Organising Committee

Estelle Pearson  Estelle Pearson

Estelle is Principal at Finity. She is an Actuary and a mathematician by training and has worked in the general insurance industry since 1989. She is a regular contributor to thought leadership and presents to a wide range of industry conferences each year.
melindahowes Melinda Howes 
Plenary Committee
General Manager of Superannuation
BT Financial Group

Melinda is General Manager of Superannuation for BT Financial Group and is an Executive Director on their RSE (Super) Board. She’s an actuary whose career in financial services has spanned policy, strategy, non-executive and executive director roles, consulting, product and sales roles in superannuation, wealth management, insurance and not for profit entities.
trevormatthews Trevor Matthews
Plenary Committee
Non-Executive Director
AMP Limited

Trevor has extensive CEO experience both in Australia and overseas and is currently chairman of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, 1st Group, AMP Life, CMC Markets Australia and the wrap platform operator, FNZ Asia Pacific and a non-Executive Director of AMP Limited, AMP Bank, Bupa Australia New Zealand, and Edelweiss Tokio Marine. He also  provides executive coaching through Foresight’s Global Coaching.

hoabui Hoa Bui
Plenary Committee
KPMG Actuarial Pty Ltd

Hoa is a leading life insurance actuary with 35 years’ experience in insurance, superannuation and banking, including 15 years as Partner in charge of KPMG Actuarial & Financial Risk team. Her career highlights include advising a foreign government to establish its risk based capital framework for insurance, acting as Appointed Actuary for 3 different life insurers and leading the Australian retail risk data collection and analysis from 2008-2019.  

Hoa is a regular speaker at industry forums and is the 2020 President of the Actuaries Institute.

jefferson Jefferson Gibbs
Plenary Committee
Senior Partner
KPMG Australia

Jefferson is a Senior Partner in KPMG Australia managing a team of over 20 professionals.  He has more than 23 years’ broad actuarial consulting experience, specialising in General Insurance, self-insurance and corporate risk management.  Jefferson has a passion for steering strategy in new areas of product development, which creates opportunity and drives his team and colleagues. 
Untitled-4 John McLenaghan
Plenary Committee
Head of Public Policy
Actuaries Institute

John is the Actuaries Institute's Head of Public Policy. John has held senior policy roles in government departments and agencies, ministerial offices, industry associations. John was Group Head of Government & Industry Affairs  with a major financial institution. He joined the Institute in 2014 and he been involved in the development of major Institute submissions to the FSI, Treasury, APRA, ASIC and the Productivity Commission. John has been involved in the development of almost 20 Green Papers and Dialogues. John also supports the Institute's Life, Banking and Superannuation Practice Committees, the Anti-discrimination Working Group, the DI taskforce and the Royal Commission Steering Committee. John holds MA and MBA degrees.

Vanessa Vanessa Beenders
Plenary Committee
Practice Excellence Advisor
Actuaries Institute

Vanessa is a Practice Excellence Adviser at the Institute. Her prior background spans government, financial services and education in both public and private sectors. Vanessa has worked in the Commonwealth Department of Treasury, including as an adviser in the Federal Treasurer’s office. Her experience in financial services was with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Group and included corporate strategy, equities research and government relations. Vanessa has also worked as a primary school teacher. She has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Education (Primary).
Aaron Cutter
Data Analytics Curator

Aaron was a physicist and is now an actuary and Principal at Finity experienced in general insurance and accident compensation. Recently he has set up and leads Finity’s Big Data practice, also known as Defin’d and is committed to actuaries in analytics playing a further significant role in this space.  He is a strong believer that actuaries help organisations better understand their businesses, their customers and hence are well placed to help with issues of strategic importance.  Actuaries, data and analytics in business problem solutions will only deepen as the world’s generation, retention and ability to interrogate data explodes. 
AM  Andrew Matthews
Health Curator

Andrew is a principal based in Melbourne and is an experienced actuary with expertise in Appointed Actuary roles, applying analytics (scenario analysis, capital, pricing) and Organisational Development.  He works with a range of insurers informing wise financial decision making and protecting businesses by ensuring compliance with prudential requirements.  In addition to having worked in a range of corporates leading actuarial and risk services, he is also passionate about improving education and for Australia to aspire to be the healthiest country. He works to help leaders and their teams apply actuarial analytics and build the capabilities to put a shared vision into action.

Rob Daly  Rob Daly
Life Curator

Robert Daly has worked in the life insurance and financial services industry since 1987. He started his career in Dublin, Ireland working for a life insurer, then moved to London to work for Munich Re. He spent 12 years from 1995 working as an actuarial consultant for Tillinghast (now part of Willis Towers Watson) in its Melbourne, New York and Sydney offices. From 2008-12, Robert was the Chief Actuary for TAL Limited and, in 2012, became the Chief Risk Officer for CommInsure.

