Our Board members have extensive professional experience both within Australia and internationally.
Chair, Trevor Matthews
Mr Matthews has extensive insurance and financial services experience in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom (UK).
He was previously with Aviva, most recently as Executive Director and Chairman, Developed Markets and prior to that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aviva UK. Mr Matthews has also held CEO positions with Friends Provident and Standard Life UK, both based in the UK, as well as Manulife Financial in Japan. Prior to that he had senior roles with Manulife in Canada and with National Australia Bank and Legal & General in Australia.
Mr Matthews is chairman of AMP Life and 1st Group Limited and a non-executive director of AMP Limited, Bupa Australia and New Zealand Group, FNZ Asia Pacific Group, Tokio Marine Asia and Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance.
He has a Master of Arts (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in both Australia and the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Deputy Chair, Nancy Milne, OAM
Ms Milne is a former lawyer with over 30 years’ experience primarily in insurance and reinsurance, risk management, corporate governance and professional negligence.
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), Greenstone Limited, and the Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar Administration).
Ms Milne is currently Chair of the Securities Exchange Guarantee Corporation and the State Insurance Regulatory Authority Audit and Risk Committee, a director of ALE Property Group, and a member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council and the NSW Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Milne has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board member, Dr Abby Bloom
Dr Bloom is an experienced Company Director, following a successful career as a Senior Executive and Corporate Advisor in healthcare and health financing, water and sanitation, and ageing.
She is a graduate of Yale and Sydney universities, and is Adjunct Professor, Sydney Medical School, Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
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 and UNICEF.
Dr Bloom is currently a director of Sydney Water Corporation and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, Griffith University Enterprise Advisory Board, and The Longevity Innovation Hub.
She is an Independent Member of the Risk and Audit Committee of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Rookwood Cemetery. Her previous directorships include Western Sydney Local Health District and Recovre Holdings.
Board member, Dr Graeme Innes, AM
(Nominee of the Secretary, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation)
Dr 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.
Dr Innes was Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, and the first Chair of Australia's national blindness agency, Vision Australia. He also played a key role in developing the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010, and the establishment of Liveable Housing Australia.
In 1995, Dr Innes 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. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra and appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.
Chief Executive, Carmel Donnelly
Ms Donnelly has extensive experience as a senior executive in NSW Government. Her previous roles include leading regulation of workers compensation and the home building compensation as an Executive Director in SIRA, General Manager, Strategy and Performance for the Safety, Return to Work and Support agencies in NSW, General Manager and Deputy General Manager at the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW and Director, Strategy and Planning with Fire and Rescue NSW. She has also been a Review Director in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and an Associate Director in NSW Health.
Ms Donnelly holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Master of Public Health from the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) from Sydney University. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Ms Donnelly is the NSW Member of Safe Work Australia and is also a Member of the Board of the Personal Injury Education Foundation.
Terms of appointment
Mr Matthews, Ms Milne and Dr Bloom were appointed to the Board for three, and Dr Innes for two years, until November 2018. Ms Donnelly is a member of the Board in an ex-officio capacity during her tenure as Chief Executive.
Ms Milne chairs the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee and Mr Matthews, Dr Bloom and Dr Innes are Independent Members of the SIRA Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms Milne also chairs the SIRA Board’s Motor Accidents Insurance Premiums Sub-Committee.