Career Moves in Insurance

Senior insurance manager, Philip Watson, joins Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Senior manager in the insurance industry, Philip Watson, has joined Sparke Helmore’s Sydney office as a Senior Business Development Manager for the Insurance Group. For the past 10 years, Philip has been in management positions at Suncorp Group and, before this, management positions at IAG.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has led teams of various sizes in corporate partnerships, bid management, business development and operations.
Philip has vast experience working with mutuals and more than 10 years in pro bono.

“We are delighted to have Philip on board. In his role, Philip will be supporting the Insurance team to pursue growth opportunities and further enhance our offering to industry sectors,” said National Commercial Insurance Group Leader, Chris Wood.

Lindsay Joyce joins Sparke Helmore’s Insurance Group

Lindsay Joyce, a market leading practitioner and legal literary author, has joined the law firm’s Insurance Group in Sydney as a consultant.

Chris Wood, Commercial Insurance National Practice Group Leader, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lindsay to our Insurance Group. His vast knowledge of valuers professional liability, experience and expertise will be invaluable to our clients, not to mention our lawyers who are eager to learn from a renowned practitioner who, for many years, was regarded as one of the most high-profile Australian solicitors in the London market.”

Until recently, Lindsay was a senior partner at DLA Piper, specialising in professional indemnity with a focus on valuers, construction and property. He advises major international and Australian insurers on litigation defence, external dispute schemes, claims management, risk management, complex liability and coverage disputes, and damages. Before DLA Piper, he practised as a property valuer, project manager and property manager.

Lindsay’s highly regarded advice and guidance is regularly called upon by industry bodies. Throughout his career, he has sat on numerous panels, committees and boards. He was recently appointed to the Australian Property Institute (API) Valuation and Property Standards Committee and was the principal author of the API’s Risk Management Module, which he established in 2001.

In 2005, Lindsay was awarded a Life Fellowship of API for outstanding contribution to the property profession.

XL Catlin Appoints Bonnie Chow as Senior Underwriter, Political Risk and Trade Credit insurance for Asia Pacific

XL Catlin’s insurance operations recently announced the appointment of Bonnie Chow as Senior Underwriter, Political Risk and Trade Credit insurance for Asia Pacific. She will be based in Sydney.

Commenting on Ms Chow’s appointment, Mark Houghton, Regional Head of Political Risk and Trade Credit insurance for XL Catlin in Asia Pacific said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bonnie to the team. She brings with her a wealth of experience and technical expertise which will further strengthen our offering at a time when demand for coverage is on the rise across Asia Pacific.”

Craig Langham, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific – Insurance added: “The increasing pace of globalisation has accelerated the interplay between geopolitics and economics. According to the Global Risks report published last year by the World Economic Forum, it is the first time in the report’s 10-year history that geopolitical risks are the foremost concerns for many organisations. These risks include interstate conflict, failure of national governance and state collapse or crisis. As more of our clients seek out opportunities in emerging markets, we’re seeing a greater demand from clients to protect their investments and manage their geopolitical risk. Bonnie’s appointment underscores XL Catlin’s commitment to delivering vital Trade Credit and Political Risk coverages to better serve our clients’ evolving needs in the region.”

Ms Chow has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance and banking industries, specialising in complex cross border trade transactions and credit risk management. She joins XL Catlin from Zurich Insurance Australia, where she spent eight years in the credit and political risk division. Prior to Zurich, Ms Chow had worked at Atradius Credit Insurance, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) as well as Westpac Banking Corporation.