Robert took a year out from working in 2017/18 to complete a Masters of Economic Analysis at University of Sydney. Having not gone to university after school, this fulfilled an ambition and provides another interesting perspective. Currently Robert is back at CommInsure as Chief Risk Officer.  As well as being a qualified actuary, Robert is also a charterholder of the CFA Institute and is a CERA. Robert recently led an Institute Task Force on the review of the Code of Professional Conduct and was also a member of the Disciplinary Scheme Review task force. Despite years of mountain biking and vowing to never wear lycra, Robert is now also a keen road biker and also spends too much time coding.

Nick Cowdery
Risk Co-Curator

Nick has over 16 years experience recruiting professionals for Actuarial, Insurance and Risk Management roles in Australia and the UK. Nick has detailed knowledge of the Life, Non-Life, Risk, Investment and Superannuation industries placing candidates at all levels from analyst to CEO.  Nick has a keen interest in developing the way recruitment works for both employers and candidates. New tech solutions can make the process more effective and efficient and hopefully, more satisfying for all concerned.
Untitled-13 Nathan Bonarius
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Superannuation Curator

Nathan is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a recognised specialist on superannuation (pensions), group insurance, retirement modelling, data analytics, public policy, FinTech, financial advice and the impact of the ageing population on products, services and workforce.  He assists clients including Boards, CEOs and management teams across a variety of different entities, including the provision of strategic advice, assistance with mergers, group insurance reviews, member outcomes and Actuarial valuations. Nathan has also been involved in the provision of outsourcing tenders and service provider benchmarking.

Douglas Douglas Isles FFA, FIAA, MA Math (Trinity College, Cambridge)
Wealth and Investment Curator

An actuary by training, Douglas first joined Platinum in 2003 as an investment analyst, having spent some time at the Commonwealth Bank as a product actuary and, prior to that, as an investment manager at Aegon Asset Management in Edinburgh. Mathematical prowess was not Douglas’ only forte. His gift for communication and his convivial nature soon earned him the additional responsibility of handling presentations to advisers and clients.  Douglas left Platinum in 2008 to relocate to Singapore where he made a significant contribution to developing Standard Chartered Bank’s equity broking business.  Having re-joined Platinum in 2013 as an investment specialist, Douglas now dedicates himself to serving as a bridge between Platinum’s investment team and the financial advisory community.

Bill  Bill Konstantinidis
General Member

Bill has extensive experience within the general insurance area. He is currently General Manager Product at Covermore where he looks after the product, underwriting and actuarial teams of the company for travel insurance. He was previously Executive Manager Pricing Commercial Customer at Suncorp within the Chief Data Office (where he managed a large team of actuaries and analysts covering valuation, pricing and analysis of a wide range of general insurance products across the Suncorp Group), having held other Executive Manager positions with Suncorp prior to that. He has also held Chief Underwriting Officer/Executive Manager roles with Allianz Global Assistance, RACQ Insurance and CUNA Mutual. In 2011 he was President of the Queensland Branch of ANZIIF (Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance).
Simon Lim  Simon Lim
Risk Co-Curator

Simon is a Director at SLC Actuarial and has more than twelve years of experience as a consulting actuary specialising in general and health insurance. He was formerly a Senior Manager and Appointed Actuary at Ernst & Young Actuarial Services where he advised Boards and executives on strategy, analytics and actuarial compliance. As the Australia lead for Cytora, an EQT backed InsureTech that recently raised US$33m, Simon led the development of AI powered insurance pricing models for insurers. His other experience includes management consulting at Partners in Performance and being an entrepreneur.

 Leigh Boekestein Leigh Boekestein
General Insurance Curator

Leigh joined Hollard in 2016 and is currently the Chief Actuary responsible for Hollard’s Actuarial function, including the role of the Appointed Actuary.  After working in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, Leigh’s experience has spanned a number of areas including reserving, reinsurance and capital management as well as product-development and pricing. Prior to her latest appointment in 2016, Leigh has served in a number of senior roles both in Australia and New Zealand including Appointed Actuary, Senior Consultant, as well as Reinsurance and Reserving Manager roles.   

 Pauline Pauline Johnston-Blight
Plenary Committee
CEO and Managing Director, Genworth

Pauline joined Genworth as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in March 2020. She has over 25 years of senior management, financial and strategic experience in wealth management and insurance in Australia, New Zealand and globally.  Prior to joining Genworth, Pauline held senior leadership and strategic roles in Challenger, AMP and RGA Reinsurance Company. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary of Asteron Life, and consulted to the insurance and wealth management industry at KPMG and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.  An active industry participant, Pauline has served on the boards of the Institute of Actuaries, the Financial Services Council and the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance, as well as been a member of and chaired numerous committees of these bodies.

Pauline is a Fellow of each of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, Finsia, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University.

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Event Manager and Team Leader
Actuaries Institute
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Events Coordinator
Actuaries Institute
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Events Project Manager
Actuaries Institute