Reinsurance Faculty Advisory Board

The key objective of the RI FAB is to act as a peak body of experienced and talented experts in the field of Reinsurance, unified in its commitment to help ANZIIF provide meaningful service to enhance the professionalism, ethics and community standing of those working in this sector.


Andrew Davidson - Chair

Andrew Davidson

Director, Client Markets, Australian and New Zealand

Swiss Re

Andrew Davidson is Director, Client Markets for Swiss Reinsurance Company, based in Sydney. Andrew has been at Swiss Re for over 20 years and has a broad array of experience both on the Products and Client facing side of the business.

Andrew’s reinsurance career has spanned Life reinsurance, Investments and Non-Life reinsurance. In his time at Swiss Re he has held many roles including Head of Treaty Property – ANZ, Head of Swiss Re Malaysia and Head of Business Development – ANZ. Currently Andrew’s primary focus is upon the overall account relationships with a number of key clients to Swiss Re.  Andrew has worked in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich for the Group.  

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.  He is a Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Michael Pennell - Chair

Michael Pennell

Chief Underwriting Officer

Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation

Mike Pennell is the Manager of Client Service and Reinsurance with Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, implementing and administering the national terrorism insurance scheme for the Australian Government. Mike has held this role since its inception in 2003. Prior to this, he was with General Re as the property and engineering treaty reinsurance manager (1996 - 2003) and with Swiss Re as an underwriter and client manager (1990 -1996).

Prior to joining reinsurance, Mike worked in the engineering industry, practicing as a design and construction engineer for 5 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Mike is a Syndicate Leader at the Reinsurance Study Course, Windsor and is a member of the Reinsurance Rendezvous Organising Committee.

Tani Alexander

Tani Alexander

Casualty Treaty Manager – ANZ

Berkley Re Australia

Tani Alexander is the Casualty Treaty Manager – ANZ of Berkley Re Australia.  She is responsible for the strategy, portfolio management and lead underwriting of the ANZ Casualty treaty portfolio for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Tani moved to her current role with Berkley Re in April 2016 after working for Swiss Re in Sydney for seven years as a Senior Casualty Treaty Underwriter. Prior to this, she worked for Munich Re America in Princeton, NJ and Munich Re in Sydney where she started her career as a graduate. 

Her experience is focused on ANZ Casualty treaty underwriting, working with local and global insurers on structuring and pricing their casualty treaties. Tani has experience in underwriting prospective and retrospective structured solutions, product development, innovation and casualty accumulation products. Tani holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, Sydney.

Stephen Brunker

Stephen Brunker

Treaty Account Executive

Gen Re

Stephen has over 17 years of experience in both the international and local reinsurance markets and is currently a Treaty Account Executive for Gen Re, based in Sydney. His  responsibility includes managing all aspects of Treaty Client relationships, for Australia and New Zealand, on some of the most strategic and complex accounts.

Stephen started his career at NRMA Reinsurance in Underwriting and Claims, working on both inwards / outwards national and international reinsurance.

He occupied senior broking roles for Aon Re in Sydney and Blanch Crawley Warren in London, facilitating the broking of major national and international accounts into Australian, Asian, London (both Company and Lloyds) and North American clients and markets. It was during this time that he learned some of the key skills of product management, structuring, program design and placement strategy.

Mr Brunker is a graduate of UTS holding a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, serving also as a lecturer and examiner for this organisation. He is also Lloyds Market Qualilfied broker.

Tony Hally

Tony Hally

Property Underwriter

Southern Cross Underwriting

Tony commenced his Insurance career with Southern Cross Underwriting in 1999.  His role consists of the Underwriting of Property Facultative Reinsurance risks throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Working as part of a small organisation, Tony is also involved in the management of Reinsurance claims.

Prior to joining Southern Cross Underwriting, Tony worked for National Australia Bank predominantly in business lending roles.

Tony has Bachelor of Business degrees in Business Administration and Accounting plus a Graduate Diploma of Insurance.  His is a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional of ANZIIF.

Scott Hawkins

Scott Hawkins

General Manager Non-Life

Munich Re

Scott Hawkins is the General Manager Non-Life with responsibility for the Non-Life reinsurance business of Munich Re in the Australasian region.  This role encompasses Munich Re’s Underwriting, Client Management and Claims functions based in Australia and New Zealand.

Scott has previously held several roles within Munich Re in the areas of technical underwriting, underwriting management and client management.

Prior to joining Munich Re, Scott worked in both direct insurance and reinsurance companies in several underwriting based roles spanning several lines of business involving both Australian and International regions.  Scott has also worked within a regulatory environment focusing on the mathematical modelling of risk capital within financial institutions and the use of mathematical models used to quantify the risks assumed by these companies.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Business degree and a Master of Business (Finance) degree and he is a Fellow of ANZIIF.

Jurgen Hoffman

Jurgen Hoffman

Head of Insurance Risk

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)

Over 35 years in the finance sector including over 10 years with APRA. His current role is Head of Insurance Risk in their Supervisory Support Division. He is also a member of APRA’s General Insurance Industry Group.

Jurgen previously held senior positions within the industry and has worked for companies such as Allianz, Gerling and QBE. He graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow CIP of ANZIIF. Jurgen lectured at UTS for 8 years in the subject of Reinsurance and is a strong supporter of ANZIIF and the industry through committee work, speaker and trainer. 

Tony Smith

Tani Alexander

Head of Group Reinsurance



Tony Smith joined Suncorp in 2001 and took up his current role in 2006 he is responsible for placement of Suncorp’s Property Catastrophe programmes, one of the world’s largest. Tony is a member of the ANZIIF Reinsurance Facility Advisory Board.

Tony’s previous role at Vero was General Manager of the Construction & Engineering Business Unit, which at the time was Australia’s largest Construction & Engineering Underwriter. 

Tony has worked in the Insurance Industry for the past 40 years as both an Underwriter and Broker in the UK, USA and Canadian market. Tony holds an ANZIF (Snr Assoc) CIP, Onshore & Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration and Operations University of Texas, is previous Chairman of the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) Engineering Committee.