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Lewis Milford Pty Ltd was formed on the 1st July 2006 by John Lewis and Shaun Milford becoming the largest Authorised Representatives of Insurance Advisernet Australia Pty Limited in South Australia with an annual premium in excess of $6 million.

With over 30 years experience each in the insurance industry; John and Shaun have combined their skills and knowledge to form a successful business with a dedicated team of staff behind them.

In July 2010 Jon Schiller joined the company as an equity partner and has seen the company go from strength to strength. Jon also has over 30 years experience in all areas of general insurance.

In May 2012 Wayne Trezona joined the company as an equity partner and enhanced the strength of knowledge in the Professional Risks area. Wayne also has over 30 years experience in general insurance.

With Jon & Wayne on board it was decided in 2014 that the company name change to Astute Insurance Services Pty Ltd.

Astute is based on Greenhill Road in the Adelaide CBD fringe, our experienced staff pride themselves on providing our large client base with friendly and professional service. This convenient location provides for easy client parking (off street) at the front of the office.

Astute specializes in insurance packages for all types of business, including: earthmoving, transport, civil contractors, mining and a wide range of professional liability industries. They are proudly members of the Civil Contractors Federation (SA) and the recommended broker for The Finance Brokers Association of Australia.

“Our vision is to maintain a local presence whilst being able to tap into a national buying group for products and services needed by our customers in today’s complex business world”

 

Our Team

  • John Lewis

    John has been a broker for some 30 years, becoming a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker (QPIB) in 1992 and is highly experienced in the placement of a variety of insurance risks.

    His particular area of expertise is for coverage related to the Civil Contracting and Mining industries. He has a strong reputation amongst clients and insurers for providing a high level of service both in respect to coverage advice and claims handling.

    Johns view always has been, “A client insures with the understanding that in the event of an insured claim happening they expect to get it paid”.

    Principal

    AR No. 262179

    (08) 8410 2990

    0412 856 602

    John has been a broker for some 30 years, becoming a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker (QPIB) in 1992 and is highly experienced in the placement of a variety of insurance risks.

    His particular area of expertise is for coverage related to the Civil Contracting and Mining industries. He has a strong reputation amongst clients and insurers for providing a high level of service both in respect to coverage advice and claims handling.

    Johns view always has been, “A client insures with the understanding that in the event of an insured claim happening they expect to get it paid”.

  • Shaun Milford

    He has worked for Insurance Companies, Corporate brokers and has a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

    His experience has enabled him to insure a wide range of small, medium and corporate entities.

    He has won several awards along the way for his professional approach and success at protecting his clients against the various risks that confront them.

    He is one of the founding principals of Astute Insurance Services and is proud of the way the business operates.

    Principal

    AR No. 280760

    (08) 8410 2990

    0400 865 572

    He has worked for Insurance Companies, Corporate brokers and has a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

    His experience has enabled him to insure a wide range of small, medium and corporate entities.

    He has won several awards along the way for his professional approach and success at protecting his clients against the various risks that confront them.

    He is one of the founding principals of Astute Insurance Services and is proud of the way the business operates.

  • Jon Schiller

    Jon has also had an extensive career in insurance, with over 30 years in the industry. He is an ANZIIF Associate and C.I.P.

    He has worked for both the Insurance Company & Broking side of the industry, so he has a great understanding of the risks that face businesses.

    His past experience as a claims manager has enabled his clients to benefit from his knowledge and secure the correct advice in what can be a tricky area.

    He enjoys working with the Civil Contracting, Construction, Mining and Transport industries and has a good following in these areas.

    He is a Director of Astute and is proud of the success the company has had over many years.

    Principal

    AR No. 344450

    (08) 8410 2990

    0424 186 149

    Jon has also had an extensive career in insurance, with over 30 years in the industry. He is an ANZIIF Associate and C.I.P.

