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



Marsh has appointed Cherry Chan as a managing con-sultant within the modelling, analysis and design team.

Chan will spearhead the team’s quantitative approach to enterprise risk management and will be engaged in projects both in London and Moscow.

She joins from Deloitte, where she managed a team in general insurance, actuarial and insurance solutions.

Josephine Joseph has been appointed to the European forensic accounting and claims services (FACS) team.

Joseph joins FACS from Matson, Driscoll & Damico, where she specialised in loss of profits, stock loss and employee fidelity claims.

Marsh has also announced two senior appointments within its UK business.

John Nicholson is appointed chief operating officer of Marsh UK, while Chris Lay assumes responsibility for the national business, which pro-vides risk management and insurance support to ind-ividuals, consumer groups and regionally based companies.

Nicholson was previously head of Marsh’s national business in the UK.



Chubb Insurance has appointed Harry Brown as branch development manager of the Midlands.

He has 13 years’ insurance experience, primarily as a broker.

Brown joins from Aon where he worked for seven years in a variety of roles, including regional broking director, area sales director, and project management director.

His responsibilities will include the development and growth of the Midlands across all departments and strategic business units within the region.


Neil Fraser has been appointed by Zurich to the role of claims market services manager.

In this newly created role, Fraser will be responsible for supporting and working with Zurich’s market-facing business divisions.

He will also act as a dedicated link between claims and the broker teams.


Petplan has appointed Phil McKinnon as its first partnership manager.

McKinnon has been with Petplan for eight years, working in both operational management and building affinity business in the UK.


Highway has appointed Matt Taylor as specialist motor underwriter to grow Highway’s specialist vehicle and non-standard private car account.

Taylor previously worked for KGM Motor Policies at Lloyd’s, where he was a deputy specialist vehicle underwriter, responsible for generating schemes and broker relationships.


Barlow Lyde Gilbert

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has appointed James Parker as a partner.

His practice spans domestic and international insurance, banking mergers and acquisitions, as well as re-insurance and distribution solutions.

Parker joins from Lovells.

Silverbeck Rymer

Silverbeck Rymer has pro-moted Mary Mort to the newly created position of client account director.

Mort has been at Silverbeck Rymer for over 10 years.

Simpson & Marwick

Simpson & Marwick has announced five promotions to associate level and six to senior solicitor.

Jennifer Gammell, Gavin Henderson and Vikki Melville, all based in the firm’s Edinburgh office, have been promoted to associate.

Katie Jones and Marco Rinaldi in Edinburgh, Victoria Leslie and Dawn McCafferty in Glasgow and Carly Stewart in Aberdeen have been promoted to senior solicitor.

In the employment law team, Tricia Walker in Aberdeen has also been promoted to senior solicitor.

In the residential property team there are two promotions with David McPhail and Brian Smith in Edinburgh becoming associates.



Gelder Group has announced the appointment of three new members of staff.

Phil Middleton joins as an insurance surveyor from Eastwood Construction and will be based at the group’s office in Barlborough, along with new contracts manager Glenn Simpson.

Rodney Fagg, who has also been appointed as an in-surance surveyor, has over 40 years’ experience in the cons-truction industry and will be based at the company’s head-quarters in Sturton-by-Stow, Lincolnshire.


Health & Case Management (HCML) has promoted Kate Hartland to a new position of director of human resources.

Hartland has over 15 years’ HR experience and is a chartered fellow of the CIPD.

In her new role she will be responsible for the full range of HR functions specifically training and development, resourcing, employee relations and reward. She will also head up the organisation’s facilities department.


HSBC Insurance Brokers has appointed Philip Gregory as chief executive.

Gregory joins the company from his previous role as chief operating and chief financial officer at Marsh Europe, Middle East and Africa. He takes over from Mike Dixon who leaves the group to pursue other career interests.

Steve Troop, general manager, head of insurance says: “HSBC Insurance Brokers is uniquely placed within HSBC to take our insurance proposition to our commercial client base.

“The growth of the HSBC Insurance brand is based on our commercial

customers having access to first class service and a knowledge rich product offering, whatever their insurance needs. HSBC as a group can provide invaluable insight into risk management and the mitigation of risk. This will add real value to our clients’ businesses whatever their size.

“Philip’s expertise and skills set in understanding the broking market place and clients’ needs are at a premium

in today’s insurance market, and will position us to deliver on the promise of an outstanding broking business.”

Gregory adds: “I am delighted to be joining HSBC Insurance Brokers at a time when the HSBC Group is looking to grow its insurance activities rapidly. I am

confident that the broking business will be at the forefront of this growth by building on our excellent staff capabilities and the financial strength of HSBC.

Gregory is a keen sportsman and enjoys real tennis, lawn tennis, golf and skiing.