Time for another round-up of job moves and senior hires;
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) announced that Louise Kidd has been promoted to Country Manager in Ireland. Louise will also retain her role as Head of ird-Party Lines for BHSI in Ireland.
“Louise has been an excellent leader to our team in Ireland and solution-provider to our customers and brokers throughout Europe. We are pleased to recognize her excellent contributions with this promotion which will enable her to have an even greater impact on our team and the marketplace,” said Chris Colahan, Head of UK & Europe, BHSI. Louise joined BHSI in 2020 and has nearly 20 years of industry experience in third party lines, the last decade in leadership roles.
The role of Country Manager, Ireland, was previously held by Hilary Browne, who was recently elevated to the position of Regional Executive, UK and Europe, at BHSI.
SCOR announces the appointment of Yves Cormier as Head of Investor Relations, with effect from today. Reporting to Ian Kelly, Group Chief Financial Officer, Yves will be based in London.
Commenting on the appointment, Ian Kelly said: “I am delighted that Yves is joining us as Head of Investor Relations. As we move towards the unveiling of our next strategic plan at the end of March, his experience and expertise will be extremely valuable in terms of continuing to engage proactively with shareholders and sharing the Group’s roadmap for value creation with the market.”
Gallagher has appointed Elliot Miller as Regional Managing Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England.
In his new role, Elliot is responsible for leading over 200 colleagues who look after a diverse portfolio of clients, ranging from large corporate organisations through to SMEs. He will report into Peter Matthews, Managing Director of the North in Gallagher’s UK Retail division, and will be based in Glasgow.
Bringing over 35 years’ insurance experience, Elliot joins Gallagher from CNA Hardy, where he held the position of Head of UK Regions for over four years. In this role, Elliot was responsible for overseeing CNA Hardy’s UK-wide sales activities, and growing the business’s presence outside of London, including expanding its regional branch network. Prior to this, Elliot held the role of General Manager, UK & Ireland at QBE, where he was responsible for driving the growth of the business across its regional centres.
Colmore, which was formerly a middle and back-office technology function of a global asset manager, strives to source talent from within the industry. Its hiring thesis ensures the team provides differentiated solutions built for LPs, by LPs.
To continue its track record of success, Colmore is proud to announce the following key hires:
Dominic Critchley has joined as Co-Head of Fund Accounting (EU) and brings more than 25 years of fund accounting and investment operations experience. He joins Colmore after his previous role as Head of Investment Accounting for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest Limited Partners. Prior to this, Dominic was a Director at BlackRock, responsible for the Fund Administration of the UK, Irish and Luxembourg retail and institutional fund ranges.
Dominic will work closely with Veronica Harris, who has also been recently promoted to Co-Head of Fund Accounting (US), after many years of showing strong leadership within Colmore’s US accounting team. Dominic and Veronica will work closely together to support Colmore’s growing allocator fund administration client base.
Jordan Heetland has joined Colmore as a Senior Vice President and Head of North American Sales. He joins from an alternatives software provider, where he worked closely with the LP and fund of funds community. Jordan has extensive industry experience, with prior roles at wealth management platforms and within investment management. He will be instrumental in further supporting Colmore’s North American clients in getting the best insights and consolidated analysis of their investment portfolios.
Henry Tran has joined Colmore as a Senior Solution Architect to support Colmore’s continued innovations with data and analytics, bringing over 20 years of experience in application development and data platform solutions. Prior to joining Colmore, Henry worked at MUFG Capital Analytics and JP Morgan Chase, working on private markets technology for LPs and GPs.
Allianz Insurance is happy to announce that Karen Boothroyd has been appointed to the newly created position of commercial branch manager for Leeds and Newcastle. From 1 January, Karen will lead the underwriting and distribution teams across Leeds and Newcastle, to deliver excellent, market leading relationships, service and products to broker partners and end customers.
Having first joined Allianz in 2004, Karen has fulfilled many roles within the company, mainly within the claims team, where she was for 14 years. Most recently, she was a regional manager for Allianz’s engineering, construction and power (EC&P) division. Last week, Allianz announced that the commercial regions and engineering businesses will from now on be more closely aligned. The UK operations will be overseen by four regional managers who have all been given enhanced roles to include looking after EC&P matters as well as commercial distribution and broker service.
Chris Everett, regional manager for North, who Karen will be reporting to said:
“I am very happy to welcome Karen to the role of branch manager for Leeds and Newcastle, and I look forward to working very closely with her.”
Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, has appointed Tracey Harris its chief operating officer in Australia. As in-country COO within our expansive property and professional services business, Harris will also play a pivotal role in launching Sedgwick capability advancement and workforce absence and compensation programs in Australia.
Harris brings to Sedgwick over 20 years of C-suite leadership experience working in the insurance, health and aviation verticals in Australia and Asia, as well as in emergency assistance within the public, private, not-for-profit and government sectors. Throughout her career, she has led comprehensive technology, optimization and talent campaigns, in addition to having led numerous other large-scale transformation and automation initiatives. She holds both an MBA and a master’s degree in financial management from Bond University.
“Tracey is a true leader in the industry, with many years of experience driving companies’ digital and claims performance transformation strategies,” said Diego Ascani, Sedgwick CEO in Australia. “We are excited to welcome her to the Sedgwick family, where we know her impressive track record of results and empathy will help us serve our customers with a people-first mindset.”
Davies has announced that it has supported the launch of its latest MGA partnership, Samphire Risk, following approval to start trading.
Davies operate an independent incubator platform offering a “launch and host” service to entrepreneurs, private companies and corporates who are looking to establish an MGA. Having successfully supported the launch and hosting of over 40 MGAs so far, Davies has established itself as a go-to partner for entrepreneurs requiring regulatory and operational support.
Samphire Risk is an exciting new MGA venture for the CHC Group and led by industry-expert and CEO Charlie Hanbury, supported by Mark Skinner, Chief Underwriting Officer, and Hannah Catchpole, Assistant Underwriter. The independent MGA will focus exclusively on hostile and malicious risk insurance and is backed by a blend of Lloyd’s and company market paper, with their Lloyd’s binder led by Aspen.
WOODGATE & CLARK
Loss adjuster Woodgate & Clark has stepped up its senior recruitment strategy by appointing Glyn Brookes-Humphrey into a new role of Operations Manager, based in Leeds.
Brookes-Humphrey, who was previously at Sedgwick, is the latest hire by Woodgate & Clark as it responds to growth in its loss adjusting business. He reports to UK Service Manager Nic Fordyce and began his new role at the start of this year.
Nic Fordyce explained that Brookes-Humphrey will support service and technical quality delivery by optimising resources, managing workloads and adhering to client service level agreements, as well as further developing technical quality across the business.
“Our business is becoming ever more complex, especially in light of the pandemic and changes to working practices, and Glyn will be a vital player in making sure we are able to service the competing demands of our clients and their customers.”