People and Talent Development Advisory Council (PATDAC) contributes to the achievement of professional excellence by providing a forum for discussion and debate about current industry trends and training needs for the insurance and finance sectors.

  • Callan McDonnell



    Callan McDonnell

    Executive Manager, CI Learning Campus, Commercial Insurance
    Suncorp Australia

    Callan McDonnell has over 20 years of experience in learning and development. He has worked in a number of different organisations in Africa, Asia, the UK and Australia focusing on instructional design, capability development, leadership development, talent management and workforce planning. 

    In Australia, Callan has run a training consultancy that provided a range of learning and development services, including setting up learning systems, process and assessment strategies for Registered Training Organisations. 

    Currently, Callan is the Executive Manager for the Commercial Insurance Learning Campus which supports all operational training design and delivery for Commercial Insurance within the Suncorp Group. Since joining Suncorp in 2015, he has worked on a number of key projects directed at staff retention strategies to address turnover as well as sourcing strategies used to attract talent and implementing capability frameworks that drive business performance.

  • Catherine Dixon

    Catherine Dixon

    Catherine Dixon

    Executive General Manager Human Resources
    Vero Insurance New Zealand

    Catherine has been part of the Suncorp Group for the last 15 years, joining Vero in March 2013 as the Executive General Manager Human Resources. 

    Catherine is accountable for the development, implementation and management of the People Strategy which supports the business objectives of Vero New Zealand and aligns to the Group’s overarching People Strategy. 

    Previously Catherine was the Executive Manager Human Resources & Communication for Suncorp Life New Zealand. 

    In 1999, Catherine joined the Life business of Royal & SunAlliance and supported the significant change to the business during her tenure including the acquisition and divestment of a number of businesses. Prior to joining the Suncorp Group, Catherine worked for IAG in both business and HR roles for 13 years.

  • Peter Hall


    Peter Hall

    Head of Learning and Development
    QBE Insurance

    Peter Hall is Head of Learning and Development for QBE Australia. He has accountability for enterprise learning and development encompassing technical capability and leadership/management capability development.  In this newly created role, he has been tasked with driving alignment, quality and consistency of learning and development with QBE Australia’s business imperatives.  

    Prior to this role, he was Head of Learning  at Westpac Group   Peter has extensive learning and HR experience in senior roles in the financial services industry, including retail banking, corporate banking, wealth management and in the general insurance industry. Before this, he was Head of Learning and Talent for St.George Bank.  During his career, he has worked in a wide range of financial services organisations including St.George Bank, ANZ Bank and Insurance Australia Group.  He is involved in a number of industry learning groups and professional networks.

  • Stephen Meyer


    Stephen Meyer

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    National Manager, Compliance and Training
    SURA Pty Ltd

    Stephen’s career and experience spans over 40 years in the financial services and general insurance industry holding roles in all facets of the industry.

    He currently holds the role of National Manager, Compliance and Training at SURA Pty Ltd one of Australia’s leading Underwriting Agencies. Previous job roles include Operations Manager, Personal Lines Underwriting Manager, Commercial and Motor Underwriting Superintendent and L&D Consultant involved in all facets of training at both a national and regional level and in particular the areas of technical and compliance training.

    Stephen’s contributions to the industry have included serving on various industry discussion groups including the Sydney Motor Underwriters Group (SMUG) and the Domestic Underwriters Group. He was a founding member on ANZIIF’s PATDAC Committee having previously served on that committee for 8 continuous years, and has also provided subject matter expert services to ANZIIF as a member for over 35 years.

    Up till recently, Stephen held a part time teaching role for 17 years at TAFE NSW’s Western Sydney Institute focussing on the design and delivery of their Cert III, Cert IV and Diploma of General Insurance (which included ASIC’s Tier 2 and Tier 1 units of competency) programs. He has also provided facilitation and subject matter expert services to Kaplan.

    Stephen currently holds a Diploma of General Insurance, a TAE40110 Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Cert IV in Celebrancy and is a current Senior Associate and Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) with ANZIIF.

  • Rod Winders

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    Rod Winders

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    National Training & Development Manager
    Elders Insurance

    Rod commenced as National Training & Development Manager for Elders Insurance in August 2004, following a 25 year career with Telecom / Telstra initially in the technical ranks, the last 14 years in the training division - Telstra Learning.

    Currently Rod manages the Training & Development function for Elders and is responsible for all the design, development and delivery of compliance, induction, product and personal development and accreditation training.

    Rod has been a committee member of PATDAC since its inception in October 2004 as the Corporate Members Advisory Committee, CMAC. Rod serviced on the SA BEC for 3 years and is currently a member of the SA Charity Luncheon Committee.

    Rod’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training, Diploma in Adult Education and a Diploma in Financial Services.