Cooper Gay appoints Head of Energy, head of upstream Technical and strengthens Construction team

Cooper Gay announces the appointment of Simon Hirst-Marsden as Head of Energy Technical Upstream and Tony Rastall as Divisional Director of Energy specialising in onshore construction risks. Hirst-Marsden and Rastall will report ultimately to Richard Haines who has been appointed as Managing Director of the Energy Division. Richard and Tony take up their roles with immediate effect and Simon is expecting to join in October 2016.

Hirst-Marsden joins from Lloyd & Partners where, as Energy - Claims Executive, Senior Partner, he specialised in the handling of large complex claims particularly in the onshore and offshore energy/power areas. Prior to this he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Marine, Property, Aviation and Transportation (including Energy/Power and Political Risks) Claims for ACE Europe (now Chubb). Hirst-Marsden has also held Claims Manager roles at Marlborough, Aviva and the Lloyd’s Central Claims office. He has previously served on a number of market committees, including chairing the joint Lloyd's and Company market Claims Committee.

Rastall brings nearly four decades of onshore construction and engineering insurance experience to Cooper Gay. He joins from Arthur J Gallagher where he served as a Partner responsible for client development and retention, focusing on the US and Middle East markets. Prior to this Tony spent 19 years at JLT, most recently as a Partner.

Haines previously managed the Onshore Energy Team at NMB (latterly CGNMB). He joined from JLT in 2003 and became a partner in the business in 2009. Haines began his career with Sedgwick Group.

Steve Hearn, Group CEO of Cooper Gay said, “I am very pleased to announce a series of appointments which will enhance our senior team. Richard has been instrumental in the success of our market leading energy offering and I am very pleased to announce his appointment as Managing Director of the combined upstream and downstream energy division. I am certain that under his leadership we will further enhance our position in this sector.

“Tony brings an exceptional level of experience, expertise and client understanding to Cooper Gay and will be key to the realisation of our ambitions in this class. I am very pleased to welcome him to the team. Simon was an excellent claims professional who has built a reputation across the market based on expertise and professionalism. He is a key addition to our Energy team and his particular expertise will enhance our current capabilities and the service we provide to clients. I am very pleased to welcome Tony and Simon to the team.”