Heath Lambert has played down the significance of losing a senior director to fellow Lloyd’s broker, RFIB Group.

Hugh Champion, managing director of Heath’s facilities division, which represents around 10% of the company’s overall brokerage, has left to lead RFIB’s own facilities team.

The departure of Champion, who joined the company in 1996 when Blackwall Green was bought by Lowndes Lambert, is regarded as significant blow for Heath Lambert.

A spokeswoman dismissed suggestions that his move to RFIB, which stands more than 20 places below Heath Lambert in current Lloyd’s broker standings, would affect the company.

She said: “It will not have any impact because the team is quite autonomous.”

The facilities division, which is understood to have an annual brokerage of between £10m and £15m, specialises in underwriting bloodstock, private client, and specie business.

Meanwhile, Heath Lambert has strengthened its national division after capturing two senior figures from rival brokers, Aon and Marsh.

John Dakin joins from Aon, where he was regional broking director for the North, to take on the role of head of office for Leeds.

Jim Herbert, formerly managing director for national sales and development at Marsh, will become development director for all of the Heath Lambert National teams around the UK.