he worked as a civil servant in the Department of Trade and Industry. In 1988 he moved to the London Stock Exchange, where he held a number of appointments, including head of international relations. In 1994 he went to the ABI as head of life insurance and then moved to the Independent Television Commission, where he was director of regions and public affairs. Smee has been director general of AIFA since September 1999.

ABS Accident SolutionsABS Accident Solutions has made two new appointments.Jackie Woolley has been promoted to become the quality control manager at the Northwich offices of ABS. Woolley's new responsibilities include implementing and managing ISO accreditation, looking after the company's disaster recovery plan and handling training.Kevin Hesketh, who has previously held the roles of technical services manager and national network manager at ABS, has rejoined the company after a period of 18 months. He is providing part-time assistance as technical services adviser to manager Richard Miles in the ABS technical services department.

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