Job Moves & Senior Hires 04.03.2022

It’s time for another round up of senior hires and job moves across the insurance sector;


Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has appointed Simon McGill as its new UK schemes development manager.

The Gloucester-based insurer has recruited Simon McGill to take up the position of UK schemes development manager as it looks to expand its schemes book and provide brokers and managing general agents (MGAs) with more opportunities.

Ecclesiastical has operated in the schemes market for over thirty years, providing product, risk management and claims solutions for a broad range of commercial and specialist personal lines schemes.

The insurer has ambitions to grow its schemes book and the new role will focus on the development of new schemes, engaging with the broker and MGA markets to expand the new schemes pipeline and take them through to launch.


Insurance market leaders Sharon Brown, (pictured above) Managing Director of Harbour Underwriting and William Morris, Director of Underwriting Delegated Authority UK at HDI Global Specialty SE, have joined the board of the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA). The new appointments were confirmed at the Association’s 11th Annual General Meeting.

Sharon Brown has been elected to join the board for a tenure of four years. She has over 30 years’ experience in the market, currently as Managing Director of Harbour Underwriting, an MGA specialising in provision of legal costs cover. Brown previously spent over eight years at Miles Smith Insurance Group, working in a number of senior leadership positions.

William Morris has been appointed to the board of the MGAA for the forthcoming year. He has over 25 years of experience in the wider insurance market, and presently oversees a diverse portfolio of delegated authority, including US commercial general liability (CGL) and property, UK liability, property and pet insurance, cyber and other specialty lines. Previous roles include Underwriting Manager at Nuclear Risk Insurers, Head of Casualty Underwriting UK Branch, Generali, and Director of Underwriting at Zurich Municipal. Morris will add valuable insights from a carrier point of view and help to support the wider MGA and insurer dynamic.

The MGAA also re-elected Marco Del Carlo, founder and CEO at XS Assure, and Lyndsey Thompson, founder and Operations Director at Incorporated Insurance Group (IIGL) as MGAA board directors for a further four-year term.

Brown and Morris join existing board members; Charles Manchester, MGAA chairman, Mike Keating, MGAA CEO, Catherine Bell, Chairman of Magenta Insurance, Jonathan Skinner, Group Placement Director at Jensten Group, Jeff Turner, CEO of Miramar Underwriting, Chris Collings, Non- Executive Director at Markerstudy, Keith Stern, Regional Manager UK & Ireland at Lloyd’s, and Chris Harman, Chairman at Resolution Underwriting, along with Del Carlo and Thompson.


Market-leading bridging loan firm, SoMo, has appointed an in-house Talent Acquisition Partner to keep up with its rapid growth. In the last 12 months, SoMo has made nine new hires and this rate of expansion is only to set to continue as the bridging firm, formerly known as The Bridgecrowd, continues to see impressive growth.

Lindsey O’Neill joins the Manchester based firm with a remit of recruiting top candidates, overseeing the onboarding process and developing personal growth plans to help retain talent. There are currently 8 roles available, including Key Account Managers and Business Development Managers.

Lindsey says: “I’m delighted to join SoMo and be given the opportunity to build my own recruitment function. SoMo is a brilliant and exciting place to work. It has a great social environment, an exceptionally friendly and supportive team, and people can rise up the ranks quickly as the business goes from strength to strength.”


HCA Healthcare UK has appointed Soraya Chamberlain in a new role as Vice President of Corporate Sales. Soraya will be responsible for driving growth across HCA UK’s already extensive corporate client business and building on its established reputation for premium, bespoke workplace health solutions.

With a track record of executive roles in corporate health at AXA Health, Bupa and Punter Southall Health and Protection, Soraya will lead HCA UK’s corporate health team in its management of over 1,000 corporate clients and develop opportunities for new business and relationships with intermediary partners.

The appointment comes at an exciting time in corporate health, as more employers explore the ways they can support the development of healthier, more resilient, and efficient workforces, and recognise the significant role they can play in the wider wellbeing of their teams.


