St Paul International Insurance makes senior appointments

St Paul International Insurance made three senior appointments.

Max Harwood joins as reinsurance manager in charge of outward reinsurance programmes having previously worked at Zurich and Eagle Star.

Marion Deacon joins as technical trainer to improve levels of underwriting knowledge and expertise within the organisation. She has worked at Sun Alliance, Avon and MMA.

Both are based at The St. Paul's operational headquarters in Redhill, Surrey.

Ross Bradley joins as risk manager and is based in Scotland.

Bradley previously worked as an operational fireman for Strathclyde Fire Brigade and for Macfarlane Packaging in Glasgow.

Zenith Commercial

Nicholas Wright has been appointed as regional sales and operations manager at the Maidstone office of Zenith Commercial.

He will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of sales, agency and operational strategies within the region.

He joins Zenith from Primary Broker Services where he was sales director.

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual has appointed general manager Bob Newton as a main board director, following the retirement of main board director Roger Cadbury.

Newton joined

NFU Mutual in 2001 to head its general insurance division.

Prior to that he had been general manager at CGU and helped oversee its merger with Norwich Union in 2000.

Highway Insurance

Highway Insurance Holdings has appointed Philip Lampshire as company secretary and compliance director.

A qualified barrister, he has held various compliance and legal advisory positions including compliance officer of Lloyds

TSB. He joins Highway from Lawshare, a niche stockbroker, where he was company secretary and compliance officer.


Cox has appointed Paul Dodds and Colin Charles as joint managing directors of its business-to-business (B2B) division.

They will have joint responsibility for developing the strategy and operations for the division.

Charles, a chartered accountant, joined Cox in 1996 as a special projects director.

Subsequently, as acquisitions director, he managed a significant number of high profile acquisitions on behalf of the group together with the acquisition of capacity from Lloyd's Names. He was appointed as finance director of Cox Insurance's retail division in January 1999.

Dodds joined Cox Insurance in 2000 as managing director of insure-shop and was responsible for creating and growing the branch network of 19 offices during the past three years.

Zurich Global Energy

Elizabeth M Lestan has been appointed head of risk engineering at Zurich Global Energy. She will be responsible for all global risk management services, coordinating risk engineering analysis for onshore and offshore energy risks.

Previously she was a senior risk engineer in Zurich North America's Services unit.

Before joining Zurich North America, Lestan was a senior process engineer at Amoco Chemical after serving as consultant to the US Army Corp of Engineers.


DLA's insurance group has appointed Eamon Mooney as partner.

His core practice is centred on defending professional indemnity claims against a variety of professions as well as providing policy advice and handling insurance policy disputes on behalf of a range of clients.

AXA Assistance UK

AXA Assistance has appointed Rachel Mulheron as business development manager. She will be responsible for the business development of the full range of services that AXA Assistance offers. Mulheron joins from Mondial Assistance.

Sunita Apte has been promoted to business development executive. Previously her core responsibilities were the strategic account management of AXA Assistance's key healthcare clients that include: Roche, Bayer and Janssen-Cilag.

Helphire Group

Helphire Group has appointed the following new recruits to head up its new fleet accident management business.

Stefan Smyth has been appointed as business director.

He was formerly a director of Aon Motor Accident Management.

Prior to that Smyth was business director of the motor division of Capita Insurance Services.

Ian Blackford joins as operations director. He was formerly client relationship manager at Aon Motor Accident Management.

Richard Woodley has been appointed as sales director.

Previously Woodley worked as head of sales and marketing at Aon Motor Accident Management.


The FSA has re-appointed Nigel Hamilton as chairman of the board of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for a further three-year term.

The FSA has also re-appointed three other members of the FSCS Board for further terms - Sarah Brown, Graeme MacLennan and Kenneth Culley.


The FSA has appointed Sue Slipman OBE as the new chairman of the board of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

Slipman joins the FOS from Camelot Group, where she has been responsible for environmental and social responsibility since 1998. Previously she was director of the Gas Consumer Council. From 1985 to 1995, she was director of the National Council for One Parent Families.

Ernst & Young

Matthew Taylor is to join Ernst & Young as a tax partner in the financial services practice on 24 March.

He works in the UK insurance tax area, specialising in life tax, but he is also experienced in general insurance and the Lloyd's Market.

His experience includes playing a major role in many of the recent demutualisations and mergers in this sector.

Taylor has been a director within the insurance tax practice at KPMG since 1996.

Tillinghast-Towers Perrin

Tillinghast- Towers Perrin has appointed Peter Clark as a senior consultant in its property/casualty practice.

He brings extensive experience of the general insurance sector to Tillinghast.

Prior to joining Tillinghast, he was a director in the actuarial practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before the merger with Coopers & Lybrand, he set up and led Pricewaterhouse's non-life actuarial practice, having previously been the company actuary at CNA Reinsurance.