Markel International, a London- based property and casualty insurer, has appointed Nick James to its specialty division as a new class underwriter in US and Canada property treaty reinsurance.

James will work alongside Robin Ungless, chairman of the International Underwriting Association of London’s Property Treaty Group and Nick Hillman, joint managing director of Markel International’s specialty division.

James has more than 14 years of experience in handling international property in the insurance and reinsurance industry.

He started his career in 1997 at Guy Carpenter and joined Aon’s international property team in 2003. In 2008, he moved to Ace Tempest as an underwriter.

Ungless said Nick will make a welcome addition to the specialty team here at Markel. Following the restructuring of Markel International’s property business along sector lines last year, Nick will play a key role in boosting Markel’s reputation in the US and Canada property market.