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Brian Vowels, Capricorn Mutual

Presenting Module 1 - Overview  Brian is the President and a Director of the FSAA and has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has worked in finance roles in organisations ranging from start-ups to ASX listed corporates and on the broking, agency and underwriting side of the business.  Brian has been an FSAA presenter since May 2010 and on the FSAA Education Committee since March 2011 and has overseen the updating of the course material through several cycles.  Outside of insurance, Brian is the Chairman and Trustee of the Australian Cord Blood Foundation and is a Justice of the Peace. He is married and has 2 young boys.

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Michael Byrne

Presenting Module 3 - Claims   Michael was the Commercial Motor manager and Compliance Manager for Suncorp Insurance. After 23 years, Michael left Suncorp and took a role as Commercial Division Manager for an insurance broker. He then started an underwriting agency called Transcorp Insurance Pty Ltd.  For 14 years Michael was General Manager then Managing Director and sole shareholder of Transcorp. Transcorp sells heavy motor insurance, including Public Liability and Carriers Load insurance, on behalf of various underwriters, mainly Lloyds syndicates.  Transcorp process and pay the claims for the Motor & Carriers Load. The Public Liability underwriter handles & process any of those type of claims that occur. Michael wrote the  Motor policy wording and the Carriers Load policy wording, assisted by the Marine Product Manager.  This involved extensive research over several months, analyzing all polices available in the market and consulting with brokers as to features they would like to see incorporated in the policy. This has made Michael very familiar with the nuances of Commercial Motor and Carriers Load insurance.  Michael is now busy enjoying retirement.
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Jurgen Hoffman

Presenting Module 5 - APRA  Jurgen brings 35 years’ experience in the finance sector. Most recently Jurgen held the position of Head of Insurance Risk at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in their Risk and Data Analytics Division having spent 15 years at the statutory authority.  Prior to APRA, Jurgen held senior positions within the insurance industry for companies such as Allianz, Gerling and QBE. He also lectured at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for 8 years on Reinsurance, and is a strong supporter of ongoing education. Jurgen holds a Bachelor of Business degree from UTS, is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and joined ANZIIF’s Reinsurance Faculty Advisory Board in 2012.  He is currently serving as a committee member of the Reinsurance International Study Course and Reinsurance Discussion Group in Sydney.

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