Kiln, an insurance and reinsurance underwriting group and part of the Tokio Marine Group, has appointed Ian Brimecome as chairman of Kiln Group, and Paul Hewitt as chairman of its UK operating company, R J Kiln and Co, effective 1 January 2011.

The appointments follow the decision by Edward Creasy to leave the company after 11 years at Kiln.

Brimecome has been a non-executive director of R J Kiln since 2008 and has more than 30 years’ experience of the financial services industry in a wide variety of roles.

Brimecome is chairman of Equitable Life and Bluefin Group, executive chairman of financial institutions for Macquarie Capital in Europe and Japan, a non-executive director of Axa UK, Philadelphia Consolidated and Edelweiss Tokio Life as well as senior global adviser to Tokio Marine.

Hewitt has been an independent non-executive director of R J Kiln since 2007, and chairs the audit, risk and compliance committee. He is a former finance director of a number of UK listed companies including RAC and former deputy chief executive of the Co-operative Group.