Group Board of Directors

Michael Wilkins

Michael (Mike) Wilkins

Independent Chair

(AO) BCom, MBA, FCA, FAICD

Mike became a non-executive director of QBE in 2016 and was appointed Chair in March 2020. He is Chair of the Governance & Nomination Committee and a member of the People & Remuneration, Audit, Investment, Risk & Capital, Operations & Technology Committees. Mike has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services. He was the Managing Director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group Limited until November 2015 and previously served as Managing Director and CEO of Promina Group Limited and Managing Director of Tyndall Australia Limited. He is currently Chair of Medibank Private Limited and a non-executive director of Scentre Group Limited. He previously served as a non-executive director of AMP Limited, Alinta Limited, Maple-Brown Abbott Limited, The Geneva Association and the Australian Business and Community Network. Mike was the founding member of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities from 2013 until his retirement in 2015.

Stephen Fitzgerald 

Independent Director

(AO) BEc

Stephen became a non-executive director of QBE in 2014. He is Chair of the Investment Committee, Deputy Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Risk & Capital and Governance & Nomination Committees. Stephen joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 and held a number of leadership roles in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia. He was Chair of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand when he retired in 2012. Stephen is currently the Managing Partner of Affirmative Investment Management and sits on the board of Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Champions of Change Coalition, and is a member of the Investment Committee of the British Museum. He is also on the board of Lombard Odier Investment Management. Stephen was previously a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund).

John M Green

John M. Green

Independent Deputy Chair

B JURIS/LLB, FAICD, SF FIN

John became a non-executive director of QBE in 2010. He is Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee and Deputy Chair of the Investment, Operations & Technology and Governance & Nomination Committees. He is also a member of the Risk & Capital and Audit Committees. John was previously a director of Worley Limited, an executive director at Macquarie Group leading its financial institutions group, and a partner at two major law firms. John is a non-executive director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre and Challenger Limited. He is also a novelist and co-founder of independent book publisher Pantera Press.
Tan Le

Tan Le

Independent Director

BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Tan became a non-executive director of QBE in September 2020. She is a member of the Audit, Operations & Technology and Governance & Nomination Committees. Tan is the founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a neuroinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain. She was previously co-founder and President of SASme, a wireless technology company. Tan has been a contributor at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and previously served on the WEF Global Future Council and on the WEF Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information & Entertainment.

Kathryn Lisson

Kathryn (Kathy) Lisson

Independent Director

B.Sc (Hons)

Kathy became a non-executive director of QBE in 2016. She is Chair of the Operations & Technology Committee and a member of the Audit and Governance & Nomination Committees. Kathy has over 30 years’ experience across insurance and banking in technology, operations and management. She was previously Chief Operating Officer for two insurance companies (QBE Europe (a QBE regulated entity) and Brit Insurance) and Operational Transformation Director at Barclays Bank, which included delivering global solutions in digital technology, cyber security and IT risk. Kathy also held executive positions at Bank of Montreal, including as President of its Mortgage Corporation and EVP Technology Strategy and Delivery. Kathy was a senior partner at Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse in Canada, leading their insurance and banking advisory practices. Kathy has also held non-executive director roles in the United Kingdom and in Canada.

Sir Brian Pomeroy

Sir Brian Pomeroy

Independent Director

MA, FCA

Sir Brian became a non-executive director of QBE in 2014. He is Deputy Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Investment, Risk & Capital and Governance & Nomination Committees. He has extensive insurance industry experience, including in his previous role as a Nominated Member of the Council of Lloyd’s and as Chair of the Independent Commission on Equitable Life Payments. He was formerly a non-executive member of the Board of the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom
and a non-executive director on QBE’s European regulated boards. Sir Brian also chaired the United Kingdom Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Payments Council and the Gambling Commission. He was the Senior Partner of Deloitte Consulting in the United Kingdom until 1999.

Jann Skinner

Jann Skinner

Independent Director

BCom, FCA, FAICD

Jann became a non-executive director of QBE in 2014. She is Chair of the Audit Committee, Deputy Chair of the Risk & Capital Committee and a member of the People & Remuneration and Governance & Nomination Committees. Jann has over 30 years’ professional experience in audit and accounting with a focus on financial services, particularly the insurance industry. She was an audit partner for 17 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers before retiring in 2004. Jann is a non-executive director of Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited, HSBC Bank Australia Limited and Create Foundation Limited. Previously, Jann was a non-executive director of Enstar Australia Group and the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation. Jann was also a non-executive director on QBE’s Australian regulated boards.

eric smith

Eric Smith

Independent Director

MBA, BSc

Eric became a non-executive director of QBE in September 2020. He is a member of the Risk & Capital, Operations & Technology and Governance & Nominations Committees. Eric has more than 40 years’ experience in insurance and financial services, and was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Americas from 2011 to 2020. Eric has held a number of executive roles in his career including President of USAA Life Insurance Co and President of Allstate Financial Services, Allstate’s business unit that distributes life insurance, annuities and other financial products. He has also held various roles in property and casualty insurance with Country Financial over a 20-year period.

Rolf Tolle

Rolf Tolle

Independent Director

Dipl. Pol

Rolf became a non-executive director of QBE in 2016. He is Chair of the Risk & Capital Committee and a member of the Audit, People & Remuneration and Governance & Nomination Committees. He has significant experience in specialist insurance and reinsurance businesses, having held senior positions in a number of global companies. He was the first ever Franchise Performance Director at Lloyd’s, for which he was awarded the Silver Medal for Services at Lloyd’s, an honour bestowed to only a few individuals since its creation in 1917. Rolf is a director of Marco Insurance PCC Limited and is also on the advisory board of Wrisk Ltd. Rolf was previously a director of Beazley plc and Beazley Furlonge Ltd.