Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
Matt is the CEO of Howden Australia. Originating from the UK, Matt has spent his time in the insurance industry working in a variety of management, operational, business development and underwriting roles across both broking houses and underwriters in Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Howden, Matt was the CEO of Marsh’s Mercer Marsh Benefits business in the Pacific and JLT’s People Risk Consulting business.
As the Chair of Howden Australia, it's my job to ensure we set exceptional standards
Andre Louw is the Chair of Howden Australia. He has more than 30 years’ insurance broking experience, specialising in financial and professional lines insurance.
Before Howden, Andre was Chairman of Marsh for the Pacific Region and for JLT for Australia and New Zealand. As an admitted Australian solicitor, he takes a particular interest in professional liability claims. He’s negotiated several PI claims of more than $100m each.
Chief Financial Officer
Igor Fijan is the Chief Financial Officer of Howden Australia and is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions as well as its M&A, IT and risk management. Igor’s career spans more than 25 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership, operations, corporate strategy and information technology.
Prior to joining Howden, Igor served as the Chief Financial Officer for the JLT Australia and New Zealand business and was the Head of Integration at Marsh for the Pacific region. Before that, Igor worked at American Express in a variety of regional and global finance leadership roles.
Regional General Counsel
As a trusted advisor, it is no longer satisfactory to be able to get you out of hot water. It is essential to establish a comprehensive supporting framework which allows you to avoid it in the first place
As Regional General Counsel, Margaret brings over 20 years of insurance industry experience working with a number of global insurers, global brokers and most recently supporting a start-up underwriting agency through its exponential growth phase. This experience includes insurance litigation, corporate restructuring, M&As, compliance and risk management, navigating regulatory reform and corporate governance.”
Head of Financial Lines
It is a privilege to serve clients and we must repay the trust they place in us by delivering valuable advice, exceptional service and the best possible outcomes.
Nick’s extensive experience and expertise as a specialist Financial Lines insurance broker spans back to the commencement of his career in 1992. Since that time he has served a broad spectrum of clients in relation to their Professional Indemnity, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability and associated Financial Lines insurance needs. This includes many longstanding clients in the accounting, financial services, insurance, legal and property industries, amongst others. Nick also has deep experience in advising both listed and non-listed companies in relation to their D&O and broader Management Liability insurance needs.
Nick brings the benefit of his deep relationships with key insurers in both the Australian and London insurance markets to clients. As Head of Financial Lines, Nick has overall responsibility for the team in the Pacific region and in that capacity ensures that the best of Howden’s extensive capabilities both locally and globally are delivered to clients.
Partner Financial Lines
With over 25 years’ experience in placing Professional Indemnity, Directors' & Officers' and financial institution insurance programs both in Australia and London, Scott has the necessary expertise and relationships to deliver.
His clients include many Australian Law Firms. In addition to his broking experience, he spent 10 years in underwriting with international insurance companies.
Partner Financial Lines
Seth’s expertise is in placement, servicing and claims management for financial services clients. His client list includes some of the largest financial institutions in Australia, the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Howden, Seth worked at JLT/ Marsh for over 14 years and Aon before that. Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, he was with Miller in London for 11 years.
Partner Financial Lines
Kim has 30 years of insurance broking experience. Working closely with clients to understand their risk and insurance appetite she provides advice in the design, negotiation, placement and ongoing management of financial lines insurance programs of varying complexities. These clients are from the financial and commercial sectors, both public and private companies ranging in size from local and national operations to large global organisations.
Senior Associate Financial Lines
Elena has over 20 years insurance broking experience, specialising in Directors & Officers Liability, Professional Indemnity and other financial and professional lines classes of insurance for clients in various industries including professional services firms, manufacturing sector, financial institutions, professional membership associations and non for profit companies.
Senior Associate Financial Lines
Nadine joins the Financial Lines team at Howden with 11 years' experience in the insurance industry. Before Howden, Nadine gained experience underwriting at an international insurer and most recently has specialised in Financial Lines broking working with a number of ASX listed and Financial Institutions clients.
Head of Group Risk, People Risk
As the Head of Group Risk it is my role to better protect businesses and their people against the increasing impact of non-workplace illness & injury.
Chris leads our Group Risk practice, specialising in Group Life and Salary Continuance Insurance. Chris has worked in the life Insurance and people risk consulting for over 18 years, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining Howden, Chris led the Group Risk practice for Marsh, working with many of Australia’s largest organisations.
Head of Workers' Compensation, People Risk
As the Head of Workers’ Compensation at Howden Australia, it’s my job to make a complex line of insurance simple and easy for clients to control and manage.
Georgie brings over 20 years of experience in Workers’ Compensation. Georgie has worked within insurers across both claims and underwriting functions, with multiple jurisdiction exposure, and has spent the last 13 years consulting with clients, driving significant value into their organisations. Georgie has diverse experience across industries, working across construction, logistics, retail and the community services sector. Her experience supports clients through the effective design and structure of insurance arrangement, right through to across complex claims and injury management matters.
