Thirty minutes after losing both his legs in an horrific blast in Afghanistan, in those traumatic moments as he was being stretchered from the bomb site, Sapper Curtis McGrath was already thinking about pursuing a career as an amputee athlete. Fully aware of his grim situation and partly to maintain consciousness as a survival mechanism, he joked with those helping him about becoming a Paralympian. Not even two years after tragically becoming a bilateral amputee, Curtis was competing at a National level against other Para-athletes in the physically demanding sport of Sprint Canoe. Already breaking world records, the 27 year old’s ability to adapt to his disability has amazed many people and now he’s well on his way to the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Conference Week Master of Ceremonies
Nathan Strempel is best known for hosting game days for NBL basketball, A-League soccer and Richmond Football club in the AFL. Once voted most popular on Big Brother, the physiotherapist-turned-
Head of Construction & Executive Adjuster
Andrew heads our Major & Complex Loss Construction Group in Australia. A dual qualified Civil Engineer and Chartered Loss Adjuster, Andrew has more than 28 years of adjusting experience having worked extensively in the United Kingdom and throughout Australasia on a number of significant losses. Andrew’s expertise include business claims for SMEs up to Global Corporate Risks, specialising in major property, contract works and liability losses in the construction and infrastructure sectors. He is a past President and Senior Examiner of the Australasian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters.
NT Regional Manager/Rehabilitation Counselor - VMS
Angela is the Northern Region Manager of Vocational Management services. She is accredited and approved under the National Framework for Rehabilitation Providers to undertake Rehabilitation in NT, SA, WA and Comcare legislation. She has both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Psychology, post graduate qualifications in Indigenous Mental Health and Well Being as well as OHSE Management and a Masters of Business Management. Angela has over 10 years’ experience working within organisational health and occupational rehabilitation industries with a strong interest in cultural and organisational factors on OHSE and RTW.
Underwriting Manager – Engineering, Vero
Except for a 6 year stint in marketing & advertising, Bill has worked in the underwriting and development of Engineering insurance for the past 28 years. He began his insurance career at HSB in Canada (a specialty engineering insurer) and in 2004 moved to Sydney to bring HSB’s Engineering insurance product to Australia. Bill joined Vero when the Engineering product and portfolio was moved to Vero after HSB decided to exit Australia. He is now the National Engineering Underwriting Manager at Vero.
CEO, Claim Central
As an Ernst & Young 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Brian Siemsen has built a company that has seen Claim Central evolve into Australia’s leading property claims specialist supported by its internationally recognized claim management platform – ClaimLogik. Falling into insurance, as most do, Brian quickly understood the claim process and its key drivers – Customer, Communication, Cost, Quality and Lifecycle, and then set about building a business, enabled by technology, to deliver what the industry wants. Married with three young children, Brian divides his time between his growing family and growing business, with a passion to continually improve the claims management process.
Proposition Development Specialist - IAG
Chris is the Proposition Development Specialist for IAG’s Commercial Insurance division. Prior to this role, Chris spent his time working as a Business Analyst, where he worked on transformational tech projects. Chris now spends his time using customer and market insights to design, develop and execute customer centric propositions. These propositions are then taken to market via key partnerships in order to capitalise on the opportunities that are identified. As a result, Chris has helped position CGU as the market leader in customer and partner experiences by developing unique solutions and capability.
Dr Matthew Hope
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Matthew Hope is highly experienced in producing independent medico-legal reports, with over 3 years’ involvement with Medilaw. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in addition to being a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr Hope is a Staff Specialist in adult trauma and orthopaedics at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, with a keen interest in foot and ankle conditions. He has attained accreditation as a Certified Independent Medical Examiner through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Dr Hope can assess all general orthopaedic conditions.
