Market moves: New faces as well as departures across the industry in a lively week for recruitment

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This week saw a surge of recruitment, with changes and appointments across the industry. Post revealed that Simply Health would be axing two of its directors, while Covéa, Ace and XL were among the firms bolstering numbers. Bluefin continued a spate of appointments with a new farm director role, and the British Insurance Brokers’ Association saw Andy Homer stand down from his position as chairman.

• At insurers, Covéa Insurance made a trio of new appointments to its commercial lines underwriting team.

Simon Measures has been hired as senior trading underwriter, John Steel as senior technical underwriter for motor fleet and Rebecca Light as product and propositions manager. Measures joins from NIG and has more than 25 years' experience in commercial underwriting. Steel joins from Mitsui where he was senior fleet underwriter. He has over 40 years' experience in the London market and has a wealth of motor fleet experience from previous roles at Cornhill and QBE.
Light joins from Keychoice where she was technical underwriting Manager.
She has over 25 years' experience in the insurance industry having held previous commercial underwriting roles with Aviva, Arista and AIG.

Measures and Light will report into Nick Dinsdale, trading underwriting manager. Steel will report into Mike Clothier, head of technical underwriting.

Ace Group strengthened its UK and Ireland Accident and Health team with two appointments. Robin Hyndley has been appointed UK and Ireland head of accident and health. He takes over from Duncan GreenColin Wallace has been appointed partnerships management head. Wallace joins the team from Hiscox where he was partnerships head.

XL recruited AIG's chief claims officer for Europe to replace the outgoing Graham Lambourne as head of international P&C claims. XL confirmed that Lambourne would be leaving the insurer last week, and has now announced that David Miller will join to replace him from January 2014. Having begun his career with Sun Alliance in 1985, Miller joined AIG in 1991. He will be based in London and will report to directly to Pinkes.

Simply Health has made two of its directors redundant in a restructure designed to show more customer focus. Mark Day, customer service director, and Ian Maude, IT director, will exit the health insurer as a result of the changes, which were announced internally on 23 October. Neither will be directly replaced, and sales and marketing director Jamie Wilson will take on the newly created position of customer director with immediate effect.

• Among brokers, Bluefin appointed Mark Rogers to the newly-created role of farm director, effective immediately. Rogers, who also holds the role of director of Bluefin's Ludlow office, will report to Robin Thompson, regional managing director for the midlands. Rogers will capitalise on Bluefin's strong existing position in the market by overseeing its expansion into new areas and the development of new products. He will also coordinate Bluefin's farming proposition around its nationwide branches, to allow a more cohesive and standardised service and client experience.

Laurie Ross Insurance appointed former Kwik Fit Financial Services boss June Lynch as managing director. Lynch, who left KFFS in July this year, will join the Glasgow-based broker with immediate effect. She will be tasked with ensuring the high street broker evolves within the competitive general insurance industry.

Welsh insurance broker Thomas Carroll Group has promoted Julie Waters to the role of group board director. Waters joined the Group in 2002 and was promoted to associate director in 2006. With 24 years' experience in insurance and finance, she has previously held positions at RSA and HSBC. Recently, as HR & compliance director, Waters has been in charge of training and ensuring the company retains its chartered status.

• In the boardroom, Andy Homer is to stand down with immediate effect as chairman of the British Insurance Brokers' Association after nearly two years in the role. Homer succeeded Patrick Smith as chairman in January 2012, after joining from Towergate, where he was chief executive. Part of the industry since 1971, Homer held senior roles at organisations including Commercial Union UK, now Aviva, where he was general manager and Axa Insurance UK where he was CEO.
He also served as chairman of the Motor Insurance Bureau and President of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Biba will seek to appoint a new chairman by the end of the year. At the same time, it has named Lord Hunt of Wirral as its first independent non-executive director, with immediate effect.

Markel appointed a former E Y audit partner as a non-executive director.
Anne Whittaker, who spent 30 years at E Y, formerly Ernst & Young, was appointed on October 23. In her time at the consultant she specialised in working with investment management clients; and ultimately became head of audit in the UK financial services practice. Whittaker will serve alongside fellow non-exec Ian Marshall and Ralph Snedden at the insurer.

This article was published in the 14 November 2013 edition of Post magazine 

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