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People

At the heart of Assetinsure’s business approach is providing our brokers and customers with the access to underwriters who evaluate each risk on its merits and have the ability to make timely and effective decisions.

We have assembled a team that is well respected in their specialist fields. Find out more about them:

Executive Committee members

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Gregor Pfitzer

Role
Chief Executive Officer

Speciality
General Management of a direct insurance operation

Qualifications
Master’s Degree in economics

Experience
Gregor has more than 25 years experience in general insurance. Gregor spent 8 years as underwriter and underwriting manager for marine and special risk classes in Germany. He then became General Manager for Gerling’s direct insurance operation in Australia.  In 2003 Gregor joined Assetinsure.

Philosophy
“No fuss – just get the job done.”

Something you didn’t know
On one of his first trips back to Germany Gregor showed his peers in the HR department a funnel web. They still believe that it was only sleeping.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2832
Email: gregor.pfitzer@assetinsure.com.au

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Peter Wedgwood

Role
Executive Director

Qualifications
Chartered Accountant

Experience
After 7 years employed as Treasurer/Commercial Manager for Australia’s largest aerospace group, Peter established Asset Underwriting in 1983 to specialise in underwriting Financial Risk insurance. Over more than 30 years, Peter has pioneered a number of financial risk products into the Australian market and developed new funding structures that utilise this specialist cover.

Philosophy
“Persistence overcomes resistance!”

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2846
Email: peter.wedgwood@assetinsure.com.au

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Hamish Lilly

Role
Chief Financial Officer

Speciality
Finance and Administration

Qualifications
B Com, Member Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand

Experience
Hamish has more than 25 years accounting and finance experience. Hamish spent 10 years in chartered accounting working in Australia, New Zealand and the United States before moving into industry. Since then he has held a number of senior finance roles in companies in the manufacturing and distribution as well as insurance sectors.

Philosophy
“Spending the time to get it right in the first place makes life easier for everyone in the long run.”

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2856
Email: hamish.lilly@assetinsure.com.au

Senior Executives

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Andrew Calvert

Role
Head of Surety

Speciality
Surety

Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce

Experience
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in commercial banking, sales and marketing, insurance and administration. He joined ANZ Banking Group Limited in 1985 where he held various positions in the company before moving on to work for Thomas Cook as a FX (currency) dealer.

In 1995, Andrew joined AP Surety in Auckland where he established their New Zealand operations as Head of Surety up until 2000. In 2000, Andrew joined QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited – Sydney as Relationship Manager reporting to the Group General Manager Credit and Surety. In 2006 Andrew was appointed Head of Surety, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited. In November 2008, Andrew joined Assetinsure as Head of Surety.

Philosophy
My philosophy is that life is all about learning and growing, and that life can be a real adventure of learning, growing, compassion, and joyfulness.

Something you didn’t know
Andrew’s grandfather played for the ALL Blacks at No 8 and he has identical triplet brothers

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2836
Email: andrew.calvert@assetinsure.com.au

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Martin McConnell

Role
Head of Financial Risk

Speciality
Structured Finance, Property and Asset based Finance

Qualifications
Bachelor of Business

Experience
Martin has over 25 years in Banking and Advisory services. He gained initial experience in one of Australia’s trading banks before moving to sales management roles with several local and International banks including Challenge Bank, Citibank and Kleinwort Benson. In 1995 he assisted with the establishment of Capital Finance (Bank of Scotland subsidiary) in Australia. Over the next thirteen years Martin either set up and/or managed businesses in Equipment Finance, Vendor Finance and Structured Finance. In 2008 he joined the independent advisory firm of Grant Samuel as a Director advising on Property and Finance transactions. In February 2011 he joined Assetinsure as Head of Financial Risk Products.

Philosophy
A positive and persevering attitude together with sincerity and honesty will produce the desired results.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2828
Email: Martin.McConnell@assetinsure.com.au

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Nicola Dress

Role
National Manager, Agencies

Speciality
Agency Business

Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Law, Senior Associate of ANZIIF, CIP

Experience
After starting her professional career with an apprenticeship as a shipbroker and completing her Masters in Law in 1999, Nicola has been working as a marine broker for more than 8 years both in Germany and Australia. She joined Assetinsure in 2007 where she uses her portfolio management skills as the national manager of the agency division.

Philosophy
“Google’s informal corporate motto, “Don’t be evil”, applied to all aspects of life.”

Something you didn’t know
Nicola’s first contact with insurance was a claim she lodged for her car that she lost to the Baltic Sea.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2825
Email: nicola.dress@assetinsure.com.au

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Wendy Dun

Role
Chief Information Officer

Experience
Wendy has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years and has an extensive background in systems development, architecture, infrastructure and management. She has worked with major software companies and integrators and has managed large developments with teams in multiple countries. She joined Assetinsure in May 2013.

Direct Line: (02) 8274 2852
Email: Wendy.Dun@assetinsure.com.au

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Paul Clarke

Role
Chief Risk Officer

Speciality
Business strategy, business development, corporate governance, risk management and reinsurance

Qualifications
BSc Economics and Business Economics
Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute (UK)

Experience
Paul spent over 20 years as a reinsurance broker, 10 years in the London market before moving to Australia in 1992. In Australia Paul had responsibility for designing and placing the reinsurance programmes of a number of Australia’s larger insurance companies. His particular speciality was casualty reinsurance.

