Plenary Speakers


Natasha Anning is a Director at Ernst & Young (EY) and has spent 16 years in the Australian and the UK insurance industry both in-house and in a consulting capacity. She consults across a broad spectrum of the insurance value chain including risk, pricing, underwriting and claims. Natasha represents Oceania on EY’s global telematics initiative.

Julie Batch is the Chief Analytics Officer at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) in July 2014 and is responsible for Group Information & Analytics and Reinsurance. Before joining IAG, Julie held senior roles at Gen Re Australia, part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group as well as other reinsurance organisations and has extensive international experience including time spent in France, Monaco, London and Japan.
Julie holds a Masters of Applied Finance and is a Fellow of ANZIIF.

Richard Brookes is an actuary working for Taylor Fry in the areas of data analytics, insurance pricing and accident compensation. He co-leads Taylor Fry’s analytics practice, providing analytics and statistical advice to Suncorp, Qantas Loyalty, Telstra and the federal Department of Employment. He is the current actuary for the QLD CTP regulator and provides peer review advice to NSW WorkCover.

Professor Alex Collie is the Chief Executive Officer of ISCRR. He has held research leadership roles in academia, government and industry for the past 15 years. Prior to joining ISCRR, he was Executive Director of the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative, a state government brain and spinal cord injury research fund and a subsidiary of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). 
Alex is also Adjunct Professor (Research) in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash. He established the Victorian Compensation Research Database (CRD), a unique research platform now used internationally for OH&S, compensation system and return to work research.  

John De Ravin is Swiss Re's Appointed Actuary for its Australian Property and Casualty entities, Swiss Reinsurance Company Australia Branch and Swiss Re International Australia Branch.  He leads Swiss Re's Australian Property and Casualty corporate actuarial team.

Kevin Gomes has over 25 year’s experience as an actuary and currently works at Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries, where he is the external appointed actuary for five general insurers and reinsurers. Kevin is a co-author of the Barometer, an annual publication produced jointly between JP Morgan and Taylor Fry which analyses key elements of the general insurance industry from the perspective of underwriters, reinsurers and brokers; drawing on over 20 years of industry data. 

Mark Kimberley is an insurance partner at HWL Ebsworth.  He has over 14 years' experience in acting for the insurance industry, advising national and international insurers (both life and general) and insurance industry service providers on issues related to corporate establishment and insurance authorisations, portfolio transfers, regulatory (FSR) matters, product design and wording, reinsurance programs, development and distribution.  Mark often liaises on behalf of his clients with industry regulators, including APRA and ASIC.

Matt Kuperholz is a Partner in PwC Australia’s Analytics practice. Formally trained in actuarial and computer sciences, Matt has been a data scientist working at the intersection of maths, computers and business consulting for over 20 years. He claims to both love and hate the term "big data" and believes he has been exploring big data since the early 1980's.
Matt started his professional career as a consulting actuary, realised he was a computer nerd at heart, spent some time in start-up land developing and selling data mining software and services, and then spent the better part of ten years growing the Analytics practice for a large global consulting firm.
James Lee is a passionate, creative and results oriented leader with over 10 years insurance experience spanning product, distribution, strategy, business management and actuarial. He has worked in number of organisations including MBF/BUPA and EY and is currently a Senior Product Manager within the Westpac General Insurance division. James has been widely recognised for his leadership including being chosen for the 2013 David Williams Fellowship (BTFG’s prestigious leadership program) and as a finalist for the 2012 Australian Institute of Management’s Young Manager of the Year Award. 

Jenny Lyon is a Director of SKL a specialist actuarial recruitment firm and has over 20 years’ experience in advising and recruiting actuaries in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. She holds two non-executive director roles and is the Vice President of the Actuaries Institute.

Karl Marshall is a Director of Quantium and its CFO.  Karl is also the Appointed Actuary for a number of general insurers in both Australia and New Zealand.  He advises his insurance, and other, clients across a range of subjects, including strategy, pricing, reserving, capital management, reinsurance, competitive position and Big Data.

Craig Price is the Executive Manager, Chief Data Office - Advanced Analytics at Suncorp. Craig is an actuary with over 20 years experience in fields such as Insurance Pricing and Personal Injury Analytics. In his current role he leads a team of statisticians, actuaries and data scientists that are applying predictive analytics across a wide range of business problems within Suncorp. 

Jessica Truong is a Road Safety Project Manager at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). She manages projects and assists with public education marketing campaigns in the areas of police enforcement, vehicle safety and technologies, motorcycle safety, drowsiness and speed. Jessica is a psychologist and holds qualifications in science/genetics and psychology and has a Masters in Psychology (Health).  
Darren Robb
Darren Robb is the General Manager of Actuarial Research at Allianz Australia. He has worked in the General Insurance industry for 16 years in both corporate and consulting roles. In his current role he is directly responsible for analytics in both the pricing context and in the Claims management context, and he is also closely involved (although not directly responsible for) Customer Analytics.