Plenary Speakers


Michael Pascoe* is one of Australia's most respected and experienced finance and economics commentators with four decades in newspaper, broadcast and on-line journalism covering economic, business and finance issues. Michael is a Contributing Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age sites, a weekly finance columnist for Yahoo7 and a popular conference speaker, bringing rare humour and plain language to the 'dismal science' of economics. Michael started his career with The Courier-Mail before working for the South China Morning Post. He joined the Australian Financial Review upon returning to Australia before moving to Macquarie Radio network, then Channel 9, Sky News and 7.


Geoff Atkins is a Principal of Finity Consulting and has now spent 30 years in the general insurance sector. In that time he has seen a great deal of change and has recently presented on The Future of Insurance. During 2014, Geoff has worked part time at Institute HQ for the Financial Services Inquiry. The inquiry has involved deep consideration of the future of the financial system including the insurance sector.
Richard Bergman is a Partner in PwC's cyber business and works with companies to balance the risks of Cyber with the upside of the rapid adoption of Digital. Richard leads the firm’s national Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Cyber Analytics and Cyber Forensics capabilities. Richard works across the public and private sector and has deep expertise in leading complex incident response and cyber investigations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Richard helps companies respond to security incidents, intellectual property theft, malicious targeted attacks, and fraud.
Stuart Bingham is a General Manager in the Diversified Institutions Division of APRA. Stuart has had a number of roles in his 6 years at APRA and has over 25 years experience in the life insurance and wealth management industry. Prior to joining APRA, Stuart worked at Westpac/BT Financial Group for 18 years. In that time he held a number of actuarial and finance roles. His last role with BT Financial Group was Head of Finance, Insurance. Stuart was also the Appointed Actuary for BT Financial Group's life insurance companies and was responsible for capital management of BT Financial Group.
Ty Birkett is a Managing Director of Willis Re Australia. Based in Sydney, Ty works with insurance and government clients advising, modelling, structuring and placing reinsurance solutions. Additionally, Ty is responsible for the Actuarial and Financial Modelling team at Willis Re across the Asia-Pacific Region (including Australia and New Zealand). Prior to joining Willis Re, he worked at Swiss Re where his role included structuring and underwriting tailored and non-traditional reinsurance solutions, as well as client management. He came to the Australian Reinsurance market after seven years of Actuarial Consulting in the United Kingdom, Melbourne and Sydney.
Justine K Brindley is currently the Legal Manager and Senior Lawyer of the General Insurance Advisory Legal Team at Suncorp Group Limited. She has over 16 years’ legal experience in the financial services industry. Having previously worked for Tyndall Life and then Promina Group Limited, she joined Suncorp as a result of the acquisition of Promina in 2007. Justine holds a Master of Laws (Corporate and Financial Law) from UNSW. She currently advises on all matters involving the Suncorp GI businesses and has recently been involved in a number of key strategic Suncorp Group projects including the latest round of privacy reform, new product development and business intelligence.
Frankie Carroll is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, which is managing the massive $14 billion state-wide reconstruction program to rebuild Queensland communities impacted by consecutive years of natural disaster. Prior to this role, Frankie was the CEO for Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd (QWI). He also held the roles of CFO and Company Secretary for QWI. Frankie has more than 20 years’ experience in financial management, including 10 years within the financial services industry.
Richard Enthoven is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hollard Australia Group which includes Hollard Insurance, Hollard Financial Services and Real Insurance.  He has also served as a Director of The Hollard Insurance Company and The Hollard Life Insurance Company in South Africa since 2003. Richard is also a Director of the Insurance Council of Australia and the Chairman of the ICA's Financial Inclusion Committee. Richard serves on the Advisory Board of Head Over Heels, a not-for-profit organisation that supports a portfolio of high-potential women-owned businesses.
