Plenary Speakers        

Vivek Bhatia

Vivek Bhatia, CEO, Wesfarmers General Insurance

Vivek was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Lumley Insurance in January 2009. He joined Wesfarmers Insurance in January 2008 as the Chief Operating Officer across the Lumley & Wesfarmers Federated Insurance (WFI) businesses.

In March 2010, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited which encompasses the businesses of Lumley Insurance and WFI.

Spending his early career working for consulting firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers saw Vivek focus on strategy and business transformation projects for financial services companies.

In 2003, Vivek joined QBE Mercantile Mutual to lead their Financial Services Reform program and was then responsible for integration of the QBEMM and QBE Australia operations. Since then, he has held various senior management roles in QBE’s Australian and Asia Pacific operations. His last role was to set up their joint venture operation in India’s rapidly growing insurance market.

Vivek has completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree followed by a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is also qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

In 2008, Vivek was selected by the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS magazine as a finalist in their Young Executive of the Year Awards.

Jason Brown

Jason Brown, Chief Risk Officer, QBE Australia

Jason Brown started his career with accountancy firm Ernst & Young in 1989 in the Financial Services Group specialising in General Insurance. Jason was involved in the Audit and later the Business Risk Consulting areas of Ernst & Young, including a 3 year secondment in London working with a number of Lloyd’s syndicates and as part of the Lloyd’s restructure team which established Equitas. In 1999 Jason was made Group Manager, Financial Services specialising in General Insurance and Reinsurance, before becoming a Principal in 2000. In addition to Australia and England, Jason also worked on assignments in Italy, the United States and Scotland before leaving Ernst & Young after 12 years in 2002, as Principal, to join the Executive Office of the QBE Mercantile Mutual joint venture.

In 2003 as Executive Manager, Finance & Technical for QBE Commercial, Jason oversaw the introduction of structured technical accreditation across Australia for claims and underwriting personnel, formal actuarial pricing and analysis regimes, and the introduction of automated underwriting for business package insurance. In 2005 Jason became responsible for the Finance and Technical functions across all of QBE Australia, as General Manager Finance and Technical.

In 2007 as Executive General Manager, Technical & Operations for QBE Australia, Jason’s areas of responsibilities included Actuarial, Pricing, National Products, Fraud, Legal, Compliance, Technical Training, Reinsurance and Acquisitions. Essentially Jason’s role was to ensure the underwriting quality and portfolio performance of QBE’s product range across Australia.

In 2010 Jason was appointed to the role of Chief Risk Officer, QBE Australia. Jason’s current areas of responsibilities include managing Enterprise Risk, researching and analysing acquisition opportunities and managing the acquisition process, Governance, Internal Audit, Legal, Compliance, Fraud and Business Continuity.

Jason has a Bachelor of Economics with majors in Economics, Accounting and Commercial Law from the University of Sydney and is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is married with two children, enjoys cricket which he played in both Australia and in England, swimming and anything to do with boats.

Antony Day

Anthony Day, CEO, Commercial Insurance, Suncorp

Anthony joined Suncorp in 2008 bringing with him some 30 years experience working with local and international insurers in various claims, underwriting and senior management positions. He was appointed Commercial Insurance’s CEO in 2009.

As CEO he is responsible for all of the Suncorp Group’s commercial insurance businesses operating in Australia – including the Suncorp, GIO and Vero brands, as well as the group’s workers compensation and compulsory third-party insurance businesses.

As one of country’s largest and most successful insurance companies, Suncorp’s broad business responds to the diverse range of choice the Australian market demands from both direct and intermediated perspectives. It provides a wide range of insurance products and services to all sized companies, from the global multinationals through to large and midsized corporates and small to medium businesses. The product range includes property, liability, construction, marine, motor fleet, workers compensation and CTP. With demonstrated success built on experience and expertise, Commercial Insurance also delivers market leading underwriting and risk management services as well as a quality claims service and strong, successful partnerships with our intermediaries.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria College, Melbourne. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and has undertaken various enterprise courses including Asia Academy at the AGSM, University of New South Wales.

