“Have car, will travel” is an unofficial motto for Wayne, who loves nothing more than getting out to the regions for on-farm visits. Having built a successful career across agribusiness, finance and insurance sectors in both Queensland and New South Wales, Wayne’s knowledge of agriculture and insurance is vast. His passion for agriculture was sparked […]
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, where he has worked for large corporate companies such as NAB, CBA and Suncorp. Prior to joining Achmea as a Farm […]
Born and bred in Launceston, Tasmania, Thomas completed an apprenticeship in horticulture (landscaping and garden design) before commencing his career in finance. Prior to joining Achmea as a Farm Insurance Specialist, Thomas spent seven years working for Tasmanian-owned, MyState Bank. In the last five years of the role, he was part of the agri-commerce lending […]
Born in Adelaide, Sean spent 20 years living in London before returning to South Australia some 20 years ago. He has worked in the insurance sector for the last 18 years, starting out as an underwriter before becoming a broker. The last five years of his career were spent at Capricorn in Sydney and Adelaide, […]
Molly was born and raised on a small farm in Tasmania, which sparked her interest in agriculture from a young age. She attended Emerald Agriculture College in Queensland, before going on to gain a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of Tasmania. Molly began her professional career as an agronomist in vegetable seed production based […]
Based in Shepparton, Wade is our Farm Insurance Specialist for the Goulburn Valley & North East Victoria regions. Growing up on his family’s beef cattle and cropping farm just north of Shepparton, Wade is passionate about the agricultural industry and has close ties to the local community. Wade has a background in banking and finance, […]
A strong background in agriculture and finance has given Lechelle the ideal grounding to become a Farm Insurance Specialist. In the past 15 years, she has held operational and management roles in small and developing businesses throughout regional WA. She was also small business advisor and lecturer at TAFE, helping to guide small business owners. […]
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 […]
Having grown up on his family’s Merino and Prime Lamb farm, Rodney McKern developed a passion for agriculture at a young age. Rodney began his professional career with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in Orange in 1986, moving around the region to maximise career opportunities in finance, but always leaning towards agribusiness. In 2007, […]
Erin Bernhardt is our Farm Insurance Specialist in the Outer Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Riverland regions. As an insurance professional with nearly 30 years of experience, Erin is passionate about Achmea’s purpose of keeping farmers farming. He has a strong track record in insurance and business management through sales, development, process improvement and the delivery […]
Dianna Janett is our Farm Insurance Specialist in the South West region of Western Australia (WA). She brings more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural financial service industry, providing a depth of insurance knowledge and agricultural expertise to local farmers. Dianna is a Senior Associate Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute […]
Justina Wilson is Achmea’s Farm Insurance Specialist for farmers in the Burdekin and Mackay regions. Born and raised in the Burdekin area, Justina’s family has a farming background in horticulture and the sugar cane industry. Having worked for Achmea’s associate Rabobank for 12 years, Justina brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to […]
David Morris is our Farm Insurance 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 […]
Allan Cowan is our Farm Insurance 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 […]
Skye grew up on her parents broadacre farm North of Moree. She has a comprehensive understanding of the conditions, challenges and risks that local farmers experience in their day-to-day operations. After completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness in 2002, she returned to the region to work in the cotton industry as a cotton marketer – grower […]
Trevor Walder is our Farm Insurance 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.
Stuart Maidment is our Senior Farm Insurance 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 […]
Steve Field is one of our Farm Insurance Specialists based in Perth and WA Wheatbelt 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, […]
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 Wilkinson is our Farm Insurance 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 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 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 […]
Passionate about keeping farmers farming, Mark Vayro is our Achmea Farm Insurance Specialist 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 volunteer firefighters who put […]
Louise Hornery is our Farm Insurance 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 […]
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 […]
Our Farm Insurance 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 […]
David Ross is our Senior Farm Insurance 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.
Gerard Bennett is our 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, Gerard […]
Greg is our Farm Insurance 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 […]
Karla Otto (Caldicott)
Karla Otto (Caldicott) is our Senior Farm Insurance 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 […]
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