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

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Perkins Slade

Perkins Slade has promoted Mark Ford to associate director. He will be responsible for broker relations and business development.

Ford joined Perkins Slade in 2005 and was previously broking manager.

THB

THB Group has appointed Perry Lyons to the role of motor fleet broker.

He will be responsible for maintaining and developing the motor fleet account.

Lyons joins from Lloyd’s broker Houlder Insurance Services.

Broker Network

Paul Roberts has joined Broker Network as director of acquisitions.

He will be responsible for identifying opportunities for Broker Network Group and its various operating divisions.

Roberts has over 20 years’ insurance experience. He was previously sales director of Broker Network from August 1997 to April 2005.

Insurer

Ecclesiastical

David Leavesley has joined Ecclesiastical to launch a new group company, Ecclesiastical Risk Services.

The company will launch in January 2008 and will offer a full range of health and safety services.

Leavesley has more than 10 years’ experience in risk management roles.

He joins from NFU Mutual where he was a risk reduction executive.

Allianz

Martin Kershaw has joined Allianz Personal as key account developer.

He will be responsible for the progression and development of key accounts within Allianz Insurance’s North and East regions.

Sarah Davis has returned to Allianz Legal Protection as legal executive after six months as a supervisor in road traffic accidents and personal injury with Burroughs Day Solicitors.

With 15 years’ personal injury claims experience, Sarah rejoins the Bristol-based legal protection team.

Chubb

Chubb Insurance has appointed Fabrice Gottfrois as continental European practice leader for the accident and health team.

Gottfrois joins Chubb from AIG where he worked for 27 years in various European roles, culminating in the role of deputy regional under-writing manager for Europe. He will be based in Chubb’s Paris office.

Chubb has also appointed Alexandra Grant as specialty insurance manager for the Reading branch. Grant joins Chubb from AIG.

NIG

NIG has announced details of the appointment and promotion of six commercial underwriting staff.

Laura Alcock has been internally promoted from Devitt Insurance, where she was acting team leader, to emerging channels and distribution team leader.

Carla Tullett joins NIG as fleet underwriter from Highway.

Paul Dyson moves to NIG as commercial underwriter from MMA where he held the same position.

Lesley Blackman joins NIG as commercial underwriting team manager from AXA, where she was team manager within commercial underwriting and personal lines claims.

Bridget Hehir has been promoted to commercial trading underwriter with responsibility for new business quoting, negotiation and managing broker relationships.

Roshan Sivarajan also joins NIG as a commercial underwriter from Royal & SunAlliance where he was a commercial property underwriter.

Legal

Weightmans

Weightmans has appointed associate solicitor Morris Hill to its public sector group.

Hill will be responsible for establishing the firm’s new education and social care unit, working out of the Weightmans’ Liverpool office.

He specialises in adult social services, mental health, education and child protection.

Other

FirstAssist

FirstAssist Services has appointed Kevin Dewhurst as sales and marketing director, organisational health and wellbeing.

Dewhurst joins from AXA and will play a key role in the future development of FirstAssist’s health and wellbeing offering.

The new team members joining Dewhurst are Sharon Bates and Daren Pemberton, both from Active Health Partners. They are joined by David Rennie from Croner, Phil Bowden, Phil Knight and Mathew Armstrong.

TL Risk Solutions

Paul Harrison has been appointed as business development consultant for the professions division at TL Risk Solutions.

He will be responsible for business development across the professions spectrum, focusing on SMEs and scheme set-ups.

Profile: Marsh

Marsh has appointed Will Bruce as a managing consultant in its risk consulting practice.
Bruce will focus on delivering risk solutions to the firm’s client base, that move beyond basic risk management techniques, and assist them in extracting maximum value and competitive advantage from their risk management strategy.
He joins Marsh from Ernst & Young, where he was a senior manager in its advisory practice for four years.
Eddie McLaughlin, managing director of business risk consulting at Marsh, says: “Will’s strong track record in advising some of Britain’s leading companies on strategic risk management and experience will be invaluable to clients and colleagues alike as we execute on our plans to grow our risk consulting business globally.”
Bruce adds: “Forward-thinking organisations are increasingly looking to leverage maximum value and a competitive edge from effective risk management programmes.
“The breadth of expertise present in Marsh, coupled with its unique position of operating across the risk life-cycle, allows us to provide highly compelling risk solutions to clients.”