In 2005 Paul Joined Employers Mutual as General Manager Underwritten Insurance to develop an underwritten business for an organisation that to that point had only been claims managers. This was achieved by setting up a specific subsidiary, developing a business strategy, obtaining regulatory licences from APRA and WorkCover NSW, designing the governance and risk management and the business development processes.

Philosophy
Always question the status quo but don’t make change for change sake.

Something you didn’t know
Paul is trying to master riding a unicycle.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2838
Email: Paul.Clarke@assetinsure.com.au

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Rob Kelly

Role
Regional Director – Western Australia (Surety & Financial Risks only)

Speciality
Surety and Financial Risk Products, Working Capital Funding

Qualifications
BSc, MBA

Experience
After spending 10 years in the construction sector, Rob spent 15 years in private equity and insurance, ultimately managing a portfolio of some 15 investee companies in the financial services sector. Rob emigrated to Australia in 2008, where as a member of the Deloitte Corporate Finance team was responsible for a number of mergers, acquisitions, divestments and capital raisings in the Perth market. Rob joined Assetinsure in July 2012 to grow and manage their various lines of business in Western Australia.

Philosophy
Not to take myself too seriously, but take what I do seriously.

Something you didn’t know
I worked as a meteorologist for two years during my national service in South Africa.

Direct Line:(08) 9226 1222
Email: Robert.Kelly@assetinsure.com.au

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Damian Gorman

Role
Group Head of Credit

Speciality
Credit and portfolio management, deal structuring, asset based finance.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Economics
Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience
Damian has over his career had a broad range of experience in senior management and executive roles in Australia and abroad.

Following completion of an economics degree, Damian joined Price Waterhouse in 1986 completing his professional qualifications as a Chartered Accountant in 1987. He led teams in Sydney and Toronto Canada
undertaking audit and business performance reviews for major corporate customers across a range of industry sectors. Damian joined Westpac in 1995 as a senior credit executive with responsibility for developing and
improving the level of reporting to the Bank’s Executive Committee, Board and external parties. As Director, Westpac Institutional Bank, Damian successfully lead teams responsible for researching and developing credit
and marketing strategies for existing and prospective customers.

Damian joined Capital Finance in 2003 with responsibility for the Asset Finance (AFD) book which included structuring deals, setting risk appetite and portfolio management. He was promoted to the AFD Executive and had general management responsibility for national risk and operational functions. To broaden his executive capability Damian graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2006 and completed an executive management program at London Business School in July 2009.

Damian joined Assetinsure as Group – Head of Credit in 2012.

Philosophy
“Make the most of everyday, always give it your best and learn from and enjoy those experiences.”

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2866
Email: Damian.Gorman@assetinsure.com.au

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Susan Vidler

Role
National Manager, Claims

Qualifications
ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
Diploma of Loss Adjusting (ANZIIF)

Experience
Sue has been in the insurance & reinsurance industry since 1982. Prior to joining Assetinsure in November 2003, Sue spent 18 years in inwards reinsurance underwriting, outwards reinsurance buying, portfolio management and administration roles. This was followed by 3 years in Workers’ Compensation as the Manager of a National Accounts Department for a major writer.

Sue currently sits on the National Board of the Australian Insurance Law Association and was a member of the Industry Working Party established by the ICA to participate in the most recent review of the General Insurance Code of Practice which was launched in July 2014.

Philosophy
“Always provide the same high level of service as you would expect to receive yourself. Listen, be fair and consistent.”

Something you didn’t know
Sue is a passionate Sydney Swans supporter, and holds fitness as one of her a core values. She enjoys skiing and does interval training on a regular basis.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2811
Email: Susan.Vidler@assetinsure.com.au

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Gareth Wilson

Role
Senior Underwriter, Financial Risks

Speciality
Financial Risks

Qualifications
Honours degree in Financial Administration
Graduate diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia

Experience
From 1993 to 1996 he worked for National Australia Bank firstly as a graduate trainee, then an Account Executive in Commercial Banking before being promoted to a Credit Analyst specialising in Agribusiness.  He then joined St. George Bank for two years as a Relationship Manager in the Corporate Banking area and prior to that as a Credit Analyst working in the Group Credit Policy, Risk and Evaluation area.  In 1998 Gareth joined Asset Underwriting where he was a Senior Underwriter and Director responsible for business strategy, reinsurance, product development and market positioning, sales origination, transaction structuring, risk underwriting and modelling, legal documentation, client liaison and portfolio risk management.

Gareth Wilson joined Assetinsure in 2003 specialising in financial risk insurance i.e. structured financing, leasing, credit enhancement, residual value analysis, risk syndication and portfolio risk management.

Philosophy
A successful transaction is one where both parties walk away with a smile. A positive relationship provides motivation to do it again

Something you didn’t know
Gareth has recently developed a passion for ocean surf ski racing.

Direct Line:(02) 8274 2885
Email: gareth.wilson@assetinsure.com.au