Canopius Group, a specialist insurance underwriting business, has appointed Charles Fernandez as marine property and deputy marine liability underwriter and Andrew Fowles as North American facilities underwriter.

Fernandez will report to Philip Sandle, head of Marine Liability, who has recently been appointed chairman of the LMA Joint Liability Committee.

Fernandez will join from Brit where he underwrote marine and energy liability and marine hull business and was also responsible for servicing and developing client relationships.

Fowles will join Canopius from Novae where he was responsible for underwriting a book of predominantly North American binding authority business across a range of non-marine classes.

Fowles will report to Steven Bird, deputy divisional underwriter, North American Facilities.

Canopius Group chief underwriting officer Jim Giordano said that the breadth of Fernandez and Fowles experience and skills in both underwriting and client relationships will prove to be a strong asset as Canopius look to develop Syndicate 4444 going forward.