Job Moves and Senior Hires 13.03.23

It’s another exciting week ahead, here are the latest industry job moves;


McGill and Partners has expanded its financial lines offering with the appointment of three new Partners: Paul Morgan, Breda Duignan and Abel Budd. These three talented new hires bring additional expertise to further build on the success of financial lines team.

Paul has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years and has always focused specifically on financial institutions. Having worked for each of the major global brokers, he was most recently head of the financial institutions team at Gallagher. During his career, he has worked with a broad range of clients including tier-one banks and global hedge funds, individual investment vehicles, and start-up companies.

Breda has also been in the insurance market for 25 years having joined the McGill and Partners team from Aon. Breda specialises in financial lines solutions for large global clients, including experience working with FTSE 100 companies, banks, asset managers, and insurance companies.

Abel joins from the executive risks team at Beazley, where he was a Senior Underwriter. He has a background in both broking and underwriting and in his 11-year career has focussed particularly on directors’ and officers’ liability, employment practices liability, sexual abuse liability, pension trustees’ liability, and commercial crime.


Mosaic Insurance has appointed Jennifer Zhu of Golden Gate Capital to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Zhu joins six other directors of the company, including Board Chair Caroline Foulger, who took up the position last year.

“I am thrilled to formally welcome Jenn to the Board, particularly as we mark International Women’s’ Day today,” said Foulger. “Jenn has been a regular Board attendee since Mosaic’s inception, and her formal appointment is a reflection of her valuable contributions over the last two years. Jenn and I together now comprise 40 percent of the non-executive Board directors—which aligns well to the nearly 40-percent female employee complement at the company. Gender balance truly runs all the way through Mosaic and is one of our many strengths.”

Zhu is a Principal at Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private-equity firm that holds a majority stake in Mosaic through its financial services portfolio company, Angel Island Capital. She is a member of the firm’s financial services team, covering investments in specialized markets, including insurance, asset and wealth management, fintech, and specialty finance.


Conduit Re, a leading reinsurance company, announces the appointment of Mario Binetti, in the new role of Head of Casualty. Mario joins Conduit from BMS Re, where he is currently Head of Casualty Treaty and Actuarial.  Prior to joining BMS Re, Mario held senior underwriting roles at several leading reinsurance companies, including at JRG Re, QBE Reinsurance, XL Capital and most latterly as Head of Casualty and Actuarial at Everest Re, Bermuda.

With 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Mario brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the role. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership roles in both an underwriting capacity as well as actuarial.

In his new role, Mario will be responsible for leading Conduit’s global casualty underwriting team, which had previously been split by geography. He will lead the continued development and delivery of the company’s casualty strategy, ensuring that Conduit continues to provide its clients with innovative and effective reinsurance solutions.


Optio Group, the specialty MGA, today announces the appointment of Tom Kennet as UK head of political violence and terrorism (PVT), effective immediately. Based in London, Kennet will report to Chris Kirby, global head of PVT.

With both broking and underwriting experience, Kennet brings more than 12 years of class-specific expertise to Optio. He joins from Munich Re Syndicate where he held the role of senior PVT underwriter. Prior to this he held a number of senior positions including senior broker, PVT, at both Aon and Marsh where he focused on building a global partner network and sourcing new business opportunities within emerging markets.


One of the UK’s fastest growing temporary insurance brokers, GoShorty, has appointed a new chairman.

Paul Moors joins GoShorty as Chairman, adding significant experience to the existing executive team. Paul led Bollington Insurance Brokers from 1998 to 2017 when he completed the buyout and simultaneous merger of Bollington Insurance Brokers and F Wilsons Insurance Brokers to Create Bollington Wilson Group alongside Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP. In 2021, Paul completed the sale of Bollington Wilson Group to one of the UK’s leading independent brokers Arthur J. Gallagher.

Andy Moody, GoShorty’s founder and Managing Director, comments: “Having recently grown our senior management team, the arrival of Paul as our Chairman brings significant additional strength to our executive board. Paul Moors’ appointment is subject to FCA approval.


Connect Underwriting Limited, a specialist reinsurance MGA, announces the appointment of Ahsan Abdul Majid, who joins its newly launched holding company: ConnectUW Holdings LTD. Majid has joined as chief commercial officer (CCO) of the company, which has been established as an umbrella /parent company for the group’s expanding insurance entities in the London Market.

Majid previously worked for Gallagher where he was executive vice president, a role with a reinsurance and international business focus. As CCO of ConnectUW Holdings, he will work alongside the group’s chairman and CEO, Jamil Elbahou, to identify and capitalise on commercial and investment opportunities, as well as having a broad business development role for the group in the international markets.

ConnectUW Holdings has been set up to manage the group’s investment strategy, including capital raising and leveraging strategic opportunities and initiatives that support the group’s expansion.


Markel, a leading insurance, tax and legal services provider, has made two senior appointments to enhance its strategic broker partnerships as the company continues to drive its strategy for growth.

Francesca Darvill joins the company as Account Director within the team and will report to Suz Diemer, Head of Strategic Partnerships. She is joined by Samantha Evans, who has been appointed Development Underwriter with a focus on professional indemnity-led business and will report to Mark Lowther, Head of Financial Lines Sales UK. In her new role Darvill will be responsible for three of Markel’s most significant broker partnerships, steering them to support Markel’s expansion ambitions.

Darvill joins Markel UK from Hiscox. Having joined the insurer in 2016, she began in its e-trade operations, transferring to schemes before moving into a Strategic Partner role where she worked closely with networks and a broad range of brokers nationally to understand their eTrade requirements.


Insurance group Atec has appointed Ant Sherlock as Group Distribution Partnerships Director to help deliver the next phase of growth for the business.

Atec Group – which comprises of several brands including Ceta Insurance, InsureMy and Arkel Underwriting – has grown policy numbers by 90% in the last two years.  In this brand-new role, Ant will work closely with the existing leadership team to continue the group’s record breaking growth over the last two years.

Ant, 56, has almost 30 years of experience in the general insurance space. He started his career at AXA in 1996 and spent 18 years in various roles across the business, eventually working his way up to Business Manager of Insurance, Commercial & Personal Intermediary. For the last 10 years, Ant has been working in the MGA space, managing strategic partners, networks and specialist brokers across various niche products, holding senior roles at Prestige Underwriting and Midas Underwriting Ltd.


Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) announces the appointment of Will Green as divisional head of war within its aviation underwriting team.

Having written this class for many years, this appointment marks the creation of a dedicated aviation war team to provide clients a service-driven and creative platform for the challenges ahead.

Recent geopolitical uncertainty and an increasingly complex trading environment have heightened focus and demand for specialist war risks coverage. TMK’s aviation war team is able to offer bespoke solutions for clients and brokers alike, backed by an outstanding claims team.


Charles Taylor Adjusting (CTA), a leading international loss adjusting business, is pleased to announce its continued strong growth with the hire of eight new technical experts in Australia. With these recent additions, CTA now has a team of over 120 technical adjusters and insurance specialists. From 15 locations across Australia, CTA is expanding to meet the growing client demand for its breadth of services in the assessment and resolution of large and complex claims.

Mark Thompson, Regional Head of Australia & New Zealand Deputy Global Practise Lead of Property, Casualty, Technical & Special Risks, Charles Taylor Adjusting said:

“We are thrilled to welcome these new hires to Charles Taylor Australia. With strong, experienced teams in place, we are able to deliver high-quality service to our clients in the aviation, marine, natural resources, property, casualty, technical and special risks markets. With this expansion, Charles Taylor Adjusting will continue to strengthen its position as a market leader in the loss adjusting industry.”



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