Group Life Seminar VIC

The 2017 Group Life Seminar is a must-attend event for life insurance professionals who want to stay up-to-date on trends, gain knowledge on the future direction of the Group Life industry and issues directly affecting the industry. 

This year, we will be following a claim scenario that will cover some of the more innovative trends that are happening with member benefits.

There will be discussions on how decisions change a fund’s benefit design and how recent legal decisions play out when the member is injured, particularly when potential retraining influences whether a TPD benefit is paid or not. Speakers will also reflect on the impact of the trustee’s decisions to move from a traditional TPD to one that is paid in instalments.

Commenting on real-world scenarios, Adrian Rees (ARPRA) contributes from a regulator’s perspective. Linda Winterbottom (RGA) will work through the claim from the perspective of a rehabilitation professional and Darryl Pereira (TurksLegal) will be the guide through the legal minefield that this claim presents for the trustee and insurer.

For more information on the seminar, please review the Group Life Seminar brochure.

Register for Group Life Seminar VIC online or download a registration form and email the completed form to


  • Adrian Rees



    Adrian Rees

    General Manager

    Adrian joined APRA in September 2004 and was appointed as a General Manager in APRA’s Diversified Institutions Division in January 2012.

    His current supervisory responsibilities cover the banking, life insurance, general insurance and superannuation industries.  He also has an industry focus on life insurance as Chair of APRA’s Life Insurance Industry Group.

    Prior to joining APRA, Adrian worked at ASIC for 2½ years where he was involved in implementation of the Finance Services Reform initiatives.

    Before 2002 Adrian worked in the private sector for over 21 years as a senior executive in the general insurance, life insurance and superannuation sectors, predominantly in funds management and broader financial services.

  • John Myatt


    John Myatt

    John Myatt


    John Myatt heads TurksLegal’s Insurance & Financial Services practice and has over 25 years’ experience in the legal industry. His expertise includes providing advice on licensing, distribution, product and transactional issues and in connection with dispute resolution and litigation.

    John has particular experience in working with financial institutions and superannuation trustees in relation to interpretation, construction and compliance issues and provides advice in connection with the Corporations Act, Life Insurance Act, Insurance Contracts Act, ASIC Act, and superannuation legislation as well as under State and Federal anti-discrimination statutes. He also has had major litigation experience in relation to insurance claims, investment products and financial planning advice and in relation to managed funds and unit pricing.

    John has worked closely with project teams for clients in the financial sector on the development of new products, the drafting of group life policies and has assisted in problem solving legacy issues in addition to structuring strategic financial planner alliance relationships. He has also provided related licensing and compliance advice and transactional documentation. He is a contributor to the Superannuation Law Bulletin, Wickens’ Law of Life Insurance in Australia and the Insurance Law Bulletin he is also a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association. 

  • Darryl Pereira


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    Darryl Pereira


    Darryl Pereira is a Partner in the Insurance and Financial Services team at TurksLegal and has over 16 years' experience in the financial services sector. Darryl has extensive experience in advising on life insurance products including drafting and negotiating group and retail policies and product distribution agreements. Darryl has acted on a number of significant and complex group insurance transactions including documenting some of Australia’s largest group life insurance transactions on behalf of life insurers. 

    He has also had major litigation experience acting for life insurers in cases where critical provisions of the Insurance Contracts Act have been in dispute and in other significant cases involving the interpretation of life insurance policies and the duties of insurers. Darryl has also assisted life insurers in their response to the 2016 ASIC Life Claims Review.

    Darryl is a regular speaker at industry seminars commenting on insurance and financial services law and is a regular presenter at ANZIIF’s annual group life insurance seminar. Darryl was invited to speak on a panel addressing group insurance issues at the 2016 Financial Services Committee annual conference.

    Darryl has also spent significant periods 'in house' on secondment including placements in the legal teams of major life insurers and wealth management arms of major banks.

  • Matthew Brown (MC)


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    Matthew Brown (MC)

    Client Director

    Matthew has been with Aon since May 2008 and is currently a Client Director within the People Risk Specialties business. This role is focused on the provision of strategic advice and insurance placement services to an extensive corporate client base across all Health & Benefit subject matter areas including Life insurance, Accident & Health insurance and Private Health insurance.

    Matthew has extensive experience over more than 25 years across all aspects of employee benefit provision having worked over many years with both local and multinational organisations across a number of industries and segments in areas ranging from superannuation and retirement to risk management and insured benefits. He has wide ranging exposure across all relevant employee benefit insurance markets including Life insurance, General insurance (A&H), Private Health insurance and Workers’ Compensation. 

    Matthew has strong technical expertise in all employee benefit subject matter areas including global benefits provision and insurance placement. His focus is on delivering needs driven and value based outcomes for clients. 

    Matthew is currently the chair of the ANZIIF Life, Health & Retirement Income Faculty Advisory Board and a former member of the Private Health Insurance Intermediaries Association Board (PHIIA). 

    Before joining Aon in 2008, Matthew worked for Mercer in Australia for 16 years and Deutsche Asset Management for two years in various roles with a broad focus on superannuation and retirement savings, employee benefit program design and management, group insurance, general consulting, client management, new business generation, strategy setting and execution and team management and leadership.

  • Linda Winterbottom

    RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia

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    Linda Winterbottom

    Claims Rehabilitation Consultant
    RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia

    Linda is a qualified Rehabilitation Counsellor with more than 20 years of experience in assisting individuals return to work following injury or illness in both compensable and non-compensable systems, having worked the last 16 of these in the Life Insurance Industry.

    She has a degree in psychology, postgraduate qualifications in rehabilitation counselling and has international certification as a Disability Management Professional.

    Linda has extensive experience in all aspects of rehabilitation and has previously lectured at Sydney University in the areas of psychiatric and vocational rehabilitation.

    Linda has worked for both direct Insurers and ReInsurers and is currently a Claims Rehabilitation Specialist for RGA. She is passionate about the important role work plays in assisting individuals reclaim their lives following unexpected illness or injury and the positive impact it can have on facilitating recovery.  


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30 May 2017

  • DLA Piper
    Level 21, 140 William Street, Melbourne
  • Registration: 1.00pm — 1.30pm
    Seminar: 1.30pm — 5.00pm
    Networking Drinks: 5.00pm — 6.00pm
  • Member Standard: $185
    Non-Member Standard: $240

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