General Insurance Breakfast
1 December 2021

Time and date:

1 December 2021, 7:30am - 10:00am AEDT*
*Please visit Time and Date to establish the start time in your local time zone.

  • Registration7:00am - 7:45am AEDT
  • Breakfast and Panel Discussion: 7:45am – 9:30am AEDT
  • Networking9:30am – 10:00am AEDT
Venue: The Fullerton Hotel Sydney and Online

Member: $165 AUD
Non-Member: $205 AUD
Group Booking (3 or more): $145 AUD per ticket
Virtual Tickets: $125 AUD

CIP points: 1.5
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At the annual ANZIIF General Insurance Breakfast we will be joined by a panel of insurance experts who will reflect on the current market, explore issues and opportunities, and discuss what the future holds.

In 2021, this event has been adapted to a hybrid format. If you are unable to attend in-person, tickets are available to attend virtually.

This event is conducted under the Chatham House Rule to promote openness and the sharing of information between colleagues.

Why Attend 

Listen to the panel discuss the current issues and challenges impacting the industry.

  • Learn more about the of areas of change and opportunity for the industry
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how these elements have and will continue to shape the industry’s dynamics and relationships
  • Interact with the panel and ask the questions that you want answered


Tickets to attend in-person* and virtually are available now!

For further information on this event please contact Bec Ciavarella, Event Manager.

*All delegates, staff and speakers are required to comply with NSW Government public health orders and The Fullerton Sydney COVID-Safe arrangements. At this time, The Fullerton Sydney requires all delegates to be vaccinated to attend the General Insurance Breakfast and provide proof of vaccination or a medical exemption letter upon entry into the venue. All delegates are required to provide accurate contact information when registering to attend the event for contract tracing. It is the delegate’s responsibility to provide updated information as required. ANZIIF and The Fullerton Sydney reserve the right to update and alter COVID-Safe arrangements at any time based on expert advice. If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected].


ANZIIF gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance and support of the event content committee.

  • Jenny Bax — Chair, ANZIIF General Insurance Faculty Advisory Board
  • Ashleigh Mansell — Underwriting Associate, Swiss Re
  • David McKinnis — Commercial Team Leader, Gallagher
  • Linh Nguyen — Business Development Manager - Australia, Sedgwick
  • Kurt Nilsen — Managing Director, Lion Underwriting


Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event? For more information on how your organisation can benefit as a sponsor of this leading professional development event contact Sara Cheong, Sponsorship Executive by phone on +61 3 9613 7200 or by email at [email protected].



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Chris Mackinnon (Moderator)

Chris Mackinnon

Regional Head of Australia & New Zealand | General Representative in Australia


Chris Mackinnon joined Lloyd’s in February 2015 with responsibility for market development, and for liaising with market practitioners and regulatory authorities to maintain Lloyd’s presence in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the international insurance industry, principally as an Insurance Broker, with extensive knowledge of both the Australian and London markets.

In addition to his role at Lloyd’s, Chris is also an Associate Director of the Underwriting Agencies Council in Australia, a Non-Executive Director of the Insurance Council of Australia, and Chairman of the Australian Organizing Committee of the Dive In Festival, the festival for diversity and inclusion in the Insurance Industry.

Chris is qualified as a Senior Associate of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jason Disborough

Jason Disborough

Chief Commercial Officer  Enterprise

Chief Executive Officer  Multinational Clients (International)


Jason has worked in the insurance industry for over 29 years and was appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer – Enterprise Clients on 1 October 2021. In this global role Jason focuses on the evolving needs of Aon’s largest client relationships and how they can be supported in achieving their business strategy.

In addition to his current role Jason also acts as the Chief Executive Officer – Multinational Clients (International). In this role Jason is responsible for Aon’s Multinational Client strategy outside the United States which he commenced in 2017.

In addition to Jason’s leadership roles he is also recognised as one of Aon’s leading risk-financing experts. He is a regular speaker at various professional association conferences regarding emerging risk trends, strategic risk management, risk financing and various general insurance issues.

In recognition of his subject matter expertise Jason also chaired the Australian and New Zealand Insurance & Finance Institute’s Risk Management Faculty Advisory Board from 2013 to 2015.

Sue Houghton

Sue Houghton

CEO, Australia Pacific

QBE Insurance Group

Sue is an accomplished senior executive with a career spanning operations, finance and strategy. Sue is known for her sound judgment, deep industry knowledge and passion for purpose-driven leadership. Her successful track record driving positive change, championing customer-centred thinking, and cultivating diverse and high performing teams has earnt her a reputation as one of the industry’s most highly regarded leaders.

Before joining QBE, Sue was Managing Director of Insurance for The Westpac Group. She has also held senior leadership and management roles at organisations including Wesfarmers Insurance, Insurance Group Australia and Arthur J Gallagher.

Sue is a member of the Champions of Change Coalition and President of the Insurance Council of Australia.

Kurt Nilsen

Kurt Nielsen

Managing Director, Lion Underwriting

Chairman, Underwriting Agencies Council

Kurt Nilsen is Managing Director of Lion Underwriting, an independently owned and managed agency. Lion Underwriting was established in March 2015.

Kurt began his insurance career in 1994, working for Mutual & Federal, in South Africa. He worked his way up the ladder, starting in riot insurance, domestic and then commercial. He was one of the company’s youngest BDMs.

After moving to Australia in 2001, he established Australian Professional Underwriting Agencies and became a Lloyd’s coverholder. Kurt is the current Chairman of the Underwriting Agencies Council, first elected to the UAC’s board in December 2013. Kurt holds a Diploma of Financial Services and is an ANZIIF Senior Associate.

Estelle Pearson

Estelle Pearson



Estelle has played a role in some of Australia’s high-profile insurance milestones – she was the actuarial expert to the HIH Royal Commission and more recently the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

She worked with the State and Federal Governments on the Liability Crisis back in the early 2000s and has continued to advise insurers and governments on personal injury insurance issues.

Estelle was the President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 2015 and in 2012 was named Actuary of the Year. She has been a member of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency since 2017.