Our Executive Team helps us protect the lifestyles of over 4 million people, as a leading Life Insurance specialist.
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 FSC and the Australian Business and Community Network, as well as being an Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Holdings Committee.
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.
Chief Information and Innovation Officer
Fiona Macgregor joined TAL in January 2014 as General Manager, Innovation Development, bringing with her a successful history of corporate innovation. She joined the Executive team in April 2015 with her promotion to Chief Customer and Innovation Officer and transitioned to Chief Information and Innovation Officer in July 2018, with responsibility across Technology and TAL’s Innovation Incubator and Accelerator programs.
Prior to joining TAL, Fiona worked as an independent consultant, advising some of the UK’s largest service brands and high-tech companies on growth opportunities, customer experience design and how leaders can create the right climate for innovation.
Fiona was previously Head of Innovation for a leading UK bank, where she was responsible for leading a team to design and launch a number of innovative products, services and brand innovations in the UK, US, Europe and Asia markets. This included uniting all retail bank operations around a set of customer charter commitments.
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.
Chief Risk Officer and Chief General Counsel
Anne Clarke was appointed Chief General Counsel in September 2015 and her role was expanded to include Chief Risk Officer in March 2017. She is responsible for the Office of Chief General Counsel and the Risk Office. These areas incorporate responsibility for Disputes and Litigation; Legal, Company Secretariat; Enterprise Risk Management; Compliance; Resilience and Security. Anne’s role is to assist TAL achieve its business objectives within the regulatory and legal environment supported by an effective risk framework and broad strategic advice. Anne is also responsible for managing TAL’s regulatory and government relationships.
Anne has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, starting her legal career in the financial services practice at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King Wood Mallesons) and moving from private practice (Herbert Smith Freehills) to join AMP in 2014. During her time in private practice, Anne was named as a leading practitioner in Best Lawyers for a number of years.
Anne is highly regarded in the financial services industry for both her technical legal skills, and her ability to operate and communicate at senior executive, board and regulator levels. She has also earned a reputation for having a comprehensive knowledge of the commercial and industry framework.
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.
BA (Hons), MPsych (Hons), MAICD
Chief Commercial Officer - Group Life and 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.
Chief Customer and 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.
BEc and BComm
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.
Dai-ichi Life Executive Liaison
Kenjiro (Kenji) Okazaki joined TAL in April 2016 as Dai-ichi Life Executive Liaison, reporting to the Group CEO. His role is to further develop an ongoing relationship between TAL and Dai-ichi Life Group.
Kenji has spent his entire career with Dai-ichi Life, starting in the Nagasaki branch office in 1994. In his most recent role Kenji was General Manager of the International Business Management Department in Tokyo. Kenji has also worked in Dai-ichi Life’s Equity Investment Department, Global Fixed Income Investment Department, Credit Department, Dai-ichi Life International (U.S.A.) and spent two years as a trainee at an accounting firm.
Kenji brings to TAL significant experience in international business of Dai-ichi Life Group and in the investment area.