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Manager New Zealand
Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Insurance Management)
Fellow, Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance
Fellow, International Institute of Claims Preparers
Tony’s insurance career commenced in the late 1970s, with Royal Insurance (Auckland). Since that time, he has worked in various roles with internationally recognised insurers. He joined LMI Group’s New Zealand operations in June 2010 in the dual roles of Business Development Manager and National Claims Executive.
Tony’s expansive 30 years in insurance has seen him in underwriting, claims management and executive management roles. During the 1980s he was engaged as a Senior Claims Officer by Commercial Union, managing technical and commercial claims. In 1992, he moved to Royal & Sun Alliance, where he undertook the role of Account Underwriter. In this capacity he built excellent relationships with intermediaries, culminating in his promotion to a Branch Manager position. As Branch Manager, he oversaw all functions of the branch and developed a comprehensive training module on workers compensation that was presented to staff and businesses throughout the Northland region.
In 2000, Tony joined AMP’s business insurance division as Assistant Sales Manager. He developed and facilitated staff training and provided tutoring, technical advice and support for business risk consultants and operations staff, as well as the Sales Manager. With the benefit of his exemplary training skills, all staff achieved certification that enabled them to sell risk and investment products.
Three years later, Ansvar Insurance offered Tony the position of Business Development Manager and, shortly thereafter, he was invited to join the executive team as National Claims Manager. In this role he organised and facilitated risk management seminars throughout New Zealand, and his expert claims management skills resulted in large corporate clients transferring their insurance products to his team.
In past years, Tony’s passion for insurance has led him into roles such as Vice President of the Wellington branch of the then Insurance Institute of New Zealand (now the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance), Chairman of the Wellington District Committee of the Insurance Institute of New Zealand, and business interruption tutor for the Insurance Institute of New Zealand. From 2005 to early 2010, Tony was a member of the Insurance Council of New Zealand’s Personal Lines Committee. He is currently a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.