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Market strikes: Speedy hearth recruitment

Market strikes: Speedy hearth recruitment

Information about individuals strikes within the insurance coverage business has stored on coming at a speedy tempo over the previous few weeks. Insurers, brokers, networks and the Lloyd’s Market Affiliation have all seen modifications in employees.

On the dealer aspect Towergate and Hood Group have been amongst recruiters of latest staff. As well as, there have been modifications for Jason Gandy and Roger Snowden at SME Insurance coverage whereas Bluefin has promoted Steve Hook to managing director for private strains. Moreover, JLT has seen a lot of modifications and the County Group has recruited a brand new retail community director.

In the meantime insurers have been equally busy, with Allianz revealing its new senior administration staff (see field), Axa strengthening its department administration group and XL Catlin hiring a brand new chief compliance officer. 

And Axa’s Amanda Blanc has been added as new chair of the Insurance coverage Fraud Bureau whereas Dealer Community has employed Ian Clark as government chairman.


Towergate has employed Paul Longhurst as broking and distribution director of Towergate London Markets. Longhurst beforehand labored as London Market broking director at Bluefin for 25 years.

Jason Gandy and Roger Snowden have left their administration roles at Marsh-owned SME Insurance coverage (SMEi). Gandy and Snowden have been founders and joint chief government officers of the enterprise. Gandy is leaving the agency whereas Snowden will proceed to work in a consultancy position on key tasks. The transfer noticed Jonathan Webber, previously finance director of SMEi appointed business director and former director Lee Tetley turn into operations director. Webber joined SMEi in 2010, whereas Tetley was a founding member of SMEi’s administration staff. Each will report back to Duncan Carter, CEO of Jelf’s direct and partnership division.

Over at Hood Group Claire Foster has been employed as head of IT. She joined from Axa Insurance coverage the place she was head of operational supply for the previous two years. Previous to that she spent six years at Towergate and in her new position she is going to work intently with the senior management workforce to assist outline organisational technique. In accordance with Hood Group, Foster has greater than 25 years’ business expertise together with within the basic insurance coverage and London markets. The dealer has additionally appointed Sarah Smith to the newly created position of head of residential property. Smith most just lately labored as improvement underwriting supervisor family at Axa UK and her profession has included senior underwriting roles at Vacationers and Aviva.

Bluefin has promoted Steve Hook to managing director for private strains and Neil Forsyth to London market broking director. Hook shall be chargeable for Bluefin’s Leeds-based private strains enterprise in addition to boat insurance coverage model Bishop Skinner Marine. Forsyth replaces Paul Longhurst and can head up Bluefin’s London market broking staff. He has been with the dealer for 24 years.

JLT Specialty has added numerous new staff to its regional danger apply. Paul Jennings has joined as account government (companion) for the Midlands. He most lately labored at Ace the place he was Midlands and south regional supervisor. Moreover Michelle Jackson has joined as account government in addition to Noel Kelly and Karen Hickling as account handlers.

JLT additional confirmed that Martin Hiller will probably be retiring from the group. He joined the dealer in 1988 and has held many roles on the firm together with almost ten years as CEO of JLT Specialty and extra latterly as CEO of EMEA and the MGU enterprise. JLT stated Hiller performed a number one position in establishing JLT Specialty and in creating the corporate’s London Market development functionality. He has additionally held posts as government chairman at each Thistle and GCube.

In the meantime Andy Roden has been appointed as retail community director of the County Group. Previous to this Roden spent 18 years at Swinton in numerous senior supervisor roles, latterly heading up the private strains insurer improvement workforce. On the County Group he’ll head up the retail community together with all acquired companies, reporting to managing director Kevin Catterall.


Axa Insurance coverage has strengthened its department administration staff. Ryan Birbeck will lead the insurer’s actual property department, supported by Matthew Briggs as actual property underwriting supervisor, whereas the separate London Business department shall be run by Martyn Grime. John Cameron, presently regional underwriting supervisor at Allianz in Glasgow, will exchange Birbeck as Scottish department supervisor. Michael Yabantu has been appointed department supervisor of the Manchester department, changing Andy Williamson who lately left the corporate. Yabantu might be supported by Emma Parr, who has been promoted to gross sales supervisor. Axa stated each these appointments are on an interim foundation.

In the meantime, XL Catlin has recruited Sean McGovern as chief compliance officer and head of regulatory and authorities affairs. Previous to this McGovern spent 20 years at Lloyd’s the place he most just lately labored as chief danger officer and basic counsel. After becoming a member of Lloyd’s in 1996 he turned a member of the management group in 2002 and was appointed to the franchise board in 2014. 

