Movers & Shakers: UAC votes in new director line-up

by IBO 11 Dec 2015

Movers & Shakers: UAC votes in new director line-up

UAC votes in new director line-up
The Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC) has announced a new chairman at its annual general meeting, held in Sydney this week.

Lyndon Turner, CEO at NM Insurance, has taken on the role following his re-election to the board and Heath Amber, director of Millennium Underwriting Agencies, decision to step aside.

Amber will remain on the board and said that Turners appointment highlights the “continued renewal of leadership and direction” of UAC.

Turner told Insurance Business that he is excited to accept the challenges and opportunities that come with the chairmanship and thanks Amber for his support.

“I’m excited and I’m certainly humbled by the fact that my peers on the board haven chosen me and supported me to take this next step,” Turner said.

“I’ve been a vice-chair now for a good couple of years and to take on the chairmanship and to bring forward the plans for the 2020 vision that we have is an exciting challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

“I made a note of thanking Heath in our first get together immediately following the board meeting and I personally thank him for his leadership and support.

“He has worked very closely with us, the board and created that direction and created the stability within our board to make sure that this forward evolution could take that next step.”

Turner and the three other board members, company secretary Peter Fryer, from XL Catlin; Peter Marshall, from ProRisk; and Kurt Nilsen, from Lion Underwriting, were all re-elected to their positions on the board.
Amber paid tribute to Legge for his dedication to the organisation and the benefits this has for the group.

“William extends enormous energy and passion to the agency sector. His commitment to UAC’s day-to-day operations enables the board to focus on strategy, member involvement and future opportunities,” Amber said.

Turner predicted that 2016 may be a challenging year for the industry as a whole, UAC will be able to meet these challenges head on.

“I think, like the market, 2016 will have its challenges but from an underwriting agencies perspective, underwriting agencies provide that level of diversity, ownership, energy and enthusiasm that the market desires,” Turner continued.
 
New board line-up for ICNZ
The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) has announced its new president as Chris Black, who is the CEO of mutual insurance company FMG.

Black takes over the role following Gary Dransfield’s departure from Vero.

MAS CEO Martin Stokes is now vice president and the board also has two new members – Andrew Brooks (ACE CEO) and Paul Smeaton (Vero CEO).

They join existing members Ross Chapman (QBE), Chris Curtin (AA Insurance), Kai Dwyer (Zurich New Zealand) Jacki Johnson (IAG), Martin Kreft (Munich Re) and Henry Lynch (Co-op Insurance NZ).