Risk Management Practice Committee (RMPC)



Elizabeth Baker
Risk Manager –The Hollard Insurance Company

Elizabeth has worked for more than 25 years in the financial services industry in Australia, Europe and Asia. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA), an Associate of CPA Australia and holds a Masters of Applied Finance.

Prior to joining Hollard, she worked at EY, CommInsure and was the Appointed Actuary for CMLA.

Before returning to Australia in 2013, Elizabeth worked internationally for 15 years in Europe, Japan and the Asia Regional office in Singapore for AXA, in a range of senior Actuarial, Risk and Finance roles across a number of insurance and reinsurance businesses. She has extensive operational experience in Finance, Capital Management, Actuarial, Risk Management and Strategy.

Elizabeth is the deputy convenor of the Institute of Actuaries’ Risk Management Practice Committee.

RMPC Members

meera Meera Sardana (Secretary)

Senior Manager – Ernst & Young

Meera has nearly 10 years of consulting experience in the Australian Life insurance and Wealth Management industries.

She has supported a number of Appointed Actuaries with financial condition investigations and reporting for life insurers, reinsurers and friendly societies.

She has led independent assessments of the Risk Management Framework and Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process for a number of life and general insurers.

She has extensive experience performing and reviewing stress and scenario testing, including developing assumptions and models for life insurers and reinsurers.

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Peter Yeates 
Associate Director Ernst & Young

Peter has nearly 20 years’ experience, principally as an actuarial consultant, across general insurance (including serving as CRO of a Lloyd’s syndicate), health and wider fields. He has worked in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Peter is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) and is also chair of the RMPC Education subcommittee and co-chair of the Cyber Insurance Working Group.

Ashutosh Bhalerao
Appointed Actuary, ClearView Life Assurance Ltd

Ash has 20 years experience in the financial services industry, specialising in life insurance. He has a wide range of experience including risk management, capital management, financial reporting, asset liability management, product pricing and reinsurance. Prior to ClearView, Ash was the Appointed Actuary for Swiss Re Life And Health Australia and has also held other senior actuarial roles in TAL, Challenger and AMP. Ash is also a member of the LIWMPC.

Verne Baker
Head of Asian Markets GI Actuarial, KPMG

Verne has over 25 years’ experience as a consulting actuary in non-life insurance and has been the outsourced CRO for Lawcover Insurance Pty Ltd since 2015. Throughout his career he was worked on many ERM projects both in Australia and overseas. Between 2001 and 2013 he was based in Asia and led Watson Wyatt’s and Deloittes’ GI Actuarial practices across Asia.

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Director at SLC Actuarial

Simon is a Director at SLC Actuarial and has more than twelve years of experience as a consulting actuary specialising in general and health insurance. He was formerly a Senior Manager and Appointed Actuary at Ernst & Young Actuarial Services where he advised Boards and executives on strategy, analytics and actuarial compliance. As the Australia lead for Cytora, an EQT backed InsureTech that recently raised US$33m, Simon led the development of AI powered insurance pricing models for insurers. His other experience includes management consulting at Partners in Performance and being an entrepreneur.

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Practice Excellence Adviser, Actuaries Institute

Vanessa is a Practice Excellence Adviser at the Institute. Her prior background spans government, financial services and education in both public and private sectors. Vanessa has worked in the Commonwealth Department of Treasury, including as an adviser in the Federal Treasurer’s office. Her experience in financial services was with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Group and included corporate strategy, equities research and government relations. More recently, Vanessa was a primary school teacher. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Education (Primary).

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Chief Actuary, Hollard

Leigh joined Hollard in 2016 and is currently the Chief Actuary and is responsible for Hollard’s Reserving, Capital and Reinsurance functions, as well as holding the position of Appointed Actuary (for Australia and NZ).

With over two decades experience in the insurance industry, more than half of which has been in General Insurance and has spanned a number of areas including reserving, reinsurance, capital management and some product-development and pricing.  Prior to her latest appointment in 2016, Leigh has served in a number of senior roles both in Australia and abroad including Appointed Actuary, Senior Consultant, as well as Reinsurance and Reserving Manager roles.   

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Independent Consulting Actuary and ERM Educator

Tim has over 25 years of financial services experience across both banking and wealth management and currently consults independently as a senior financial services and ERM actuary. Tim also teaches Enterprise Risk Management at the Australian National University in Canberra and for the Actuaries Institute of Australia. Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary

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