Board members

The Board is comprised of seven members who have extensive professional experience both within Australia and internationally.

The Board's responsibilities are set out under section 18(5) of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 and Board members have specific responsibilities under the Board Charter and are bound by the Board's Code of Conduct.

Chair, Trevor Matthews

Trevor Matthews an actuary with more than 40 years’ experience in financial services, has held chief executive roles in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom (UK). He returned from 15 years overseas in 2013 and has had a variety of chair and non-executive directorship roles since then.
Presently, he is Chairman of FNZ Asia Pacific, CMC Markets Australia and Hound Group Pty Ltd and a non-executive director of Resolution Life NOHC (formerly AMP Life Limited). He is an advisor to CI&T, member of Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad and provides executive coaching through Foresight’s Global Coaching.

Previously he was a Director of AMP Limited, AMP Bank, CoverMore Limited, 1st Group, Tokio Marine Asia, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance and Bupa Australia and New Zealand Group. His last overseas position was Executive Director and Chairman, Developed Markets Aviva and prior to that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aviva UK, Group CEO of Friends Provident and CEO of Standard Life UK, based in the UK, as well as Manulife Financial in Japan and Legal & General in Australia. Trevor has served as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Chairman of the Financial Services Skills Council in the UK and President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

He was one of the actuarial pioneers in general insurance in Australia and has a Master of Arts (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in both Australia and the UK, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trevor is the inaugural Chair of the SIRA Board. He is serving his fourth term, which expires in June 2024. Trevor is also an independent member of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee until April 2024.

Deputy Chair, Nancy Milne, OAM

Nancy Milne is a former lawyer with over 30 years’ experience primarily in insurance and reinsurance, risk management, corporate governance and professional negligence.

Currently, Nancy is Chair of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and the SIRA CTP Premium Committee. Nancy is also a member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council. She is a Director of the Benevolent Society and director of FBR Limited.

She was a partner with Clayton Utz until 2003 and a consultant until 2012. In 2008 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the legal sector particularly as an insurance lawyer and to the community. She was also previously a Director of the Australand Group (now Frasers Property Group), Munich Reinsurance Australasia, and the Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar Administration).

Nancy has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nancy is the Deputy Chair of the SIRA Board, the Chair of the SIRA CTP Premium Committee and was formerly the Chair of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee. She is serving her fifth term on the SIRA Board until May 2025. Nancy was previously a member of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee until May 2023, as well as the DCS’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Board member, Prof. Abby Bloom

Dr. Abby Bloom MPH PhD FAICD is an experienced company director, tech founder and CEO. In addition to SIRA, she is the co-founder of PrimeLife Partners. Abby is the Chair for SoMac CRC, a Non-Executive Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and ResusRight and an Executive Director for your 100 Year Life Pty Ltd. She is also a member of the Inclusive Futures Industry Advisory Board. Abby is an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor for University of Sydney School of Public Health - UTS Business School and a Industry Fellow for Griffith University. Her previous directorships include Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Water Corporation, Recover Holdings and Gymnastics NSW.

Following a successful career as a senior executive and corporate advisor in health and healthcare, utilities, infrastructure, education, insurance and ageing, Abby has been a company director for over 20 years. She has been involved as a founder of and advisor to numerous tech start-ups for more than two decades. She is active as a mentor of women innovators, and as an angel investor in disruptive start-ups.

Abby is a graduate of Yale and Sydney University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Sydney University Medical School, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and an Adjunct Professor in the UTS School of Business. Abby is respected for her insights and guidance, which incorporate her expertise in digital transformation, big data and innovation. She has worked in over 20 countries and has provided advice on public-private partnerships, health, and project finance to the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, AusAid, US State Department, Australian Government and UNICEF. Yale University named Abby one of its 100 top leading public health graduates since its founding over a century ago.

Abby is an inaugural member of the SIRA Board and the Chair of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee. She is serving her fifth term on the Board until February 2025, and fourth term as Audit and Risk Committee Chair, until February 2024.

Board member, Dr Graeme Innes, AM

Nominee of the Secretary, Department of Customer Service

Dr Graeme Innes has been involved in numerous human rights reform initiatives that have resulted in ground-breaking change, perhaps most significantly as the Human Rights Commissioner for Australia. He was involved in drafting the United Nations Convention to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has also served as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Graeme was Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, and the first Chair of Australia's national blindness agency, Vision Australia. He played a key role in developing the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010 and establishing Liveable Housing Australia. Graeme is the Chair of National Disability Insurance Agency - Audit Committee. He is Chancellor at Central Queensland University and a Board member of National Disability Insurance Agency. Additionally, Graeme is also a Non-Executive Director of the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation. Previously he was a Director of Life Without Barriers, Jobslife and Attitude Foundation.