Adam Driussi

Adam Driussi, Director, Quantium

Adam Driussi co-founded Quantium in 2002 where he now employs over 70 staff across consulting, software development and media planning.

Adam is an expert in personal lines pricing, advising most of Australia’s leading insurers in various aspects of pricing strategy over the past 15 years.

In addition to his insurance clients, Adam advises clients in industries such as banking, retail, telecommunications, media and gaming on using data to help inform pricing, marketing and customer strategy.

James Goodchild

James Goodchild, Principal Actuary General Insurance, Suncorp

James Goodchild has worked as a general insurance actuary since 1997. He came to Australia to join Suncorp in 2004, and has recently become their Principal Actuary General Insurance, with responsibility and oversight over all actuarial work done for the Suncorp group’s Australian general insurers. He has worked across the entire spectrum of work including pricing, reserving, capital management, reinsurance and investment strategy. Particular areas of interest include risk based capital and natural hazards modelling.

Ian laughlin

Ian Laughlin, Member of APRA

Ian was appointed as a Member of APRA on 1 July 2010 for a three-year term.

Ian has extensive experience in the financial services industry. He has been a director of AMP Life Limited, serving as chairman of its Board Audit Committee, Managing Director of the United Kingdom life insurance subsidiaries of AMP (Pearl, London Life and NPI), director of HHG plc (now Henderson Group), and non-executive director of Diligenta Ltd in the UK. Before then, he held senior management positions in AMP, Suncorp and National Mutual, in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Mr Laughlin is a qualified actuary and has served on the Council of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Simon Lindsay

Simon Lindsay, Country Manager, Australia - Progressive

Simon has held this role since 2008, leading Progressive's entry into the Australian motor insurance market with the launch of Progressive, an online car insurance offering, in December 2009.

Progressive is a fully owned subsidiary of The Progressive Corporation, a motor insurance specialist established in 1937, now the fourth largest motor insurer in the United States and a Fortune 500 Company. Progressive was the first insurer to sell car insurance over Internet in 1997, and insures over 10 million vehicles.

Prior to this role, Simon spent 10 years working in financial institution advisory with JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch, primarily focussed on the insurance sector.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Simon has spent most of his career in Melbourne, in addition to several years in Sydney and New York. Simon has a Bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University (Ohio, USA), and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.

blair nicholls

Blair Nicholls, Chief Actuarial Officer, QBE

Blair is the Chief Actuarial Officer for the QBE Group. He is part of QBE’s Group Executive and is involved in areas such as business planning, reserving and pricing, catastrophe aggregate accumulations, reinsurance management and purchasing, commutations, investor relations, acquisitions and Economic Capital Modelling.

Blair has been with QBE for around 16 years and has undertaken a variety of roles. These include spending 2004 to 2007 in QBE’s London office as the Chief Actuary for QBE’s European Operations and seven years in QBE’s Australian operations. Prior to working at QBE, Blair was at a consulting firm. He has developed knowledge of QBE’s worldwide operations and the general insurance markets around the world.

Siddharth Paramaswen

Siddharth Parameswaran, Senior Insurance Research Analyst, JP Morgan Securities Australia

Siddharth Parameswaran is J.P. Morgan's Senior Insurance Research Equity Analyst for Australia / New Zealand. He provides analysis of listed equity securities in the General, Life and Health Insurance space. Previously he worked for 3 1/2 years at Merrill Lynch as an Associate insurance and diversified financials analyst.

He is a qualified general insurance actuary, having worked in the past at QBE, looking after pricing and valuations and some capital modelling of their worker's compensation, asbestos and travel insurance portfolios. Prior to working with QBE, he worked with Tillinghast, a consultancy focused on life insurance. Siddharth is also a fellow of FINSIA.

Estelle Pearson

Estelle Pearson

Estelle is an Actuary and the Managing Director of Finity Consulting.

Estelle commenced her career in general insurance in 1989 as an analyst at Trowbridge Consulting. Over the last 20 years Estelle has worked with a large number of clients from both the private and public sectors on a diverse range of issues, both actuarial and strategic in nature. She worked with the State and Federal Governments on the liability crisis in 2002 and was the actuarial expert to the HIH Royal Commission.

