Insurance Broking

ANZIIF's Insurance Broking Faculty Advisory Board (IB FAB) contributes to the achievement of ANZIIF's vision by providing support and guidance for Faculty activity. IB FAB members are highly respected industry experts and have significant experience as council or Board members. 

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

  • Tim Considine

    Chair

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    Tim Considine

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    Managing Director
    Austbrokers Countrywide

    Tim began his career with T&G Life in 1979 (now part of the AXA group) in a customer service role. After three years in that role, he joined his father’s small life and general insurance agency (Considine’s Insurance). In this role, Tim built a portfolio of clients to service with a particular target and focus on Professional Indemnity for engineers.

    In 1993, Tim opened up a branch office for GIO Australia in Box Hill whilst continuing to service the Professional Indemnity portfolio. Six years later Tim was approached by Countrywide Tolstrup to join them in part of their succession planning strategy which led to his appointment as Managing Director in 2006.

    Austbrokers Countrywide has continued to grow and has acquired three Melbourne broking firms (John Smith Insurance Brokers, ACI Insurance Brokers (Vic) and Hamilton & Hamilton Insurance Brokers) since July 2009. Some career highlights for Tim include being elected as Chairman of the Austbrokers Network Steering Committee in 2005 and to the Board of Austbrokers and IBNA Member Services (AIMS) in 2010.

  • Paul Benjamin

    Deputy Chair

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    Paul Benjamin

    PDM, MBA
    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Managing Director
    Benjamin & Benjamin Insurance Group

    Paul is the Managing Director of Benjamin & Benjamin Insurance Group, a business he brought to market in April 2015, making it 3rd generation Benjamin insurance brokerage. This new business is an Authorised Representative of PSC Connect Pty Ltd.  He has been part of the insurance industry for more than 23 years having worked for underwriting agencies, as well as local and international insurance brokers. Along with insurance and accounting qualifications.  Paul holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Management and Masters of Business Administration.

     
    Paul is a Fellow of Australian and New Zealand Institute Insurance and Finance, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Member of the Australian Institute of Directors and is President of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, Deputy Chair of the Boating Industry Associations Alliance (National Boating Association), and is on the Insurance Brokers Claims Advisory Board at AIG.

  • Graham Cassidy

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    Graham Cassidy

    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Broker Development Manager
    Steadfast Group Limited

    Graham Cassidy was born in the United Kingdom and educated in Melbourne. He started in the industry with CIC in Melbourne and moved to Zurich (then CGA) in 1979. Graham worked his way from renewals clerk through claims, sales and branch underwriting roles in Adelaide and Sydney offices, national underwriting and regional distribution roles. Graham’s final role with Zurich was as NSW Regional Strategic Distribution Manager.

    In the next four years, Graham was the Technical Manager with IBNA, where he was responsible for Member technical enquiries, product development as well as wholesale broking across PI, liability and property lines.

    Graham joined Steadfast in 2006 as Member Technical Manager, then Marketing and Relationships Manager and in 2016 moved into the current role. Steadfast Group has Network Brokers ranging from turnovers of less than $3million to well over $100million.

    Graham joined the Insurance Broking Faculty Advisory Board in 2012.  

    Graham is married and has two daughters.

  • Jarrod De Pont

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    Jarrod De Pont

    BA/BCom
    ANZIIF (Senior Assoc)
    Broker
    Crombie Lockwood (NZ) Limited

    Jarrod has been in the New Zealand insurance market since 2003. Working for Vero Insurance in Auckland, Jarrod gained experience through their National Sales and Claims teams, as well as commercial underwriting in Vero’s Tauranga office. 

    In early 2012, Jarrod left Vero to travel, and in early 2013, returned back into the New Zealand market working for Crombie Lockwood as a commercial broker. He is an ANZIIF Senior Associate and also graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA/BCom in 2009.

  • Stacy Finnegan

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    Stacy Finnegan

    National Manager Network Development
    Community Broker Network

    Stacy has been focused on broker distribution for nearly 20 years, with both local and international experience.

    Commencing her insurance career as an Account Executive with a regional broker followed by a global broker, she then spent 8 years working for Allianz.  Originally leading a broker sales support team, she transferred to Allianz head office in Munich for 3 years. The Munich role involved collaborating with Allianz operating entities around the world to define and implement minimum standards and best practice for the broker channel.  Returning to Melbourne in 2013, Stacy led large teams in operations, servicing the national portfolio of SME and Personal lines for broker and direct markets. 

