UK-based insurance broker Hastings Direct has appointed Liz Latter as head of insurer development.

In her role, Latter will be leading the development of the Hastings panel proposition and insurer relationships, supporting the company’s wider growth plan for motor, home, bike and van insurance.

Liz will work closely with Adrian Parry, who has led Hastings’ panel development activities over the last two years.

Parry will be stepping back from his full time responsibilities with Hastings early in 2012, but will continue to support the business, in addition to pursuing other outside interests.

Hastings Direct managing director Tobias van der Meer said that Liz has extensive knowledge of working with insurance companies. Her knowledge of the industry, systems and her contacts will be instrumental in helping them build the panel and develop products that will benefit both their partners and their customers.