    He has worked for both the Insurance Company & Broking side of the industry, so he has a great understanding of the risks that face businesses.

    His past experience as a claims manager has enabled his clients to benefit from his knowledge and secure the correct advice in what can be a tricky area.

    He enjoys working with the Civil Contracting, Construction, Mining and Transport industries and has a good following in these areas.

    He is a Director of Astute and is proud of the success the company has had over many years.

  • Wayne Trezona

    Wayne has been working in the insurance industry for over 30 years.  He is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB) and holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Broking).

    Whilst Wayne has very sound knowledge and experience with all General Insurance products, his specialty is in Professional Indemnity Insurance, Directors & Officers Liability, Management Liability Insurance, Environmental Risks, Malpractice Insurance and Association Liability Insurance.  

    Wayne strives to provide excellent personalised service and to meet and exceed the expectations of his clients.

    Principal

    AR No. 421318

    (08) 8410 2990

    0424 186 151

    Wayne has been working in the insurance industry for over 30 years.  He is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB) and holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Broking).

    Whilst Wayne has very sound knowledge and experience with all General Insurance products, his specialty is in Professional Indemnity Insurance, Directors & Officers Liability, Management Liability Insurance, Environmental Risks, Malpractice Insurance and Association Liability Insurance.  

    Wayne strives to provide excellent personalised service and to meet and exceed the expectations of his clients.

  • Cassandra Pearce

    Cassandra has nearly 20years experience in the Insurance Industry.

    She holds a Diploma of Financial Services in Insurance Broking and is a QPIB.

    She really enjoys providing insurance advice and solutions in a friendly manner for her clients. Her success comes from her being herself and doing a job she loves.

    Her specialty includes Small to Medium Businesses and Commercial Insurance.

    AR No. 307655

    (08) 8410 2990

    0424 186 147

    Cassandra has nearly 20years experience in the Insurance Industry.

    She holds a Diploma of Financial Services in Insurance Broking and is a QPIB.

    She really enjoys providing insurance advice and solutions in a friendly manner for her clients. Her success comes from her being herself and doing a job she loves.

    Her specialty includes Small to Medium Businesses and Commercial Insurance.

  • Patrick O'Connor

    Patrick has worked in the Insurance sector for more than 30 years. He has experience in all aspects of general insurance products. Patrick has extensive knowledge in the Transport, Civil Contractor & Fuel industries.

    Patrick’s main focus is to provide exceptional service to his clients along with professional advice from his many years of experience.

    AR No. 1253443

    (08) 8410 2990

    Patrick has worked in the Insurance sector for more than 30 years. He has experience in all aspects of general insurance products. Patrick has extensive knowledge in the Transport, Civil Contractor & Fuel industries.

    Patrick’s main focus is to provide exceptional service to his clients along with professional advice from his many years of experience.

  • Scott Saunders

    Scott commenced his insurance career with an international broker in 1983 .

    He has worked in London, Sydney, Brisbane, Papua New Guinea and Adelaide and held various roles including servicing commercial and corporate business, programme placement and design, and as general manager of the overseas operations of a major international broker.

    Scott specialises in construction, rail, manufacturing and commercial insurance and his experience includes major claims settlements across most industry sectors.

    Scott has a Diploma of Financial Services Insurance Broking and is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker.

    AR No. 1243831

    (08) 8410 2990

    0400 600 398

    Scott commenced his insurance career with an international broker in 1983 .

    He has worked in London, Sydney, Brisbane, Papua New Guinea and Adelaide and held various roles including servicing commercial and corporate business, programme placement and design, and as general manager of the overseas operations of a major international broker.

    Scott specialises in construction, rail, manufacturing and commercial insurance and his experience includes major claims settlements across most industry sectors.

    Scott has a Diploma of Financial Services Insurance Broking and is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker.

