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Andrew Matthews
Appointed Actuary

Andrew is a principal based in Melbourne and is an actuary with expertise in Appointed Actuary roles, applying analytics and Organisational Development. He works with a range of insurers informing sound financial decisions, exploring growth possibilities and protecting businesses by ensuring compliance with prudential requirements. Andrew is known for his focus on the commercial and the humanistic and what it means to be team in a world applying analytics. 

Andrew has worked in a range of corporates leading actuarial and risk services. Most recently, he was Chief Actuary at Medibank Private (2013 – 2019).  Other roles include: Partner in financial services for Ernst and Young, serving as leader in risk and actuarial for IAG and CGU (including Appointed Actuary roles in general insurance), establishing actuarial services for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and as an analyst at Trowbridge Consulting. In addition to commercial experience leading actuarial and risk services, he is an Associate Professor at Monash Business School and a Board Director at The Stroke Foundation. He is passionate about health and education. 

He works with leaders and their teams to apply analytics and build capabilities to put a shared vision into action.


Anna Stephens
Ernst & Young

Anna is a Manager within the Actuarial Services team at Ernst & Young with over 5 years’ international experience across Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Anna has extensive experience in public and private health strategy and analytics, funding models and risk equalisation. Anna draws upon her technical expertise and health knowledge to assist state and international health departments improve patient outcomes and experience.

Anna has led various engagements with government institutions in both health and social services, the most recent of which involved developing a dynamic simulation model to illustrate the impact of value-based healthcare models on the supply and demand for primary and acute care over the next 10 years.

Anna is passionate about developing innovative funding models that deliver value to Australian citizens, having worked with government bodies to ensure the public health system could respond rapidly and maintain viability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dr Dana Kai Bradford
Principal Research Scientist, Neurodevelopment and Plasticity 
CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre

Dr Dana Kai Bradford is a Principal Research Scientist leading the Neurodevelopment and Plasticity team in CSIRO’s Australian eHealth Research Centre. Her project work predominantly centres on digital services for equitable healthcare and includes the development of phone-based programs to manage chronic illness, cognitive decline and mental health. Dana is also involved in projects to facilitate the integration of genomic medicine into everyday care and manages AEHRC's cerebral palsy projects. She had key roles in the development of an app to translate key assessment questions for non-English speaking hospital patients, now taken up by NSW Health, and in Australia’s first smart home pilot of in-home monitoring for the elderly.

Daniel Marlay

Daniel Marlay
Ernst & Young

Daniel is a Director and a senior technical lead within the Actuarial Services team at Ernst & Young. Daniel has 21 years’ experience as a data scientist and has an Honours degree in Physics and Astronomy. He has extensive experience in applying advanced data analysis to support strategic and operational business decision making across government, financial services, airline and other industry sectors.

In recent years, Daniel is passionate about the use of microsimulation models in public sector actuarial valuations, and is heavily involved in developing linked data analysis approaches for use in health policy development and evaluation. Daniel provided deep insight into the long-term wellbeing of vulnerable children in New Zealand and was instrumental in projecting future demand for aged care services in Australia.

In addition to his work experience, Daniel is an active contributor to the data science and statistical community, and has presented at a variety of forums such as the Institute of Actuaries’ inaugural data analytics seminar.

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Dr Henry Wei
Senior Staff Clinical Specialist
Google Health

Henry Wei, M.D. is a Senior Staff Clinical Specialist at Google Health.  He is focused on clinical product strategy, applied machine learning, and consumer digital health offerings. 

As Medical Director at Google, he founded the health insurance analytics team, and developed an Accountable Care Organization risk-sharing plan and clinical quality incentive program. Prior to Google, Dr. Wei served with the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, focused on the consumer health data interoperability standards and ecosystem. 

Dr. Wei previously led Aetna’s Innovation Labs.  At ActiveHealth, Dr. Wei was Sr. Medical Director for R&D leading a team on consumer PHRs, clinical decision support, population health management programs and complex case management including social determinants of health programs. 

At McKinsey, he developed corporate and business unit strategy for hospitals, insurers, health IT and pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies.  He is currently adjunct faculty at Cornell in Health Policy & Research, where he also previously completed his residency in Internal Medicine and medical degree.  At Harvard University, Henry earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, publishing his thesis on sleep and aging at Harvard Medical School.

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Judith Houtepen
Senior Manager
Milliman Amsterdam

Judith joined Milliman in 2012 and is responsible for building the health presence in the Netherlands. She is passionate about health insurance and improving the value of health care and about promoting the role of the health actuary into the wider fields
Rhod McKensey 

Rhod McKensey
Chief Executive Officer
Honeysuckle Health

Rhod is the CEO of Honeysuckle Health, a joint venture between nib and Cigna. nib is Australia’s fourth largest private health insurer. Cigna is a US-based global health insurer. Honeysuckle Health is establishing itself as a utility for healthcare payers and has built capability in three core areas – health data science, health management programs and health services contracting.

Prior to Honeysuckle Health, Rhod spent 14 years at nib in a number of roles, including Business Intelligence Manager, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and most recently as Group Executive for nib’s Australian Residents’ Health Insurance business. Between 2012 and 2019, Rhod was nib’s representative on the board of the peak body for Australian private health insurers, Private Healthcare Australia (PHA). Prior to nib, Rhod spent 5 years with a strategic consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. and 3 years with investment banking firm, Bankers Trust.

