TAL Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors leverage hundreds of years of collective experience, to take TAL into an exciting future.


Board Members

Duncan Boyle

Duncan Boyle

B.A. (Hons.), FCII, FAICD
Chairman
Independent Non-Executive Director

Duncan Boyle was appointed Chairman of the TAL Board in September 2014 after joining the TAL Board of Directors in May 2014. He served as the CEO of the UK operations of Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance (RSA) from 2002 to 2006 following over 30 years' experience in the insurance industry for RSA.

As part of his extensive career with RSA, one of the largest Insurers in the UK operating in over 100 countries, Duncan held various senior roles in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including a Group Executive role which saw him involved in worldwide operations.

Duncan is a non-executive director of IAG Limited and has also previously held various industry, public and non-public company directorships in the UK, Europe and Australia, including with QBE, Stockland Trust Group and Clayton Utz lawyers.

Brett Clark

Brett Clark

B.Com, FIAA
Group CEO & Managing Director

Brett Clark was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TAL in April 2015.

Brett joined TAL in August 2008 as CEO of TAL Retail Life responsible for TAL’s life insurance operations for the Retail Financial Advice market. In May 2013 he was appointed CEO of TAL Life with responsibility across TAL’s Retail Life, Group Life, Investments and financial advice businesses. 

A qualified actuary having previously worked in a range of senior executive roles over many years, Brett has gained a 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. He brings a considered and commercial approach to insurance markets and leadership across TAL's diversified life insurance business.

Brett is a member of the FSC Board of Directors and an Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Holdings Committee.

Paul Reid

Paul Reid

CA, B.A. (Accounting), MAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul Reid was appointed to the TAL Board as an independent non-executive director in October 2016, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.

Paul was a partner at KPMG for over 25 years, practising in the areas of insurance, banking, superannuation and funds management. Paul led KPMG’s audit services in superannuation and funds management from 1995 and possesses significant professional audit, accounting and advisory experience with a wide range of Australian financial institutions.

Paul currently holds directorships with Australia for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Assistance Dogs Australia and with the St Lucy's School Board and the St Lucy’s School Foundation. Paul has a strong commitment to social justice and is a supporter of a number of not for profit organisations.

Sonia Petering

Sonia Petering

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

Sonia Petering was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in June 2015. Sonia chairs the Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee.

Sonia is an Australian legal practitioner with a practicing certificate in Victoria. She currently runs a commercial legal practice representing larger family-owned companies in their negotiations with ASX-listed companies on native-vegetation offset agreements.

Sonia is an independent non-executive director of Virtus Health Ltd and Qantm Intellectual Property Limited. Sonia has also previously served as Chair of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and as an independent non-executive director for the Transport Accident Commission, as well as for various private, not-for-profit and Government boards.

Christine Bartlett

Christine Bartlett

BSc, MAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Christine Bartlett was appointed to the TAL Board as an independent non-executive director in January 2017, and serves on the Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee and the Risk Committee.

Christine is currently a non-executive director of Mirvac, GBST, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Clayton Utz and Chair of The Smith Family. Previously, Christine has been a director of PropertyLook, National Nominees Ltd and Deputy Chair of the Australian Custodial Services Association.

Christine is an experienced CEO and senior executive with extensive line management experience gained through roles with IBM, Jones Lang LaSalle and National Australia Bank. Christine brings a commercial perspective especially in the areas of financial discipline, identifying risk, complex project management, execution of strategy, fostering innovation and taking advantage of new emerging technologies.

Tatsuya (Tachi) Yasukawa

Tatsuya Yasukawa

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

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

Tatsuya 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. Tatsuya 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, Tatsuya worked with The Industrial Bank of Japan (now Mizuho Bank) and SG Warburg (now UBS), both in London and Tokyo, and with Matsushita Investment & Development in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Norimitsu Kawahara

Norimitsu Kawahara

B.A. (Economics)
Non-Executive Director

Norimitsu Kawahara was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in May 2014. He has worked for over 28 years in the Dai-ichi Life Group, one of the world’s largest life insurance and wealth management businesses. He serves on the Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee and the Audit Committee.

Norimitsu 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.    

Norimitsu has also played an important role in accelerating Dai-ichi Life’s business growth in India as Deputy CEO, and prior to that as CFO of the Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company.

Tomohiko Asano

 Tomohiko Asano

B.A. (Economics)
Non-Executive Director

Tomohiko Asano was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in February 2015. He is the Executive Officer of the International Life Insurance Business Unit in the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited.

Tomohiko is currently responsible for Dai-ichi Life's entire international life insurance business, including new business developments and management of the existing international businesses in Australia, Vietnam, United States of America, Indonesia, India and Thailand.

Previous to this role, Tomohiko was involved in and responsible for Dai-ichi Life’s business expansion deal in the United States of America. Tomohiko joined Dai-ichi Life in 1990 and has held senior positions in investment planning and international business development areas. 

Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt

SF Fin, GradDip (Org Beh), FAICD, FAIM,
FAHRI, AMP (Harvard)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Michael Pratt was appointed to the TAL Board as an independent non-executive director in June 2015, and chairs the Risk Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee. Michael chairs the NSW Government Customer Advisory Board.

Michael is Deputy-Chancellor and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Western Sydney and a non-executive director of Credit Union Australia where he also chairs the Risk Committee.

Michael has an extensive career in banking and wealth management throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, including CEO roles at National Australia Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Bank of Melbourne.

Michael has held previous directorships at MasterCard, BT Financial Services, Shenzen Credit and Standard Chartered Bank China and Hong Kong.

Michael was recognised as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of the Queens Birthday Honours in June 2016. Michael received this honour for his significant service to public administration through reforms in customer service and communication, and to the finance and banking industry.

 

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