  • Robert Di Pasquale

    Robert is an experienced Insurance Broking professional who commenced his career in 1979. Robert has worked with both national and international broking firms and has experience with large corporate clients and small to medium business enterprises. In addition to his general insurance strengths, Robert has particular experience in the professional services sector.

    In addition to servicing our clients Robert is involved in negotiating with insurers in respect to suitable insurance coverage and contentious claims matters.

    AR No. 1250732

    (08) 8410 2990

    0414 242 883

    Robert is an experienced Insurance Broking professional who commenced his career in 1979. Robert has worked with both national and international broking firms and has experience with large corporate clients and small to medium business enterprises. In addition to his general insurance strengths, Robert has particular experience in the professional services sector.

    In addition to servicing our clients Robert is involved in negotiating with insurers in respect to suitable insurance coverage and contentious claims matters.

  • Veronique Parashos

    AR No. 314771

    (08) 8410 2990

  • Irmgard de Villiers

    AR No. 468820

    (08) 8410 2990

  • Nicole Lornie

    AR No. 414141

    (08) 8410 2990

    0481212624

  • Natalie Phillipou

    AR No. 1262833

    (08) 8410 2990

  • Andrew Brett

    AR No. 1254858

    0447527150

  • Tiaharn De Bruin

    AR No. 1255396

    (08) 8410 2990

  • Our Commitment

    As your appointed General Insurance Advisers, we commit to:

    • Conduct an analysis of your risk/needs and advise our recommendations on the correct covers required to protect your assets and liabilities
    • Recommend the appropriate Insurer to match the risk
    • Only recommend financially secure and stable Insurers
    • Provide alternatives on your risk retention through various excess options
    • Provide alternatives to pay premiums in monthly instalments
    • Prompt and timely servicing of your account to ensure you are adequately informed of issues that may affect your business.

    In the event of a claim we will:

    • Provide you with the Insurer’s Claim Form
    • Arrange for the Loss Assessor to be appointed if applicable
    • Advise you on the completion of the Claim Form
    • Submit the Claim Form to the Insurer on your behalf
    • Provide advice to ensure you have received your full entitlements.
    We are with you every step of the way, call our
    24/7 Emergency Claims Response Line on 1300 831 094
    Click here to Make a Claim

    Insurance Expertise

    Astute Insurance Services | Insurance Adviser Eastwood

    Astute Insurance Services is an Authorised Representative of Insurance Advisernet, one of Australasia's biggest General Insurance Brokers. Being an Insurance Adviser in Eastwood our knowledge of the local insurance industry is second to none and our experience in handling insurance for many thousands of customers enables us to provide independent advice you can always trust. It also means you'll benefit from access to unrivalled financial strength, business efficiencies and buying power spanning every major insurer in Australia and New Zealand even access to major overseas insurers if and when required. We specialise in Civil Contractors Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance as well as a broad range of insurance products.

    Civil Contractors Insurance

    Civil contractors insurance is an important aspect for civil construction businesses to consider due to the risks presented through the worksites and the occupation itself. Particular industries that should strongly consider civil contractor insurance include earthmoving, site preparation, excavation and concreting. There is a range of insurance policies available within civil contractor insurance; these include public liability, plant and machinery insurance, commercial motors insurance and employment practices.

    Public liability insurance protects your business in any instance where a member of the public suffers injury at the worksite or as a result of the worksite practices, covering medical expenses or hospital bills. Should equipment or machinery breakdown, disrupting or halting the business flow, plant and machinery insurance will insure the cost of repairs or replacement for the specific equipment, ensuring your business gets up and running as soon as possible. Commercial motors insurance provides financial protection to your business should a single car or even a fleet of trucks break down and require replacement or repairs. In order to protect your business against any illegal actions by employees under the business’ name or on behalf of the business, employment practices insurance covers the cost of any necessary legal bills that are incurred or fines that are charged.

    Selecting the correct combination of insurance covers protects your business financially and legally, providing you the peace of mind to run your business.

