Transitions: July 2015

Keep up to date with some of the major transitions within the industry this month.


Austbrokers have appointed Jodie Blackledge to the position of CFO following the retirement of Steve Rouvray.

Blackledge brings more than 20 years experience to the role, having transitioned from her previous position as CFO at The Trust Company.

Blackledge will assume responsibility for Austbrokers’ Risk & Compliance and Group Legal functions in order to enhance value and services offered to partners and clients.

Blackledge says: “I would like to thank Steve Rouvray, on behalf of the business, for his significant contribution to the business since listing and personally for enabling a seamless handover.”

“I am now looking forward to taking the reins as CFO and working with our CEO, Mark Searles, and the executive team to deliver Austbrokers Holdings’ strategy to support growth in its partner businesses and deliver value for shareholders,” Blackledge adds.



Marsh has announced the appointment of Lachlan Harcourt to the position of National Client Development Leader.

Harcourt will be transitioning from his role as Managing Director of Risk Solutions at Willis, where he was involved in new business retention.

At Marsh, Harcourt will share in national responsibilities for business development, and client retention and development.



Willis Australasia has announced the appointment of Tony Barber to the position of CEO commencing January 2016.

Transitioning from his current position as deputy CEO, Barber will replace retiring CEO Roger Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says that he is confident in Barber’s leadership and his knowledge of the market.

“Tony will provide strong leadership and vision for Willis Australasia and the wider insurance industry,” Wilkinson says.

“He is a very experienced insurance professional who understands firsthand the challenges faced by both sides of the insurance market, and clients at all levels.”

Barber says that he is looking forward to being the head of what he considers to be a great team.

“This is an exciting time at Willis and I look forward to leading our great team, growing our business both organically and through targeted acquisitions, and bringing to life the substantial technology investment and improvement to benefit our clients and our team,” Barber says.