TAL Board and executive team

Our Board and executive team are passionate about the value of life insurance and it is their experience and knowledge that has helped us to grow so strongly.

  • Rob Thomas, Chairman Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Rob Thomas AM

    B.Ec, FSIA
    Chairman
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mr Thomas was appointed to the TOWER Australia Board (now TAL) in August 2007. Mr Thomas was appointed to the TOWER Australia Board (now TAL) in August 2007. He is chairman of the TAL Board and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, the Technology and Innovation Committee and the Risk Committee.

    Mr Thomas has in excess of 30 years’ experience in the investment and securities industry. He was CEO and subsequently Chairman of Citigroup Australia and New Zealand, Corporate and Investment Bank from the late 1990s until his retirement in 2004.

    Mr Thomas is presently a non-executive director of Heartware Limited, Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, REVA Medical Limited, O'Connell Street Associates Pty Limited and a member of the Advisory Board of Nomura. Mr Thomas is Chairman of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia and President of the Library Council of New South Wales. He is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Jim Minto, Managing Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Jim Minto

    FCA
    Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director



    Jim Minto was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TAL in 2006. In June 2013, he was also appointed as Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life, a position on the senior management team of the Japanese parent company, Dai-ichi Life. While he remains based in Australia he has responsibilities within the wider Dai-ichi Life group. Prior to his current role he was Group Managing Director of TOWER Limited, overseeing the trans-Tasman TOWER Limited businesses.

    A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Minto is Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and was a panel member of the Australian Government’s Review of Natural Disasters Insurance in 2011. He is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Fiona Balfour, Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Fiona Balfour

    B.A (Hons), MBA, Grad. Dip. Information Management, FAICD
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mrs Balfour was appointed to the TOWER Australia Board (now TAL) as an independent non-executive director in October 2010. She is chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee and also serves on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

    Mrs Balfour has more than 30 years’ executive experience across a wide range of businesses including Financial Services, Health Administration, Aviation, Education and Information and Telecommunications Services, as well as a range of not-for-profit organisations.

    She is a non-executive director of Salmat Limited and Metcash Limited. She is also a Councillor of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, NSW, a member of the advisory board for the IT Faculty at Monash University, and a non-executive director of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. She is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Don Findlater, Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Don Findlater

    B.Com, ACA
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mr Findlater was appointed to the TAL Australia Board (now TAL) in 2008. He chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee and also serves on the Risk Committee.

    Mr Findlater was a partner at KPMG for 27 years and has over 40 years of professional audit, accounting and advisory experience with a wide range of Australian financial institutions. Throughout his career at KPMG, Mr Findlater was the APRA approved auditor for a significant number of life and general insurance companies. He is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Roger Garrett, Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Roger Garrett

    B.Sc, FIA (London), FIAA
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mr Garrett was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in August 2011. He is chair of the Risk Committee and also serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee.

    He is well known to the Australian life insurance industry having been the Head of Life for Munich Re from 1997 until his retirement in early 2011. Mr Garrett brings strong actuarial and re-insurance experience to the TAL Boards. He has previously worked for NZI Life and NZI Bank in New Zealand, before moving to Australia as Head of Life for Munich Reinsurance Group.

  • Ralph Pliner, Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Ralph Pliner

    B.Com, LL.B, LL.M
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mr Pliner was appointed to the TOWER Australia Board (now TAL) in December 2006. He is chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and also serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee.

    Mr. Pliner was a partner of Baker & McKenzie for over 20 years where he was involved in a wide range of corporate and merger and acquisition transactions, and also advised a number of boards of public listed companies.

    Mr. Pliner is presently a non-executive Director of Herzog Services Australia Pty. Limited, Iroko Cardio (Australia) Pty. Limited, Public Interest Advocacy Centre Limited, SDP Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, SDP Australia Services Pty Ltd and Australian Char Pty. Limited. He is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Tatsuya Yasukawa, Independent Non-Executive Director - TAL Life Insurance
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    Tatsuya (Tachi) Yasukawa

    B.A (Law), M.A
    Independent Non-Executive Director



    Mr Yasukawa was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in August 2011. He serves on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, the Risk Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee.

