Meet the Team

Executive

Matt

Matt Bacon
Chief Executive Officer
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Matt Bacon

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.

Andre

Andre Louw
Chairperson
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Andre Louw

Chairperson

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.

Igor

Igor Fijan
Chief Financial Officer
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Igor Fijan

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.

Margaret

Margaret Rooks
Regional General Counsel
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Margaret Rooks

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.”

Business Development & Marketing

Nicole

Nicole Mellick
Head of Business Development
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Nicole Mellick

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.

Linda

Linda Hattersley
Marketing & Communications Manager
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Linda Hattersley

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

Kerri-Anne

Kerri-Anne Varkoly
Head of Broking Operations
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Kerri-Anne Varkoly

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.

Andrew

Andrew Cowan
Head of Operations - People Risk & Risk Consulting
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Andrew Cowan

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

Cassandra Swat
Administration Manager
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Cassandra Swat

Administration Manager

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

John Tzavaras
Financial Controller
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John Tzavaras

Financial Controller

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.

Financial Lines

Nick

Nick Chubb
Head of Financial Lines
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Nick Chubb

Head of Financial Lines

It is a privilege to serve clients and we must repay their trust by always delivering exceptional service and outcomes.

Nick’s specialist Financial Lines insurance broking experience and expertise has been developed since he commenced his career in 1992. He has served clients across a broad spectrum of financial and professional services with many longstanding clients in the legal, accounting, property, insurance and financial services industries, amongst others. He has deep relationships with key insurers in both the Australian and London insurance markets. Nick has responsibility for Howden’s Financial Lines insurance broking team in the Pacific region and in that capacity ensures that the best of Howden both locally and globally is delivered to clients.

Scott

Scott Curley
Partner Financial Lines
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Scott Curley

Partner Financial Lines, Financial Lines

With over 25 years’ experience in placing Professional Indemnity, Directors' & Officers' and financial fnstitution 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.

Seth

Seth Corthine
Partner Financial Lines
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Seth Corthine

Partner Financial Lines, 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.

Kim

Kim McCormack
Partner
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Kim McCormack

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.

Elena

Elena Kazakova
Senior Associate
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Elena Kazakova

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.

Nadine

Nadine Stack
Senior Associate
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Nadine Stack

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.

People Risk

Chris

Chris Sinclair
Head of Group Risk
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Chris Sinclair

Head of Group Risk, People Risk

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.

Georgie

Georgie Ahern
Head of Workers Compensation
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Georgie Ahern

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 client’s 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.

Jacqui

Jacqui Milson
Partner People Risk
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Jacqui Milson

Partner People Risk, People Risk

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.

Mark

Mark Puskaric
Partner People Risk
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Mark Puskaric

Partner People Risk, People Risk

Mark specialises in Workers Compensation insurance, and working with clients on alternate risk models and strategic advisory. He has 16+ years’ experience in the Workers Compensation industry and was previously responsible for Australia’s largest workers comp largest portfolio.

Tom

Tom Flynn
Partner People Risk
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Tom Flynn

Partner People Risk, People Risk

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.

Nick

Nick Kouteris
Partner
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Nick Kouteris

Partner, People 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

Stuart

Stuart McKellar
Head of Affinity & Commercial
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Stuart McKellar

Head of Affinity & Commercial

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.

Amanda

Amanda Blackburn
Partner Affinity
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Amanda Blackburn

Partner Affinity, Affinity

Adding value to every interaction with our clients is very important to me

Amanda brings over 14 years’ experience in SME, corporate, domestic and scheme broking. Particular areas of expertise include real estate, professions, not-for-profit, aged care, buying groups and professional associations.

Amanda's industry knowledge and contributions have been recognised through her invitation to a number of platinum industry leadership programmes. She also won Warren Tickle Memorial award, as the NSW / ACT Young Professional Broker of the Year.

Gary

Gary Ward
Partner Affinity
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Gary Ward

Partner Affinity, Affinity

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

Marion Hall
Partner Affinity
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Marion Hall

Partner Affinity, Affinity

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.

Matt

Matt Cavallaro
Partner Affinity
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Matt Cavallaro

Partner Affinity, Affinity

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.

Brenton

Brenton Oviss
Senior Associate Affinity
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Brenton Oviss

Senior Associate Affinity, 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.

Lauren

Lauren Malkin
Senior Associate Affinity
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Lauren Malkin

Senior Associate Affinity, 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.

Alternative Risk Transfer

Craig

Craig Harms
Head of Alternative Risk Transfer
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Craig Harms

Head of Alternative Risk Transfer

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.

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