Regis' Unimutual Team

Regis Mutual Management is an international market leader in creating and managing true mutuals through modern, professional and disciplined management skills. In 2008 Unimutual appointed Regis Mutual Management Pty Ltd (Australian Financial Services Licence number 338156) to the role of Mutual Manager which involves managing, administer, developing and promoting the mutual.

“Service is excellent, all matters are dealt with professionally and in a timely manner by the team. The services that Unimutual provide go beyond selling a policy and handling claims, it’s their understanding of the university sector, their risk mitigation/management services and their ability to provide informed advice.”

John Da Fonte
Procurement Manager, Financial Services
University of Wollongong


Key Regis personnel include:

Paul Koronka

Regis Director and Chief Executive Officer

After reading law at University, Paul worked for a large ship owners mutual for a number of years before joining an old marine based partnership in the City. Whilst there he established a Mutual Management subsidiary which established four mutuals in quick succession, two in the UK and two in Australia. Paul then established his own business which was bought by Charles Taylor Consulting (CTC) in 1997. Whilst at CTC Paul was responsible for the establishment and or management of at least 8 Mutuals. In 2007 Paul left and founded Regis Mutual Management Ltd who currently are involved in the management of seven mutuals in both the UK and Australia. Show Bio

Ciaran O'Donnell

Regis Director and Chief Financial Officer

Ciaran joined the Unimutual team in December 2014. Ciaran brings to the team 25 years of insurance and audit industry experience gained in undertaking global roles with companies including Coopers & Lybrand (Dublin) and senior insurance company CFO positions at AIG Europe SA (Paris), GE Insurance Solutions (UK & Continental Europe), FM Insurance Company (international division), Argo Managing Agency Ltd (international division) and ProSight International. Ciaran brings broad experience in the areas of audit, finance, actuarial, risk management, operations and IT functions and he has had proven success in managing the finance operations required to support Regis Mutual activities. In addition Ciaran is experienced in building, developing & leading highly performing teams and providing strategic support to CEOs, executive teams, Boards and Investors. Show Bio

Ty Birkett

Regis and Unimutual Chief Executive Officer

(02) 9250 2800

Bringing a quarter century of financial services experience in reinsurance, insurance, superannuation, and consulting, Ty joined Regis Mutual Management Australia as CEO in January 2019. His experience includes advising, developing and transacting a wide range of insurance and reinsurance solutions, as well building teams both locally and across Asia Pacific. Ty has previously worked with a number of mutuals in Australia and New Zealand (including Unimutual), and offers considerable first-hand experience of the benefits of a member-focused approach to risk management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and has a Masters of Economics. Show Bio

Jodie Nicholls

Regis and Unimutual Legal Counsel and Company Secretary

(0)2 9252 1599 or 0410 522 434

Jodie is Legal Counsel and Company Secretary for Unimutual. Jodie has over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor coming from a background as a partner with a major insurance litigation firm. Jodie has worked with Unimutual for over 20 years acting as its external legal provider and representing Universities in State Supreme and Appellant Courts. She has demonstrated success in conduct of complex insurance and commercial litigation and is a specialist in defending public liability and professional indemnity claims. Jodie is an experienced negotiator with proven record for efficiently and cost effectively resolving financially significant matters. She is a high-level and determined problem solver and respected for quality and independence of thought and advice. Jodie also has extensive experience in management and leading large teams. Recently Jodie has assumed responsibility for the compliance function at Unimutual to ensure compliance with its legal and regulatory obligations. Show Bio

Pete Watts

Regis and Unimutual Underwriting Manager - Property

(02) 9250 2811 or 0448 884 940

Pete joined the Regis, Unimutual team in September 2015 bringing 16 years of experience working in many facets of the insurance industry. He commenced his career in a claims role, developing an appreciation for clients and their pressures when experiencing tough times following loss. Moving into insurance broking where he spent 7 years designing insurance programs, largely for the community and not for profit sectors. In 2010 he moved into property underwriting specialising in global programs. Immediately prior to joining Unimutual, Pete worked for a brief period as a reinsurance broker in London placing wholesale and facultative placements into Lloyds of London and company markets. Show Bio

Salinda Saat

Regis and Unimutual Underwriter - Casualty

(02) 9250 2824 or 0436 379 009

A financial lines broker with 17 years experience in the insurance industry within the Australian market. Salinda's insurance industry experience has been dedicated as a Professional Risks broker, specialising in Directors’ & Officers’ Liability/Company reimbursement/Securities Entity Cover, Professional Indemnity, Crime Insurance, Statutory Liability, Legal Expenses, Cyber and Employment Practices Liability. Salinda has held broking roles with major international brokers (AON, Willis Tower Watson), boutique broking houses (GSA and Bellrock) and underwriting roles with international insurer (Zurich). Managing Corporate, Global and Commercial accounts. Salinda's has a strong focus on quality client service, providing innovative solutions for complex and hard to place risks through understanding the professional risks associated with each business and the construction of insurance programs Show Bio

Simon Iliffe

Regis and Unimutual Risk Manager

(02) 9250 2818 or 0407 556 323

Simon Joined the Unimutual Team in October 2014. Prior to joining the team he enjoyed a diverse career having worked in a range of industry sectors and environments. Starting in mine and contaminated site rehabilitation, he moved to site and transport services, then to aquatic weed harvesting, followed by a stint in wastewater treatment where he literally fell into.…..risk management. He has held senior roles with several NSW Councils focusing on introducing and embedding ERM frameworks, establishing or refining safety management systems and streamlining insurance, general claims management and workers compensation processes. He has also held responsibilities in the areas of emergency management and airport security. For the past several years Simon has enjoyed working as a risk management consultant engaging with a broad range of industries from civil contracting and agriculture to government and not for profits. Simon holds a BEnvSc (Hons) from the University of Wollongong, is a member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and has the professional designation of Certified Practising Risk Manager. Show Bio

Christine Cummings

Regis and Unimutual Member Services Manager

(02) 9250 2806 or 0423 204 040

Christine joined the precursor of Unimutual in July 2003 after gaining 12 years experience working in the Risk Management Office at the University of Sydney in the positions of Insurance Claims Officer and then subsequently as Insurance Manager a position which she held for 11 years. Prior to the positions held at the University of Sydney, Christine also held positions within the insurance industry with various insurers and a broker. Christine is currently a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and a Member of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia. Show Bio

Kerry French

Regis and Unimutual Account Executive, Member Services

(02) 9250 2823

Kerry joined the Regis Unimutual team in July 2016. She brings with her over 14 years’ of experience gained within the insurance industry in both broking and underwriting roles. In her previous positions she worked mainly with Government agencies and organisations within the Community and Not-for-profit sector. Show Bio

Jamie Thomson

Regis and Unimutual Claims Manager

(02) 9250 2807 or 0431 473 156

Jamie joined the Regis Unimutual team in March 2004. Prior to joining the team, he worked in the Risk Management Office at the University of Sydney for 11 years. At the University, he held the position of General Insurance Claims Officer and periodically acted in the role of Insurance Manager. His previous experience includes claims roles at both insurance companies and at a broker. Jamie is currently a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Show Bio

Greg Burton

Regis and Unimutual Senior Risk Engineer

(02) 9250 2888 or 0456 876 386

Greg joined the Regis Unimutual team in December 2019. Greg brings over 30 years’ experience in risk management across a board range of sectors. Greg will assist in providing risk assessments, analysis and mitigation solutions for Members and insurance partners. In addition to his extensive industry experience, Greg also holds a master’s degree in Science & Technology in Risk Management from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney. Show Bio
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