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Farm Insurance Specialist Jess Dawson

Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson brings a unique blend of agricultural experience, operations management, and customer relationship management to her role as a Farm Insurance Specialist in South East Queensland. With a career spanning over a decade within the agricultural sector, Jessica has honed her skills in understanding the needs of farmers and the challenges they face in […]

Phil Kite

Phil Kite

Phillip Kite is Achmea Australia’s Farm Insurance Specialist for the Townsville region of Queensland. Phil has extensive knowledge and experience in both agriculture and insurance. From a young age, Phil has fostered a deep understanding of the issues that are important to farmers. “Being born and bred on a sheep and grain property in southern […]

Richard Officer

Our corporate clients are often unique agribusinesses with complex insurance requirements. Richard Officer is our Business Development Manager for South Australia and Western Australia, and draws on his extensive farm insurance knowledge to support the requirements of some of the largest agribusinesses in Australia. Contact Richard Officer directly on [email protected] if your insurance requirements have […]

Caroline Falkiner

Raised on the land, our Adelaide-based Achmea Farm Insurance Specialist Caroline Falkiner has a personal connection to farming and extensive experience supporting the financial needs of local farmers. “I grew up on farms – cropping, sheep and cattle – in NSW and later Tasmania, with both parents hailing from farming families,” Caroline said. “I spent […]

Darcy Dugan

Born and raised in Stratford Victoria, Farm Insurance Specialist Darcy Dugan grew up working on sheep farms around the Gippsland region. Darcy has a passion for assisting farmers and agricultural communities. Previously, he supported the development of rural workforces, connecting workers with employers in harvesting areas across Southeastern Victoria. Being able to help farmers in […]

Melinda Smith

Our Farm Insurance Specialist in Horsham, Victoria is Melinda (Lindy) Smith. With a background of working in roles supporting the community, Lindy is passionate about connecting with local farmers in Horsham and the Wimmera and Mallee regions. Previously Lindy worked in a customer support role, supplying farmers with production inputs and connecting them with specialist […]

Josh Pearce

Josh Pearce is our Farm Insurance Specialist for Northern Tasmania. Josh has worked in the general insurance industry since 2002, in various roles including sales, underwriting and claims. With more than two decades of insurance experience under his belt, Josh is keen to get out on-farm to meet with clients; to better understand their farm […]

Deborah Maddox

Hailing from Trangie, about 70km west of Dubbo, Debby spent most of her youth on a 96,000-acre stud cattle and sheep property, before moving to a Liverpool Plains, Breeza cattle property with her family. Prior to joining Achmea Australia, Debby was the Rural Financial Counsellor for Armidale/Walcha and surrounding areas, assisting farmers through the drought, […]

Marc Baldwin

Coming from a family with a long history of farming, Marc Baldwin spent much of his time growing up on his family’s dairy farm on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Marc’s career trajectory saw him build up over 20 years in agricultural finance, working across much of regional Queensland including the far north, central and western […]

Mark Gaetani

Being able to get out on-farm was the hook that lured Mark Gaetani into a role as Farm Insurance Specialist with Achmea Australia. That, and being able to offer a unique approach to farm insurance. Mark has lived and worked in Tasmania his whole life, spending over 30 years in the banking sector with 10 […]

Rebecca Muir

With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Rebecca Muir has helped clients navigate many challenging events. Rebecca’s insurance career began in 1988 and has included roles in customer service, public service, claims management and general insurance underwriting with specialty in workers compensation in Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT. Rebecca has […]

Jacob Last

Being on the claimant side of insurance after a catastrophic storm event has given Jacob Last a unique perspective on the industry. Namely, how to do things better. Born and raised in the West Gippsland region, Jacob lives in the area on a 40-acre farm where he runs a small herd of cattle. He joins […]

Laurence Rogers

Born and raised in Dubbo, New South Wales, Laurence Rogers has an intimate understanding of the region he now covers as a Farm Insurance Specialist with Achmea Australia. Throughout his teenage years, Laurence’s school holidays were spent working on farms as a general labourer and preparing Angus stud cattle for shows. After graduating high school, […]

