Australian insurance group QBE Insurance has appointed Steve Manwaring as UK surety manager.

Manwaring will also contribute to QBE’s international surety capabilities which currently encompass teams in France and Germany, together with on the ground surety capability in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Manwaring will be based in London, and will report to Trevor Williams, head of Credit and Surety Europe, QBE European Operations.

He come to QBE from Svenska Handelsbanken and brings with him extensive surety experience, including underwriting and broking as well as banking and insolvency exposure.

Williams said Steve’s experience will not only strengthen the presence in the UK but as a member of the leadership team he will also work to increase the European capability.

QBE offers considerable diversity and distribution power to its UK and European customers via three product-focused underwriting divisions: property, casualty (liability) and motor, marine, energy and aviation and reinsurance.