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 Ian Carson was appointed Chair of the Board on 1 July 2017.

On August 1, 2018 Ian became a Partner at PwC Australia. Previously he was a partner and the Chair of PPB Advisory, a professional advisory firm, of which he was also a founding partner.

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 2018, SecondBite will rescue enough food to create 26 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, GAICD

Term: 5 October 2016–4 October 2019

Mr Mike Callaghan was appointed a Member of the Board of 5 October 2016. 

Mike is Chair of the Aged Care Financing Authority and Chair of the Asian Development Bank’s replenishment of the Asian Development Fund. He is also 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, Mike headed the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce. Between 2012 and 2014, Mike was Program Director of the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute. 

Mike was Deputy Secretary, International, in the Department of Treasury from 2008 until 2012. He also served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, International Economy. He 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 Elaine Collins was appointed a Member of the Board on 1 July 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Elaine is a non-executive director and actuary, with a career spanning 25 years in the Insurance Industry in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. 

She is a non-executive Director of Zurich Insurance Australia Ltd (ZAIL) and Chair of its Risk, Compliance and Audit Committee. Elaine is also a non-executive Director of the Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB) and Chair of its Audit Committee.

Elaine 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. 

She 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 Robin Low, Member

BComm, FCA

Term: 5 October 2016–4 October 2019

Ms Robin Low was appointed a Member of the Board on 5 October 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Robin is a non-executive director. She 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. 

Robin is a chartered accountant, with over 25 years’ experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 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 Karen Payne was appointed a Member of the Board on 5 October 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Karen is currently the CEO (part time) and member (part time) of the Board of Taxation and has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist taxation advisor, specialising in the financial services sector. She is a solicitor admitted in NSW and the High Court of Australia, chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. 

Karen is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 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 John Peberdy was appointed a Member of the Board on 1 July 2015.

John 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. John 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. His expertise includes strategy and planning, business management, leadership and people management, risk management and general insurance.

Among his current directorship roles, John is the Chair, EA Insurance Services Pty Ltd, Victoria; Deputy Chair, Christian Super; and Chair, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.

Ms Janet Torney, Member


Term: 1 July 2015–30 June 2021

Ms Janet Torney was appointed a Member of the Board on 1 July 2015.

Janet is a non-executive director with strong expertise in strategy, governance, risk and change management and investments. She is Chair of Whitehelm Capital and Deputy Chair of Club Plus Super. In the last 18 months, she has also been a director of Techfront Australia and the Fire Brigades Employees’ Credit Union. In the not-for-profit sector, Janet is a Director of the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Girl Guides Australia and is a member of Basketball Australia’s Nominations Committee. 

Janet’s career spans over 30 years 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. Janet is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.