Job Moves and Senior Appointments 31.10.22

It’s time for another job moves round up, so here goes;


TH March, the UK’s leading specialist jewellery insurance broker, today announces that Chief Executive Officer, Neil McFarlane (pictured) will be retiring in early 2023, after nearly 40 years of loyalty and committed service to the company.

Neil joined the Commercial Insurances Department of the TH March Plymouth office as a Management Trainee at the tender age of just 19. In 1988, Neil was promoted and became an Account Executive, covering the South West region, where he was really able to learn and understand the jewellery trade and their insurance requirements.

Ten years later, in 1998, Neil was appointed as an Associate Director of the Company, and this was followed by a move to the London office in January 1999. By the end of that year Neil became a Director, and in July 2005, Neil was appointed as Sales Director, shortly after also taking on responsibility for Marketing. In June 2012, he succeeded Michael Ferraro as TH March’s new Managing Director. During 2018, Neil’s role altered, once again, to Chief Executive Officer, which more accurately reflected the way in which the company has developed over the years.

Simon Dawe has been named as Managing Director (effective since 1 st June 2022) and has an extensive background and history at TH March, ready to deliver a strong operational performance and support its strategic direction.


Synetiq has announced the appointment of Richard Barmby as the Warehouse and Distribution Manager across its UK sites. As part of his new role, Richard will oversee the complete process of green parts distribution from the point of being dismantled through to delivery. Richard brings 20 years of experience in the warehouse and distribution sector with some of the biggest names in the FMCG industry, including Sainsburys and Warburtons.


Argenta Syndicate Management Limited (“ASML”), a subsidiary of Argenta Holdings Limited, today announces the appointment of Stephen Haynes as marine excess of loss underwriter, effective immediately. Based in London, he will report to Heath Callan, Argenta’s head of energy and marine insurance.

Haynes brings close to four decades’ worth of experience in the energy and marine insurance market and joins from AXIS Re (a division of AXIS Capital Ltd) where he was head of global energy and marine reinsurance. He joined Axis following the acquisition of Novae where he held the role of class underwriter, marine and energy reinsurance. Prior to this, Haynes held senior underwriting positions at Platinum Re, St Paul Re and was class underwriter, marine and aviation reinsurance, at Catlin Underwriting Services. Haynes began his career in a number of broking positions principally involved in marine treaty and facultative placing and claims broking.


Chartered commercial broker Konsileo announces the appointment of Vicky Ferrier as a non-executive director.

Vicky will join work closely with founder and CEO John Warburton and the Board of Directors to support Konsileo’s continued growth.

Vicky brings more than 30 years’ experience from a variety of roles including finance director, head of investor relations and talent director in retail, finance services and consumer products. She is currently Group Director of Talent and Capability at The Very Group and has supported leaders in a wide range of organisations including NHS Trusts, start-ups and multinationals corporates as a trained executive coach.

Konsileo has doubled in size in the last 12 months, and currently employs 90 people across the UK and places £25 million of premium on behalf of its clients.


Over in the USA, the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), the standards-setting body for the global financial planning profession, has  announced that Dante De Gori, CFP®, has been appointed as its chief executive officer, effective 1 January 2023.

The appointment follows the announcement in May 2022 that Noel Maye would step down as FPSB CEO at the end of December 2022.

“The Board of Directors is pleased Dante De Gori, CFP®, will step into the role as CEO of Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. next year,” said FPSB Board chairperson Garry Muriwai. “Dante’s deep experience in, and passion for, the financial planning profession combined with his exemplary leadership skills were sought-after assets to drive FPSB’s vision and mission forward. We look forward to working with him to advance the global financial planning profession.”

“The value of financial planning and of working with a financial planner who has committed to competency and ethical standards, like a CFP professional, is becoming increasingly important with the rise of technology, fin-fluencers, geopolitical conflicts and inflation,” said De Gori. “FPSB and the global financial planning community of more than 203,000 CFP professionals play an important role in helping people realize the benefits of financial planning. I look forward to continuing my work with the FPSB team and Network to uphold and promote worldwide professional financial planning standards and raise awareness of the value of financial planning.”


Woodgate & Clark has appointed senior claims operations professional Irene Davies-Foo as Head of Operations Projects.

Irene joined the business, which is headquartered in West Malling, Kent, in October and will report to Operations Director Graeme Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick said that Davies-Foo will oversee strategic projects in Woodgate & Clark’s claims operations, and her main focus will be delivering a large scale IT transformation project to develop the loss adjuster’s new claims platform alongside Van Ameyde Systems, the systems division of parent company, Van Ameyde.

“Irene is a highly experienced claims operations professional with a strong track record in both the loss adjusting sector and in the insurer space, where she spent 12 years on technical projects with DLG. It’s great that she has chosen to join Woodgate & Clark, where she will play a key role in bringing our new claims platform onstream in 2023.”

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