Executive Team

Working together to help protect This Australian Life.


Brett Clark

Group CEO & Managing Director

Brett Clark was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TAL in April 2015. Joining 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 Australian Business and Community Network, as well as being an Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Holdings Committee.


David Lees

David Lees

Chief Financial Officer

David Lees joined TAL in February 2020, bringing over 25 years’ experience in the Australian and UK financial services industry.

Prior to his appointment at TAL, David was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Westpac and he was the primary contact on the group’s financial, accounting and reporting matters. David was also the Acting Chief Financial Officer of Westpac from June 2018 to September 2018, where he held the responsibility for Westpac’s Finance, Group Audit, Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations functions.

David’s experience encompasses a range of executive positions including BTFG’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, General Manager Super and Investments, General Manager of Business Transformation (leading the merger of BT and St George’s wealth operations) and GM Insurance & Investments.


Jenny Oliver

Jenny Oliver

Chief Claims Officer

Jenny Oliver was appointed  Chief Claims Officer in June 2019. Since joining TAL in 2001, she has held a range of finance, operations and commercial roles within the organisation. Most recently, Jenny was General Manager of TAL’s Group Insurance business and under her leadership TAL's Group business continued to strengthen and grow with new partnerships.

Jenny brings to this role strong leadership and empathy for customers and a deep appreciation and understanding of the importance of TAL’s claims function.

Before joining TAL, Jenny worked at Deloitte Australia. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BEc and BComm from The Australian National University.

 


Tim Thorne

Tim Thorne

Chief Commercial Officer - Individual Life

Tim Thorne joined TAL in November 2013, following a variety of senior roles creating, launching and managing distribution businesses and brands for leading organisations in the UK and USA.

Tim’s experience encompasses banking, insurance, telecommunication and utilities industries, across both consumer and business channels. He has worked in the charity sector and created the UK’s most successful fundraiser on UK commercial television, raising over $50 million to-date.

Tim co-founded Edengene, a specialist growth and innovation consultancy.

 

 


Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard

Chief Commercial Officer - Group Life & Investments

Andrew Howard joined TAL in December 2018. Andrew has over 20 years experience in financial services and in particular, wealth management.

Andrew joined TAL from Rest, where he was Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, responsible for the funds products and services to over two million members and 160,000 employers. Prior to Rest, Andrew worked with MLC & NAB Wealth Management for over 12 years, holding senior positions in corporate superannuation, financial planning, strategy, life insurance, people & culture and asset management.

Before these roles, Andrew was a management consultant with Accenture and started his working career as a Psychologist.  With all of these experiences, he brings a people oriented approach to managing change and delivering performance.


Fiona Macgregor

Fiona Macgregor

Chief Information & Innovation Officer

Fiona Macgregor was appointed as TAL’s Chief Information and Innovation Officer in July 2018.

Together with our technology partners, Fiona is focused on ensuring our technology capabilities and culture around digital and cyber continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers and partners. Previously Fiona was TAL’s Chief Customer and Innovation Officer and remains a strong customer advocate in her current role.

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. She spent the first part of her career with a leading UK bank, latterly focused on customer-led innovation in European, US and Asian markets. Prior to joining TAL, Fiona worked as an independent consultant, advising some of the UK’s largest service brands on innovation culture and growth strategy.


Chad Downie

Chief General Counsel

Chad Downie was appointed Chief General Counsel in April 2022, with responsibility for TAL’s Legal, Disputes, Regulatory Governance and Company Secretariat functions. Chad has practised as a lawyer for 20 years in the financial services industry, specialising in insurance. Chad was the General Manager at TAL for five years before being appointed to the Chief General Counsel role.

Chad has extensive experience as a representative of TAL and the wider life insurance industry in leading consultation with the Government and Regulators on key legislative and regulatory changes affecting the industry.

Prior to joining TAL, Chad was a leading financial services and corporate lawyer at Westpac, primarily advising the life insurance and general insurance businesses.

Chad began his career as a lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers, practising in litigation and disputes resolution, including advising and representing insurers in large professional indemnity and public liability matters.


Cameron Pelling

Cameron Pelling

Chief Risk Officer

Cameron Pelling was appointed Chief Risk Officer in April 2020, with responsibility for enterprise risk management, compliance, resilience and security. Cameron brings to the role over 20 years’ experience in risk management.

Most recently, Cameron was General Manager, Risk at TAL for four years.

Prior to joining TAL, Cameron was a Division Director at Macquarie Bank, where he spent 10 years leading teams within operational risk and compliance across various Wealth, Personal Banking and Business Banking divisions of the Bank.

Cameron began his career in chartered accounting, initially with Price Waterhouse and then Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte, working across the financial services, mining and telecommunications industries in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.


Alex Homer

Alex Homer 

Chief Customer & Brand Officer

Alex Homer was appointed as TAL’s Chief Customer and Brand Officer in December 2018.  Initially joining TAL in July 2014 as General Manager, CEO’s Office, Alex was appointed General Manager of Lifebroker in September 2014.

Since joining TAL, Alex has developed a number of digital propositions and extended these into some of our alliance partnerships. Prior to his current appointment, Alex was General Manager, Comparison and Alliances where he looked after Lifebroker and our direct distribution partnerships including our recent 20 year distribution partnership agreement with Suncorp.

Prior to joining TAL, Alex was Head of Strategy and a member of the executive team at Lloyds International, the Australian subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group.  Previously Alex was in the UK and performed a number of roles within Lloyds Banking Group across wealth management, retail and business banking and has experience working in Europe and the Middle East.


Ceri Ittensohn

Ceri Ittensohn

Chief People & Culture Officer

Ceri Ittensohn joined TAL in October 2016 as Chief People & Culture Officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources both in Australia and Asia. 

Before joining TAL Ceri worked in General Insurance and the Global Hospitality sector, and led HR, Quality, Customer and Communications teams, bringing a commercial approach to their business contributions. She has a particular passion for working with purpose-led businesses that inspire their people to make a positive difference for customers, communities and investors.

Ceri holds an Honours degree in Organisational Psychology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 


Kensuke Takashima

Chief Dai-ichi Corporate Officer

Kensuke Takashima joined TAL in April 2022 as Chief Dai-ichi Corporate Officer, reporting to the Group CEO. His role is to further develop the ongoing relationship between TAL and the Dai-ichi Life Group.

Ken has spent his entire career with the Dai-ichi Life Group, starting in the IT Department in 1998. In his most recent role, Ken was Head of the International Planning Group and formulated the overall international life insurance business strategy for the Dai-ichi Life Group, including capital, M&A, and other strategies. Ken also worked in Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Limited, a Dai-ichi Life Group company in India, for 4 years, leading the financial planning department and maximizing the corporate value.

Ken brings to TAL significant international life insurance experience and a wealth of knowledge about developing the business strategy of the Dai-ichi Life Group.

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