Aon Risk Solutions Beefs Up, Restructures UK Professions Team

March 10, 2011

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon Corporation, announced that it has appointed new leaders for its Professions practice in London, and has made a number of strategic new hires.

The team provides specialized insurance brokerage and risk advisory services to professional service firms, including some of the world’s largest legal, accountancy, consultant and design professional firms.

Aon listed the changes and the new team members as follows:

David Powell – formally appointed head of Professions in the UK. David is an 11 year veteran of Aon. He brings 27 years of expertise within the insurance industry to the role.

Giles Bentley – assigned the role of leader of the UK solicitors/consultants business. He has also taken on responsibility for leading client service in the UK. With 26 years of experience in the client facing role, this additional responsibility is seen as a natural expansion to his existing responsibilities within the professions arena.

Andrew Newton – has been appointed leader of Aon’s UK Accountant’s retail team. He adds this responsibility to his existing client facing role, working with the “Big 4” accounting firms.
Additionally, the Professions team has expanded, with the following colleagues joining the team:

Michael Earp, most recently at Willis’ FINEX Division for the past five years, joins Aon as executive director and will lead the UK Design professional team, helping the country’s leading architects, engineers and construction companies with design capabilities manage their professional exposures. Michael is a construction expert and brings over 30 years of experience in the industry to his role, including time spent as both an underwriter and broker.

Jane Hunter will be joining Aon as executive director and will provide loss prevention and risk management advice and expertise to clients. She joins from law firm Bird & Bird LLP where she has been a practicing solicitor for the last four years.

Eve McBrinn joins Aon as director within the Professions team and will provide claims advice, bringing 15 years experience as a professional indemnity solicitor, the last three of which were spent at Thomas Egger LLP.

Tony Kavanagh joins Aon as director within the Professions team and will provide insurance brokerage and risk advisory services to UK solicitors and consultants.

Powell commented: “The landscape for professional service firms has rarely been so complex, making the management and transfer of risk of paramount importance. The strengthening of our Professions team further demonstrates our commitment to our professional service firm clients. We are proud of the unique and extensive knowledge that we bring to our clients. We believe that our market access and expertise continues to be second to none and that our integrated global platform is truly beneficial to our global clients.”

Source: Aon Risk Solutions

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