Transitions: June 2015

Catch the latest in transitions across the industry this month.

Clyde & Co

Two new partners have been appointed within the Australian branch of international law firm Clyde & Co.

Kon Nakousis brings 13 years of experience in construction and engineering dispute resolution to the firm, and will be joining the projects and construction practice.

“I am looking forward to working with the leading individuals in our team to continue to provide the market with an alternative dynamic and solution-focused legal service offering,” Nakousis says.

Gareth Horne is the first Clyde & Co lawyer in Australia to be appointed partner. Horne is a commercial litigator with expertise advising on insurance coverage issues.

“Having been with Clyde & Co since its inception in Australia, it’s exciting to see the firm expand so rapidly and offer its lawyers real opportunities to progress,” Horne says.

Clyde & Co Australia Managing Partner John Edmond is very pleased to welcome Nakousis and Horne to Clyde & Co’s growing team.

“In Kon and Gareth we have two outstanding lawyers who make strong additions to the Clyde & Co partnership. As we grow in Australia, and expand our capabilities in our core practice areas, we will continue to offer talented lawyers opportunities to realise their potential,” Edmond says.


David Duncalfe has been appointed General Manager of CQiB, announced by President Sean Bemrose at the Annual CQiB QLD Day Awards.

Duncalfe brings considerable expertise in management and training to the position, having joined CQiB in 2009. Duncalfe replaces Greg and Tricia Duncalfe, who have been in the role since 2007.



Insurance industry stalwart Terry Paradine has been named DUAL’s Non-Executive Chairman, as the firm looks to expand.

Paradine, a former NIBA President, served as the Chairman and CEO of Marsh Asia Pacific and says he is excited to be involved with an entrepreneurial company embarking on the next phase of its growth.

DUAL Asia Pacific CEO Damien Coates says Paradine’s depth of knowledge is welcomed.

“Terry’s vast range of experience is unparalleled in the industry, and I am very much looking forward to his guidance as we look to consider new opportunities throughout the region in both merger and acquisitions as well as product expansion.”



MetLife has strengthened its operations with 25 new hires this year, including 10 senior appointments made from a pool of banking, finance and insurance executives.

Appointments include Jeremy Simmons to Head of Operations and Service Delivery and Joshua McKenzie to Direct Contact Centre Management.

MetLife Australia CEO Deanne Stewart believe these new appointments will help support improvements for MetLife’s superannuation fund clients.

“Our Australian team continues to expand, in line with our growth in this market. We’re delighted to have both Jeremy and Joshua on board. Their experience and strategic outlook will be critical as we position ourselves for growth in coming years,” Stewart says.

Other appointments across leadership in 2015 include Matthew O’Halloran to the role of Head of IT Infrastructure, Oliver Johnston to the role of Head of Business Intelligence and Data Governance, and Aaron Fuller to the role of Head of Data and Digital.



Resilium has announced the appointment of Adrian Kitchin to the role of Managing Director.

Kitchin brings more than 20 years experience to the role, having previously held the position of Managing Director at Insurance Advisernet Australia & NZ.

Suncorp Commercial Insurance CEO and Resilium Chairman of the Board Anthony Day says: “Adrian brings to Resilium an extensive background and relationships with the all-important authorised representatives segment of the industry.”

Kitchin’s appointment follows former MD Gerard McDermott, who has moved to the role of Executive General Manager of Suncorp’s Personal Insurance Distribution area.