Five Minutes with…Robert Cooper, director of Cooper Professional Risks

Five Minutes with…Robert Cooper, director of Cooper Professional Risks

Five Minutes with…Robert Cooper, director of Cooper Professional Risks

What was your first job?

I was a mail boy at Edward Lumley & Sons (now Lumley General Insurance) in South Australia.

Who was your top teenage pin-up?

I was a huge Beatles fan ever since I was two years of age, so I had posters of John, Paul, George and Ringo on my walls.

If you were prime minister for a day, what would you do?

I would amend the Financial Services Reform Act to abolish this General Advice exemption that can be used on retail products and force a duty on direct insurers to provide the appropriate and reasonable advice to their clients.

What is your dream and how close to achieving it are you?

My dream ambition is to be healthy and happy. That comes from having a successful business I enjoy running.  We are well on our way to achieving it.

If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, and excluding family and friends, who would they be and why?

Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Malcolm Turnbull. They are all inspirational and strive for positivity, prosperity and happiness for all people and are great leaders. Between all of us I am sure we would solve all the world’s problems.

If you could possess one superpower what would it be and why?

I would like to be able to read people’s minds, so I could instantly steer any conversation to address their concerns or anticipate their questions.

If you could only listen to three songs for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Shine on you crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

Layla by Derek and the Dominoes

Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young

Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t in insurance, I would be….

Playing my guitar in a pub or restaurant somewhere, trying to earn a living.