BMS, the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced the recent appointment of Guy Van Dugteren as national claims and technical manager, financial lines in Australia. Additionally, BMS confirmed Andrew McKenzie’s appointment as head of financial lines, Northern Region in Australia. McKenzie and Van Dugteren are based in Brisbane and report to Stuart Davies, head of financial lines at BMS Australia. Both assume their roles effective immediately.

Van Dugteren will lead BMS’s Australian Financial Lines Claims and Technical function and brings with him more than 15 years’ experience as an admitted insurance lawyer. Prior to joining BMS, Van Dugteren worked at Gallagher, where he held the role of manager, national technical claims. Before this he served as a solicitor at Colin Biggers & Paisley where he gained extensive experience in corporate governance, D&O risk advisory services, insurance policy advisory services, construction disputes, claims management audits and professional indemnity claims.

McKenzie joins BMS in Australia from his most recent role as director of specialties at Aon, where he also led Aon’s Financial Services Group (FSG). With more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance sector, McKenzie brings to BMS in Australia a wealth of industry experience and a deep understanding of the risks facing financial institutions, professional service providers and the boardrooms of corporate Australia. Prior to Andrew’s 19 years at Aon, he was the specialty insurance lines leader at Marsh for eight years.

Andrew Godden, CEO of BMS Australia, said: “At BMS we have developed an end-to-end Financial Lines service function which delivers technical excellence to our clients at all stages of the insurance lifecycle. We are proud to say that our integrated Financial Lines team offers our clients an unparalleled level of expertise in the sector. I am delighted that we are continuing to build out this area of our business with outstanding talent such as Andrew and Guy.”
Davies added: “Guy’s technical legal skills will be key to enhancing our marketing and risk management expertise as brokers and Andrew’s extensive client and placement experience will be a significant boost to our financial lines business. It’s great to officially welcome Andrew to the team and to announce Guy’s appointment, I look forward to working with them both.”
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