    Mr Yasukawa is presently Managing Director of TY Japan Consulting, a company he set up in 2003 to provide corporate advisory and consulting services to Australian companies wishing to do business in Japan and vice versa. Mr Yasukawa has spent a large part of his career in investment banking and has also had several years’ experience in property investment and development.

    Before establishing his own consultancy in March 2003, he worked with The Industrial Bank of Japan (now Mizuho Bank) and SG Warburg (now UBS), both in London and Tokyo, and Matsushita Investment & Development in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

  • Tatsusaburo Yamamoto
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    Tatsusaburo Yamamoto

    B.A (Economics)
    Non-Executive Director



    Mr Yamamoto was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in September 2012 and is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee.

    Mr Yamamoto is the Managing Director of Dai-ichi Life International (Asia Pacific). He is currently responsible for
    Dai-ichi Life’s business in the Asia Pacific region focusing on the expansion of new business development as well as enhancing existing operations.

    Mr Yamamoto joined Dai-ichi Life in April 1988 and has significant experience, particularly in the investment and overseas business area. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy General Director in Dai-ichi Life Vietnam for two years. He has also had five years of experience working for Dai-ichi Life International UK (now Dai-ichi Life International Europe) in London. He is resident in Hong Kong.

  • Shinichi Aizawa
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    Shinichi Aizawa

    B.A. (Law)
    Non-executive Director



    Mr Aizawa was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in May 2013. Mr Aizawa is an Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Ltd. He is currently responsible for the management of Dai-ichi Life’s entire international business, including new business developments and management of the existing international businesses in Australia, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

    Previous to this role, Mr Aizawa was Executive Vice President of DIAM Co Ltd, a global asset management company jointly owned by Dai-ichi Life that provides investment and advisory services to a range of institutional and corporate clients.

    Mr Aizawa joined Dai-ichi Life in April 1983 and has held several senior positions within the company since that time. He has extensive experience, particularly in the investment, asset management and international business areas.

  • Jim Minto, Managing Director Message - TAL Life Insurance
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    Jim Minto

    FCA
    Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director



    Jim Minto was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TAL in 2006. In June 2013, he was also appointed as Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life, a position on the senior management team of the Japanese parent company, Dai-ichi Life. While he remains based in Australia he has responsibilities within the wider Dai-ichi Life group. Prior to his current role he was Group Managing Director of TOWER Limited, overseeing the trans-Tasman TOWER Limited businesses.

    A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Minto is Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and was a panel member of the Australian Government’s Review of Natural Disasters Insurance in 2011. He is resident in Sydney, Australia.

  • Kent Griffin
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    Kent Griffin

    B.Ec, FIAA
    Chief Financial Officer



    Kent joined us in April 2012. He is a well rounded professional,who brings to TAL expertise in strategic finance, actuarial, risk, treasury, investor relations and regulatory and capital management. His grounding in the interrelated fields in the life insurance, wealth management and banking sectors are invaluable to us.

  • Brett Clark
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    Brett Clark

    B.Com, FIA
    CEO TAL Life



    Brett joined TAL in August 2008 as CEO of TAL Retail Life. Brett was appointed CEO of TAL Life in May 2013 with responsibility for all intermediated business lines. As CEO of TAL Life Brett brings a considered and commercial approach to insurance markets; and strong leadership across the strategically important markets of Group/Wholesale and Retail life insurance.

    Under Brett's leadership TAL Retail Life became a market leader in introducing digital business models; and market leading products and service outcomes for business partners and customers. The quality of TALs offer has been recognised in being awarded Life Company of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by AFA/Plan for Life. These achievements have supported TAL to become one of the largest and most successful insurers in the Australian market.

    Brett is a qualified actuary and has over 20 years of deep industry experience across a broad range of functions including Strategy, Finance, Sales, Product and Marketing and Operations in both the Australian and international insurance markets.

    Brett is Chairperson of Affinia Financial Advisers, TAL’s financial advice business and a member of the FSC Life Risk Board Committee.

  • Penny Coates
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    Penny Coates

    BA (Hons), FCIPD, Grad AICD
    Chief Customer Service & Operations Officer



    Penny joined TAL in 2011 as the Chief People & Culture Officer and was appointed to her current role in June 2013. Her areas of responsibility include customer strategy, business transformation and all of TAL’s operational areas including claims across all channels.