Helen Rowell

Helen Rowell, General Manager, Policy Development, APRA

Helen is the General Manager, Policy Development, with responsibility for oversight of all of APRA’s policy development activities.

Prior to this role, Helen was General Manager, Diversified Institutions Division from October 2006 to March 2010, with supervisory responsibility for a range of financial institutions, including many of the licensed general insurers and some banks and life insurers. Helen also chairs APRA’s internal general insurance industry committee.

Helen joined APRA in 2002 as General Manager, Industry Technical Services and has also held the role of General Manager, Specialist Risk Services.

In addition, since joining APRA Helen has represented APRA at various subcommittees of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), particularly the Solvency and Actuarial Issues Subcommittee. She also represents APRA on the Joint Forum Working Group that is currently reviewing the Principles on Supervision of Financial Conglomerates.

Prior to joining APRA in April 2002 Helen was a partner at Towers Perrin. She was President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAAust) in 2002 and actively involved in various committees of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) from 2001 to 2007.

Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw, Consulting Actuary

Rick has advised governments, corporations and international bodies in many countries, most recently as Chief Actuary of the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

Tim Spicer

Tim Spicer,Associate Director, Ernst & Young

Tim moved to Australia from New Zealand in 2004, working at Taylor Fry until 2006. Tim is currently an actuary working in Ernst & Young's general insurance consulting practice in Sydney.

Tim currently holds two Appointed Actuary roles and two External Peer Review roles.

Dan Tess Kneeling

Dan Tess, Group Actuary, Wesfarners Insurance

Dan Tess is the Group Actuary for Wesfarmers Insurance, which features the Lumley and WFI brands. This year at Lumley, Dan has formed a team of 10 actuaries who are creating a complete actuarial control cycle from scratch. Prior to Wesfarmers, Dan was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2005 through 2009, where he specialised in general insurance, accident compensation and health system financing, and served as the Appointed Actuary for WorkSafe Victoria, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Insurance company (RACQI). Before joining PwC in 2000, Dan worked for 10 years with Allianz in the United States, Germany and Australia. At Allianz Australia, Dan served as General Manager for Workers Compensation Products, and before that as Chief Actuary and Group Controller. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, is a Fellow of both the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, has served on the Institute’s General Insurance and Health Practice Committees, and is a regular guest lecturer at UNSW. Dan has two sons aged 12 and 14, is a keen cyclist, and last week beat Scott Collings twice in sprints riding back from La Peruse.

Keith Tomkins

Keith Tomkins, Chief Actuary, Zurich Australia

Keith Tomkins is the Appointed Actuary for Zurich. He has worked as a general insurance actuary for more years than he cares to remember, and after many years in the UK, both in the company market and at Lloyds, relocated to Sydney in 2007 to join Zurich. Prior to leaving London, he was heavily involved in the first phase of the FSA ICA regime, both from an actuarial perspective as well as supporting the risk management function. He is finding it quite different to be at the pointy end of a global organisation after many years at the centre ! Outside the office he tries to do a bit of running and now finds his time spent ferrying his wife between sailing engagements.

Joyce Tong, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young

Joyce Tong is a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young and works in the Actuarial Services – General Insurance team. Since joining Ernst & Young four years ago, her experience has included reserving, premium rating and reviews, across a variety of clients. To pursue her interest in an emerging area of the insurance industry, Joyce worked for eight months in India. She volunteered in an actuarial capacity at a small, not-for-profit organisation offering health microinsurance to slum dwellers in Pune, India.

Noeline Woof

Noeline Woof, Senior Advisor, Policy Development, APRA

Noeline Woof is an Actuary with over 15 years experience in the General Insurance Industry. She has been a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 5 years during which she has performed both Appointed Actuary and External Peer Review actuary roles for General Insurers. In 2010 she took a year’s leave of absence from PricewaterhouseCoopers to work with APRA as senior advisor on APRA’s Insurance Capital review project.

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