Meet the team

Howden Insurance

Rene

Rene Hattingh
CEO Howden Broking
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Rene Hattingh

CEO Howden Broking

I am looking forward to working with our hand-picked team here in New Zealand, to provide greater choice to prospective staff, clients, and underwriters.

T +64 0 27 319 9423
E [email protected]

René Hattingh brings a people and client first ethos, backed up by significant broking expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit.
René has more than 30 years’ insurance experience with nearly 21 years at international broking houses. During this time, René has held various management and senior leadership positions.
She holds a legal degree with specialisation in insurance law, she is a liability specialist, a trusted advisor in technical and complex Professional Indemnity, D&O and Liability Insurance.

Elmar

Elmar Nel
Head of Financial Lines
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Elmar Nel

Head of Financial Lines, Howden Broking New Zealand

T +64 021 453 865
E [email protected]

Elmar Nel, originally from South Africa, has 10 years of in-depth experience in New Zealand. With a degree in Law, he has the background and credentials to advise clients with the best insurance protection. His areas of core expertise include environmental liability, directors and officers and professional indemnity.
Elmar's mission is to treat every customer like family. He brings the benefit of his in-depth relationships with key insurers and believes that good service is good business and that every customer's perception is his reality.

Marijke

Marijke Von Molendorff
Head of Central
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Marijke Von Molendorff

Head of Central

T +64 027 319 9462
E [email protected]

Marijke’s extensive experience and expertise in the insurance industry spans back to the commencement of her career in 1996. Marijke immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2012. Prior to joining Howden, Marijke was the Team Leader for FinPro Central Region at Marsh New Zealand where her client base included large corporate and government entities and required her skills as a specialist liability/financial lines broker. She and her team specialised in Professional Indemnity, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Construction Liability and associated Financial Lines insurance needs. Prior to this, she held roles as a specialist Financial Lines insurance broker at international broking houses.
Marijke also served tenure as a client, where she was responsible and looked after the insurance portfolio of a very large government entity as their insurance manager, including managing the large property portfolio. This valuable experience exposed Marijke to walk in the shoes of her clients. She is passionate about her team and clients and always strives to go the extra mile.
Marijke is leading the Central Region team and will ensure collaboration to the advantage of our clients in both risk management and risk financing.

Brian

Brian Gillatt
Head of Group Risk
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Brian Gillatt

Head of Group Risk, Howden Broking New Zealand

Nobody, except your insurance professional, supports you like a quality risk adviser does when you need it. I am passionate to be that person for you.

Brian has worked in the insurance and more broadly the people risk consulting and broking industry for over 17 years both with individuals as well as inside an insurance company. Prior to joining Howden, Brian delivered risk solutions to business people as a consultant to Marsh Brokers.
Brian is well known to be an individual who listens and provides tailored solutions for those that he works for. As a market leader, it has been recognised that when Brian presents risk based solutions, they are carefully considered and designed to meet each clients’ specific need.
Brian is proud to be different. Being a ‘risk’ partner for his clients drives him towards excellence. He wants to support his team to reach excellence across their business, be it personal or corporate. When things go wrong, Brian fights for his clients so that they are cared for when the need is there.

Jene

Jene Hattingh
Associate, Financial Lines
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Jene Hattingh

Associate, Financial Lines, Howden Broking

T +61 027 319 9436
E [email protected]

Jené specialises in liability risk focussed solutions and approaches the market with a fresh perspective. With a decade of experience under her belt, Jené worked in engineering project and risk management across various sectors, prior to joining the insurance industry.
Jené is responsible for the provision of all aspects of broking services to ASX listed and private companies, government-owned corporations, associations and multi-member clients, from a wide range of industries and sectors.

James

James Hattingh
Associate General Insurance
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James Hattingh

Associate General Insurance

T +64 027 319 9433
E [email protected]

Howden Care

Cliff

Cliff McCord
CEO Howden Care
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Cliff McCord

CEO Howden Care

I am first and foremost a people person. I believe that good people will attract good clients, leading to fruitful long-term relationships. I want to make sure that our people have the tools and resources to deliver upon the promises we make to clients, and to steer them to a superior outcome, and excellence in customer service.

Cliff brings a strong commitment to placing the wellness of his clients and his team at the centre of his decision making, which along with his extensive management experience, gives Howden Care a strong foundation.
Prior to joining Howden, Cliff spent over 20 years at Wellnz - a workplace claims management, rehabilitation and wellness business - where he progressed from case management through to ultimately becoming the CEO. During his 6 years as CEO, Wellnz experienced extremely strong growth.

Rachel

Rachel Doody
Partner, Business Relations
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Rachel Doody

Partner, Business Relations, Howden Care

Rachel brings a wealth of experience and comprehensive knowledge of injury and illness risk, prevention and management. As a qualified and registered Physiotherapist, with private and public clinical experience, Rachel is an expert in partnering with organisations to collaboratively design tailored health, safety, wellbeing and injury management programs which deliver results.
Her comprehensive experience is complimented by an extensive vocational consulting background across a wide range of sectors both in Australia and New Zealand, including aviation, warehousing, transport, retail and healthcare.
Rachel is passionate about supporting organisations to create safe workplaces, which support employees to maximise their health, wellbeing and productivity and minimise the impact of injury and illness.

