Transitions: January/February 2015

2015 has marked a fresh start for a host of insurance industry players, with an enormous number of new appointments in recent weeks.


Three appointments have taken place within ACE during February.

Stuart Kerr will be taking on the role of Casualty Manager for Australia.

In his place, Paul Martin will fill the spot of State Manager for Queensland.

Meanwhile, Andrew Brooks will now take on the role of Country President for New Zealand.

John French, Country President for ACE in Australia and New Zealand, says the internal promotions reflect the strong nature of their business.

“These key appointments clearly demonstrate ACE’s depth of talent as well as its ability to develop and attract seasoned professionals. We will continue to move our people into key roles which support our career development and distribution strategies,” he says.

Arthur J. Gallagher

Two specialist have joined Arthur J. Gallagher in January to help strengthen their marine risk capability team.

Jim Metters joins the Sydney marine team in the key role of Principal Broker.

Metters’ career spans for more than four decades and he has worked at leading insurers across Australia.

Mark Rudman will join the Marine Practice in February as Client Manager.

Rudman has more than 13 years’ experience as a marine insurance practitioner.

Mark Oatway, Head of Corporate Broking at Arthur J. Gallagher, says the marine team will hugely benefit from these two additions.

“The expansion of Arthur J. Gallagher’s specialist industry capabilities in Australia is progressing at pace. These key appointments deepen and complement our existing marine capabilities perfectly,” he says.

“The strengthening of our marine team is just one example of our ability to attract the best possible talent in specialist sectors. We are excited by the prospects this offers to continue innovating and meeting the risk management needs of our clients.”

Employers Mutual

Jason Lardelli has been announced as the new General Manager in Workcover NSW Operations for Employers Mutual.

Lardelli joins Employers Mutual from ComCare, where he held the role of General Manager in Claims Management.

CEO Mark Coyne says the experience Lardelli brings to the team will enhance WorkCover NSW.

“His demonstrated leadership in delivering superior claims management will greatly enhance Employers Mutual’s ability to help people get their lives back, and deliver positive contributions to the NSW Scheme performance,” he says.


Graham Wright has joined ENVIRON’s Melbourne-based team as Principal.

Wright is an accomplished process safety and risk management expert and joins the international environmental and health sciences consultancy company with plenty of experience.

Brian Bell, Managing Director of ENVIRON’s Australian operations, says Wright brings with him a solid reputation.

“Graham has a long and accomplished record of helping companies to institute, monitor, and improve upon safety programs,” he says.

“He has worked with many companies in the Pacific Rim and Asia and knows the challenges businesses face and how to work with them to find optimal solutions.”

McLardy McShane

The McLardy McShane Group has expanded their broker reach by adding adding Hunt Insurance Services and McLardy McShane South Gippsland to its Authorised Representative and branch network.

Bernie Hunt, Director of Hunt Insurance Services, says he is looking forward to the partnership with McLardy McShane.

“I was offered a flexible business model to suit my business. With quality support from McLardy McShane and the wider Steadfast network, I can focus on growing Hunt Insurance,” he says.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison, a leading Australian-based international law firm, are welcoming Will Harrison as the new head of insurance to their Perth team.

A former partner of DLA Piper in Hong Kong, Harrison will become Head of Insurance & Corporate Risk of Asia and Western Australia.

Peter Coats, Head of Minter Ellison’s Insurance and Corporate Risk Business Unit, says Harrison brings with him international experience in the Asian market.

“Will brings a wealth of experience in dealing with Asian, particularly Chinese, clients. His skills nicely complement our already strong Asian investment practice,” he says.


SLE Group have appointed Adam Thackeray to lead Mobius Underwriting Australasia’s property portfolio.

Mobius GM Stuart Warden says Thackery will be aiming to help ease the transition into the commercial strata market.

“He’ll work with the Mobius team to build on our strengths in commercial and large corporate property programs and residential strata, and focus on Mobius’s entrance into the commercial strata market.”

Safety Return to Work & Support NSW (SRWS)

SRWS announced three appointments in senior managerial roles with Caroline Walsh starting the role of Executive Director Workers Compensation Insurance Regulation, John Nagle as the Executive Director of WorkCover Insurance and Stuart Bremner as Chief Information Officer.

SRWS CEO Vivek Bhatia says the changes are to help drive the commercial focus of WorkCover Insurance and achieve greater transparency.

“These appointments will strengthen our existing leadership team and better position the organisation as it promotes productive, healthy and safe workplaces, and supports those returning to work, and those with serious injuries,” he says.


One of Australia’s leading underwriting agencies in niche and complex risks have announced executive changes.

Sterling Insurance have appointed Tony Parington, a founding director and current CEO, to the role of Chairman.

Succeeding Parington in the role of CEO is Chris Dardaneliotis.

Meanwhile, George Condell has stepped down as Chairman but remains as a Director.

Dardaneliotis says Sterling remains in good hands due to the internal appointments.

“Under both Tony’s and George’s leadership, Sterling has built a solid reputation in the market because of a great team, exceptional service and market-leading products to their target market: brokers,” he says.

“As such, I don’t expect Sterling’s approach to change but as always, there will be adjustments.”