The latest senior job moves and new appointments;
Jeff Brinley has been appointed CEO at Be Wiser Insurance. He replaces Sharon Beckett, who stepped down from her role as CEO of Be Wiser at the beginning of January 2021 to pursue other interests. Brinley joined Be Wiser as CFO in November 2020.
Commenting on Jeff Brinley’s appointment, the Chairman of Be Wiser, Neil Macmillan said: “Jeff is a highly experienced C-suite insurance executive who has already made a positive impact on our business. I am delighted he is stepping up as CEO to drive the business forward, and look forward to working alongside him in his new role.”
Mark Bower-Dyke, founder of the Andover-based broker, added: “On behalf of all of us at Be Wiser I want to thank Sharon for her immense contribution to the business since she joined us in 2018, and wish her every future success.”
Jeff Brinley said: “Be Wiser is one of the biggest names in UK retail broking and I am honoured to be leading the business as we move into in 2021.
“Be Wiser has invested in building a really strong team over the last year, and we’re now well-placed to make the most of the new opportunities arising in the UK commercial and personal lines markets as the economy emerges from the pandemic and life after Brexit.”
Jeff Brinley’s successor as Be Wiser CFO will be appointed in due course.
AIG Life Limited has today announced the appointment of Neil Davies as Commercial Director, reporting to Phil Willcock, Chief Executive Officer, AIG Life. Commenting on the appointment, Willcock said:
“I am excited to bring someone of Neil’s calibre into our business. He brings a wealth of experience and a broad commercial skillset. I am delighted to welcome him to AIG Life”. Neil has over 30 years’ experience holding various senior positions in the UK Life and Retirement sector. He joins from HSBC UK Insurance where he was Deputy CEO with responsibility for proposition development across UK Life and General Insurance.
Willcock added: “Neil’s commercial credentials are incredibly strong and he has a track record of leading significant partner relationships and launching innovative new digital life products into the intermediated, aggregator and consumer markets.” Neil Davies said: “I am thrilled to be joining AIG Life. The company has demonstrated its ability to rapidly innovate and grow, won numerous industry awards and I look forward to being part of the team ensuring it remains at the forefront of the UK protection market.”
Willcock continued: “Neil’s appointment comes following the decision of Nicola Dryden, Partnership Director, to leave AIG Life. I would like to thank Nicola for her valuable contribution to growing our partner relationships over the last three years. I know that as our Commercial Director, Neil will be focused on driving both good customer and commercial outcomes for our strategic partners in the future. He inherits an experienced and dedicated team and I am confident partnership distribution will continue to strengthen and grow under his leadership.”
Sharyn Morley has been appointed Head of Vehicle Security Services at the Mobility division of IMS (Insurance & Mobility Solutions). Sharyn will start her new role on 11th January and report to Dave Turnock, Sales Director for the division.
Turnock said Morley, who spent twenty years in a variety of roles at Europcar Mobility Group (EMG) before joining IMS, will be responsible for leading on security-based service delivery to fleets and mobility businesses across Europe. This includes developing the group’s partnership with W4G, a specialist business that focuses on rapid response and repatriation of stolen vehicles.
He said: “Sharyn is well respected across the industry and will be an excellent ambassador for us among police forces, fleet and mobility businesses and other stakeholder groups. We also expect her to build links with government agencies looking at terrorism and organised crime gangs, both of which utilise the car rental sector for their criminal activity.”
Turnock explained: “One of her key tasks will be to build a risk intelligence register which can be embedded into our client-facing systems, including identifying roads with high incidence of vehicle theft and common locations for staged accidents and fraudulent claims. We will capture this data and use it to assist our clients with their total risk management approach.”
Sharyn said: “This is a great opportunity for me to bring the IMS security product set to the attention of many new forums, organisations and channels, where IMS hasn’t yet engaged fully, and where there would be great benefit derived from the adoption of its technologies and approach.”
Last summer, IMS was in the news after their vehicle security team saved London-based prestige car hire company City Inter Rent nearly £300,000 through the recovery of two high-value Range Rovers and a top-of-the-range Mercedes.
They struck back within hours of receiving alerts from IMS security devices that had been installed just months earlier. The vehicles were found packed in containers at Ilford, Essex, ready to be shipped abroad.