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



Harman Wicks and Swayne (HWS) has appointed Gary Reynolds as associate director.

Reynolds, who specialises in retro business, started his career in reinsurance as a US facultative underwriter for Winchester Fox. He has held senior broking positions at Willis, Alexander Howden and, most recently, at Heath Lambert.

Prime Professions

Prime Professions is in the process of making seven new appointments to its team.

Confirmed appointments include Karen Mansfield, a veteran of 21 years at Lockton Professions, to the role of associate director and Andrew Robinson, also from Lockton, as an account executive.

Mansfield is joined in the solicitors’ team by underwriter Zarina Malik.


Primary General

Primary General has announced details of three new appointments.

Karl Weidner joins as a commercial underwriter in Glasgow.

Weidner has worked in insurance for nine years, including six years at NFU Mutual Direct, where his recent experience was primarily with tradesman liability and package policies for small businesses.

Laura Corner has been appointed as a trainee commercial underwriter in Glasgow. Corner has just completed her degree in risk management.

Michael Langman has been appointed business devel-opment manager for the Midlands.

Langham has worked in the insurance industry for 17 years, in a variety of roles throughout the Midlands.

Brit Insurance

Brit Insurance Holdings has appointed Ben Maidment as privacy, cyber and technology underwriter, within the USPI team.

He joins from Ace Global Markets where he was a senior underwriter and instrumental in the establishment of the technology/cyber portfolio.

St Paul Travelers

St Paul Travelers has announced details of three appointments.

Dan Priest joins the Midlands team as senior development executive, having previously held senior positions at Zurich and AXA.

Fiona Mackinnon joins the London team from Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) as senior development executive.

Matthew Dodds joins the Leeds office as assistant underwriter, having previously work at Zurich and RSA.


Jason Howse has joined the legal protection team at Allianz as senior business developer.

He joins from the Cornhill Direct sales team.

Howse will manage existing relationships with Allianz Legal Protection clients as well as acquiring and developing new business in the after-the-event and before-the-event markets.



Keoghs has appointed three new partners and 15 new associates to its ranks.

Ruth Needham and Stratos Gatzouris become partners. Both are members of the specialist claims unit (SCU), dealing with fraudulent insurance claims. Needham heads the fraud ring team while Gatzouris heads a client team and also focuses on low speed impact claims.

Lucy Walker is the third new partner. She specialises in high value defendant litigation and is currently seconded internally as a project manager, overseeing the introduction and roll out of Keoghs’ new case management system.

New associates Julie Cooper and Ruth Lewarne are members of the delegated authority unit dealing with motor claims and liability claims, respectively.

Elizabeth Harris and Amy Cowen are part of the large loss team dealing with catastrophic and high value claims.

Tracey Baker, Kay Boggs and Emma Teare handle multi-track motor and liability claims.

Avrom Topperman and Greg Cave are members of the SCU, focusing on insurance fraud.

Julian Dexter specialises in complex liability and sports injury claims as well as health and safety cases.

Lindsey McCulloch is a solicitor in the employment team, handling both contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of employees and companies.

The new associate support promotions are Gill Irving, office manager in Coventry; Mark Shuttleworth, facilities manager in Bolton; Heather Dare, head of marketing; and Gayle Evans, IT manager.



QuestGates has recruited three additional adjusters.

John Kennedy joins QuestGates’ East Midlands region from Davies & Co, where he has worked for the past 16 years. Having started his career with Prudential in 1984, Kennedy moved into loss adjusting in 1991.

David Harrison joins from John Davies and will be based in the North West.

South London-based John Tennant joins from GAB Robins where he handled high net worth and commercial property claims.


The Private Health Partnership (PHP) has appointed Stuart Scullion as sales and marketing director.

Scullion will be responsible for PHP’s sales and marketing strategy, and all activities leading up to new sales.

He joins PHP from Patient Choice where he was head of sales and marketing. He has been involved within the medical insurance industry since 1995 and held several senior management positions at Clinicare prior to its acquisition by Groupama Insurances UK in 2005.

Jan Lawson, managing director of PHP, says: “Stuart is a well known figure in our industry who brings tremendous experience to the table.

“I am extremely confident he will help take PHP’s sales and marketing activities to a further new level as we continue to develop, both through organic growth and acquisition.”
Scullion has worked in the financial services industry with several major organisations since 1973.

He was an executive committee member of the Association of Medical Expenses Insurers between 2001 and 2005, and was its chairman in 2002-2003.

He was also a governor at Marlborough School between 1997 and 2000.

His interests include football, chess and DIY.