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BMS appoints global expert as Head of Wholesale Claims

Independent global broker BMS today announced that Steve Ferns has agreed to join its Wholesale division as Head of Claims. His responsibilities will include helping BMS to build its client offering with a best-in-class back office platform. His property and construction claims handling experience encompasses North America, Latin America/Caribbean, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Steve Ferns commented: “BMS’ appeal was its independence – which offers an opportunity for innovation without red tape. Joining an organisation that has a clear vision of what it wants to achieve and a commitment to making claims servicing the best in the business is a platform that I look forward to contributing to.”

Nick Cook, CEO Wholesale, added: “We want to offer our clients seamless service and I am delighted that someone of Steve’s calibre, breadth of knowledge and reputation has agreed to become part of our expanding team of experts.”

Prior to joining BMS, Ferns was Property Claims Director at Lockton LLP for over ten years and before that was a Wholesale Claims Manager with PWS Holdings. He will join BMS in September once his contractual obligations have been met and will be based in the London office.

BMS appoints Philip Campbell to help build its US platform

Independent global broker BMS today announced that Philip Campbell has agreed to join its US based operations as Executive Vice President and member of its US Strategy Board. His responsibilities will include helping BMS to drive the build out of its US reinsurance platform and to develop and deliver customized reinsurance and risk management solutions for Property, Casualty and Speciality insurers.

Philip Campbell commented:

“BMS is uniquely positioned to attract exceptionally talented broking, cat modelling, actuarial and other analytic staff who yearn for an entrepreneurial work environment. I’m excited to be joining my fellow US and UK colleagues.

Together we will build a world-class operating model, develop best in class systems and capabilities and create a culture that will attract the best talent in the industry. We will listen to our clients and prospects, create custom solutions to their needs and challenges and deliver and execute on these solutions with an intense commitment to excellence”.

Carl Beardmore, CEO, added:

“I am delighted that Phil is joining us. His more than 25 years experience designing, placing and executing reinsurance and risk management strategies for some of the most prestigious and successful insurance companies in the US, is exactly the kind of executive talent we are looking to recruit. This marks another important step in the development and extension of our US operations. We are very encouraged about the future of our US initiatives.”

Prior to joining BMS, Campbell was a Managing Director of Guy Carpenter and before that was an Executive Vice President with Aon Benfield and its predecessors for over 25 years, holding a number of key broking and leadership positions. He will be based in the BMS Minneapolis office.

BMS lures Guy Carpenter exec to build out US reinsurance platform

Expansive broker BMS has lured Philip Campbell from Guy Carpenter to build out its US reinsurance platform.

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BMS hires Ian Gormley to spearhead its US Wholesale Growth

Independent global broker BMS Group today announces it has signed up another high profile recruit for its growing wholesale team.

Ian Gormley, formerly Head of US Property at Willis-owned wholesaler Glencairn, will join the BMS wholesale team led by Nick Cook upon completion of his six month contractual notice period. His role will be to lead the continued growth of BMS’ US wholesale business.

Nick Cook, Head of Wholesale at BMS, commented:

“Ian is one of the London market’s most respected brokers and producers.  He will greatly enhance our capability in London to meet our US-based client’s expectations, and I am delighted that we have secured an individual of such high calibre”.


Two more new hires for BMS Group MGA Operation

Pioneer and JH Intermediaries the MGA arms of the BMS Group, today announces the addition of two new employees:

  • John Andrews, Business Development Director
  • Jade Bolton, Business Development Assistant

BMS launched Lloyd’s Managing General Agent, Pioneer Underwriting in April 2011 to underwrite a diverse portfolio of business with an initial premium capacity of £62.5m. The team is led by Darren Doherty, Managing Director.

John Andrews joins as Business Development Director and will be responsible for developing program related business for Pioneer Underwriting and JH Intermediaries.  John has over 20 years experience within the MGA & delegated authority arena and joins from Glencairn.  John will report to Darren Doherty.