    She has a deep passion for the customer, having spent many years in front-line roles in the retail sector before commencing management, operational and strategy roles in a number of sectors including financial services.

    More recently, she has delivered transformational change in a number of financial services organisations, including the transformational culture change journey and customer-focussed strategy here at TAL.

    Prior to TAL, Penny was at Westpac Banking Corporation for eight years, where she held a number of General Manager roles in both HR and major transformation projects, including leading the people and change stream for the Westpac and St George merger and General Manager HR for the Retail and Business Bank.

    Her career before Westpac was in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting where she was the HR Director for Australia and New Zealand, and at KPMG Consulting where she led the Human Capital Consulting practice. Penny led a number of major business transformation projects, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and culture change programs.

  • John Hoyle
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    John Hoyle

    B.A (Hons)
    CEO TAL Direct



    John joined us in April 2012. He brings to us broad experience in direct insurance and direct marketing from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His first-class thinking and hands-on approach keep TAL Direct firmly at the forefront of innovation.

    With strong marketing flair, his ability to continue driving fresh new products and services, delivered in the way our customers want them, offers real value.

  • Peter Noble
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    Peter Noble

    B.Com, LL.B
    Chief Corporate Governance Officer



    A lawyer with special expertise in corporate governance and risk management, Peter joined us in 2007 and his contributions have since formed the foundation for corporate leadership at TAL.

    Along with his extensive legal experience, Peter has the talent and passion to keep us ahead of the curve when it comes to corporate conduct and governance.

  • Andy Moffatt
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    Andy Moffat

    MA Soc. Sci
    Chief People and Culture Officer





    Andy joined TAL as its Chief People and Culture Officer in January 2014. He has extensive experience as a senior human resources executive in financial services firms and has worked in United Kingdom, North American and most countries in Europe.

    His key strengths are in driving culture change, enabling organisation development and aligning people practices to deliver business priorities.

    Most recently he was the Human Resources Director, Europe, at Aviva PLC where he aligned people processes around a customer-centric journey across a number of different countries. Prior to this, Andy was the Human Resources Director for Aviva’s Corporate Office and he held senior roles at Aduronet, Norwich Union, Teleglobe International, Intelsat and IBM UK Ltd.

    Andy has a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Glasgow, a post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from the University of Aston and is a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in United Kingdom. A proud Scot, Andy was a semi-professional soccer player in his early years and is married with children.

  • David Gillespie
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    David Gillespie

    Chief Information Officer




    David joined TAL in March 2013 from global asset management company Fidelity Worldwide Investment in London, where he had been leading the technology function for the company’s Retail, Customer Service and eCommerce business.

    Having worked on delivering integrated systems that align around consumer needs, David is well placed to contribute to TAL’s customer-driven business strategy. He has a broad background in information technology having worked for organisations such as Compaq, global technology consulting business EDS and BUPA, in various locations around the world including the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland and India.

  • Tim Thorne
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    Tim Thorne

    Chief Innovation and Disruption Officer




    Tim joined TAL in November 2013 following a variety of senior roles introducing market disrupting innovations for leading organisations. Previously Tim was Innovation Director at Cancer Research UK where he launched the world’s first website which galvanised the public to accelerate the research into curing cancer by helping to analyse the results of clinical trials.

    He also worked as Group innovation Director for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he developed and launched a number of innovative products and services including mobile banking, teenage banking and card-less ATM withdrawals. Prior to RBS, Tim co-founded Edengene, a specialist growth and innovation consultancy. He initially trained as a doctor but left medical school after five years to start a business in the oil and gas industry and commence his career as a venture entrepreneur and start-up specialist.

  • Toru Nagashima
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    Toru Nagashima

    Dai-ichi Life Liaison Executive




    Toru Nagashima is an alternate director of the TAL Board and also serves on the Technology and Innovation Committee.

    Toru joined TAL in 2009 to further develop an ongoing relationship between the company and Dai-ichi Life. He is now in the key role of reinforcing coordination with the Head Office for the company to implement its strategic plans.

    Toru joined Dai-ichi Life in April 1983 and has significant business experience, particularly in the investment area.