Regulation survey
The Financial Services Practitioner Panel is to launch the first stage of its 2004

Regulation surveyThe Financial Services Practitioner Panel is to launch the first stage of its 2004 survey of regulated firms to assess the performance of the FSA.It said the survey, which is carried out every two years, was aimed at gathering industry views on the FSA and establishing a regulatory track record.

Questgates man QuestGates has recruited former Capita major loss director Paul Thomas as regional manager for South Wales and the South West of England.The appointment follows QuestGates' establishment of a Bristol office, the fourth new office within 12 months, said the company.

Terror rates fallingInsurance against terror attacks is getting cheaper as competition increases and memories of 11 September 2001 fade, experts have claimed.Marsh head of terrorism cover Julian Taylor said there was more capacity in the market, so prices had softened. Hiscox terrorism and political violence underwriter Stephen Ashwell said rates had fallen by 50% since 2002, and could fall a further 10% to 15% in 2004.

InsurE-com headInsurE-com has appointed Peter Mroch as its head of sales, with responsibility for directing the company's sales strategy to maximise sales, build business volume and grow the company's market share.Mroch, who will take a seat on the InsurE-com management board, will also have responsibility for new business, telesales and account management teams, said the company.

Biba protectionBiba has introduced a data protection scheme for its members. The scheme will help brokers comply with the Data Protection Act [1998] by assisting them in handling personal data in a compliant manner, designing and implementing HR practices and storing client information.

AXA trainingAXA said it has revised its online training programme, AXA Campus, which it claimed was now better able to meet brokers' training and development needs and provide compliance assistance.