Ansvar in Australia was launched in 1961 by Swedish company Ansvar Mutual. The company’s initial market were total abstainers in the motor and home insurance market, before it evolved into an insurer offering a range of products to the care, community, faith, education and property owners sectors.
In 1998, the UK’s Ecclesiastical Insurance Group acquired Ansvar Mutual, subsequently becoming the parent firm of Ansvar Insurance in Australia. Established in 1887, Ecclesiastical has over a century’s experience as a specialist insurance and financial services provider. It is owned by the charity Allchurches Trust and all available profits are distributed for the benefit of the community.
It also offers several personal insurance products, such as home, motor, caravan and trailer, landlord, and renters’ insurance.
In 2018, Ansvar Risk was formed. The division complements the insurance services provided via brokers with robust risk management solutions. It provides enterprise risk management, risk quality surveys, and online risk tools and resources.
Ansvar in the news
1998: Ecclesiastical acquires Ansvar Mutual
2016: Ansvar appoints John Leavey and Hannah Sparkes to senior roles
2016: Ansvar Insurance announces nine recipients of its Community Education Program (CEP) grants
2016: Staff trained in thermographics
2016: Ansvar expands offering with strata insurance deal
2016: Michael Grantham appointed non-executive director
2016: Ansvar hosts interfaith arson forum
2016: Ansvar overhauls product selection
2016: Ansvar to hold innovation revolution forums
2016: Ansvar to use drones in risk assessment
2016: Melbourne head office relocated to Southbank district
2016: New business resilience toolkit for brokers unveiled
2017: Ansvar Insurance renews relationship with International Network of Churches (INC) for eighth year
2018: Grant Bowen nominated for General Insurer BDM of the Year in Insurance Business awards
2018: Ansvar Risk established to provide risk management solutions
2018: Ansvar Risk appoints Anthony Black as senior risk solutions consultant
2018: Ansvar hosts educational broker forums
2018: Ansvar hosts aged care forum
2018: Adriaan den Dulk joins Ansvar Risk as senior risk solutions consultant
2019: AM Best affirms Ansvar’s credit ratings with stable outlook
Need to know
Type of company: Specialist insurer
Service areas: Care, community, education, faith and heritage sectors
Headquarters: Southbank, VIC
Key people as of 2019
Warren Hutcheon, CEO
Hutcheon joined Ansvar in 2014 as CEO. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, a risk and insurance advisor to the Victorian Government. He has over 30 years’ experience in risk and insurance, and has held senior positions in underwriting, claims, operational management, strategy, and organisational change. Hutcheon is the chairman of the ANZIIF General Insurance Faculty Advisory Board, and is also on the board of the Victorian Building Authority and chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.
Phil Gare, COO
Gare has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry of Australia and New Zealand, having worked with both insurers and brokers. He has held leadership roles in various insurance functions such as claims, reinsurance, pricing, human resources, and strategy. He currently leads Ansvar’s national claims team. Before joining Ansvar, Gare led OAMPS national claims team.
Patricia Kelly, chairperson of the board and non-executive director
Kelly joined Ansvar’s board in 2014 and was named chairperson of the board and nominations and remuneration committee in June 2018. She is a past president and honorary life member of the Insurance Institute of Victoria and a former director of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.
Ansvar has long been involved in the Australian community, providing support to charitable groups and organisations through various activities, such as donation drives, sponsorships, and strategic partnerships. Ansvar contributes up to 10% of its annual profits to the CEP.
The company also gives its entire staff a day off each year to serve the community and causes they believe in.
Ansvar established the Community Education Program (CEP) in 1994. Annually, the program provides grants to various organisations supporting Australian youth under two categories – Empowerment and Education, and Outreach and Support.
In 2019, Ansvar donated a total of $250,000 to 10 community organisations to help disadvantaged young Australians access opportunities for education, skills training, and other services. The 10 recipients were: Cerebral Palsy Alliance NSW, Earbus Foundation WA, The Sammy D Foundation SA, The Pyjama Foundation NSW, Doncare VIC, Enough is Enough Family Violence Care NSW, Nulsen Disability Services WA, Red Frogs QLD, Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society VIC, and Sunshine Butterflies QLD.
The specialist insurer also covered the costs for the first accommodation unit of One Voice for Aussie Youth, an organisation that helps homeless young Australians. The housing community, based within the Life Restoration Community, welcomes young people aged 18-25 years, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Aside from shelter, the organisation also provides skills training to help the youth find meaningful employment.