The Private Health Partnership (PHP), independent private medical insurance intermediaries and part of the Skipton Building Society group, has announced the appointment of Stuart Scullion as Managing Director effective from 1 January 2011.

Scullion is a well known figure in the PMI industry and steps up to Managing Director of PHP having joined as Sales and Marketing Director in August 2007.

Jan Lawson will become Group Managing Director of PHP’s three companies namely RED ARC, Medical Care Direct and PHP itself. Lawson, who has been Managing Director of PHP since she co-founded the company in 1989, will pass over the day to day running of PHP to Scullion, enabling her to work across the group’s three businesses.

Commenting on the forthcoming changes, Jan Lawson said, “Stuart is a natural successor to lead PHP into the future. Since he has been with the company, we have gone from strength to strength and he has been an important contributor to our ongoing success. With a strong industry background, he also has the experience and knowledge to identify the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

“My role as Group Managing Director will include being an adviser and sounding board to the Managing Directors of our three separate businesses, and I will also be seeking out and developing new opportunities for the group.”

Stuart Scullion said, “I am delighted to take up the appointment as Managing Director of PHP which is an excellent brand, and has a great reputation as one of the UK’s top independent intermediaries in the health and wellbeing sector, in the corporate, SME and individual markets. Having spent the past three and a half years working alongside Jan, I have a good understanding of the business. My role will be to build on the company’s growth and success.”

PHP was acquired by Skipton Building Society in 2002 and currently employs 75 staff at its headquarters in Baildon in Yorkshire. It looks after more than 8,000 corporate and company clients, trade associations and individuals with an annual premium income in excess of £40 million.