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Leadership

Dr Christopher Wallace

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

Chief Executive

Chris is an insurance executive with experience in general insurance, workers compensation, health insurance and reinsurance. He has worked extensively in insurance underwriting and claims management roles within insurers and as a consultant to the insurance industry.

Chris is also a non-executive director of MIPS Insurance Pty Ltd, a medical indemnity insurer. Through his role with ARPC, Chris is also a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board for the Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophe Risks. Previous professional roles include being General Manager Workers Compensation at GIO, Executive Director at Ernst & Young, and General Manager Benefits Management at HCF.

Chris has a doctorate in economics, specialising in general insurance pricing and general insurance strategy. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, a Certified Insurance Professional, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Pennell PSM

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

Chief Underwriting Officer

Michael has almost 30 years industry experience, having held reinsurance management roles with Swiss Re and General Re prior to his role at ARPC. He started his early career as a civil engineer.

Michael assists insurers and brokers to understand the Scheme and is responsible for negotiating and implementing ARPC’s annual retrocession program. Michael also leads various projects that enable ARPC to develop and enhance its loss estimation modelling capabilities.

Michael is the Chair of the Reinsurance Faculty Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and teaches reinsurance at the Institute’s annual Reinsurance Study Course Seminar.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, has completed the Advanced Management Program at University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), is a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional with ANZIIF, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael was awarded the Public Service Medal as part of the Australia Day 2017 Honours List for outstanding public service in the development of the terrorism insurance scheme.

John Park

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

Chief Financial Officer

John is a Chartered Accountant and has 25 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 General Re, Financial Controller for HCF, CFO for MGIC, and Financial Controller for Munich Re Australia’s direct insurance business, having commenced his career as an auditor with Deloitte.

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 with ANZIIF and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Janice Nand

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), LLM, Grad Dip Applied Corp Governance, PGCert UK& European Copyright Law, FGIA, FCIS, MAICD 

General Counsel 

Janice Nand was appointed ARPC General Counsel and member of the ARPC Senior Executive Team effective 7 August 2019.   

Janice has over 20 years experience as a lawyer in the public and private sectorsShe joined ARPC from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry.  Prior to that, she was a Partner with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in Canberra and with Sparke Helmore and Moray and Agnew Lawyers in Sydney in addition to the role of Country Counsel with Boeing in Sydney. 

Janice’s role as General Counsel includes responsibility for governance, compliance and board secretariat. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Helen Williams

BA (Hons)

Chief Operating Officer 

ARPC CEO Dr Christopher Wallace has announced the appointment of Helen Williams to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Helen has extensive multidisciplinary experience in strategy, technology operations and defence.

Helen joins ARPC from the strategy consulting firm Strategy& (part of the PwC network), where she has been a strategy consultant since 2014. Prior to her work at Strategy&, Helen had over 12 years technology operations leadership experience with Lucent Technologies, Alcatel and Nokia Siemens Networks. Helen’s career also includes service with the Australian Army as a Commissioned Officer.

Helen Williams brings deep leadership, technology operations and stakeholder engagement experience to ARPC.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Adelaide. 

She will commence her new role with ARPC on 14 October 2019.