Lloyd's insurer Euclidian Group is signalling its entry into the accident and health market with the appointment of Marc McLean as Accident and Health Underwriter at Euclidian Underwriting.

McLean is joining from Reliastar Reinsurance Group, where he was deputy accident and health underwriter and closely involved with building a $50m (£34.5m) accident and health account from scratch.

He has been involved in accident and health underwriting since first joining the insurance industry in 1990.

At Euclidian, his brief will be to build a broad-based account with particular emphasis on group and individual keyman, trip and expatriate evacuation and repatriation policies.

The company has set its sights on achie-ving £10m of premium income in 2001.

Euclidian's senior underwriter John Collyear comments: “We have been watching this class closely over the last 18 months and the recent contraction of the market has opened up some good opportunities.

“We at Euclidian consider it one of our competitive advantages to be able to move quickly into a new market and Marc has just the experience we need to make a success of it.”