Ex Novae underwriting director is given newly created role

Zurich has appointed Stuart Quinlan to the newly created role, head of financial Lines for its UKGI Broker Division.

Quinlan joins Zurich from Novae where, as underwriting director, he built a profitable national financial lines business.

Prior to this, Quinlan led the Royal& Sun Alliance (RSA) ProFin underwriting team, growing its portfolio.

Over the next few months one of Quinlan’s key priorities will be to establish and build a dedicated team of financial lines experts and he will be joined by a number of ex colleagues, from Novae, early in the new year.

Quinlan will work closely with Jim Gaskin, financial Lines manager from the technical underwriting team and establish Zurich as a leading financial lines player in the UK general insurance market. Quinlan will report to Zurich’s managing director, broker, David Smith.

Smith said: “This is an exciting development as we continue to expand our expertise as a multi niche specialist and enable growth in sectors we don’t currently reach.

“We will continue to seek out and invest in areas that expand our proposition to our brokers and customers, and enable us to grow profitably.”