Mark Hutchings has left Uinsure to return to Berkeley Alexander as managing director.
Hutchings spent eight years at Berkeley Alexander, latterly as sales and marketing director, before he left in 2014 to join Uinsure, where he was national account manager and more recently head of sales and distribution.
The existing managing director, Geoff Hall, will take on a newly created role of chairman.
Hall said: “This appointment will strengthen the management team in readiness for the next stage of our growth.
“There’s no one I would trust more or who would be better suited to take the helm at Berkeley Alexander.
“I have the utmost respect for Mark having worked with him for many years and seen his career flourish and I know that I’ll be handing over the reins in time to a safe pair of hands, but equally someone who is never afraid to embrace innovation.
“For me, 2019 marks 30-years at Berkeley Alexander and during that time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this business to go from a small high street broker in Lewes, to be a highly regarded provider of general insurance and one of the market leaders in non-standard GI to the intermediary mortgage market.
“I’m proud of what we have achieved so far and excited to see what the future will hold for the company in the coming years.”
Hutchings has more than 20 years’ general insurance experience in both sales and management positions.
He said: “I’m honoured and delighted to take up the role. I’m already very familiar with the business and it feels like I’ve ‘come home’!
“I’ve got some big boots to fill, but Geoff’s support and guidance in the next few years will be invaluable whilst I get my teeth into the role.
“We will remain committed to providing the IFA and mortgage intermediary market with the widest and best choice of GI products we can, but we will also be looking to introduce new innovations that will continually strive to support the intermediary to help grow their business and operate more efficiently.
“The reputation and experience we have in the commercial and bespoke insurance arena, including high-net worth and non-standard home insurance, along with our current and future technology plans in the volume home insurance market means for me, there’s never been such an exciting time to be involved in the general insurance industry.”