Marine underwriters, Northern Marine Underwriters (NMU), has opened a new Home Counties office in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, in a bid to develop and service an account from mainly provincial brokers in the local area.

The office will be headed by Paul Hiscoe. Prior to taking up his appointment with NMU, he was the Regional Marine Manager for the CGU in London and has worked as a Cargo and Freight Liability Underwriter for 20 years.

Development officer will be Lesley Hewitt-Smith. She was previously a Marine Account Executive for CGU, and has worked as a Cargo Underwriter for 12 years.

The Home Counties office currently services the whole of the Southeast including London based Non-Lloyd's Brokers.

It is expected to act as a springboard for further office openings in London and the Southeast.

"Naturally we are delighted to have expanded into Southern England," says NMU Managing Director Les Dobby. "Paul and Lesley are already making the most of this positive move for NMU and I am sure good results will be achieved."