Plenary Speakers

Ty Birkett

Ty is Managing Director of Willis Re Australia and works with insurance and government clients advising, modelling, structuring and placing reinsurance solutions. The role involves understanding the global capital and reinsurance markets and assisting clients developing the most efficient approach to managing large and extreme risks as well as capital. Additionally, Ty is responsible for the Actuarial and Financial Modelling team at Willis Re across the Asia-Pacific Region. Prior to joining Willis Re in 2005, he worked at Swiss Re where his role included structuring and underwriting tailored and non-traditional reinsurance solutions, as well as Client Management.

John Carroll

John is Head of Broking for Aon Benfield Australia and has over 20 years’ experience within the reinsurance industry, with a strong technical and marketing focus. Prior to joining Aon Benfield, John had been Head of Broking at Guy Carpenter Australia for 5 years where he was responsible for all aspects of GC’s treaty broking operations.While at Guy Carpenter, John oversaw that firm’s broking operations including being the Client Account Executive for its largest clients and a technical contributor on all of the firm’s client submissions. Prior to Guy Carpenter, John spent 16 years with Swiss Re, with his last role being Head of Client Management for Swiss Re’s Australian and New Zealand operations – a role that also included reporting line responsibility for that company’s Facultative Underwriting and Claims Management functions.

David Hancock

David Hancock is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of TOWER and has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. A former Executive General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, David has held several board positions at the bank including Commonwealth Securities (ComSec). David has previously worked in roles at JPMorgan, where he was a Managing Director with responsibilities in New Zealand, Australia and Asia across various operations, and more recently, David was the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Firstfolio Limited, an Australian listed financial services company.

Nick Hawkins

Nick was appointed IAG's Chief Financial Officer in July 2008. Since joining the company in 2001, he has held senior positions in the Group, most recently as chief executive officer of IAG’s New Zealand business. Before joining IAG, Nick was a partner with the international accounting firm KPMG, where he specialised in working with financial services clients.

Andrew Huszczo

Andrew has over 25 years experience across all areas of general insurance in both corporate and consulting environments. Over the last 12 years Andrew has held the Appointed Actuary role firstly for Allianz Australia and, since 2011, for Suncorp. For 5 years he was also the Chief Risk Officer for Allianz. Currently, in addition to the Appointed Actuary role, he is responsible for the actuarial pricing work for the Suncorp’s Commercial Insurance business and the capital and natural hazards modelling for the General Insurance business.

Ian Laughlin

Ian was appointed as a Member of APRA on 1 July 2010 following an extensive career in the financial services industry. He has held a variety of senior management and board positions in a number of major organisations, both in Australia and overseas and became Deputy Chair of APRA in July 2013.

Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard joined Geoscience Australia in 1996, having obtained a degree in Geophysics from the University of Adelaide and a PhD at ANU. During his career he has monitored nuclear explosions, developed seismic analysis software, designed infra-sound arrays and managed the seismic network and Australian Earthquake Alert Service. He was also involved in the response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, co-designed the Australian Tsunami Warning Service (ATWS), represents Australia as an expert seismologist on the Indian Ocean TWS governing body and was also the key developer of the 2013 Australian National Seismic Hazard map. Mark's current research includes the seismicity of Australia, location and source parameters of Australian earthquakes, earthquake scaling, estimating maximum magnitude and developing a seism tectonic model based on seismicity, geodesy and neotectonics.

Michael Lonergan

Michael has been the Chief Financial Officer at RACQ Insurance Limited since 2007, having previously held the position of Financial Controller from 2002. Michael has over 14 years of finance accounting and management experience. Michael is currently responsible for the Accounting, Actuarial, Service Provider Relations and Reinsurance Departments within RACQ Insurance.

Ben Miliauskas

Ben is the Head of Aon Benfield Analytics for Australia and New Zealand and primarily focuses on the use of analytics in the decision making of Aon Benfield’s clients, and the communication of risk and risk mitigation strategies. Ben is also responsible for the strategic direction of Aon Benfield Analytics in the Pacific region, as well as the development and retention of analytical talent within the organisation. Since starting his career as a Scientific Analyst, Ben has gained an intimate knowledge in most aspects of reinsurance analytics including research and development, model construction, catastrophe modelling, DFA analysis and RI pricing. Ben has worked on a vast array of clients including traditional insurers, reinsurers, large corporations and governmental organisations in Australia and globally.

Andy Pitman

Andy Pitman is a Professor in Climate Science at the University of New South Wales and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. He has broad interests extending across climate modeling, climate change, climate impacts and land cover change. He was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 3rd and 4th assessment reports and he is a Review Editor of the 5th assessment report. He won the NSW Climate Scientist of the Year in 2010 and won both the Priestley Medal and the AMOS medal from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He was appointed to the Australian Federal Government's science advisory panel to the Climate Commission in 2011.

Rick Thomas

Dr Rick Thomas is Head of Strategy for the Willis Research Network (WRN), and leads the Willis Re international ILS practice group. He also works closely with the Willis Re Analytics Forum. Rick has twenty years experience in reinsurance and began his career began building catastrophe models with CARtograph in the UK. He moved to Partner Re in Zurich and led the development of the in house suite of catastrophe models that Partner Re still use today. In 1999 he began underwriting property catastrophe business in Australia, and in 2004 became head of the whole international property catastrophe book at Partner Re. There he ultimately became Head of Global Risk Management and Reinsurance Buying. After Partner Re, Rick developed a detailed knowledge of the capital markets space working with a US investment fund, before joining Willis Re in January 2013.

Jeremy Waite

Jeremy joined JLT Re in December 2012, as Head of Analytics ANZ, based in Sydney and has over twenty years experience in reinsurance underwriting and reinsurance broking, both in the UK and Australia. Joined the Actuarial Profession (UK) in 1992 after graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of York, Jeremey is a Fellow of the institute of Actuaries (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, and has an MBA from Henley (UK). Jeremy was previously the Chief Pricing Actuary for Amlin, a leading Lloyds syndicate, and developed many bespoke pricing and risk analysis tools. He has authored several papers, including ICRC Natural Perils, aimed at how to understand the uncertainties within cat models in order to satisfy the APRA regulations.