    Professional Indemnity Insurance

    Working within an industry where your role is to serve information and advice to clients, you are at risk of providing incorrect and inadequate information. In order to protect your business from any unexpected losses, professional indemnity insurance is one of the policies for investment. There are a variety of industries that are eligible and highly recommended to purchase the professional indemnity insurance such as media professionals, real estate professionals, charity groups and even leisure professionals.

    This insurance type specifically protects you and your business against claims from clients claiming negligence, malpractice, misconduct or breach of duty. These claims can frequently become a legal issue which then becomes costly and results in financial loss for the business. Certain industries have a unique set of risks that are associated with their business therefore, they will need tailored insurance plans in order to solve any issues. Professionals such as accountants are required to have professional indemnity insurance to protect risks such as damages to third parties as a result of breach of duty or lack of information. Real estate agent professionals are required to have the policy professional indemnity insurance as, if they were to provide misleading and false information to their client and it has resulted in the suffering of emotional, physical and financial loss they can be held liable.

    Protect your business and income financially and legally by considering professional indemnity insurance.

    LOCAL UNDERSTANDING. NATIONAL STRENGTH.

    Astute Insurance Services Pty Ltd is proud to be an Authorised Representative of Insurance Advisernet, a network of more than 180 insurance advisers across Australia and New Zealand. Insurance Advisernet is a principal member of the National Insurance Brokers Association and the largest member of the publicly-listed AUB Group – one of the leading general insurance broking groups in Australasia with over 450,000 clients. This relationship gives Astute Insurance Services Pty Ltd access to unrivalled financial strength, business efficiencies and buying power that spans every major insurer in Australia and New Zealand, even access to major overseas insurers when required. To find out more about the many benefits simply visit insuranceadviser.net

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    STRENGTH UNDER THE INSURANCE ADVISERNET BANNER.

    Astute Insurance Services Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Insurance Advisernet (IA) founded in 1996. IA are a national organisation in both Australia and New Zealand and this allows Astute Insurance Services Pty Ltd the benefit of maintaining their local presence whilst being able to be part of a national group for products and services needed by their customers in todays complex business world.

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    Insurance Types

    Builders' Warranty

    A licensed builder will need Builders' Warranty insurance for some, or all of your residential jobs. Builders' Warranty protects your customer if they lose their deposit, you don’t finish the job or if it’s defective, and you die, disappear or become bankrupt. The rules vary from state to state across Australia.

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    Business Insurance

    Having adequate general insurance cover is one of the most fundamental parts of being in business, as it provides invaluable protection against a range of risk events – from equipment and assets to legal liability – reducing financial uncertainty and protecting your livelihood and that of your workforce. Insurance companies provide a wide variety of general business insurance policies so it’s essential to get the right one for your needs.

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    Business Interruption Insurance

    Business interruption insurance is designed to cover the shortfall in gross profits caused by the interruption to your business after a disaster or another type of insured event that forces you to close your doors for an extended period of time. It effectively returns your business to the same financial position it was in before the event occurred, allowing the quickest possible resumption of normal business.

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    Contract Works Insurance

    You need contract works insurance in place before a peg is put into the ground. Many things can go wrong where building works are involved, whether that be at excavation or even completion stage of any project. This insurance is designed specially to provide any physical and related party liability damage as well as loss of building materials, fire and malicious damage.

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    Cyber Insurance

    As digital technology has become more and more inseparable from the operations of most businesses, having cyber insurance has become more and more important.

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    Directors & Officers / Management Liability Insurance

    If you have a small to medium sized private company, you could be protected by a policy that covers claims from a wide range of management liabilities, such as; directors and officers liability, company reimbursement, company liability and employment practice liability.

