David Morris is our Risk Specialist for Townsville, and Queensland’s Northern and Western regions. Born and raised on a sugarcane farm in Ingham, David has a passion and deep understanding of farming activities and its producers. After completing a Bachelor of Town Planning, David worked in strategic planning for several years before moving into the […]
Allan Cowan is our Risk Specialist for farmers across the New England, North West and the Mid to Far North Coast regions of NSW. Born and raised on a dairy farm near Taree, Allan has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, mainly focused on agriculture. Prior to joining Achmea, Allan was […]
Richard Officer is our Regional Manager for NSW and Risk Specialist for the bordering regions of Moree NSW and Goondiwindi QLD. Born and raised on a broad acre farm outside Boomi, Northern NSW, he has a solid understanding of the potential risks to farmers in the region. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business in Economics […]
Trevor Walder is our Risk Specialist for farmers in the South West Gippsland region and has extensive experience in the agribusiness finance industry, having been a Rural Manager in both Queensland and Victoria. Trevor has lived in South West Gippsland since 2000 and understands the area and its agricultural diversity and challenges.
Trevor Link is our Risk Specialist for farmers in the Ballarat and Horsham regions. Joining Achmea in 2016 and committed to spending as much time on the farm as possible, Trevor has extensive experience in agribusiness financial services in Victoria and South Australia. With his networks in the Wimmera and Western Region farming communities and […]
Stuart Maidment is our Risk Specialist in Tamworth, working with farmers in the Hunter and North West Slopes and Plains. After completing his agricultural studies in Dalby, Stuart continued his work within the rural sector of sales and service. Stuart has lived in Tamworth for 16 years, where he and his wife and their two young […]
Steve Field is one of our Risk Specialists based in Western Australia. Growing up on a wheat sheep farm in Cascades, Steve has a strong background in agriculture. With experience working in broad acre farming, managing bio-security during the UK foot and mouth crisis and providing ruminant nutrition advice, Steve also offers extensive expertise in […]
Sara Wagstaff is our Risk Specialist for Adelaide. Raised on a dairy farm in Echuca, Sara worked in rural finance and insurance for more than eight years. Some farmers are left exposed due to inadequate insurance cover. Equipped with a unique understanding of local farming conditions, Sara is backed by 200 years of international farm insurance […]
Rob is our Risk Specialist for the Mount Gambier, Hamilton and Warrnambool regions where he has lived and worked since 2002. Rob has an extensive career in both financial services and agriculture, having operated his own financial planning and gereral insurance brokerage for 20 years. Prior to this he was involved in a variety of […]
Richard Reynolds is our Risk Specialist for farmers across the Central Queensland and Wide-Bay Burnett regions. Raised on the family cattle property at Dululu, near Rockhampton in Queensland, Richard has a very strong affinity with the agriculture and the Central Queensland area. After studying beef production at Emerald Agricultural College, he worked on cattle properties […]
Peter Wilkinson is our Risk Specialist for farmers in Tasmania, King and Flinders Islands. With more than 30 years of broad management experience in the agribusiness sectors, Peter offers in-depth knowledge of the diverse nature of farming. Peter is passionate about combining our expertise with your knowledge of the farm.
Peter Nicholas is our Risk Specialist for Echuca and Bendigo. Peter was raised on his family’s sheep and wheat farm in the southern Riverina in New South Wales. He currently owns a vineyard and grows wine grapes near Moama with his wife and four daughters. With extensive agricultural experience as a merchandise manager and authorised […]
Michelle Stevens is our Risk Specialist for the Shepparton region. She has a wealth of insurance and agricultural expertise, having worked in general and broking insurance sectors for more than 25 years. Michelle was raised on a farm between Finley and Tocumwal in southern NSW, a mixed farming enterprise with potatoes, rice, cattle, sheep and […]
Michelle Kelly is our Risk Specialist for Northern Victoria and Far West NSW. Michelle was raised on a mixed farming enterprise in the Western District of Victoria before moving to a grazing property in the NSW Riverina with her family. She has worked in various agricultural roles with dryland farmers and irrigators, including rural insurance. […]
Maxine Brown is our Risk Specialist for the Lower Great Southern and South West region of Western Australia. Max was raised on a cereal grain and merino sheep farm near Jerramungup and completed a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Marketing). For the last 15 years Max has held various roles in the agriculture-banking sector, gaining experience in […]
Mark Vayro is our Risk Specialist in the Toowoomba, Lockyer and Southern Downs region. He brings with him more than 20 years’ experience servicing the agricultural industries through banking, machinery and energy sectors within South-East and South-West Queensland. Mark was raised on a dairy farm within the Lockyer Valley and worked on various vegetable farms. […]