Partner People Risk, Howden Care
Jacqui is a Partner in the People Risk team at Howden Australia. She is an expert at uncovering people related risks in an organisations workforce and creating specialised solutions that drive cost improvements. Jacqui brings over 15 years' experience and in-depth knowledge of injury/illness risk and prevention across the Australian business landscape. As a qualified and registered Physiotherapist and health professional she is passionate about achieving health and financial outcomes for organisations and individuals.
Partner People Risk, Howden Care
Tom is a Partner in in the People Risk business and brings to Howden 30 years experience in the personal injury sector. Starting his working life as a Physiotherapist, he has now been involved in the workplace health, safety and rehabilitation industry for 16 years. Tom’s depth of knowledge and experience in both the health and insurance markets makes him a market leader in assisting organisations in creating safe workplaces, supporting staff to maximise health and productivity, and minimising the cost impact of people risk.
Partner Workers' Compensation, People Risk
I help our clients navigate the legislation, premium drivers and market landscape so they can focus on the human aspect at the heart of Workers' Compensation, returning their employees to work post-injury in a safe and durable manner.
Christian brings 15 years experience in Workers' Compensation across claims, account management and consulting roles. He has worked across a variety of industries including aged care, community services, manufacturing and the education sector with support ranging from claims strategy development and premium modelling through to innovative programs that incorporate the entire people risk ecosystem across Workers, Compensation consulting, occupational rehabilitation, safety and training. Christian draws upon his extensive experience to set his clients up for success in establishing or improving their people risk programs.
Partner People Risk, Group Risk
Nick is a Partner in our People Risk practice, specialising in Group Life and Salary Continuance Insurance. Nick has extensive experience in developing and delivering market leading solutions to organisations and brings a unique perspective having joined from MetLife Insurance Australia and previously being a member of Aon Hewitt’s regional leadership team. Nick is also a Fellow of ASFA with significant experience in Corporate Superannuation.
Commercial & Affinity
Head of Commercial & Affinity
It is incredibly exciting to work with a diverse group of like-minded people to build a tech-driven, and highly collaborative, business focused on delivering outstanding client experiences.
Stuart McKellar has more than 23 years insurance experience with nearly 18 years at international broking houses. During this time, Stuart has held various management and executive leadership positions for State based and National businesses. He has also been responsible for the provision of all aspects of broking services to ASX listed, private company, government owned corporation, association and multi-member, clients from a wide range of industries and sectors. Prior to joining Howden, Stuart was Deputy Leader for Marsh Australia’s Corporate, Commercial and Affinity business, and a Member of Marsh Pacific’s Executive Committee.
Adding value to every client interaction is really important to me.
Amanda brings over 14 years’ experience in SME commercial, corporate, domestic and scheme broking. Particular areas of expertise include real estate and property professions, not-for-profit, aged care, fleet leasing, buying groups and professionals.
Amanda's industry knowledge and contributions have been recognised through her invitation to a number of platinum industry leadership programs. She is also the recipient of the Warren Tickle Memorial award, as the NSW / ACT Young Professional Broker of the Year.
My goals are straightforward – to get the best possible outcome for our clients, delivered in a simple and swift manner
Starting his broking career in 2007, Gary brings lots of hands-on experience in affinity, mid-market and SME offerings. He’s worked in various leadership roles, developing, servicing and enhancing group offerings for leading buying groups and associations, both national and international. He has particular expertise in the real estate and property industry.
Marion has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and construction broking, in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. She is responsible for the Affinity Building Industry practice for Howden Australia, focused on the building industry and allied trades, servicing both residential and commercial construction companies.
The best part of my role is spending time with clients, understanding their business and harnessing their collective buying power
Matt oversees the design, delivery and performance of affinity-style insurance schemes for member-based associations, buying groups and franchise networks. Before Howden, Matt worked in senior roles for global broking houses and claims management firms. Matt has 20 years’ experience working with the not-for-profit, retail, motor trade, food & beverage industries. He’s also designed insurance solutions for both federal and state government.
Senior Associate Affinity
Brenton specialises in creating tailored programs for member-based associations and buying groups. He’s worked across many industries, including motor trade associations, allied health groups, retail associations and fleet leasing companies. He found his niche in Affinity around seven years ago. Before that, he spent five years in corporate and commercial insurance.
Senior Associate Affinity
Lauren has 19 years’ insurance broking experience, specialising in tailored insurance scheme programs for non-profit, community organisations and industry groups for more than 15 years, with a strong focus towards driving strategy, cost and coverage alignment for clients.
Senior Associate Private Clients
I am passionate about protecting clients lifestyles and their most valued personal assets.
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Thomas Wright brings over 12 years of broking experience with 9 years specialising in private clients insurance. Having previously worked both in London and Sydney at major broking firms, he has an in-depth knowledge of managing corporate executives, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families.