Woodgate & Clark continues with its senior recruitment strategy by appointing Gordon Young into a new role of Head of Business Analytics.

Young, who was previously at RSA in a variety of senior leadership roles, is the latest hire by Woodgate & Clark as it responds to growth in its loss adjusting business. He reports to Operations Director Graeme Fitzpatrick and began his new role at the start of March.

Graeme Fitzpatrick explained that Young will lead and further develop the firms MI and analytics strategy, enhancing their ability to offer clients accurate and up to the minute market insight by using state of the art methods to capture and extract data.

“Our clients rightfully demand and expect the best MI and reporting on their claims activity, and Gordon will be a pivotal player in making sure we are able to service these competing demands, as well as helping to provide analysis and counsel to internal colleagues on a wide range of business activities.”


Sompo International Holdings Ltd., a global Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced  the appointment of Jon Hiller as Senior Vice President, Head of International Casualty, London Market. He will be based in London and report to Mike Reid, Executive Vice President, Head of Casualty, International Insurance.

Julian James, Chief Executive Officer, International Insurance at Sompo International, said: “Jon joins us at an exciting time as our casualty team powers ahead on its growth trajectory. His remit will be to build our casualty portfolio in London, lead the underwriting team and develop our value proposition for international businesses. Jon’s breadth of experience and knowledge of corporate liability, and of setting up and operating global programmes, will be invaluable as we build effective long-term relationships with our clients, offering them greater expertise and depth in helping them to address the evolving threat landscape and mitigate against potential loss and claims scenarios.”

Jon has 15 years of experience gained in the Lloyd’s and London markets and in Sydney, Australia. He has held leadership roles in claims, underwriting and project & portfolio management at companies including AIG, Chubb and JLT. He joins Sompo International from QBE, where he led the company’s Canadian Liability & International Environmental Portfolios.


Scottish Widows, part of Lloyds Banking Group, has appointed Ranila Ravi-Burslem as its new Intermediary Distribution Director working across its Scottish Widows and Embark brands. Ranila joins from Aviva where she was previously Workplace Savings & Retirement Distribution Director.

The recent completion of the acquisition of Embark, an investment and retirement platform, bolstered Lloyds Banking Group’s multi-brand portfolio. Ranila will oversee intermediary distribution at both Scottish Widows and Embark, focusing on growing the Group’s distribution reach whilst continuing to innovate for the intermediary market and support our white label partners.


Bishopsgate Insurance Brokers has appointed Sam Galbraith as head of property and casualty for the Republic of Ireland.

Sam will oversee the launch and growth of a wholesale property and casualty business for Ireland in conjunction with Ardonagh Specialty Europe with placement into carriers including Lloyd’s and the London Market, building upon Bishopsgate’s presence in the UK, Northern Ireland, and the US. Sam brings 13 years’ experience as a Lloyd’s broker to the role. He was previously senior account executive at Optis and subsequently Citynet Insurance Brokers where he was a major producer of UK and Irish wholesale business for six years. Prior to Citynet Sam worked as an account executive at Howden.


Marsh recently announced the appointment of Helen Nuttall as UK Head of Cyber Incident Management, Marsh Specialty, and Patrick Cannon as UK Head of Cyber Claims. Based in London, Ms. Nuttall reports to Sarah Stephens, Head of Cyber, International, Marsh Specialty, and Mr. Cannon reports to Helen Haggie, Head of UK Claims, Financial and Professional (FINPRO) practice, Marsh Specialty.

Ms. Nuttall joins Marsh Specialty from Beazley, where she was instrumental in setting up Beazley’s Breach Response (BBR) Services in the UK and Europe as International Breach Response Manager. Prior to Beazley, Ms. Nuttall was as Associate focused on cyber risks, data security, and breach response at DAC Beachcroft LLP in London.

In this newly created role, Ms. Nuttall is responsible for helping UK clients prepare for, respond to, and recover from a cyber incident. This includes proactively tailoring cyber incident response strategies, managing the complexities of cyber incidents should they occur, and assisting with the preparation of post-event insurance claims. 

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