General Insurance Breakfast

Now in its 29th year, the General Insurance Breakfast brings senior insurance professionals from across Australia to discuss the status of the general insurance market and the future of the industry. This year, Daniel Fogarty, CEO and Founder of Evari will facilitate and lead this high-powered discussion panel.

Joining Daniel on the panel are:

  • Hilary Bates, Chief Claims Officer, General Insurance, Zurich Financial Services Australia 
  • Peter Harmer, Managing Director & CEO, IAG
  • Estelle Pearson, Director, Finity
  • Scott Wilson, Managing Director and CEO, iSelect

Over 400 professionals attended last year's sold-out breakfast and were given the chance to ask our experts their own questions. What would you ask this year's panelists?  

This is one breakfast that you cannot afford to miss!

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  • Hilary Bates

    Zurich Financial Services Australia

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    Hilary Bates

    Chief Claims Officer, General Insurance
    Zurich Financial Services Australia

    Hilary Bates was appointed as Chief Claims Officer in August 2016. Hilary is responsible for leading Zurich’s Australian and New Zealand General Insurance Claims Operation, which is focused on delivering an outstanding claims service to our customers.

    Prior to joining Zurich, Hilary held senior claims management roles at QBE, including Head of Long Tail Claims and Head of Strategy and Technical. She worked in the USA for 7 years gaining valuable and varied experience across complex claims and senior claims management roles. Hilary started her career in private practice working within insurance, risk management and litigation practice groups.

    Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology), Bachelor of Laws (Honors), and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and is admitted to practice law in New South Wales.

    With over 15 years working in the insurance industry, Hilary is passionate about claims and delivering on the promise to Zurich’s customers.

  • Moderator - Daniel Fogarty


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    Moderator - Daniel Fogarty

    CEO and Founder

    Daniel is the CEO and Founder of Evari (, an insurtech start-up and Lloyd’s coverholder, digitally servicing the insurance needs of small businesses in Australia.

    He was previously CEO General Insurance Australia and New Zealand for Zurich, and has held executive positions at Suncorp/Vero and at Westpac.

    Daniel is a Fellow and Board member of ANZIIF, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Insurtech Australia.  

    He has a Masters from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW.  He is a Fellow of FINSIA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant.

  • Peter Harmer


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    Peter Harmer

    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

    Peter was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in November 2015. Prior to becoming CEO, Peter was Chief Executive of IAG Labs where he led the company’s division dedicated to improving customer experiences through digital and design innovation. He has held a number of senior roles across IAG, including Chief Digital Officer and Chief Executive of Commercial Insurance.

    Peter joined IAG as Chief Executive Officer of CGU Insurance in 2010. Before joining IAG, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Aon Limited UK, and a member of Aon’s Global Executive Board.  He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Aon’s Australian operations.

    Peter has more than 37 years’ experience in the insurance industry, with expertise in underwriting, reinsurance broking and commercial insurance broking.  His earlier roles include: Managing Director of John C. Lloyd Reinsurance Brokers, Chairman and Chief Executive of Aon Re and Chairman of the London Market Reform Group. Peter is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

  • Estelle Pearson


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    Estelle Pearson

    Actuary, Founding Director

    Estelle is an Actuary who has worked in the general insurance industry for almost 30 years.  She has had a particular interest in personal injury classes.

    Estelle was the actuarial advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In this role she helped the Commission understand the likely number of participants in a national redress scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and the potential cost of such a scheme.  

    Since then, Estelle has worked with a number of organisations to assist them gain an understanding of their potential exposure to claims from the survivors of child sexual abuse. 

    Estelle served as President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 2015.  She was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2017

  • Scott Wilson


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    Scott Wilson

    Managing Director and CEO

    Scott is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of iSelect. Prior to his current role, Scott was Commercial Director and maintained overall responsibility for the company’s individual business units and product provider relationships.Scott has over 20 years of sales and key account management experience within multinational fast-moving consumer goods and entertainment companies.

    Prior to joining iSelect, Scott was Sales Director (Australia & New Zealand) for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, following senior national sales roles at SPC Ardmona and PZ Cussons. Scott is also Chairman of iMoney, Malaysia. 


Sponsorship opportunities for the General Insurance Breakfast are still available. For more information on how your organisation can benefit as a sponsor of this leading professional development event, contact
Sara Cheong, Sponsorship Executive, on 03 9613 7200 or email


ANZIIF gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance and support of the 2017 General Insurance Organising Committee:

  • Steve Curley, Chairman, Arch LMI Pty Ltd
  • Bob Lee, Managing Director, Macquarie Underwriting Pty Ltd
  • David McKinnis, Business Development, Steadfast
  • Michelle Macris, Sales & Service Manager, Broker & Agency (NSW), Allianz Australia Insurance Limited.


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6 Dec 2017

  • The Westin Sydney
    1 Martin Place
    Sydney NSW 2000
  • 7.00am—7.30am Registration
    7.30am—9.00am Breakfast
  • 1.5 Points
  • Member $125
    Non-Member $175 Table of 10 $1,250

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