Ross Wintle

Meet Ross Wintle, one of our experienced Farm Insurance Specialists in WA, who is supporting the insurance requirements of agribusinesses across the South-West region of Western Australia. Ross has lived and worked in Western Australia his whole life, growing up in Perth and spending over 30 years working in the insurance industry. “Being able to […]

James Humphreys

Building strong client relationships is mutually beneficial according to James Humphreys, and it is an aspect of his role as Farm Insurance Specialist which he takes very seriously. “It allows me to really get to know a client and their business and get a feel for what it means to them,” James said. “In turn, […]

Alec Jones

A graduate of the WA College of Agriculture Denmark, Alec Jones has diverse skills and knowledge in mixed farming and an ongoing connection with the community of Albany, Western Australia. Combined with several years of experience in the insurance industry, Alec is now supporting agribusinesses across the Albany and Great Southern region as one of […]

Kaydee Rogers

Experiencing the devastation caused by the Black Tuesday fires to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, is something that Kaydee will never forget. Being part of a group offering support to farmers affected was a powerful and moving experience for Kaydee, but it also triggered her interest in agriculture. “It was not easy, but it was an […]

Colin Rucker

Colin Rucker

Having been involved in agriculture his whole life, Colin’s vast knowledge and passion for the industry are great assets in his role as Farm Insurance Specialist. Colin grew up in Upper Coopers Creek, about 40km north of Lismore on his family farm, where he was actively involved in the beef cattle operation and banana plantation, […]

Matthew Wilson

Hailing from Tamworth, Matthew spent his early years living on a farm at nearby Dungowan, sparking his interest in agriculture. The majority of his career to date has been dedicated to finance and banking. Prior to joining Achmea, Matthew held a sales management role with an animal nutrition company specialising in equine, sheep and cattle […]

Brett Rattray

Brett Rattray

Brett grew up on his family’s broadacre property at Warracknabeal, Victoria, before embarking on a career in the finance sector. He spent over 21 years working in various regional areas of Victoria and New South Wales, including Horsham, Stawell, Jerilderie and Hay, settling in Cobram with his wife and two children. With financial sector experience […]

Nyomie Hill

As our Farm Insurance Specialist based in Dongara Western Australia, Nyomie has found her ideal role in helping to keep farmers farming in the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions. Nyomie and her husband own and operate an agricultural contracting business and a 100-acre farm in Mingenew, where they run a mob of merinos. They also put […]

Leigh Grinton

Leigh Grinton

Leigh Grinton is our Farm Insurance Specialist for the South West Victoria region, including Warrnambool, Colac and Hamilton. Based out of the small farming township of Panmure, near Warrnambool, Leigh has lived in Victoria’s South West region his entire life. An in-depth knowledge of the area and the challenges that local farmers face gives Leigh […]

Robert Butler

The agricultural industry means far more than just a career for Robert Butler, it is a passion and a lifestyle. Prior to joining Achmea as a Farm Insurance Specialist, Robert spent 15 years working in agricultural machinery and auction industries. This also gave Robert experience with the banking and finance sectors, specifically in commercial finance […]

Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds is our Farm Insurance 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 […]

Peter Nicholas

Peter Nicholas

Peter Nicholas is our Farm Insurance 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 […]

Michelle Stevens

Michelle Stevens

Michelle Stevens is backed by nearly 30 years’ financial services expertise offers a wealth of insurance and local agricultural expertise to local farmers. Passionate about Achmea’s purpose to keep farmers farming, Michelle enjoys getting out into our rural community. Michelle was raised on a farm between Finley and Tocumwal in southern NSW, a mixed farming […]

Mark Vayro

QLD Business Development Manager Passionate about keeping farmers farming, Mark Vayro is our Queensland Business Development Manager in the Toowoomba, Lockyer and Southern Downs regions. 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 among the thousands of […]

Peta Argus

Hailing from Griffith in the beautiful NSW Riverina, Peta Argus was born and raised in the region she now supports as a Farm Insurance Specialist. Growing up, Peta spent her school holidays on her grandparents’ sheep and cattle property at Lurg, in the northwest region, Victoria. These days, Peta is often found on her parent’s […]

Alison Treston

Alison Treston

Born and raised in Innisfail, Alison Treston is Achmea’s Senior Farm Insurance 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 […]

Gerard Bennett

Gerard Bennett is our senior Farm Insurance 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, […]

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