Jeff Dowling has joined Ecclesiastical Insurance Group as new branch manager of the Cambridge office. He has 24 years' experience in the insurance industry and has held senior u …

Jeff Dowling has joined Ecclesiastical Insurance Group as new branch manager of the Cambridge office. He has 24 years' experience in the insurance industry and has held senior underwriting roles at Norwich Union and the Lombard group. He is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Ansvar, specialist insurer for the non-profit sector, has appointed Colin Toppin as underwriting manager. He will be responsible for established personal and commercial lines underwriting teams. Toppin joins from Norwich Union, where he was assistant manager. Previously, he was with London & Edinburgh and his underwriting experience includes local authority risks and broker-based commercial schemes.

Hiscox has announced the appointment of Daniel Wood as leading fine art underwriter. Wood, who has been with Hiscox for more than four years, working in the fine art and specie areas, will start his new position immediately. He will be leading Europe's largest fine art insurance account, which comprises private and museum collections, as well as exhibitions, classic cars and private jewellery.

Birmingham-based law firm Shakespeares has promoted James Tait, Andrew Cowan, Gayle Ditchburn, Jayne Lynn and Sanjeev Batra, previously members of its business services team, to assistant solicitors.

Donns Solicitors
Personal injury law firm Donns Solicitors has announced the appointment of Mark Haverhand and Paul McClorry as assistant solicitors in the specialist clinical negligence department and personal injury team respectively. Both completed traineeships at Donns.

Chaffe Street
New associate Ruth Jones of Manchester-based law firm Chaffe Street will take the lead in advising the Motor Vehicle Repairers' Association (MRVA) on its future corporate commercial requirements. Jones joined Chaffe Street in September from Manchester law firm Linder Myers.

Bland Bankart
Insurance, risk management and financial services group Bland Bankart has appointed Peter Robinson as senior account executive. He will be based at the group's Nottingham office. Robinson has more than 29 years' experience in corporate insurance and is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and an associate of the Institute of Risk Management.

Bartlett & Company
Insurance broker Bartlett & Company announces the appointment of Ian Roberts to the board of directors. He is presently account director, based at Bartlett's Leeds head office. Roberts is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University.

Mark Nevitt has been appointed as head of office at broker Marsh. He assumes responsibility for the UK corporate client practices offices in Witham, Norwich and London and joins from Marsh's Cardiff office where he was responsible for Marsh operations in Wales. He moved into branch management in 1994 having worked for 14 years in sales and development at Sedgwick/Marsh.

Aon has announced the appointment of Andrew Jobson as managing director, Aon Private Clients. Jobson joined Aon in November 2000 when the company acquired specialist broker Needham Jobson.

Cooper Gay & Co
Jonathan Dennes has been appointed a divisional director of Cooper Gay & Co in London and will assume specific responsibility within the non-marine division for the development of the worldwide casualty account. He was previously a director of the casualty division at Heath Lambert International.

Hilton Thompson
London-based adjuster John Thompson has launched a new chartered loss adjusting and claims services company, Hilton Thompson. Thompson has more than 20 years' experience with global adjusting groups, encompassing UK and home/foreign assignments. The company will provide a range of services to insurers, brokers and reinsurers with particular emphasis on property/construction and business interrruption/financial adjusting matters.

Synaptic Systems
Technology solutions provider Synaptic Systems has appointed Neil Andrews as head of product development. Andrews joins from Misys, where he was head of design and development for business-to-business portals for two and half years. He has almost 15 years' experience in the financial services industry.

ROOM Solutions
ROOM Solutions is pleased to announce the appointments of John Fletcher and Gill Wylie as directors and Dominic Marinelli as non-executive director. Fletcher joined ROOM in 1992 with several years' experience in IT development for the insurance sector. Prior to this, he worked for the IT function within the Corporation of Lloyd's. He is now responsible for technical architecture and applications development. Wylie joined ROOM in 1998 after working for several years at ACE Global Markets. She also held IT management positions within BIS, Sturge Holdings and Ockham's Aviation Group and is responsible for all aspects of business solutions service delivery. Marinelli joined Strathdon, a capital investor in ROOM Solutions, in 1998. He is responsible for managing Strathdon's investments in ROOM Solutions, e-portals and other organisations.