The Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC), the peak body for Australian underwriting agencies, has received six nominees for four directorships of its board.
Four of the nominees are directors renominating for additional two-year terms:
- UAC chair Kurt Nilsen, managing director of Lion Underwriting;
- Jeanene HiIl, head of coverholder and delegated authority, Asia-Pacific, at Canopius Australia;
- Eric Lowenstein, founder and chief executive officer of Tego; and
- Anthony Porter, national business development manager at AFA Insurance.
The additional nominees are:
- Mike Edmonds, executive general manager at National Transport Insurance; and
- Ani Kakulapati, head of customer service and state manager, Qld and the NT, for CHU.
Principals of UAC's voting member agencies will vote for four of the board nominees at the annual general meeting at 10am on December 9, 2021, at the Sedgwick offices, level 15, 35 Clarence St, Sydney, and via Zoom.
UAC board members deputy chair Emily Walker, company secretary and public officer Heath Amber, treasurer Trent Brown, and director Simon Lightbody – who were all elected in December 2020 – are not required to stand for re-election in 2021.
The four board members were all elected during the UAC annual general meeting (AGM) in Sydney on December 10, 2020.
During the AGM last year, Nilsen said in his chair's address that UAC remained resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with a member survey showing that 55% of the respondents rated the UAC expos eight of 10, where 10 was “excellent value.” Meanwhile, 66% of the respondents said they were “likely” or “very likely” to attend future UAC PD seminars when they resume.