Who would have thought there would be a queue to join the board of Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA)? According to reports, hotel giant Six Continents' chairman Sir Ian Prosser is being lined up to replace R&SA's incumbent Sir Patrick Gillam.

Gillam is reaching retirement age and shareholders are murmuring it can't happen soon enough. Particularly as he is the man who recruited the ill-fated group chief executive Bob Mendelsohn.

In fact, R&SA's former chief executive Richard Gamble has offered to step in through the rocky times. He is hoping to rally support from shareholders to become the comeback kid.

He was even reported as saying: "I'm prepared to help sort out the mess."