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 non-executive director of the FSC and the Australian Business and Community Network, as well as being 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. Paul chairs the Audit Committee and also serves on 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 the Dominican Education Board of Trustees and Assistance Dogs Australia. 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 as an independent non-executive director 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 currently an independent non-executive director of Cuscal Limited, Qantm Intellectual Property Limited, and the Chair of Virtus Health 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. Christine chairs the Risk Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee and the Remuneration, Nominations & People Committee.

Christine is currently an independent non-executive director of Mirvac, Sigma Healthcare, iCare and Reliance Worldwide. Previously, Christine has been a director of GBST, Clayton Utz, PropertyLook and National Nominees Ltd, Chair of The Smith Family 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.

Paul Ruiz

 Paul Ruiz

BSc, FCA, GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul Ruiz was appointed to the TAL Board as an independent non-executive director in June 2020. Paul serves on the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.

Paul was a partner with a ‘Big-4’ accounting firm specialising in the insurance and wealth management sectors of financial services and has worked with many of Australia’s leading insurers. He has also advised the Australian Accounting Standards Board on insurance matters. Originally from the United Kingdom, where he qualified as a chartered accountant, Paul moved to Australia in 1995 and has also lived in North Asia.

Paul currently holds directorships with the Fred Hollows Foundation and its controlled entity Alina Vision, reflecting his wish to bring an end to avoidable blindness. He is also a director of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and is a member or chair of a number of NSW Government Audit and Risk Committees.

Bruce Miller AO

bruce miller profile

B.A. (Hons), LL.B
Non-Executive Director

Bruce Miller was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in April 2018 after concluding a 32 year career with the Australian Government in 2017. He serves on the Remuneration, Nominations and People Committee and the Risk Committee.

Bruce was Australian Ambassador to Japan from August 2011 until January 2017, and has had a 40 year association with Japan. He has spent much of his career dealing with Australia’s economic, political and security relationship with Japan, as well as, more broadly, Australia’s relations with East Asia, Australian responses to regional and global security issues and international legal issues.    

In Australia, Bruce has occupied senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as being the Director-General of the Office of National Assessments. Bruce speaks fluent Japanese

Tomohiko Asano

 Tomohiko Asano

B.A. (Economics)
Non-Executive Director

Tomohiko Asano was appointed to the TAL Board of Directors in February 2015. He has worked since 1990 for 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.

Tomohiko is the Managing Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.. He is currently responsible for Dai-ichi Life’s entire international life insurance business in the United States of America and the Asia Pacific region, focusing on the expansion of new business development as well as enhancing existing operations.

Previous to this role, Tomohiko was the Managing Director of Dai-ichi Life International (Asia Pacific), and responsible for new business developments and management of the existing international businesses in Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Thailand.
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