ARPC has a non-executive Chair and six other non-executive Members, who are all appointed by the Minister under the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003.

Below are the current Members of the Board and a snapshot of their experience.


Mr Ian Carson AM, Chair

BEc, PGDip Professional Accounting, FAICD

Term: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020

Mr Carson has been Chair of ARPC since 1 July 2017. He is a Partner and the Chairman of PPB Advisory, a professional advisory firm, of which he is also a founding partner. Mr Carson has advised organisations on improvement and has developed a management and governance scorecard which is used by many companies. He is also co-founder of SecondBite, a for purpose organisation which rescues nutritious food that would otherwise go to landfill. SecondBite transformed Australia by creating scale in fresh food rescue. In 2017, SecondBite will rescue enough food to create 22 million meals. He is a Trustee of The Melbourne Cricket Ground. He is a registered liquidator and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Mike Callaghan AM PSM, Member

BEc (Hons), LLB

Term: 5 October 2016–4 October 2019

Mr Callaghan is a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. In 2017, he was the Chair of the Australian Government Review of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax. He also led the review into the Economic Impact of the Government’s Regulation Agenda. In 2015, Mr Callaghan headed the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce. Between 2012 and 2014, he was Program Director of the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute. Mr Callaghan was Executive Director, International, in the Department of the Treasury from 2008 until 2012. He also served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, International Economy. Mr Callaghan has had 39 years experience in the Australian Treasury and the International Monetary Fund.


Ms Elaine Collins, Member

BSc (Hons), MEc, FIAA, GAICD

Term: 1 July 2015–30 June 2021

Ms Collins has also been a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 1 July 2015. She is a an experienced actuary with a career spanning 25 years in the Insurance Industry in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. She has served in senior roles with KPMG and as a Partner with Deloitte, carrying out Appointed Actuary roles for more than ten years, with key expertise in policy formulation, capital allocation and strategic risk management.

Ms Collins is a Non-Executive Director of Zurich Insurance Australia Ltd (ZAIL) and incoming Chair of its Risk, Compliance and Audit Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB) and Chair of its Audit Committee. Ms Collins is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of the Actuaries Institute’s Professional Standards Committee and a sessional lecturer at the University of New South Wales.


Ms Robin Low, Member


Term: 5 October 2016–4 October 2019

Ms Low has also been a Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 20 March 2017. She is a non-executive director. Ms Low is the Deputy Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and is on the board of four listed companies: Appen Limited, AUB Group Limited, CSG Limited and IPH Limited. She also sits on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations, including the Sydney Medical School Foundation, Primary Ethics and the Public Education Foundation. Ms Low is a chartered accountant, with over 25 years’ experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including more than 17 years as an assurance partner specialising in financial services, particularly insurance. 


Ms Karen Payne, Member

BCom, MCom, LLB

Term: 5 October 2017 – 4 October 2020

Ms Payne has also been a Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 5 October 2017. She is currently CEO and executive member of the Board of Taxation and has more than two decades’ experience as a specialist taxation advisor to legal and financial firms. Ms Payne is a solicitor admitted in NSW and the High Court of Australia, chartered tax adviser and member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ms Payne is a member of the International Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, the Law Council of Australia, the Tax Institute, and Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr John Peberdy, Member


Position: Part-time Member

Term: 1 July 2015–30 June 2021

Mr Peberdy has a proven track record as a strategic senior executive, having delivered improved business outcomes, in Australia and New Zealand, within Ansvar Insurance, a market leader in the care, community, faith and education insurance sector. He has extensive experience delivering on business growth and profitability, initiating and driving change, and optimising daily operations through effective leadership of a strong executive team. Mr Peberdy’s expertise includes strategy and planning, business management, leadership and people management, risk management and general insurance. Among his current directorship roles, Mr Peberdy is the Chairman, EA Insurance Services Pty Ltd, Victoria; and Deputy Chairman, Christian Super.



Ms Janet Torney, Member


Term: 1 July 2015–30 June 2021

Ms Torney has also been a Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 1 July 2015 and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 5 October 2017.

Ms Torney is a professional director with broad experience, including in the financial services sector – superannuation, investments, infrastructure, banking and insurance, in the engineering sector – manufacturing and consulting, and in the member-focused sector – notably sport and female related. With strong expertise in strategy and governance, successfully driving and managing change is a hallmark of her career.

Ms Torney’s portfolio of non-executive director appointments includes Chairman of Whitehelm Capital, Deputy Chairman of Club Plus Super and independent director of Techfront Australia, a global sports media technology company. In the not-for-profit sector, Ms Torney is a non-executive director of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, non-executive director and Treasurer for Girl Guides Australia and is a member of Basketball Australia’s Nominations Committee.

Ms Torney runs a financial services consulting business and is a mentor to young women and upcoming leaders. Other key leadership roles that she has held include CEO at Qantas Superannuation and Practice Leader at Aon Investment Consulting.