Who's moving where

Law firm Prettys expands insurance divisionPrettys has made two new appointments within its insurance divison.

Solicitor Michelle Bucknall and Nicola Hook-Child, a member of the Institute of Legal Executives, will be working alongside partner Cordelia Rushby for a number of corporate insurers.

Hook-Child has more than six years' experience, working in the City and West End for a variety of insurers, and Bucknall joins from a national firm where she gained extensive experience representing employers and local authorities, in particular handling stress and industrial disease claims.

Allianz Cornhill
Jason Hawksworth has been appointed Allianz Cornhill development manager,

Leeds. He joined Allianz Cornhill in February 2002 as a business developer in Leeds and was quickly promoted to key account developer. Prior to this he was with CU (now part of Norwich Union), latterly as business account manager in Yorkshire. More recently he was with Rarrigini & Rosso, initially as an area sales manager and then business development manager.

AXA UK has appointed Philippe Maso y Guell Rivet as group finance director for AXA UK. Prior to this appointment, Maso was head of group corporate finance for AXA in Paris. He replaces Paul Evans who was recently appointed chief executive of AXA Sun Life.

Maso has been with AXA for more than six years, as part of the group corporate finance department. He joined the group following the merger with UAP in 1997.

He also spent six years with Mazars, a French audit and consulting firm, where he spent time as a consultant mainly in Paris and Dusseldorf.

Intermediary-only insurer MMA Insurance has appointed Anthony Lewis as its motor manager to lead the private and commercial motor underwriting teams. Lewis has 16 years' experience in general insurance having held various positions in underwriting, pricing and account management with Allianz Cornhill and NIG/Churchill.

Loss Recovery Group
James Barder, a founder and former shareholder of Aon Re Special Risks has joined the board of underwriting agency, Loss Recovery Group (LRG) as an executive director.

He will advise LRG on alternative risk financing models and corporate governance for the business.

He has more than 20 years' experience of reinsurance broking at Lloyd's. He was one of the founders of Seascope Special Risks, which became Aon Re Special Risks when acquired by The Aon Corporation.

Simon Townsend joins as business development manager. He will be responsible for the growth of LRG's broker business in the southern region.

Townsend joins LRG from Norwich Union where he was sales operations manager for the Ford Insure Scheme.

The Bollington Group
Nicola Houghton has joined the claims department of North West based broker The Bollington Group.

She has been working in the insurance industry for six years and will be assisting in the development of its claims service.

Rees Astley
Rees Astley in Mid Wales and the Borders has appointed Chris Martin to run its Aberystwyth branch.

Martin who has 25 years' experience of the insurance industry, takes up the new post of manager with Rees Astley with the aim of continuing the company's growth in Ceredigion.

Previously, he worked for Eagle Star, Northern Star and Commercial Union before becoming regional director for a Shropshire broker.

Winchester White
Winchester White announces the promotion of Aileen Croft to managing consultant.

She joined Winchester White five years ago after successful periods in strategy consulting and life and pensions management with Abbey Life.

The growth of the Halifax based insurance and risk management company Wilby has been boosted by the arrival of two new senior corporate client brokers.

David Pickles and Gillian Sloman were previously directors of Smith Blamires Group, Huddersfield which had acquired their original company, Bailey Sloman (Insurance Brokers) in 2001.

Sirius Financial Systems has announced the third sales appointment in its recent recruitment drive, with Mark Rogers joining from Misys.

Rogers joins the UK systems division as a Sirius for Broking sales consultant focusing on the East Midlands region.

He brings extensive market knowledge as an underwriter, broker and systems consultant gained over 20 years within the insurance industry.

Forbes, the North West law firm, announces that David Yates has become an associate of the firm.

Yates, who is based at Forbes' Blackburn office, joined the firm in 1993 and qualified in 1995.

Seven other senior solicitors based in Forbes' offices have also become associates of the firm, which now has 23 partners and 26 associate solicitors covering a wide range of specialist areas of the law.

Credit Insurance Consultants
Mark Fleeman has been appointed director of Credit Insurance Consultants in Leeds. Credit Insurance Consultants is part of the Harrogate based Smart and Cook Group.

Fleeman has been with Credit Insurance Consultants for eight months as an associate director.

He has more than ten years' sales experience within the credit insurance industry working for such companies as Jardine Credit and TDF. Prior to that he worked for a major bank in business lending.

Glencairn Affinity
Glencairn Affinity has appointed Robert Duff as a principal.

He has 15 years' experience of insurance business processes, client relationship management and consultant to large and medium national and multinational companies.

In January 1999 Duff established ART Capital, an internationally active insurance and risk financing consulting business where he continues his role as managing director.

Company focus

Citybond makes three senior appointments
Following continued expansion and the recent acquisitions of the Suretravel and TPG retail schemes, Citybond has made three senior appointments.

Anil Kumar, a chartered accountant (formerly with KPMG and mining concerns in Central Africa) has joined the company as group finance director.

Andrew Ing previously managing director of the Travel Insurance Club has been appointed commercial manager, overseeing the development of new schemes.

Debbie Connolly, previously claims manager at TPG, joins as operations manager with responsibility for the running of the Citybond call centre and customer services department.