Top spy in as Beachcroft intelligence head

Beachcroft has appointed army veteran Bryan Houston as head of intelligence.

Houston, who will work with the firm’s ­insurance claims validation unit, has 22 years’ operational ­military experience. Most recently he was surveillance and covert penetration team manager for HM Armed Forces. ­Houston has wide experience in setting up and managing bespoke intelligence teams and will be based in Beachcroft’s Birmingham office.

Beachcroft’s claims validation chief Lorraine Carolan said the firm will be recruiting eight more intelligence analysts.