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Dr Christopher Wallace

BEc (Hons) PhD (Econ), ANZIIF Fellow, CIP, GAICD

Chief Executive

Dr Wallace was appointed as CEO of ARPC from 9 December 2013.

He has vast experience in the insurance sector in general insurance, health insurance and reinsurance, and has worked extensively in all operational insurance areas including underwriting and claims management roles within insurers, and as a consultant. 

Dr Wallace has held senior roles with GIO General Insurance, EY, and HCF (the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia) and is presently a non-executive director at MIPS Insurance Pty Ltd, a medical indemnity insurer. 

He has a doctorate in economics specialising in insurance pricing and insurance strategy. 

Michaela Flanagan

BBus (Management and Information Technology)

Chief Operating Officer

Ms Flanagan brings to ARPC more than 20′ years experience in insurance coupled with extensive experience in information technology and developing and implementing corporate strategy, business plans and projects.

She is responsible for strategy and planning, ensuring best practice governance and compliance, and developing claims systems and services. Ms Flanagan also leads the communications and information technology teams.

Prior to joining ARPC, Ms Flanagan was Head of Strategy and Proposition Development within the Specialty and Corporate Solutions global business at QBE.

Michael Pennell PSM

BE, AMP (Wharton), ANZIIF Fellow, CIP, MIE (Aust)

Chief Underwriting Officer

Mr Pennell is responsible for liaising with over 200 insurers, negotiating the scheme’s $3 billion retrocession program and developing innovative loss estimation models. He has written extensively on reinsurance and management. 

An alumni of The Wharton School of Business, Mr Pennell also holds a degree in Civil Engineering and is a Fellow or the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. 

In 2017, he was awarded the Public Service Medal as part of the Australia Day Honours List, announced by the Governor-General of Australia. 

John Park

B.Ec, MBA (Exec), CA, ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP, GAICD

Chief Financial Officer

John is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 20 years’ experience as a finance executive in the insurance and reinsurance industry. John joined ARPC in June 2016. John’s career includes previous roles as Finance Manager for Gen Re, Financial Controller for HCF, CFO for MGIC, and Financial Controller for Munich Re Australia’s direct insurance business. 

John oversees the finance, investments, enterprise risk and crisis response, insurance audit and human resources teams. 

John holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and an Executive MBA from AGSM at the University of New South Wales. He is also a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional and ANZIIF and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.