North of England Club has announced several appointments to its team, despite the imposition of a nationwide lockdown in March.
North said that it had recruited 18 people since lockdown started in late March, as part of a move to strengthen and diversify the business.
A series of senior promotions have also been made as part of a move to support North’s expanded services. Three North employees with extensive shipping experience – Allistair Ridgley, Sam Nicholls and Stephen Sayer – have been appointed to the roles of deputy director (Claims), each with their own areas of focus.
Ridgley will work in North’s Asia team, specializing in admiralty claims – part of North’s insurance services that deals with collision incidents.
Nicholls will also work within the Asia team, focusing on North’s Members in the Middle East and India.
Sayer will work within North’s Europe team, specialising in admiralty claims.
James Connell has been appointed as an underwriter in the shipping insurer’s new North Hull division – a new fixed premium product targeted at ocean-going vessels. Connell, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, joins Alex Fuller and James Sutton in the team.
Paul Jennings, chief executive of North, said that “this year is uniquely challenging for shipping operates who face the impacts of Covid-19 and our own expansion will make sure we can deliver high quality cover, support and advice to this critical industry.”