Jade Bolton also joins as Business Development Assistant. Jade brings with her 7 years experience within the insurance industry with particular expertise in underwriting casualty & professional lines MGA and delegated business.

Darren Doherty today commented:

“Having launched Pioneer in April, we are keen to continue to attract the best talent.  This ensures our clients receive the full benefits of our underwriting model.


BMS Group has made no secret of its ambition to grow the business, with underwriting being a core component of this growth. Both John and Jade will strengthen our offering and I welcome them to the team.”


Pioneer Underwriting at BMS Group takes on Marine Underwriter

Pioneer Underwriting, BMS Group’s recently launched Lloyd’s MGA, today announces that Amy Fu joins the team as a Marine Underwriter.

BMS launched Lloyd’s Managing General Agent, Pioneer Underwriting, in April 2011 to underwrite a diverse portfolio of business with an initial premium capacity of £62.5m. The team is led by Darren Doherty, Managing Director.

Amy joins from Swiss Re where she gained extensive knowledge of the Asian insurance market working in its offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.  Prior to the insurance industry Amy worked as a financial analyst at Reuters in China, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance.

Darren Doherty today commented:

“Having launched Pioneer in April, we are keen to attract the best talent to ensure our clients receive the full benefits of the underwriting model.


“BMS Group has made no secret of its ambition to grow the business, with underwriting being a core component of this growth. Amy will strengthen Pioneer’s current expertise and I’m looking forward to her joining the team.”

Why claims handling is important to BMS

Kris Westall joined BMS in January 2011, bringing over 25 years of experience in claims and accounting operations. Listen to Kris discuss her views on the vital need for an integrated claims team.


BMS appoints new Non-Executive Director

Independent specialist broker BMS Group announced that it has hired a new non-executive director.

James Morley was appointed in January 2011, subject to FSA approval, as non-executive director of BMS Associates Ltd and BMS Group Ltd.

He is a Chartered Accountant with an executive background spanning 30 years as Group Finance Director within a number of listed public companies, including various insurance companies. Over the last few years his business experience has been focused on Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee positions within a number of PLCs.

CEO BMS Group, Carl Beardmore said: “I am delighted to welcome James to BMS. We have been searching for an additional non-executive director with specific financial experience to guide and challenge us. James fits the bill perfectly and I look forward to working with him.”

James said: “BMS is experiencing an exciting period of development and expansion, which I felt would be interesting to be a part of and to help guide the future success of the Group.”

BMS appoints new Reinsurance Operations Officer and relocation of its US hub

BMS announced today that it has appointed Kristine Westall as Senior Vice President, Reinsurance Operations Officer of its US platform. Formerly, Kristine spent over 20 years working for Benfield in their Minneapolis office as SVP, Reinsurance Accounting and Claims. Recently she has worked for John B. Collins Associates, Inc as SVP of Brokerage Operations responsible for providing accounting, claims, IT, contracts, compliance and office services..

The specialist insurance broker confirmed that after a lengthy review of its US office locations it has decided to transfer its US back-office hub, currently based in Dallas, to Minneapolis to be closer to client base and a larger potential talent pool. The Dallas office will in turn become a sales and production hub. Kristine’s role will incorporate the development and implementation of the BMS strategy in the US, while building a team in the new Minneapolis hub to take the platform to the next level.


BMS appoints Chicago VP – James Botsis

Specialist (re)insurer BMS has appointed James Botsis as vice president in its property & casualty team in Chicago.

Prior to his appointment at BMS, Botsis held the position of assistant vice president at Towers Watson in Chicago for 11 years.

BMS said Botsis’ appointment is an important step towards growing both the property and casualty team and the company’s broking business.

Robin Greville Williams, managing director of property and casualty, said: “James has a track record for excellent client service, a strong business development capability and is an agriculture specialist, which makes him exactly the type of reinsurance broker we want to invest in as we expand our team.”