Louise Hornery is our Risk Specialist for farmers in the Griffith, Jerilderie and Lake Cargelligo regions. Passionate about the land, Louise has extensive rural insurance experience and knows the area and the people, having lived there for most of her life. Backed by Achmea’s 200 years of international farm insurance expertise, Louise goes the extra […]
Lindsay Cannon is our Risk Specialist for the Geraldton, Dalwallinu and Moora regions. Lindsay isfrom Yuna where the family farm of over 40 years was situated. As a local, Lindsay has more than 10 years of farm management experience and understands the unique local farming conditions. Motivated to give back to the agricultural industry, he’s […]
Lea Dowsett is our Risk Specialist in the South East region of Western Australia. With nearly 15 years’ experience in the general insurance and the agribusiness sector, Lea offers experience in rural, domestic, workers compensation, strata and crop insurance products. Born and raised in Esperance, Lea grew up on a wheat sheep farm and recently […]
Born and raised in Innisfail, Alison Treston is our Senior Risk Specialist for North/Central Queensland. Alison is passionate about strengthening the agriculture sector, and her family’s involvement in sugar cane farming has given her a broad knowledge of farming. While based in Mackay, Alison partners with farmers across Northern & Central Queensland. Having first-hand experienced […]
Our Risk Specialist Anthony Brick partners with farmers across the Tablelands, Cairns and Mossman areas. Passionate about Far North Queensland, he believes protecting farmers is incredibly important to the region and its continued economic success. Anthony has more than 10 years’ rural financial services experience through roles in banking, superannuation and insurance. Anthony is a […]
Brett Klau is our Risk Specialist for Eyre Peninsula. Growing up on the family farm at Auburn on the edge of the Clare Valley, Brett is passionate about the agriculture industry and working alongside farmers. He attended university in Melbourne and went on to gain more than 25 years’ experience assisting farmers with their grain […]
Chris Brennan is our Risk Specialist for the Emerald and Longreach regions. Born and raised in the region, Chris grew up on mixed cropping and grazing operations. A former surveyor, Chris is passionate about combining his hands-on agricultural experience with formal risk management and providing practical solutions to protect the local agricultural community. Chris sees […]
Craig Edgerton is our Risk Specialist for Central West NSW. With more than 17 years’ local insurance experience, Craig lives in Orange with his wife and three sons and is passionate about working with farmers to protect their livelihood in a changing industry.
David Ross is our Risk Specialist for farmers in Gippsland. Having lived in Gippsland for most of his life, David managed his family dairy farm for eight years in the Macalister Irrigation District. David joined the Achmea team from Rabobank, where he was a Rural Manager for three years at the Sale branch.
Desley is our Risk Specialist based in Tamworth and partners with farmers in the North West Slopes and Plains regions, as well as the Hunter Valley. Originally from Bingara, a small town on the Gwydir River, Desley started with Rabobank in Tamworth in 2007 and moved across to the Achmea family in 2017. Her knowledge […]
Gerard Bennett is our Risk Specialist for the Southern Highlands, Southern Tablelands and NSW South Coast regions. Based in Goulburn, he joined Achmea in 2015 following his former roles as a rural underwriter for a Lloyd’s syndicate group and commercial broking background. With more than 17 years’ experience in insurance and risk management, Gerard is […]
Greg is our Risk Specialist based in Dalby, partnering with farmers across the Darling Downs, Roma and South West Queensland regions. Joining Achmea in early 2014, Greg brings 30 years of experience in servicing agricultural industries through the banking, energy sector and cotton/broadacre agronomy sectors across the Central and Southern Queensland and Northern NSW regions. […]
Harvey Chenoweth is our Risk Specialist for the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula regions. Raised on a Mid North farm and with more than 40 years’ administrative and finance experience, Harvey has worked across regional South Australia including Snowtown, Clare, Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn, Mount Barker and Kadina. Equipped with an Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness Management, […]
Ian Simpson is Achmea’s Risk Specialist for the Western Plains region, having come from family farm in the Nyngan district. With strong experience in agribusiness, Ian is committed to partnering with farmers, reducing risks and ensuring they have greater control over their premiums. Prior to joining Achmea nearly four years ago, Ian spent 12 years […]
John Malone is our Risk Specialist for the Southern region of NSW including Wagga Wagga and Albury. During the past seven years, John has forged an inspiring career in agriculture, working on farm inputs in the Riverina region and on grain marketing projects across Australia’s eastern states. His personal and professional experience provides John with […]
Karla Caldicott is our Risk Specialist for South East Queensland. Raised on a cattle, grain and horticultural business on the Darling Downs, Karla brings 20 years of experience in agriculture, banking and insurance. Having worked across regional NSW and Queensland, Karla is passionate about agriculture, specifically intensive farming. Having the right amount of cover, in the […]
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