Dr Peter Steadman
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Peter Steadman has over 15 years’ experience conducting medical examinations and producing quality independent medico-legal reports with Medilaw. Dr Steadman has been in orthopaedic practice since 1989. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. He is currently the Senior Visiting Orthopaedic Specialist for Queensland Health at Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. He also has a thriving private practice. Dr Steadman has CIME accreditation for the use of 4th, 5th and 6th editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He is able to assess all orthopaedic conditions.
Francis Burt Chambers, Perth, AILA
Greg graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws in 1977 and moved to London in 1981 where he worked for Willis Faber & Dumas, Insurance Brokers. Between 1981 and 1983, Greg worked in the Litigation Department of Clifford-Turner (now known as Clifford Chance) in London. He then returned to Perth and in 1987 became a partner in Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). Greg left Mallesons Stephen Jaques in April 1996 to set up Pynt + Partners. He left Pynt + Partners in October 2012. Greg was a Senior Claims Solicitor at Law Mutual (WA) between December 2012 and May 2013 and joined Francis Burt Chambers as a barrister in July 2013.
Greg won the Australian Insurance Law Association Insurance Prize in 2000 and is an AILA Honorary Life Member. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Australia where he has co-ordinated and lectured in insurance law in the Faculty of Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1991. The 3rd edition of his book ‘Australian Insurance Law: A First Reference’ was published in November 2014. Greg is also the General Editor of the Insurance Law Journal, published by LexisNexis.
When he is at home, Greg is a supporter of the (not so) Mighty Blues.
Younger Onset Dementia Care Consultant, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.
Janelle joined Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. as part of the National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program in 2013. The Care Consultant statewide role provides advice, support and training to community and residential care providers in relation to people living with younger onset dementia, to help improve their quality of life. Janelle actively contributes to the development of the service sector to improve capability and responsiveness to meeting the needs of this select group. A passionate advocate who provides voice to the stories of these members in our community and the stigma and challenges they face.
Janelle Russ, Masters of Public Health, B. Education, Grad. Dip Community Education and Development
Associate Director, Corporate Edge
Julie is a management/leadership consultant and Associate Director of Corporate Edge, a leading cultural alignment organisation whose main focus is to help organisations align their team’s behaviours to the organisational strategy.
She is an experienced Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience across numerous countries and industries. Julie prides herself on helping individuals be the best they can be, for managers to become inspirational leaders and for leadership teams to create a culture that is aligned to company strategy.
Principal Consultant, Grad.Dip. Rehab. Counselling, Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessing, Mental Health First Aid Instructor - NB & Associates
Natalie leads a team of experienced consultants with the same passion and energy she demonstrates while working with her own clients. Natalie remains a hands-on practitioner who utilises her creative mind and practices to introduce new and exciting rehabilitation and treatment practices. This saw Natalie as the Winner of the WorkCoverSA Rehabilitation & Return to Work Awards 2011 and more recently as an author of ‘On the Front Foot – Six Simple Steps that Fast Track Return to Work’, a practical guide for the new practitioner or a refreshing read for an experienced.
Grad.Dip. Rehab. Counselling
Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessing
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Executive Director, Personal Injury Education Foundation
Nathan has been Executive Director and Company Secretary of the Personal Injury Education Foundation since its establishment in 2006.
As Executive Director of PIEF, Nathan has ultimate responsibility for ensuring the success of PIEF’s education programs, certification programs, awards, conferences, seminars and events. Furthermore, Nathan is responsible for all board reporting and strategic planning of PIEF.
Prior to joining PIEF, Nathan worked for WorkSafe Victoria for 11 years in a variety in legislative, policy and program development roles and was instrumental in developing and implementing vocational qualifications for case managers in the Victorian Workers’ Compensation Scheme in the mid 2000’s.
Professor Allan Manning
Managing Director, LMI Group
For over 40 years, Prof Allan Manning has managed large and complex losses involving major and complex claims all around the world. Using his experience he now acts as a client advocate on claims, acts as an expert witness, and conducts policy reviews and drafts insurance wordings.