Specialist insurer Beazley has expanded its positive artwork and specie capabilities by hiring Mark Bosshard and Scott Sellick from XL Catlin. They may be a part of the supplier in November after spending 15 years within the insurance coverage business working as underwriters of positive artwork, common specie, jewellers’ block and money in transit property dangers.

Darren Simmons has been promoted to go of LV Dealer motor pricing, answerable for personal automotive, telematics, van, bike and specialist strains. He was beforehand pricing supervisor for LV Dealer personal automotive. Simmons joined LV in 2011 from Direct Line Group and has additionally labored at Ace Group.

Adrian Colosso has taken on the position of non-executive director at Lancashire Holdings. Colosso joined the UK board of the corporate on 26 April. He’s additionally non-executive chairman of inet3 and non-executive director of Metropolis Internet. Colosso retired from his position as chief government officer of Howden UK in July final yr and has over 40 years’ business expertise.

RSA has appointed Nathan Williams as group underwriting director. He has over 28 years’ business expertise and has been with the supplier for over ten years, most just lately as chief underwriting officer at RSA Scandinavia. Previous to becoming a member of he spent 16 years at Norwich Union in quite a lot of pricing and underwriting roles. He’ll begin his new position on 1 June, changing David Coughlan who was lately appointed private strains director for UK and Western Europe. RSA has additionally employed Gillian Tomlinson as chief knowledge officer for UK and Western Europe. She most lately labored as chief knowledge officer at Whitbread.

On the regulatory aspect, Ecclesiastical has added John Titchener to the brand new position of group compliance director. Titchener has over 25 years’ authorized and compliance expertise in monetary providers, having held quite a lot of common counsel, compliance and firm secretary roles at Willis Group, GE Insurance coverage Options, Swiss Re and CPP Group.

In the meantime Chubb has employed Matthew Mead as environmental danger underwriter, liable for the insurer’s regional environmental legal responsibility ebook. He joined the insurer from RSA the place he was an underwriter for seven years, specializing in e-trading and delegated authority enterprise. 

In different information Twin reported that Mark Hudson will be a part of as chief monetary officer of Twin Group in September this yr. Previous to this he labored for Novae the place he served on its government committee and has been finance director of its managing company subsidiary, Novae Syndicates, since 1999.

And Bluefin Underwriting, the managing basic agent arm of Bluefin, has expanded its dealer improvement staff with the appointment of Jodie Gibbons as dealer improvement government within the Wales and South West area. She joined from Twin bringing together with her 18 years of expertise in business underwriting, notably in agriculture and monetary strains.

Shifting on to Chaucer, the place Jonathan Bint has been appointed as political danger underwriter and analyst. Bint has greater than 20 years of expertise and has labored with underwriters, regulators and score businesses, most just lately as a part of the credit score and political danger underwriting staff at XL Catlin. 


Dealer Community has employed Ian Clark as government chairman. Clark was beforehand a senior companion at Deloitte the place he led the insurance coverage mergers & acquisitions and technique follow. He has additionally acted as an advisor to the British Insurance coverage Brokers’ Affiliation.

The chief government of Axa Insurance coverage, Amanda Blanc, has been appointed as the brand new chair of the Insurance coverage Fraud Bureau. She took over the reins from John O’Roarke who just lately stepped down after three years within the position. 

Lastly, the Lloyd’s Market Affiliation has elected 4 new board members. Jonathan Butcher, chief government, Novae Syndicates, James Dover, group chief monetary officer, Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates, Lawrence Holder, managing director, Cathedral Underwriting and Andrew McKee, chief government officer, MS Amlin Underwriting will serve a time period of three years.

Market focus: Allianz


Allianz has unveiled a brand new senior administration staff following its restructure to a single buying and selling operation combining business and private strains. 

The brand new workforce consists of David Radford, chief advertising officer (pictured proper), Gary Davess, director, private and specialty strains, Chris Little, director, engineering, David Martin, director, SME and company partnerships, Andrew Broughton, director, business and private dealer markets, Nick Hobbs, head of strategic account administration, Ian Ashton, director, C&P programmes and technique. The workforce might be reporting to Simon McGinn.

McGinn commented: “We shall be investing to profitably develop our business and private enterprise by way of the dealer channel and the members of the group have appreciable expertise of producing worthwhile long-term enterprise partnerships.

“Over a few years Allianz has proven itself to be a companion brokers can put their belief in as a result of they know our focus is on attaining long-term sustainable outcomes. This ethos won’t change.”