Groupama Commercial Insurance has made two appointments in its Birmingham office. Phil Bristow is appointed regional underwriting controller. Bristow has more than 24 years experience in the insurance industry and has worked previously for Royal & SunAlliance and GRE. Paul Jennings is appointed senior corporate development underwriter. Jennings has more than 20 years experience and has previously worked for Sampo, Colonia Baltica and Gan.

Swiss Re Life & Health
Liz Catchpole is appointed chief financial officer at Swiss Re Life & Health. She was previously executive finance with ERC Frankona Reassurance. Catchpole is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from Cranfield University.

Bacon & Woodrow
Allan Kaufman is appointed head of the insurance division at Bacon & Woodrow. He has more than 20 years experience in insurance consulting. Kaufman became a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1971 and previously spent eight years with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Watson Wyatt
Julio Koch and Michael Tripp are appointed partners at Watson Wyatt. Koch experience includes mergers and acquisitions, product development, benchmarking, financial reporting, market studies and asset liability management. Tripp experience includes marketing, strategic and business planning, pricing, distribution, operations management, merger and acquisition activity.

Norton Rose
Maria Ross is appointed partner at Norton Rose. She joined Norton Rose as a trainee solicitor in 1989 and qualified in 1991. Ross is a corporate finance lawyer, specialising in the insurance and financial services sectors.

Risk Management
Peter Jones is appointed associate partner at Midland Risk Management. He joined the company in 1991 within the Commercial Insurance Department and has most recently played an active role in the MRM mergers and acquisition. His responsibilities include commercial insurance development and business management.

Loss Adjuster
Adjuster Specialist Liability Service
Alison Kerry is appointed office manager at Specialist Liability Services. She was previously claims supervisor with Groupama. She will be based in the Leeds office.

Walsh PI
Neil Hawkins is appointed associate director at Walsh PI. Hawkins a chartered accountant has qualified for the ACILA. Walsh PI is a national PI claims handling service covering surveyors, engineers, architects, accountants and insurance brokers.

John Finan is appointed chairman of Finan's responsibilities will be to meld internet communities, infomediaries and financial services providers into a consumer-focused and completely automated electronic market. is an ebusiness and ecommerce software provider to the international financial services industry.

Nicola Mitchell is appointed sales and marketing director of AssureSoft Limited. She was previously a BBC journalist and has more than 10 years experience in life, pensions, investment, economics and venture capital.

Korn/Ferry International
Barbara Schonhofer is appointed vice president and head of the UK insurance practice of global executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. She was previously managing director of Stephens Insurance with 18 years experience in business development and management in the National & Provincial, Gateway and Britannia Building Societies.

International SOS
Tom Major is appointed security director of International SOS. His responsibilities will include managing International SOS existing security contracts for Europe Middle East and Africa, developing new business and establishing an information network. He was previously an operations manager for Control Risks Group for International Asset Protection.

Robert Walters
Karl Seul is appointed senior consultant at Robert Walters. Seul has extensive knowledge of the European IT recruitment marketplace and has previously worked for Computer Futures and MBA. He will provide IT staff at all levels to major market sectors.

BRE has appointed three people. Dr Jeremy Hodge is appointed managing director of Fire and Risk Sciences. Martin Shaw is appointed executive director of Operations. Philip Field is appointed chairman of a new pan-BRE Testing Business Development Panel.