In 1995, Graeme was entered into the Order of Australia as a Member (AM) for his contribution to the rights of people with a disability in Australia. In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year. Since 2015, he has been awarded four honorary doctorates by Australian universities for his human rights and advocacy work.

Graeme is serving his third term on the Board until February 2024.

Board member, The Hon. Greg Keating

The Hon Greg Keating was appointed a Judge of the NSW District Court and President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission in 2007. He retired from these roles in 2018 after 11 years of service to people impacted by work-related injury. Mr Keating is now practising as a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Mr Keating was admitted as a solicitor on 11 November 1980. He has practiced extensively in insurance law, defamation and industrial law. Mr Keating was an accredited personal injury practitioner. He was Managing Partner of McClellands Lawyers until its amalgamation with Slater and Gordon in August 2007.

Mr Keating was a Director of the WorkCover Authority from 1998 to 2007. He has held honorary appointments with the Cancer Council of New South Wales and to the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association. From 1992 to 2007, he was a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Committee.

Mr Keating is serving his second term as a SIRA Board member until November 2024. He is also an independent member of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee until February 2024.

Board member, Rod Stowe, PSM

Rod Stowe stepped down as the NSW Fair Trading Commissioner in July 2017 to proceed on long service leave, pending his formal retirement from the NSW Public Service in November 2018.

Rod’s six-year term as Commissioner was part of a distinguished 29-year career in the Fair Trading/Consumer Affairs portfolio. Some of his more significant achievements over this period include successful implementation of the consumer protection strategy for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; development of the Australian Consumer Law; and introduction of the ground-breaking NSW Complaints Register.

During his 41 years of service with the NSW Government, Rod also had postings in portfolios covering environmental protection, education and youth affairs, local government and state superannuation.

Rod has extensive board governance experience, having previously been Chair of the NSW Rental Bond Board and NSW Financial Counselling Trust Fund. He was a member of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Board of NSW and the Travel Compensation Fund. In November 2017, he was appointed Chair and Non-Executive Director of the Board of Super Consumers Australia. In 2019, Rod was appointed as Chair and Non-Executive Director of the Board of The Consumer Advocacy Trust, and as a member on the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. In February 2021, Rod was appointed as a Member of the Renewable Energy Sector Board. He is also a member of Independent Energy Appointments Selection Panel, a Landowner & Community Advocate for TransGrid and an Adjunct Professor of Law for Western Sydney University.

Rod was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to consumer protection in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours List. He is also the recipient of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals Life Achievement Award (2016), the Choice Consumer Champion Award (2017), and the NSW Government Meritorious Service Medallion (2018). Rod was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW in 2017.

Rod is serving his fourth term as a SIRA Board member until June 2024.

Chief Executive, Adam Dent

Adam Dent has served as Chief Executive and board member of SIRA since July 2021, leading the regulation of insurance and care schemes in NSW.

Adam’s background spans the public, private and non-profit sectors, working as the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Trustee and Guardian and the Commissioner of Dormant Funds. He was the Director of Government and Public Sector Advisory at Ernst & Young, Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service, and State Manager of Emergency Services for the Australian Red Cross in Victoria.

Adam is passionate about improving customer outcomes, data and digital innovation, and transformational change. He has led significant policy reform, national and state-wide disaster and crisis response, and has a proven track record of building organisational capability and results.

Adam holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business and an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies from Griffith University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Terms of appointment

Mr Matthews has been reappointed to the Board until 30 June 2024.

Ms Milne has been reappointed to the Board until 15 May 2024.

Dr Bloom has been reappointed to the Board until 18 February 2025.

Dr Innes has been reappointed to the Board until 15 February 2024.

Mr Keating has been reappointed until 15 November 2024.

Mr Stowe has been reappointed to the Board until 30 June 2024.

Mr Dent is a member of the Board in an ex-officio capacity during his tenure as SIRA Chief Executive.

Related Information

Dr. Bloom chairs the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee and Mr Matthews and Mr Keating are Independent Members of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Milne chairs the SIRA Board’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Premium Committee.

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