Jeanne Fennell is a Vice President in the FINPRO practice of Marsh Australia and has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry in Australia and the United States. The majority of Jeanne's career has been in the area of professional risks (particularly Directors and Officers Liability and Professional Indemnity) and an added focus in the area of new insurances surrounding Cyber and IT-related risks. Jeanne currently represents a number of Australian companies and banks in the provision of risk management services and insurance placements and manages a team of four broking staff that cater for Marsh's clients in the area of professional risks.
Vicki Mullen is the General Manager of Consumer Relations and Market Development for the Insurance Council of Australia. A lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in legal and public policy and regulatory affairs, Vicki has worked with the Financial Services Council, Insurance Australia Group, the Actuaries Institute, a senior NSW Minister, the NSW Cabinet Office, and the NSW Parliament. Vicki first worked at the Insurance Council of Australia in 2001-2002 on the team responsible for developing the industry's engagement with the HIH Royal Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Anne O'Driscoll is a non-executive director and chair of the audit committees of Steadfast Group Limited, The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Company Limited and Commonwealth Insurance Limited. She also serves on the advisory board of MarketEye Pty Limited and was on the advisory board of NSW Self-Insurance Corporation from 2009 to 2013. Anne spent three years as the CFO of Genworth Australia from 2009 to 2012 and worked at Insurance Australia Group from 1995 to 2008, where she was involved in many of IAG’s major corporate transactions.
Paul Ormonde-James has spent many years implementing decision intelligence and cultural change management for some of the world’s largest corporations. Currently he heads the data and insights commercialisation business for Australia Post, which assists companies to better target their customers. Past roles include Global Head of Business Intelligence for the World Bank, Washington DC, Head of Business Intelligence for MBF and executive roles in Boral, Plessey and ABB. He is an analyst in his own right and loves his data. He is seen as futurist and thought-leader in technology enabling corporate growth.
Siddharth Parameswaran is JP Morgan's lead insurance analyst for Australia/New Zealand. Previously he worked for three-and-a-half years at Merrill Lynch as an Associate, covering insurance and diversified financials. He is a qualified general-insurance actuary, having worked with QBE, looking after pricing, valuations and capital modeling of their workers' compensation, asbestos, trade credit and travel insurance portfolios. Prior to QBE, Siddharth worked with Tillinghast, a consultancy focused on life and general insurance. Siddharth is also a Fellow of FINSIA.
Estelle Pearson is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and Senior Vice President of the Institute. She specialises in consulting to casualty insurers operating in the Australian and New Zealand markets on a range of topics including reserving, pricing, capital and strategy. Estelle holds a number of regulatory roles and was named Actuary of the Year in 2012, acknowledging her contribution to the Australian profession and encouragement of future generations of actuaries.
Andy Pitman is a Professor in climate science at the University of New South Wales. He is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. He has broad interests extending across climate modeling, climate change, climate impacts and land cover change. He was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 3rd and 4th assessment reports and he is a Review Editor of the 5th assessment report. He won the NSW Climate Scientist of the Year in 2010 and won both the Priestley Medal and the AMOS medal from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He was appointed to the Australian Federal Government's science advisory panel to the Climate Commission in 2011.
Karl Sullivan is the General Manager for the Risk and Disaster Directorate at the Insurance Council. Karl is responsible for the facilitation of industry policy and initiatives regarding emerging risks as well as coordinating the industries response and partnership with government following a significant disaster event. Karl's team also manages industry-level programs to address community resilience, mitigation, building codes, insurance fraud, flood insurance, climate change and underwriting data. Prior to joining the Insurance Council in 2006, Karl was responsible for Response and Mitigation for the Qantas Group of Companies. Prior to Qantas, Karl enjoyed a career in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Andy White is the Group Head of Capital Modelling for QBE having worked in actuarial and risk roles within their European, Asia Pacific and Australian divisions. Andy has been heavily involved with the development of QBE's ICAAP and the development and use of capital and risk models in capital management, reinsurance optimisation, risk appetite and profile reporting and input to underwriting and reserving processes.

*Mr Michael Pascoe appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.