Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Geoff Black – Independent Non-Executive Chair

BCom

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in life insurance and wealth management and is currently a director of Platypus Asset Management and was Head of Business Development at RGA Australia from 2015 until April 2019. Prior to joining RGA Australia, he held senior executive positions at TAL Australia and was formerly Managing Director of PrefSure Life and Lumley Life Limited. Geoff  holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, Graduate Diplomas in Management and Financial Planning and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Geoff was appointed to the Board on 25 November 2019 and appointed as Chair of the Board on 1 July 2020.  Geoff is also a member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Risk and Compliance Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


 

Michael Alscher – Non-Executive Director

BCom

Michael is the Managing Partner and founder of Crescent Capital Partners Management Pty Limited. Prior to founding Crescent Capital Partners, Michael was a consultant at Bain International and the LEK Partnership where he spent considerable time working across banking and insurance clients. After leaving consulting, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Gowings Bros Limited. Michael is the current Chairman of Cardno Limited, Director of Australian Clinical Laboratories Pty Limited, National Media Services Group Pty Limited and National Dental Care Pty Limited. He is also a former Chairman and Director of Cover-More Group Limited and LifeHealthCare Group Limited, and a former Director Metro Performance Glass Limited.

Since 22 October 2012 Michael has served as a Non-Executive Director and as an Alternate Director to Nathanial Thomson at different times, with the most recent appointment as Non-Executive Director being effective 20 November 2018. Michael currently serves as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


 

Gary Burg – Independent Non-Executive Director

B.ACC (Wits), MBA (Wits)

Gary has significant experience in building life insurance businesses in South Africa and in Australia. Gary is Chairman of UCW Limited, an ASX listed company and is also a director of Alinta Energy Limited and Global Capital Holdings (Australia) Pty Limited, a company which manages principal investments on behalf of various investors. He is a former director of, and investor in, 3Q Holdings Limited and South African listed Capital Alliance Holdings Limited (which owned Capital Alliance Life Limited and Capital Alliance Bank Limited). Gary is also a former director and investor in a number of Australian based financial services businesses, including Prefsure Life Limited and Insurance Line Holdings Pty Limited.

Gary was appointed to the Board on 22 October 2012, and currently serves as a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


 

Jenny Lyon – Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (Maths) (Hons), FIAA, GAICD

Jenny is an experienced actuary, small business owner and Director, and until recently served as a Director of recruitment firm SKL Executive. Ms Lyon has also formerly held a number of senior and Director positions including non-executive Director and President of the Actuaries Institute of Australia, Managing Director of Qed Actuarial, a specialist actuarial recruitment firm, a Director of Hall & Lyon which managed the distribution of actuarial education material, and worked at AMP and Towers Perrin in superannuation and financial services.

Ms Lyon has also served on the Board of ClearView’s Superannuation Trustee Board, ClearView Life Nominees Pty Ltd since 1 July 2014. Jenny was appointed to the Board 1 July 2020 and is a member and Chair of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee, and a member of the Board Audit Committee, and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


 

Nathanial Thomson – Non-Executive Director

BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Nathanial is a partner of Crescent Capital Partners Management Pty Limited. Nathanial has significant consulting experience for financial institutions at McKinsey & Co. He is the former deputy Chairman of Cover-More Group Limited prior to its listing on the ASX, a former director of Metro Performance Glass Limited, prior to its listing on the ASX, and is currently a director of Cardno Limited, National Dental Care Pty Limited and National Home Doctor Service Pty Limited.

Nathanial was appointed to the Board on 22 October 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


 

Susan Young – Non-Executive Director

BA (Hons), MA, FGIA, FCIS, MAICD, JP

Susan has over 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles internationally, with 15 years of experience in investment banking, followed by senior management roles in the corporate and professional services sector. She retired as a Partner of Spencer Stuart, and previously held operational management roles as both a divisional CFO and Joint Venture CEO/President for a Lend Lease Group company. Susan is Governor of WWF Australia and previously served on the board of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. 

Susan was appointed to the Board on 14 December 2016 and is a member and Chair of the Board Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number ClearView subsidiary Boards including on its superannuation trustee board, and held the position as its Chairperson from July 2014 until December 2016.


 

Simon Swanson – Managing Director

B.Ec, B.Bus, ANZIIF (Fellow), CIP, FCPA

Simon is an internationally experienced financial services executive having worked for over 35 years across life insurance, funds management, general insurance and health insurance. He has successfully led the largest life insurer (CommInsure, Sovereign and Colonial) in three countries and spent half of his career in the Asia Pacific region.

Simon was previously a director of the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and former Chairman of ANZIIF's Life, Health and Retirement Income Faculty Advisory Board.

Simon was effectively the founder of ClearView in its current form and was appointed as Managing Director on 26 March 2010.