Our Board

The Board of Unimutual (Board) is drawn largely from the Membership with a maximum of twelve (12) Directors and up to four (4) Independent Directors on the Board at any one time. The position of Chair of the Board is normally held by an independent Director. The Board has a thorough understanding of the higher education sector and the risks faced by Members.

As a Discretionary Mutual, the Board retains unfettered discretion to decide whether or not to admit a Member to the Mutual and whether or not to accept a Member’s claim. In exercising its discretion, the Board is bound by principles of fairness and natural justice. A Member of the Mutual is entitled to have claims for protection considered by the Board. Members can reasonably expect to have all valid claims falling within the terms and conditions of the Mutual’s protection wordings paid in full.

“Unimutual manage relationships very well. They build and provide trust. They oversee and specialise in the Tertiary sector and use the mutual model (working for their members who are owners). As a follow on, they’ve successfully created a member community whereby all and sundry want to contribute in the protection of each other’s assets, and mitigate each’s liabilities. That’s why I would endorse them over others.”

Sean Portelli
Business Manager
University College, The University of Melbourne

The Members' representatives are:

Martin Griffith

B.Com, FCPA

Chair


Independent Director since 3 October 2003. Previously Director and Chairman of ANZU Mutual from 1989. Executive Director - Finance and Resources, the University of Western Australia until retirement in July 2003. Executive financial management experience in educational and health sectors. Director of several private companies. Show Bio

Andrew Betts

B.Com, MBA, CA, GAICD

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director since 28 January 2010. Appointed Chief Financial Officer of The University of Queensland in June 2009 after 21 years commercial experience in the private sector in a range of industries including publishing, building materials and chemical manufacture. Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland. Show Bio

David Clerk

B.Com

Non-executive Director


Non-executive Director since 26 March 2012. David has been Chief Operating Officer of the University of Tasmania since November 2010. His early career was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and he later held senior roles in strategy, business development, finance and commercial with Alinta/Jemena and TXU Australia. David is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Securities Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania. Show Bio

Jessica Lightfoot

ASA, GAICD, MBA, LLM, BA

Non-executive Director


Non-Executive Director since August 2015. Jessica is the Executive Director, Financial Resources Management at Monash University. She has fifteen years' experience in the higher education sector across finance including major projects, management accounting and insurance services. Prior to that, Jessica practiced as a lawyer in the public and private sectors and in project management. Jessica is an associate member of CPA Australia, a member of the AICD, a member of Australasian Tertiary Education Management, and holds a Masters in Law, a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Show Bio

Alan May

Independent Non-Executive Director


Independent Director appointed 18 December 2008. Non-executive Director of CIGNA Worldwide Life Insurance Company, Hong Kong, Chairman Miramar Underwriting Agency and Director of APRA regulated insurer Poseidon Insurance Company Ltd.
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Judy Raper

BE(Hons), PhD, Fellow IE Aust, Fellow ATSE, FAISD

Non-Executive Director


Prof Judy Raper is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong. Professor Raper's portfolio includes research policy, grant management, higher degree students and commercialisation and technology transfer. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. Show Bio

Terry Ibbotson

Ph.D, MBA, B.Com

Independent Non-Executive Director


Independent Director appointed January 2015 has extensive local and international insurance experience. Formerly served as CEO Australia and later as Global Head of Distribution for the QBE Group, also as a non-executive director for The Insurance Council of Australia. In addition has acted in executive and non-executive capacities on other finance industry related Australian and international boards. Currently is a non-executive director of several private and public companies. Show Bio

Carla Tromans

EdD, MAICD

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director since April 2014 Carla is the Director for International House (affiliated with The University of Queensland). Carla is passionate about education, young people, sustainability, leadership, and global citizenship. She has passed the 10 year milestone as Director, International House, a multicultural residential college at UQ. She has a 30 year professional career as an educator (practitioner and administrator) in QLD and the NT. Her contribution to the UQ Senate position is: strategy, risk management, student wellbeing, governance and board experience. Her networks include being Chair of I-Houses Worldwide Inc, and Executive member of University Colleges Australia. Her doctorate (QUT) focused on 'beginning teachers' and her Masters degrees (UQ and USQ) on curriculum and education. Show Bio

Jane Fenton AM

LL.B FAICD FPRIA

Independent Non-Executive Director


An independent director since 17 October 2016, Jane is the founder of Fenton Communications, an integrated communications consultancy. As its managing director until 2012, and now as an adviser, Jane had extensive experience providing communications, engagement and reputation management to the education, health, social justice, professional services and NGO sectors. Jane is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. She currently sits on a number of Government, not for profit and private company boards. Show Bio

Scott Jenkins

B.Com, GAICD, CA

Non-Executive Director


Since January 2014 appointed as Chief Financial Officer at Australian Catholic University (ACU), with the responsibility for financial management and reporting, as well as strategic growth, plan development and implementation, uses his more than 15 years’ experience in the University and Finance Sector. 

Scott is on the Executive Committee of the Australian Procurement Network (AUPN) and Advisory Board of the High Education Consulting Group (HECG), a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University.
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Committees

There are four Committees that report to the Board. These are:
  • Finance and Audit - Chair: Andrew Betts
  • Claims - Chair: Judy Raper
  • Technical - Chair: Terry Ibbotson
  • Risk - Chair: Jessica Lightfoot
The Technical Committee co-opts insurance and risk management personnel from the membership to assist with technical input.


Board Timetable 2017

Board and the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee will meet on the following dates:

  • Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017
  • Monday 22 May 2017
  • Sunday 20 and Monday 21 August 2017
  • Monday 20 November 2017

Claims and Risk Committee will meet on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 February 2017
  • Thursday 4 May 2017
  • Thursday 20 August 2017
  • Thursday 9 November 2017