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    Home Insurance

    If you run your business predominantly from home it’s important to be aware your existing home and contents insurance may not cover your business activities or equipment in the event you need to make a claim

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    Liability Insurance

    Despite a business’ best intentions sometimes accidents still happen. Product liability insurance protects against claims of personal injury or third party property damage caused by products that have been manufactured, sold or supplied by your business. In particular it can help to cover the potentially significant costs associated with legal and court costs.

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    Marine & Hull Insurance

    Marine insurance is designed to provide peace of mind, whether you have a pleasure craft that requires insurance or if you are moving cargo across water, land or air. Marine transit covers provides point-to-point coverage between your premises and those of your customers.

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    Motor Insurance / Commercial / Heavy Motor Insurance

    One of the more common types of business cover, motor/vehicle insurance protects your business fleet against costs arising from theft and accidents. Your policy can be tailored to include a range of commercial vehicles from cars and motorbikes to vans, trucks and even buses and heavy motor vehicles.

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    Plant & Equipment Insurance

    If you have mobile plant and equipment, we can arrange to ensure this plant and equipment is properly insured to protect both the equipment but importantly also the liabilities associated with its use. This product is designed to cover everything from the smallest of earthmoving machines through to the largest fixed or mobile cranes – and everything in between.

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    Professional Indemnity

    You always endeavour to provide the very best services and advice you can. Regardless, the threat of claims and litigation is very real in 21st Century Australian business and can potentially bankrupt a business. This is why if your business provides any kind of professional services and/or advice you should strongly consider having professional indemnity insurance.

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    Property Insurance

    A must if you have one or more business premises, property insurance provides financial protection in the event they are damaged or destroyed in a one-off event.

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    Strata Insurance

    Strata Insurance offers you peace of mind by providing liability cover in the event people are injured on common property. Typically it includes cover for lifts, pools, car parks, stairwells, gardens, wiring, balconies, walls, windows, ceilings and floors.

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    Workers' Compensation

    Workers' Compensation is compulsory for all Australian employers. It provides protection to workers if they suffer a work-related injury or illness. Any business that employs or hires workers on a full-time, part-time or casual basis, under an oral or written contract of service or apprenticeship, must have workers' compensation insurance that covers their workforce.

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  • John Lewis

    John has been a broker for some 30 years, becoming a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker (QPIB) in 1992 and is highly experienced in the placement of a variety of insurance risks.

    His particular area of expertise is for coverage related to the Civil Contracting and Mining industries. He has a strong reputation amongst clients and insurers for providing a high level of service both in respect to coverage advice and claims handling.

    Johns view always has been, “A client insures with the understanding that in the event of an insured claim happening they expect to get it paid”.

    Principal

    AR No. 262179

    (08) 8410 2990

    0412 856 602

    John has been a broker for some 30 years, becoming a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker (QPIB) in 1992 and is highly experienced in the placement of a variety of insurance risks.

    His particular area of expertise is for coverage related to the Civil Contracting and Mining industries. He has a strong reputation amongst clients and insurers for providing a high level of service both in respect to coverage advice and claims handling.

    Johns view always has been, “A client insures with the understanding that in the event of an insured claim happening they expect to get it paid”.

  • 214 Greenhill Road,  

    EASTWOOD SA 5063

  • Shaun Milford

    He has worked for Insurance Companies, Corporate brokers and has a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

    His experience has enabled him to insure a wide range of small, medium and corporate entities.

    He has won several awards along the way for his professional approach and success at protecting his clients against the various risks that confront them.

    He is one of the founding principals of Astute Insurance Services and is proud of the way the business operates.

    Principal

    AR No. 280760

    (08) 8410 2990

    0400 865 572

    He has worked for Insurance Companies, Corporate brokers and has a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking)

    His experience has enabled him to insure a wide range of small, medium and corporate entities.

    He has won several awards along the way for his professional approach and success at protecting his clients against the various risks that confront them.

    He is one of the founding principals of Astute Insurance Services and is proud of the way the business operates.

  • 214 Greenhill Road,  

    EASTWOOD SA 5063

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