United America Indemnity has appointed Leigh Oates as its senior vice president and chief actuary, effective May 26, 2008.

In this newly created role, Ms Oates will be responsible for all actuarial functions company-wide.

Ms Oates has over 20 years of actuarial experience and most recently served as chief actuary of ACE Overseas General at ACE INA, the US-based division of the ACE Group of Companies.

Prior to her time at ACE, Ms Oates was vice president and chief reserving actuary at Westchester Specialty, an ACE company specializing in the wholesale distribution of property, inland marine, casualty, professional lines and environmental liability products.

Larry Frakes, president and CEO of UAI, said: We are pleased to welcome Leigh Oates to UAI. With her wealth of experience in the insurance industry, Leigh Oates brings significant depth and breadth of knowledge to our company and I look forward to working with her to build an even stronger actuarial capability at UAI.