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



THB Group has appointed Colin Jackson as head of its commercial team.

Jackson was previously executive director at FSJ, Heath Lambert’s wholesale division.

He will be responsible for the development of THB’s commercial wholesale business, specifically the property and liability wholesale business.


Rob Fisher has joined Court-price as general insurance development executive.

He joins from Groupama.


Paul Manning has been appointed to the CBG board as a non-executive director.

He will also serve on the audit and remuneration committees.

Manning is currently chief executive of Texas Group.


Tokio Marine Europe

Siobhan McDermott has joined Tokio Marine Europe Insurance as a marine development underwriter.

McDermott is based in Tokio Marine’s Manchester office and joins the property underwriting team.

She will be responsible for the development and servicing of marine cargo and transit business with brokers in the North and the Midlands.

McDermott has17 years’ marine and transit experience in both underwriting and claims.

Mark Posner has also joined Tokio Marine as operations manager.

His role will be to establish a business process and change management unit and lead the re-engineering of business processes as part of the insurer’s current and future strategic growth plans. Posner has 20 years’ experience.

He joins from Brit Insurance.


Endurance Specialty Holdings has appointed Hans-Joachim Guenther as chief underwriting officer, reinsurance for Endurance Worldwide Insurance in London.

He will also become head of reinsurance for Europe. Guenther has 19 years of experience in the reinsurance market, most recently at Converium.


Aegis has announced appointments to its power utility underwriting team for its Lloyd’s syndicate.

Dave Bainbridge has been appointed as chief engineer and Carl Bennett joins as underwriter.

Bainbridge is a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the power industry.

Both join from Ace Global Markets.

The line-up of the new power team will be completed by Yvonne Chan and Catherine McGarey.

Chan joins from Allied World Assurance Company where she has worked as assistant energy underwriter since 2004.

McGarey joined Aegis London in 2001 as a graduate trainee, working as an assistant with the underwriting teams before joining the power team as underwriting assistant in 2006.


Assurant Solutions has appointed Andy Challoner as chief risk officer with responsibility for leading the risk function in the UK and Ireland.

He will oversee and direct the development of commercially sound risk management processes and procedures across the Assurant Solutions companies in the UK and Ireland.

He joins from Aviva where he spent the past six years, most recently as head of general insurance risk management.


Davies Lavery

Davies Lavery has appointed John Groome and Samantha Hanson as partners.

Groome joins the insurance/reinsurance team from Halliwells, where he was head of London market insurance/reinsurance and professional indemnity.

He will act for professional indemnity insurers as well as general insurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates, brokers and underwriting agencies.

Groome will be based at Davies Lavery’s London office.

Hanson is a professional indemnity specialist and joins from Browne Jacobson. She advises on all classes of professional indemnity claims including, in particular, solicitors, accountants, surveyors and financial intermediaries.

In addition to this, she provides training on risk management and claims avoidance.

Hanson will be joining the Birmingham office.


London and European

London & European (L&E) has appointed Diarmuid Bradley as a non-executive director to its main board.

Bradley, former deputy chief executive of Permanent TSB, will provide strategic counsel on the Irish market and help to develop the title insurance business in this marketplace following L&E’s recent opening of its office in Dublin.



?Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) has appointed Nobuyuki Akahane to its specialist construction division.

Akahane will lead an initiative to develop construction opportunities with Japanese contractors.

Prior to joining JLT, Akahane spent 22 years with the Marubeni Corporation, latterly as managing director of its broking operation, Marnix London.

He has a wealth of experience and contacts from within the Japanese business community.

Paul Knowles, managing director of the construction division, says: “We are delighted to welcome Nobuyuki to JLT. Nobuyuki’s primary focus will be the development of construction opportunities emerging from the aggressive push by Japanese contractors and engineering companies across the globe.

“In addition to this, Nobuyuki’s property, casualty, marine and political risks insurance knowledge and contacts will be a valuable asset for JLT as we push for growth in all areas of our business.”

Akahane will be based in London.