    In July 2017, Stacy joined Community Broker Network in the role of National Manager Network Development.   Stacy is committed to creating and contributing to an environment built on collaboration, trust and service excellence.  

  • Trevor Howard

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    Trevor Howard

    ANZIIF (Assoc)
    General Manager
    United Insurance Group

    Trevor has over 25 years experience in general insurance after starting his career with State Insurance Office in 1986 in workers compensation claims. Trevor then moved into the domestic insurance area, including management of the insurance program for the old State Bank network, before moving on to a district manager role looking after part of the SIO’s large state network of agents and brokers. Following SIO’s purchase by GIO in 1992, Trevor was involved in various sales and management roles leading to him moving to WA as State Manager of GIO in 1997. In 2000 he moved to HBF (WA's largest health insurer and membership organisation) to manage their general insurance portfolio and the implementation of FSRA reform to HBF’s large network of branches and travel agents.

    In 2004 Trevor took the opportunity to move back to Victoria to take up a role with Financial Lifestyle Solutions, managing a network of 40 general authorised representatives. In 2008, together with his partners, Trevor formed United Insurance Group (UIG) to provide an alternative solution to segments of the growing authorised representative population. UIG is part of the Steadfast network and has over 30 ARs as part of the group.

    Trevor is a Richmond AFL supporter and is married with three sons.

  • Vishal Kapoor

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    Vishal Kapoor

    BCom (Ins & Mkting), Dip.F.S. (Brok), Q.P.I.B.
    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Director
    McLardy McShane

    Vishal is a Director and an equity holder of the McLardy McShane Group of companies. Vishal joined the group in 2012 and brings with him over 18 years of insurance experience. Vishal is responsible for team management, insurer relationships and major client support.

    Throughout his career, he has attained valuable experience previously working as an underwriter with Ansvar Insurance where he held a national role as the National Accounts Manager and prior to that with a global insurance broker Willis Ltd. During his time at Willis he held various management roles; Commercial Manager (VIC), Insolvency Manager, Franchise Manager & headed up the Insurance division for the Franchise Council of Australia (FCAIS).

    Vishal has managed large teams and has also developed and launched new products into the market with impressive results. Vishal is also a NIBA member and is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker (QPIB). He also holds a Fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (Fellow) and degrees in Insurance & marketing from Deakin University.

    Married with a son Vishal loves traveling and is a self-confessed sports nut. He loves Cricket, Golf and AFL and gets along to matches whenever he can.

  • Vanessa Morton

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    Vanessa Morton

    Dip. Insurance Broking, Grad. Dip. Insurance, Q.P.I.B, B. Bus.
    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Director
    Gary Morton Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

    Vanessa has over 10 years of experience in the insurance profession, commencing her career with Allianz on their graduate program in 2001.  Vanessa gained experience through the various areas of a large, international insurer, working in roles such as eBusiness, Business Analyst, Reporting & Planning, Marketing and Sales / Distribution. 

    Vanessa was appointed as Allianz Broker & Agency Divisions’ National Sales & Development Manager in 2009. 

    In June 2011, Vanessa joined her family’s broking business in NSW, Gary Morton Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd.  Since joining the broking business, Vanessa has become a shareholder of the company and is now a Director.  Vanessa manages the overall operation of the business and a portfolio of clients.

    Vanessa participated on the NSW NIBA Young Professionals’ Committee in NSW for 10 years as both an insurer & broking representative and was Chair from 2013-14.  Vanessa has completed a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Insurance. 

    Vanessa is a Fellow of ANZIIF and a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB).

  • Jonathan Seth

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    Jonathan Seth

    QPIB, MBA
    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP, QPIB, MBA
    CEO
    LGIS

    Jonathan is the General Manager of Public Sector Operations in Western Australia JLT and CEO of LGIS.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the Risk and Insurance Industry across both Public and Private Sector clients.

    Jonathan currently heads up LGIS which is a self-insurance mutual scheme for Workers Compensation, Public Liability and Property Insurances for over 140 Western Australian Local Government Councils.

    Prior to joining JLT in 2006, Jonathan’s previous roles included both underwriting (CGU and AIG) and broking roles (Aon – 20 years – starting with Reed Stenhouse).

    He holds a Graduate Diploma of Insurance (Fellowship) and a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University and has completed the AICD Directors Program.

    Jonathan’s involvement with ANZIIF began in the early 1990’s with the ACT Branch Executive Committee.  Jonathan later became President of the WA Branch Executive Committee for the years of 2004-2005, as well as previously holding the role of Chair and Board representative for the ANZIIF Academic Council.

    Jonathan has a strong interest in training and education and its role in professional development and career development.