Transitions: April 2015

Stay informed about some of the big transitions in the industry this month, including a major shake-up for Suncorp’s commercial underwriting.

Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt has announced the appointment of Trevor Allen as an Independent Director to the Board of Aon Superannuation.

With over 35 years of corporate and commercial experience to offer to the position, Allen has work primarily as a financial advisor to Australian and international corporates.

“We are looking forward to working with Trevor, who brings exceptional expertise to the Board with his proven experience as a Director as well as his professional background,” said Steven Gaffney, CEO, Aon Hewitt Pacific.


Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced a number of changes to its executive team.

Steve Matthews has been appointed Corporate Services Executive General Manager. Matthews will oversee the management of APRA’s corporate support functions.

Brandon Khoo will succeed Keith Chapman in the position of Executive General Manager, Diversified Institutions EGM, with Chapman taking Khoo’s position as Specialised Institutions EGM.

Charles Littrell will take the Supervisory Support EGM, while Sarah Goodman will take the position of Policy and Advice EGM.

APRA Chairman, Wayne Byres says: “These changes in APRA’s senior leadership reflect an ongoing commitment by APRA to review and refresh its operations, and ensure the organisation remains focussed on effectively and efficiently achieving its mission for the well-being of the Australian community.”


InterRISK Australia

InterRISK Australia has announced the appointment of Phil Kearns as Managing Director.

Kearns has over 10 years’ experience in leading financial service organisations with his previous position as CEO at Centric Wealth a highlight, along with other senior positions at Investec, the South African investment bank.

Before turning to a career in business, Kearns played test rugby for the Australian Wallabies, captaining the team ten times. Apart from demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities, Kearns is also well known for his efforts in philanthropy, creating the The Balmoral Burn in support of The Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

InterRISK’s Executive Chairman Dennis Guy said: “Phil has an outstanding reputation within the financial services industry and it’s extremely significant that an individual of such calibre, professionalism and integrity joins the InterRISK Business.”



Suncorp Commercial Insurance has boosted the underwriting capacity of two of its specialty teams.

The Professional and Financial Risks (ProFin) team will now have distinct teams dedicated to the commercial and corporate brokers, headed by Andrew Beaver and Steven Lau respectively.

Michael Cooke has been appointed the leader of a specialist technical and product team, which will provide tools and expertise to support the underwriter teams.

Meanwhile, the construction and engineering underwriting teams have been split apart, with Bill Galligan heading up a national engineering team.

Construction underwriting will be managed by four regional managers: Paul Smith (NSW), Nick Aristotelli (Queensland), Maurice Raphael (WA) and David Abbott (Southern region).

Specialty Chief Underwriting and Portfolio Manager Brad Dalton says the relevant markets are growing and the new underwriting structure will enable Suncorp to better respond to demand from brokers.