Rhod is passionate about better utilising health data and better connecting the Australian health system to engage Australians more in their own health and achieve better health outcomes at a lower cost.

Connect with Rhod on LinkedIn.


Dr Stephanie Allen
Global Healthcare Leader

Dr Stephanie Allen is the Deloitte Global Healthcare Leader. Deloitte has the largest professional services health care practice in the world. Deloitte has been independently recognised for its global and holistic approach to health care analytics to deliver new insights, for the way in which it is integrating exponential technologies to drive sustainable quality and cost improvements, and for its extensive clinical expertise working on contemporary models of care.

Stephanie also leads the Health & Human Services Practice for Australia and is a consulting partner with over 25 years’ extensive experience in health care in both the UK and Australia.

Stephanie has worked closely with eminent health and research institutions on complex planning, clinical, financial and operational transformation programs and on large scale technology implementations. She has served on a number of Health Care Boards and is passionate about the role of health care as an economic driver of prosperity, as a magnet for research and talent, and in supporting people to lead the lives they value.


Stuart Houston
Director, Financial Services Asia Pacific & Japan

Stuart is Director, Financial Services at Google Cloud for Asia Pacific & Japan, with responsibilities including developing and delivering the strategy and solutions focus for the banking, capital markets and insurance industries across the region, representing Google Cloud in industry focused digital and in-person events and thought leadership papers, and enabling the field organisation with Financial Services domain and solution knowledge. Stuart works closely with industry-leading clients and strategic partners across Asia Pacific to help drive digital and data transformation through data-driven innovation, adapting to evolving customer expectations and fast-moving markets being constantly disrupted, and meet security and compliance needs with Google Cloud solutions for Financial Services, including Data Architecture & Transformation, Human Centred Design thinking for Digital Customer Journeys, Open Banking, Payments Transformation, High Performance Computing for Quantitative Analysis & Risk Simulation, Regulatory Compliance and Reporting & Financial Crime Management.

Prior to joining Google, Stuart was with Oracle Corporation for 25 years, in a variety of APAC and Global roles spanning consulting, presales, business development and industry strategy and innovation, working predominantly with the Financial Services Industry across Asia Pacific.

Stuart has been engaged with many financial services transformations across the region largely in the enterprise domain – regulatory, financial crimes & compliance, finance, risk & treasury, with clients in Australia, Japan, Singapore, India, Thailand, Philippines, Stuart played a key role contributing to the development of the Oracle Reference Architecture for Finance and Risk in Financial Services across multiple Oracle pillars with the OFSAA / ERP / EPM solution stack, which has now delivered significant value to many hundreds of clients globally – G-SIBs, D-SIBs and others.

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Sue Freeman
Senior Consultant

Sue is a Senior Consultant at Finity Consultants who leads our research on mental health conditions. 

  • Sue has an Honours degree in Psychology,  post graduate qualifications in rehabilitation and law, and over 25 years’ experience working in personal injury policy and practice.
  • Sue has worked for rehabilitation providers and insurers, as well as the for NSW Regulator of Compulsory Third Party insurance, where she managed the independent medical assessments panel, and developed policy and procedures on dispute resolution and injury management.  
  • At Finity Consultants Sue’s work has included an in depth review of the nature and causes of workers compensation claims for psychological injury. She has provided advice on preventative and claim management strategies, the underwriting of mental health conditions, and evaluation of claim management performance. More recently she has been involved in surveying private health insurers about the issues they see in mental health claims.
  • Sue was co-author, with Geoff Atkins, of the 2017 Green Paper on Mental Health and Insurance published by the Actuaries Institute, and has a particular interest in improving the insurance industry’s response to mental illness.



Ash Evans
Taylor Fry

Ash Evans is an experienced actuary and a leader in Taylor Fry’s public health and personal injury practices. He is a Principal at Taylor Fry with 15 years of consulting experience for government and corporate clients.

Ash has a broad range of experience advising government departments and regulators on public health questions. Recently, these have ranged from pricing mental health care in admitted hospital and community settings, leading the analytics program to reduce mental injuries and improve outcomes for a workers compensation scheme, and providing analytics advice to the NSW Cancer Institute on its screening program.

Prior to joining Taylor Fry, Ash completed his PhD in actuarial mathematics at the University of Melbourne.

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Karl Niemann
Actuarial Manager (PHI) — Advice & Approvals

Karl manages the PHI Actuarial team at APRA. His current focus includes addressing sustainability/affordability risks in the industry, reviewing the capital standards and working with the Appointed Actuaries. Prior to APRA, Karl was in Europe for five years working with a variety of general insurers and prior to this he was at the previous health insurance prudential regulator PHIAC.   

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Nick Stolk
Consulting Health Insurance Actuary

Nick is a consulting health insurance actuary and the editor of the Institute’s Private Health Insurance newsletter. He has worked in the private health insurance industry for 15 years and loves to discuss the people, politics and intricacies of Australia’s health system with anyone who will listen.

Stuart Rodger 

Stuart Rodger
Company Director
International Actuarial Association Health Section

Stuart is a company director on the Boards of the San Foundation and the International Actuarial Association Health Section.

Previously a partner in Deloitte and the leader of the firm’s health actuarial and health insurance businesses, his career has focussed on health and health finance for nearly two decades.

Earlier he has worked as a business manager or actuary in several different countries and industries.