Since first opening our doors in 1996 the success and growth of Insurance Advisernet has been built upon one thing more than any other: smart and experienced people. Keep reading to meet some of the key members of our team.
IAN CARR - Founder and Chairman
Ian has worked in the insurance broking industry for over 40 years. His extensive experience includes numerous senior positions such as State Manager, General Manager and Director, Operations for a major national insurance broker in Australia. Ian founded Insurance Advisernet in 1996 and under his stewardship IA has grown spectacularly to be one of the largest general insurance brokerages in Australia and New Zealand with premiums >$400 million and revenues >$75 million. He holds an Advanced Diploma Financial Services (Broking) and is a Fellow of NIBA, MAICD.
SHAUN STANDFIELD - Managing Director
As our Sydney-based Managing Director Shaun is responsible for the overall development and implementation of Insurance Advisernet strategic initiatives across Australia and New Zealand. An experienced Insurance executive he boasts a proven track-record in leading large multi-disciplined insurance sales, claims and underwriting operations and has led significant change programs in both Australia and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Management Qualification, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Advanced Diploma of Financial Services and Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
MARK LEE - General Manager | Northern
With over 25 years experience in the Insurance Industry Mark has held various senior management roles with broking and underwriting companies nationally . Mark is also a Snr Associate of the insurance institute. Mark’s previous experience in developing high performing sales team and expertise around requirements for professional and successful brokerages will provide great assistance for our existing and new Authorised Representatives. He is highly passionate about delivering growth to our network through his drive to deliver AR best practices, analysis of the market, providing customers with best in market solutions and strong insurer relationships.
JOHN BURKE – General Manager | Southern
John’s involvement with Insurance Advisernet spans some sixteen years and since 2006 he has overseen our Southern region, providing high levels of expertise and support for our Authorised Representative network. His role also sees him directly involved in the strategic direction and leadership of the group along with management of key authorised representative and insurer relationships. With over 22 years General Insurance Broking experience, he has a personal interest in developing best practice within the IA network to ensure tailored insurance solutions for our clients which will respond when they need it most.
DAVID CRAWFORD – Director | New Zealand
David joined Insurance Advisernet in 2006 as CEO and subsequently became a director, having spent the majority of his working life as a corporate broker, in NZ, London and the Middle East. David has been instrumental in the growth of Insurance Advisernet in NZ and works closely with Australia to gain the most out of the synergies available. David’s passion is in developing new brokers into the next generation of professional insurance businesses. David is a current Board member of IBANZ and has been so for a number of years.
SIMON ELLIOT – General Manager | Central
Simon has held roles within underwriting, claims and broking in both the Australian and London market in his 15 years in the industry. He holds various qualifications in accounting, finance and insurance and is passionate about professionalism, stability and culture within a successful business. Most recently Simon has worked for one of IA’s larger Authorised Representatives for almost 10 years which will allow him to share his unique set of experiences and firsthand knowledge of the complexities of AR life. This allows Simon to provide tangible experience based support and advice to the Central Region.
SARAH FARMBOROUGH – General Manager | Finance & Operations
Sarah brings over 15 years of high-level financial management and accounting experience, gained in the UK, continental Europe and most recently Australia with Insurance Advisernet. Her expertise spans financial reporting, internal controls, consolidation, audits, process improvement, change management, budgeting and forecasting, project management, SAP, financial analysis and strategic planning.
STEVE DYMOND – General Manager | Business & Information Systems
Steve is a passionate insurance professional who has worked in the industry for nearly 15 years. His insurance background is very diverse, but B2B systems support is where he’s most at home. He delved into retail broking when he moved to Australia in 2005, giving him an excellent insight into what end customers look for when purchasing insurance. In 2010, he moved back into a B2B environment with Insurance Advisernet and oversees many of the operational and technical functions within IA including business intelligence, IT, process systemisation, web, media and other bespoke projects.
KARENNE HILL – General Manager Risk, Compliance & HR
Karenne has worked within the general insurance industry for over 17 years. The last 10 years have seen Karenne focus on the area of AFS Licensee Compliance. She has significant knowledge and understanding of the financial services legislation in both Australia & New Zealand. This allows her to support the business to navigate the regulatory landscape, ensuring frameworks & procedures are in place & Insurance Advisernet acts in a legal & ethical way. Karenne also manages HR for IA, assisting IA staff & culture development to the highest professional standard.
JOSH HAMILL – General Manager | Broking & Risk Services
Josh has over 25 years’ experience as a broker in the insurance industry, joining IA as an Authorised Representative in 2008. During his career he has worked with respected local and international broking houses including 5 years in the London market. These roles have afforded Josh the opportunity to work across multiple industry segments and international territories providing significant insight into large and complex risk issues including resolution of complicated claims disputes. Josh’s technical understanding and experience will greatly assist our ARs so they can continue to deliver superior levels of service and advice to their customers, ensuring IA remains the #1 AR network of choice.
SOPHIE BEER – Marketing Communications Coordinator
Sophie comes from a banking background. She then moved to Insurance Advisernet from the UK in February 2012. Sophie has worked in roles at Insurance Advisernet that have seen her gain experience in many of our internal AR support areas including accounts, broking systems and supporting our AR’s in growing their practices. Sophie now has accountability for supporting our AR’s through improved communications and marketing of Insurance Advisernet.
HARRY GEORGOULAS – General Manager | Placement Services
Harry has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 30 years. For 25 of those years he worked within International broking firms within Australia which exposed him to a multitude of diverse industries. He’s passionate about securing tailored insurance solutions for our network of Authorised Representatives. His role is to assist the network with placement of risk together with creating schemes and facilities. Harry was also awarded National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) Broker of the year in 2010 and is an Associate of the Australian Insurance Institute (AAII).