Board & Management

Board of Directors

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Frank O'Halloran, AM
Non-Executive Chairman (independent)

Frank had over 35 years’ experience at QBE where he was Group CEO from 1998 until 2012. He also worked with Coopers & Lybrand for 13 years where he started his career as a Chartered Accountant. Frank was President of the ICA from 1999 to 2000 and was inducted into the International Insurance Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the Chairman of The Salvation Army Territorial Appeal and Fund Development Committee.

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly
Co-founder, Managing Director & CEO

Robert co-founded Steadfast in 1996 and has over 45 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He is ranked the second most influential person in insurance by Insurance News, and received the ACORD Rainmaker Award in 2014 and NIBA’s Lex McKeown Trophy in 2016. Robert is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker, a Fellow of NIBA, a Senior Associate of ANZIIF, a Certified Insurance Professional and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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David Liddy, AM
Non-Executive Director (independent)

David has 44 years’ experience in banking, including postings in London and Hong Kong. He was Managing Director of Bank of Queensland from 2001 to 2011. David is currently Chairman of Collection House Limited and a Director of Emerchants Limited. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Anne O’Driscoll
Non-Executive Director (independent)

Anne has over 30 years of business experience. A Chartered Accountant since 1984, she was CFO of Genworth Australia from 2009 to 2012 following more than 13 years with IAG. Anne is on the boards of Infomedia Limited, Commonwealth Bank’s insurance subsidiaries (CommInsure) and MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd. She is a Fellow of ANZIIF, a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

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Philip Purcell
Non-Executive Director (independent)

Philip has 43 years’ experience in the insurance and legal industries. He has been a partner at Dunhill Madden Butler, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal and Ebsworth & Ebsworth and has held two board positions with GE in Australia. Philip currently is a consultant to Norton Rose Fulbright, a leading global legal practice, and also assists clients who are engaged in commercial transactions or mediation of commercial disputes.

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Greg Rynenberg
Non-Executive Director (independent)

Greg has over 40 years of experience in the general insurance broking industry with 32 years spent running his own business, East West Group. East West Group is a Steadfast Network Broker not owned by Steadfast and includes an underwriting agency which provides services to Steadfast Network Brokers. Greg is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker, Fellow of NIBA and an Associate of ANZIIF. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Services (General Insurance Broking) and was named NIBA Queensland Broker for 2014.

Senior Management Team

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly
Co-founder, Managing Director & CEO

Robert co-founded Steadfast in 1996 and has over 45 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He is ranked the second most influential person in insurance by Insurance News, and received the ACORD Rainmaker Award in 2014 and NIBA’s Lex McKeown Trophy in 2016. Robert is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker, a Fellow of NIBA, a Senior Associate of ANZIIF, a Certified Insurance Professional and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Nick Cook
Executive General Manager – Partner & Broker Services

Nick, who joined Steadfast in February 2015, had over 12 years’ experience at Zurich Financial Services, including three as the Head of Customer & Proposition Development (where he was responsible for the performance of Zurich products & propositions in the marketplace) and nine years as a distribution manager. He is an Associate ANZIIF member and has graduated from both the AGSM Leadership Program and the Prosci Organizational Change Management Program.

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Linda Ellis
Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel

Linda joined Steadfast in 2013. She has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer in Sydney and London, including at King & Wood Mallesons, Atanaskovic Hartnell and Clifford Chance. Linda has diverse experience in capital markets, corporate and commercial law, and corporate governance. She is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a BEC and LLB (Hons 1) and is on the board of Mosman Church of England Preparatory School.

Samantha Hollman

Samantha Hollman
Chief Operating Officer

Samantha has 23 years’ experience in the insurance industry including 16 years at Steadfast. She was promoted to COO in September 2016 to direct and manage operational activities of the organisation and to ensure the implementation of overall organisational strategy. During her time at Steadfast, Samantha has worked closely with the Managing Director & CEO and the Board to implement strategic initiatives for the Group on a national and international level.

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Adrian Humphreys
Executive General Manager – Business Development

Adrian joined Steadfast in January 2015 in a new role to help brokers grow their business. He was previously Managing Director of Lloyd’s Australia where he grew the business by 84% to over $2 billion in under five years whilst increasing the number of agencies. Adrian has over 10 years’ experience in insurance, working for both Lloyd’s of London and Aon. Prior to insurance, he worked at KPMG Financial Services.

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Stephen Humphrys
Chief Financial Officer

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and extensive experience in acquisitions and integrations. He joined Steadfast in 2013 as CFO and has recently been given responsibility for managing the acquisitions & due diligence team. As Managing Director of Moore Stephens Sydney for 10 years and Chairman of Moore Stephens Australasia for three, Stephen played a key role in placing Moore Stephens into the top 10 accounting firms in Australia. Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Simon Lightbody

Simon Lightbody
Chief Executive Officer of Steadfast Underwriting Agencies

Simon has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years in both the UK (at Lloyd's of London) and Australia, including nine years within his own business, Miramar Underwriting Agency (Miramar). Steadfast entered into the underwriting agency market in 2005 as a 50% joint venture partner of Miramar and acquired the remaining balance in August 2013.

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Duncan Ramsay
General Counsel

Duncan began with Steadfast in June 2014 after 20 years at QBE Insurance Group. He was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at QBE. He was also a director or secretary of a number of QBE-controlled entities in Australia. Duncan’s career commenced in 1986 with Freehills in Sydney. He holds degrees in commerce and law and is a Fellow of ANZIIF and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Allan Reynolds

Allan Reynolds
Executive General Manager - Direct & New Zealand

Allan joined Steadfast in 2002 and in April 2015 took on the Direct and New Zealand portfolios. With a background in product development and distribution, corporate strategy and portfolio management, Allan has more than 40 years of industry experience in general insurance broking. He holds a Diploma of Business Studies (Insurance), is a Certified Insurance Professional and is a Fellow, honorary member and board member of ANZIIF.

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Peter Roberts
Executive General Manager - Integration Synergies

Peter joined Steadfast in 2013 and focuses on back office outsourcing opportunities for the Group. He was also Managing Director of White Outsourcing until stepping down on 30 June 2016 to concentrate on his role at Steadfast. Peter has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and back office services to the financial services sector, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and commenced his career in accounting with KPMG.

 
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