Time once again for the weekly job moves and appointments round-up, here goes;
Marshall Wooldridge Group, the Leeds-based broker that is part of Brown & Brown, has appointed Nick Pay managing director. He took up his new role in October and reports to Neil Thornton, managing director, Retail.
Marshall Wooldridge Group was acquired by Brown & Brown in 2016. In addition to Marshall Wooldridge (which celebrated 50 years of trading this year), the Group comprises ECS, Rotherham Insurance Brokers, Lawrence Fraser, Goldthorpe and Bush & Associates.
Neil Thornton has been overseeing the business for the last year. Commenting on his appointment, Neil Thornton said: “Nick is a highly experienced broker who worked with me at Bluefin back in 2015-2017. He was a successful, dedicated and enterprising regional manager at Bluefin, so it’s great news that he’ll be bringing his skills and experience to Marshall Wooldridge, our Yorkshire Hub business and a key component of the Brown & Brown retail business in the UK.”
Fletchers Solicitors has appointed two senior lawyers into its Clinical Negligence team. Both Vicki Capper and Amy Moylan come from the defendant firm, Hill Dickinson.
They began their new roles at the beginning of November, and according to Alison Flaherty, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence Serious Injury, their arrival emphasises the ongoing success of Fletchers in attracting lawyers from leading national firms, both from the defendant and claimant side.
Alison said: “We are determined to look across the whole sector to find the best talent for our clients. The more lawyers within the Group, the more diverse service we can offer our clients, and it is great news that two such experienced lawyers are joining our clinical negligence team.”
Vicki Capper, who specialises in brain and spinal cord clinical negligence injuries said: “Fletchers has a strong reputation as a fast growing and progressive law firm which made it stand out as an attractive place to further develop my career. I was also very impressed by the team dynamic and it is clear that Fletchers value and take pride in their lawyers. It’s an exciting time to be joining the business and I’m really looking forward to making my mark here.”
Amy Moylan, who is recognised in the Legal 500 2024 as a ‘key lawyer’, explained that she had been considering a transfer across from defendant to claimant work for some time and chose Fletchers because “like Vicki, I’ve been impressed by the management’s commitment to social purpose and its workforce.”
An independent insurance broker has made three key appointments as part of ongoing expansion plans.
The move by H&H Insurance Brokers (HHIB), which operates across the North of England, the south of Scotland and Wales, signals an investment in the future through strengthening its presence across its regional bases and bringing further expertise into the business. The new recruits are Craig Dickson and David Murchie who join the firm as Account Executives, and Mary Ballard who will work in business development while training to become an Account Executive.
Working out of HHIB’s office in Newtown St Boswells, Craig will cover the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland, while David will work with clients in Dumfries and Galloway and across the south west Scotland region.
Mary will be based at the head office in Carlisle, focusing on building new client relationships and using her experience in the commercial sector to support business growth.
BROWN & BROWN
Brown & Brown (Europe) Ltd (Brown & Brown) has appointed Carolyn Callan as a Managing Director of its Retail Division. Carolyn, who was previously Commercial Lines Director at Covéa, joined the business on 1 November 2023, reporting to Duncan Carter, CEO, UK Retail Division. In addition to assuming oversight for a number of businesses, she will work as part of the Retail Senior Leadership Team to continue to drive the profitable growth of the division, drive operational efficiency and develop and retain talent across the business.
Carolyn said: “I’m excited to be joining Brown & Brown at such a pivotal time for the business, and retail broking in particular.”
She added: “I have worked with Mike Bruce and his team as a strategic insurance partner for the past five years and my respect and admiration for the team has grown with each passing year.”
Pro MGA Global Solutions (Pro MGA), the independent managing general agent (MGA) incubation division of global re/insurance trusted guidance provider, Pro Global Holdings Limited (Pro), is pleased to announce the appointment of Hans Martin Døhlen as Managing Director of the company’s European platform, Pro MGA Solutions Europe GmbH, and Director of Underwriting. Based in Berlin, Germany, Hans will be responsible for the growth of Pro MGA’s business in Europe, including MGA incubator and facility services, as well as oversight of all underwriting activities. Hans reports to Pro MGA CEO, Danny Maleary.
Lockton, the world’s largest independent insurance broker, has announced the arrival of Øyvind Larsen to lead its People Solutions business in Norway. Based in Oslo, Øyvind will be joined by further senior hires, establishing a competitive new proposition for existing and prospective clients in the region.
Øyvind brings more than 25 years of experience to Lockton. He joins from Aon in Norway, where he was most recently Head of Health & Benefits, playing a key role in the management of the Norwegian business.
Lockton’s Norwegian People Solutions team will be strengthened by further senior hires in January. The new hires will join Øyvind in senior capacities, providing further impetus to the team’s market-leading expertise in the region.
Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, has named Neil Gibson its CEO in the UK.
Gibson most recently served as COO of Sedgwick’s operations in the UK, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He brings to his new role more than 18 years of insurance industry leadership experience and decades of operational claims management and colleague development expertise. Gibson also serves on Sedgwick’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) committee.
“I am honoured to step into this new role as CEO and to continue to grow Sedgwick’s business and resources in the UK,” Gibson said. “From my four years as COO to this new role, my focus remains on our people, as they are our most important asset in the work we do. I am committed to delivering on our values and objectives for the benefit of our 2,000+ UK colleagues and the valued clients we serve.”
With Gibson’s appointment, Paul White — who has been serving as Sedgwick CEO for the UK, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa and Asia — will retain oversight of Sedgwick’s business in the UK and other international territories as regional CEO.