Insurance movers and shakers

Insurance movers and shakers

Insurance movers and shakers

The biggest job moves from the Australian insurance industry, including an appointment at Lumley, a double promotion at Chartis and a complete management restructure at AXIS.

Lumley Finance, part of Wesfarmers Insurance Premium Funding, has appointed Natasha Gale to the role of Head of Distribution.

Gale replaces Neville Ford who recently resigned from the company after accepting an external opportunity.

Gale has been the Lumley Finance State Manager for NSW for over six years and during this time she has successfully built the NSW sales team. In addition, she recently assumed responsibility for Lumley Finance’s Queensland sales team.

“Natasha brings to the role a strategic understanding of the WI Premium Funding business, strong relationships across the broking community and a leadership style that embodies Wesfarmers Insurance’s culture and values,” said Jurgen Rammesmayer, general manager, Wesfarmers Insurance Premium Funding.


Chartis has made two appointments, with Nick Wood, currently Commercial Property Manager for Australia, New Zealand and PNG, being promoted to the role of Deputy Commercial Property Manager for Chartis APAC.

Tim Christian has also been promoted to the position of Head of Corporate Accident & Heath Australia replacing Phil Brain who has been promoted to the position of Vice President Regional Group Manager Accident & Health APAC . 

Wood joined Chartis in 2005 as the Deputy Property & Energy Manager for Australia after spending 20 years in the industry with various companies including Ace and Zurich, and Christian has been with Chartis for the past 16 years with his most recent role being National Client Relationship Manager Accident & Health and prior to this Northern Region Accident & Health Manager.


AXIS Specialty Australia CEO David Smith has announced several key appointments and claimed the changes, effective from today, ensure the AXIS team is stronger, more unified and more market-facing and liaison with business partners will be easier.

The key element is the appointment of four national product managers:

Business Development/MGAs: Quenten Dawson will continue to head AXIS’s business development and lead the MGA strategy. “Quenten has built a great relationship with our partner SUA and will continue to build and develop this important segment through pursuing other underwriting agency partnerships,” Smith said.

National Manager Financial Lines: Tony Hynes takes on this new role and will continue to lead the Victorian team and have leadership responsibility for financial lines across all states.

National Manager Professional Lines: Jason Mann has been appointed to this new role and will have leadership responsibility across all states.

National Manager Property: Brendan Walsh is confirmed in this role and will develop strategies to build on the property team’s great work over the past two years.

Smith said the decision to implement the new structure was partly fuelled by National Professional Lines Manager Michael Prickett’s decision to retire.


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