Fergus

Fergus Rolston
Partner, Business Relations
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Fergus Rolston

Partner, Business Relations

I am committed to my role to help our clients with strategies and solutions to improve employee health.

Fergus brings over 16 years of experience in injury management, ACC, and employee health management. Fergus has worked in all aspects of the injury management industry as a Case Manager, People Leader, Technical and Review Advocate, Account Manager and Business Development Manager.

Denise

Denise Stuart
Partner, Operations
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Denise Stuart

Partner, Operations

Denise brings over 20 years' experience in the ACC environment, learning and development, operational strategy and project management. Denise has worked with employers in a variety of sectors, across all areas of employee health and the ACC Accredited Employer Programme, consulting with them to create specialised solutions to meet their individual needs. As a qualified nurse and Case Management specialist she supports clients through the AEP application process, audits and the day-to-day implementation of their program.

Terrance

Terrance Coe
Partner, Business Relations
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Terrance Coe

Partner, Business Relations, Howden Care

Terrance commenced managing claims at ACC in 1992 and has been in the industry ever since with nearly 30 years’ experience. Terrance has held senior positions within ACC managing incentive products and has also worked in South Australia and Victoria Workers' Compensation schemes. His most recent roles include setting up Gallagher Bassett’s TPA business in New Zealand from 2009 - 2018. Terrance joined Wellnz in 2018 as a Business Relationship Manager, working with employers to transition them from other TPA’s, ACC standard scheme and supporting existing accredited employers with product and risk options within the AEP.

Leith-anne

Leith-anne Mangos
Partner, Operations
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Leith-anne Mangos

Partner, Operations, Howden Care

With over 20 years of experience serving people, businesses, and communities, my desire is to deliver our clients tailored and meaningful health & wellbeing support. My drive is to empower, educate and connect people with the right support at the right time.

Drawing on experience largely from the health, disability and injury management sector, Leith-anne thrives on working with clients to deliver health and wellbeing solutions to suit their needs. Leith-anne is excited to strive to knock down the barriers of the traditional processes, in order to holistically create and influence positive strength-based solutions.
Leith-anne is dedicated to improving the framework in which clients can access health services to support their biggest asset, their people.

Stephanie

Stephanie Bennett
Partner, Operations
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Stephanie Bennett

Partner, Operations, Howden Care

Stephanie has worked in injury management for more than 18 years across a diverse range of claim types and roles, and has particular expertise in the ACC Accredited Employer Program. She utilises her extensive experience to partner with her clients to not only manage their work injuries, but also identify opportunities and solutions to help them to look after the wider health and wellbeing of their employees. Stephanie has worked with a variety of employers ranging from the health sector, government and primary industry to retail and manufacturing. Her 9 years of management experience brings proven capabilities in operations, leadership and coaching.

Kath

Kath Braid (nee Lynch)
Partner, Operations
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Kath Braid (nee Lynch)

Partner, Operations, Howden Care

My passion is people and leadership. I design services that are unique to the market and couple exceptional expertise with the Howden way, truly centred around people. 

Kath brings Howden Care over 20 years of frontline and operational leadership experience in injury management and wellness in the workplace, with a particular interest in mental health and injury. Kath is focused on the design and implementation of our services to support employers and their people with all things safe and well.

Executive

Matt

Matt Bacon
CEO Howden Pacific
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Matt Bacon

CEO Howden Pacific

Matt is the CEO of HowdenPacific. 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.

Rene

Rene Hattingh
CEO Howden Broking
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Rene Hattingh

CEO Howden Broking

I am looking forward to working with our hand-picked team here in New Zealand, to provide greater choice to prospective staff, clients, and underwriters.

T +64 0 27 319 9423
E [email protected]

René Hattingh brings a people and client first ethos, backed up by significant broking expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit.
René has more than 30 years’ insurance experience with nearly 21 years at international broking houses. During this time, René has held various management and senior leadership positions.
She holds a legal degree with specialisation in insurance law, she is a liability specialist, a trusted advisor in technical and complex Professional Indemnity, D&O and Liability Insurance.

Cliff

Cliff McCord
CEO Howden Care
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Cliff McCord

CEO Howden Care

I am first and foremost a people person. I believe that good people will attract good clients, leading to fruitful long-term relationships. I want to make sure that our people have the tools and resources to deliver upon the promises we make to clients, and to steer them to a superior outcome, and excellence in customer service.

Cliff brings a strong commitment to placing the wellness of his clients and his team at the centre of his decision making, which along with his extensive management experience, gives Howden Care a strong foundation.
Prior to joining Howden, Cliff spent over 20 years at Wellnz - a workplace claims management, rehabilitation and wellness business - where he progressed from case management through to ultimately becoming the CEO. During his 6 years as CEO, Wellnz experienced extremely strong growth.

Andre

Andre Louw
Chairperson
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Andre Louw

Chairperson

As the Chair of Howden New Zealand, it's my job to ensure we set exceptional standards

Andre Louw is the Chair of Howden Australia and Howden New Zealand. 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.

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