Job Moves & Senior Hires Round-Up 22.06.21

It’s been ages since we did a round up of job moves and new senior hires, so here goes;


Resource Solutions, part of the Robert Walters Group, has announced today four new appointments to strengthen and grow its global leadership team.

  • Phill Brown starts as the new Global Head of Market Intelligence.
  • Zedra Thiam joins as Head of Human Resources for North America.
  • Daniel Owen has been appointed as Director of Internal Operations.
  • Blair Pemberton is now Head of Commercial.

Commenting on the appointments, Norma Gillespie, CEO Resource Solutions said: “We have significant plans for global growth over the next two years. To deliver on those plans, we have been focused on developing an outstanding global leadership team and ensuring we are ready internally for expansion. These latest appointments further demonstrate the unmatched quality of our people and perfectly position the business to execute on our strategic growth plans. I’m looking forward to this next phase in our business’s journey as we deploy and develop our advisory services and intelligence products in new and existing markets.”


Lonmar Professions, a financial lines specialist and part of Lonmar, has appointed experienced financial lines broker Sean Trent into the role of Divisional Director. Sean, who joins Lonmar from Gallagher, started in June 2021 and will work alongside Lonmar Professions Managing Director Alan Newall and his team.

Alan Newall said: “Sean’s appointment underlines our commitment to grow both the retail and wholesale business for professional indemnity, cyber, management liability, medical malpractice and connected areas.”

He added: “In the current challenging market there are nevertheless good opportunities for growth if we adopt the right approach. Sean brings a huge amount of experience and some excellent market and retail connections with him and he adds significantly to the bench strength of our team.”

Alan explained that Lonmar Professions specialises in providing PI cover for a wide range of professions and trades, from accountants to surveyors. The business also offers risk placement facilities for regional UK brokers via its parent GRP, and through Hedron Networks, which was recently acquired by GRP from Marsh UK.


A leading accident management services provider has appointed an experienced industry figure to spearhead its strategic growth, and the move falls at a key time for the company as it seeks to disrupt the whiplash claims market with its automated, free and easy to use service.

Russell Atkinson, former CEO of NAHL Group, the firm behind National Accident Helpline, has been appointed Chairman of the Telford-based Call Brian Group. The business, which offers a 360-degree solution for customers, covering car replacement, car repairs, No Win No Fee legal advice and medical services – and does not impact insurance no claims for non-fault drivers, is seeking to remove the cost and administrative burden that comes with the government’s new whiplash claims portal.


Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, announced the promotion of Jennifer Quinn to Underwriting Manager Strategic Assets, London with immediate effect.

Jennifer reports to Terry FitzGerald, Head of FinPro Lines. She has oversight of the London Strategic Assets book of business, which covers Cyber, Intellectual Property, and Property GAP coverage. She is responsible for growing the Cyber and Strategic Assets offering and building LSM’s market position, working with a team of underwriters based in London.

Terry FitzGerald said, “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jen to the position of Underwriting Manager. She has a strong background and experience in the product line, which will be crucial as we navigate the changing market conditions facing cyber in particular.  I am excited to continue working with her in this new expanded role and delighted that we have the talent and expertise within Liberty to promote internally to this leadership role.”


Commercial insurance broker, McCarron Coates, has signalled its intent to further grow a business that has flourished during the year, by appointing a third director and shareholder to its board.

Luigi Maggio has joined founding directors, Ian McCarron and Paul Coates, to add further expertise in general commercial lines insurance.  Maggio leaves a position as managing director of a Yorkshire-based chain of commercial insurance brokerages and is already on board at McCarron Coates, with an aim of acquiring clients across the commercial lines spectrum.

McCarron Coates has established a strong reputation as a fleet transport insurance broker, with particular emphasis on the bus and coach and courier sectors, but its ability to write all types of commercial lines insurance sometimes goes under the radar. With Maggio’s expertise, more balance will be achieved, enabling the broker to work towards achieving significant growth targets.


Paul Chalfont has joined Markerstudy as Broker Manager. With experience from both insurer and brokering roles at LV= and BGL, Paul will manage relationships and drive growth for a range of the group’s broker partners.

Amanda Fox, Head of Broker Management and Product Governance, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Paul to the team. He’s well-known in the market and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and we are delighted to have him on board to help us drive our strategy and deliver our growth ambitions.”

Paul added: “I’m delighted to have joined the team at Markerstudy at such an exciting time for the group and look forward to forging new relationships, and furthering existing partnerships.”


Further strengthening its underwriting expertise and enhancing the tailored offerings within its Captive Solutions and Sharing (Gig) Economy practices, Crum & Forster’s Accident & Health (A&H) Division has appointed longtime insurance industry leader Mark Srygley to help drive its efforts in those key disciplines.

“Mark brings with him a wealth of underwriting experience, knowledge and product acumen across many property and casualty lines, as well as a deep understanding of insurance analytics. We – and importantly, our clients – look forward to his guidance as we drive our dual, integrated strategy to expand both the Sharing Economy and Captives practices,” said A&H Vice President David Kaplan, who, along with Srygley, will lead the initiative.

With respect to Captive Solutions, the team is working to develop and implement strategies in situations where current available industry products or structures have proven difficult to place, ensuring C&F can provide specialized coverage for unusual or hard-to-insure risks. These new offerings can include both standard lines of business for both A&H and Property & Casualty (P&C) and extend to all other lines.

Clients operating in the Sharing Economy often require one-of-a-kind and creative insurance products that are typically not available off the shelf. To address this ever-expanding market, the group is creating and putting in place a “single-stop” approach for clients whose needs require strategies and solutions across multiple disciplines.


InsurTech Previsico recently announced that Dimosthenis Tsaknias, previously Lead Modeller for RMS and Weather Modelling Manager for Lloyds Banking Group, has been hired as Senior Flood Modeller to lead its flood modelling team, to support global expansion.

Previsico specialises in modelling surface water flooding in real-time by utilising the latest geospatial technology for weather predictions, in partnership with IBM, to deliver property-level flood nowcast and forecast warnings. With a wealth of experience, Dimosthenis Tsaknias will be a major asset in Previsico’s mission to be the leading global provider of cutting-edge flood warning prediction, including for surface water flooding, which potentially affects 3 million people in the UK (compared with 2.4 million for river and coastal flooding).

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