A guide to this week's movements in the insurance industry



Thompson Heath & Bond has announced the appointment of Peter English, in the new role of development director.

English has 40 years’ experience in the London Market.

His former roles include deputy chairman of specialist reinsurance broker PWS and as a managing director of Aon Global Risks.


Windsor Insurance Brokers has announced the appointment of Adrian Pratt as a divisional director of its equine division.

Pratt is the former managing director of British Equestrian Insurance Brokers.



Allianz Group has unveiled a new line up for its dedicated property investors team.

The new global property investors team will be man-aged by Gavin Lillywhite and will focus on property in-vestors and owners, providing multi-territory cover for property damage, loss of rent and property owner’s liability.

Steve Neighbour and Bryn Williams are senior under-writers within the team. Neighbour has 20 years’ property underwriter experience. He joins Allianz from the UK branch of Assicurazioni Generali Spa.

Williams has over 30 years’ underwriting experience and joined Allianz in 2002.

Allianz Commercial has also appointed Steve Coates as head of UK property and casualty.

He joined the company in 2001 and has performed various roles within the commercial division, most recently as UK facilities development manager.

MAPS Legal Assistance

MAPS Legal Assistance has increased its senior claims handling team. The new recruits are Ian Langton, previously with Endsleigh Insurance, and Caroline Dutton who joins from Paymentshield.

Assurant Solutions

Assurant Solutions has appointed two new client relationship managers to the UK team.

Working closely with specific clients, Sinead Marconi and Max Duley will be responsible for the management and commercial development of these relationships, including planning and implementing new business products and services.

Marconi previously spent over ten years working for EBS in Ireland in various client-facing roles. In her most recent position as head of insurance sales, she was responsible for developing and implementing EBS’s business plan.

Duley spent five years as a client servicing manager at Genworth Financial. During his time there, he was res-ponsible for managing the day-to-day relationship with a number of clients including a major FTSE 100 client account.

Assurant Solutions has also announced the appointment of Jatinder Thethi as product development manager to strengthen the development of its creditor insurance proposition.

Thethi will be responsible for driving forward the creditor insurance product strategy.

Thethi joined Assurant from Genworth in May 2005.



Kennedys has appointed John Bucklow and Cordelia Rushby from Prettys solicitors in Ipswich, as partners in the firm’s liability division.

They will be joined by two assistants and will be based in the firm’s Chelmsford office.

Bucklow specialises in liability matters, in particular employers’ liability claims including military related accidents and industrial disease cases. He is a trained mediator and sits part-time as a cost assessor.

Rushby specialises in catastrophic injury claims and acts for local authorities and public liability insurers.

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons, has appointed a new partner in its insurance and reinsurance group.

Colin Read joins the firm from Clifford Chance in the summer to specialise in large-scale insurance and reinsurance disputes for a variety of insurance sector clients, including clients in the run off market.


Empire Commercial UK

Empire Commercial UK has appointed Clare Morton to their business development team.

She joins as sales and relationship manager bringing with her over 10 years’ experience in the household electrical replacement claims sector.

Her role is to continue to build on existing key relationships while assisting with strategy for future new channels.



MMC has appointed Sir Peter Middleton to the new role of MMC UK chairman.

Middleton will remain non-executive chairman of Marsh and will also remain a member of MMC’s International Advisory Board.

Middleton’s career includes senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Recruited to the Treasury in 1960, he was appointed permanent secretary in 1983.

Following his retirement from the civil service in 1991, he was appointed deputy chairman of Barclays Group and chairman of Barclays Investment Bank. Between 1999 and 2004 he was first, chief executive then group chairman of Barclays.

In the new role, Middleton will work with colleagues in MMC’s UK operations to leverage client relationships across its businesses. His focus will be on developing and deepening relationships with major UK clients.

He will report to MMC vice chairman Mathis Cabiallavetta, the head of MMC International.

Cabiallavetta says: “Sir Peter’s experience of operating at the highest level within major organisations gives him special insights into the challenges facing management teams and boards. His expertise will be a tremendous asset to our clients and MMC’s businesses.”

Middleton adds: “Businesses, internationally, are facing increasingly complex human capital issues and a risk environment characterised by growing interdependence. The companies that succeed in managing these risks effectively, taking a co-ordinated approach across their organisations, will enjoy a significant competitive advantage.

“I look forward to working with MMC colleagues in the UK and around the world to ensure we bring togther the full extent of our considerable resources for the benefit of our clients.”

Middleton enjoys mountain walking, music (particularly opera) and most sport, including fishing.