Thomas provides his clients with considered insurance solutions and a personalised service, drawing on his technical knowledge. Thomas is passionate about providing outstanding client experiences putting client’s needs first by taking the time to get to know you and your priorities helping to deliver tailored insurance solutions for client’s high-value assets.
Partner Corporate Risks
Carlie has over 25 years insurance experience with 20+ years at International Broking Houses. During this time, Carlie has worked on middle-market and large accounts across a wide range of industries and professions, with services including risk advice, program structure and design, marketing and negotiation, placement and claims.
Carlie is known as a strong advocate for her clients and the industry more broadly. In relation to the later, Carlie has held a position on the National Insurance Brokers Australia (NIBA) NSW Divisional Committee for over 20 years, and the last 3 of those years as Chairperson.
Prior to joining Howden, Carlie was a Managing Principal for Marsh Australia’s Corporate team.
Partner Corporate Risks
Richard has over 33 years insurance experience in both underwriting and broking roles in Australia and London. The majority of his career has been spent in insurance broking roles servicing large national and international clients and in the design, marketing and placement of insurance programs as well as claims service, contract reviews and advice across all insurance classes.
Richard’s experience encompasses a wide range of clients from small to large corporate to large multinationals and ASX listed businesses. He has been involved in numerous client sectors including large infrastructure/utility accounts, construction, manufacturing, retail and transport industries.
His strength is listening to his clients to ensure he understands their business and their needs and to then provide advice on the best solutions to manage risk whilst also focusing on coverage, cost and administration requirements. Prior to joining Howden Richard spent 7 years at Honan and 21 years at Aon so has a long history of partnering with clients.
Partner Corporate Risk
David has worked in the insurance broking industry for over 25 years, gaining experience in both the Australian and London insurance markets. He has strong expertise across risk analysis, placement, servicing and claims management of large and complex corporate clients across multiple general insurance and professional lines classes.
David has managed a diverse range of clients including large ASX listed Corporate clients and a number of large Faith & Not For Profit clients including Australian Christian Churches / Independent Churches and Schools, Salvation Army, Baptist Union, and Vision Australia.
Prior to joining Howden David has gained experience at Honan Insurance Group and Marsh as well as a number of broking and underwriting roles in London. He holds a strong client-centric ethos and strives to ensure that customers attain the best value possible under his management.
Alternative Risk Management
Head of Alternative Risk Management
In my role, I use data to help make new and fresh ideas possible for clients
Craig has specialised in alternative risk transfer for 21 years. Having controlled ops for more than 80 self-insurance facilities, he’s known as a leading figure in the Australian market.
Senior Associate Alternative Risk Management
Soula brings over 18 years of knowledge and understanding in Alternative Risk, specialising in the operation, execution and maintenance of Discretionary Trust solutions for her clients. She has a wide range of involvement in providing related services such as self-insurance feasibility studies, analysing the risks of clients, claims management and financial oversight. Soula has had involvement in over 80 Trusts in this time across all aspects of their operation with a strong focus on building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
Risk Consulting & Valuations
Head of Risk Consulting
Ashley as Head of Risk Consulting brings 25 years of asset valuation and risk consulting experience including a specialised understanding of resources, petrochemical, oil and gas, education, health and aged care sectors.
Prior to joining Howden Ashley has led teams delivering Risk Management, Valuation and Risk Engineering Services both locally and throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East across government, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Business Development & Marketing
Head of Business Development
Nicole brings over 20 years' of insurance experience specialising in risk profiling analysis for large private and publically listed companies, associations and industry bodies. Nicole is responsible for client acquisition across Howden Australia.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Linda is a seasoned marketing, brand and communications specialist who is focused on our clients. With over 20 years’ experience, she is committed to building connections through collaboration, culture amplification and thought leadership. Prior to joining Howden Linda was Head of Marketing and Communications for Lockton Australia, and has previously worked in business consulting, e-commerce, and financial services sectors.
Operations & Finance
Head of Broking Operations
It's about building digital capability to support and enhance our client's experience.
Kerri-Anne is the Head of Broking Operations at Howden Australia and brings 20 years experience in general insurance broking, operational strategy and governance, project management and compliance with a strong focus on digital and client experience.
Head of Operations - People Risk & Risk Consulting
Andrew is the Head of Operations for People Risk and Risk Advisory services at Howden Australia. Andrew brings with him over 20 years of commercial and operational experience in the Healthcare, FMCG and logistics industries within Australia and the Pacific. Andrew works closely with the broader Howden business to ensure the operational strategy supports the needs of our clients now and into the future.
Cassandra's has over 5 years’ experience in business administration. Having previously been employed as both an Operations & Executive assistant, Cassandra brings the necessary skills to manage all things administration.
John is the Financial Controller for Howden Insurance Brokers Australia. Prior to this, John held numerous senior finance roles within the Insurance industry, with organisations such as JLT Australia and Marsh McLennan & Companies. John has over 20 years’ of accounting and finance experience both in the corporate and public practice settings where he first commenced his career. John holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA). John also volunteers him time as the Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community and Church of Canberra and Districts.