He has developed knowledge based services such as PolicyComparison.com, BIcalculator.com, RiskCoach and the business continuity management system, ContinuityCoach.com now used across the globe.
Allan is one of Australia’s most academically qualified insurance professionals having lectured at RMIT, Melbourne, and Victoria Universities and has delivered over 1,200 papers on insurance and risk management topics. He holds the post of Adjunct Professor with Victoria University in the Faculty of Law and Justice, and is the author of 13 books on insurance, including Business Interruption Insurance & Claims; Mannings Six Principles of General Insurance; Understanding the ISR Policy and It May Happen to Me! The Essential Guide to General Insurance. He is currently international president of the International Institute of Claims Preparers and was recently rated in the top 20 most influential people in insurance for the 5th year running. He was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award at the 2012 Insurance Industry Awards and is an Honorary Life Member of The Institute.
Special Counsel - Finlaysons
Ralph has an extensive background in the provision of advice and advocacy in a range of insurance related areas. His client base is diverse and in addition to insurance its include large corporations, professionals and government instrumentalities. Ralph has acted in complex multi-party professional indemnity claims as well as public liability and catastrophic personal injury claims. He is a past President of the Law Society of South Australia as well as a former director of the Law Council of Australia. In both those capacities he has sat and continues to sit on a number of committees dealing with national issues, including professional indemnity, proportionate liability and the NDIS.
Remko H. Jacobs
Remko has over 25 years’ worldwide experience in the Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Technology industries and is currently the CEO of ClaimLogik – a market-leading property claims, supply chain management and fulfilment technology company. He is responsible for the full P&L and general management for clients in the APAC region.
Prior to joining Claimlogik, Remko was the head of Banking, Financial Services & Insurance for Cognizant in A/NZ. During his extensive career, Remko also has had various privately held technology businesses across the APAC region, most of which were later successfully divested.
Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, MPsych (Clin), BPsych (hons), Dynamic Minds
Scott is a clinical psychologist currently working in his own practice and with the Department of Health. Having started his career in 2002 as a rehab consultant, Scott has gone on to practice psychology in a variety of settings including EAP counselling, within the NTPFES Employee Support Service and with the Territory Integrated Pain Service. Coupling his insight to the challenges associated with working in the injury management sector with experience in assisting clients achieve positive self management outcomes, Scott is primed to deliver relevant information for individuals seeking to enhance their strategies for coping.
Head of eServices LMI Group
Steven commenced his insurance career in 2002 as a claims preparer specialising in material damage claims. Since then he has been involved in all manner of property claims and major catastrophe responses including the Victorian Bush Fires in 2009 and the Melbourne Hail Storms heading up LMI Group’s initial response team.
Steve has concentrated largely on business interruption insurance since commencing his career. He is now the product manager of LMI BICalculator, which provides knowledge on this vital cover together with an online sum insured calculator for a wide range of business interruption policies, available in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe.
General Manager - Sales & Development, GT Insurance
Having commenced his insurance career at 17 with FAI, Tony has had the opportunity to work in a number of areas within Insurance Companies including Claims, Underwriting and Sales. Tony commenced with GT Insurance in 2006 and is also a shareholder in the business. Outside of work, Tony’s passion is surf lifesaving and he has been an active member of Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club for 27 years.
Unlike the more famous Tony, he knew when to retire his speedos but his involvement remains strong as a member of the Executive Board.
Business Development Manager, MLRSA
Vanessa brings to her role knowledge based expertise from working as an Injury Management Advisor with Major Technical CTP Claims within each state’s jurisdiction and in particular QLD Schemes. Vanessa also has worked in New South Wales Workers Compensations Schemes as an Injury Management Advisor and as an Advisor for Self Insurance Schemes. Vanessa possesses an in-depth knowledge of the medical legal process due to her work and academic standing of Masters in Clinical Practice. Vanessa also holds certification in ABIME and Injury Trauma.