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Senior executive team

Dr. Chris Wallace, Chief Executive

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

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

Chris has leadership experience in most aspects of the insurance sector including small specialised insurers and large insurers.

Chris is also a non-executive director and Chair 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.

ARPC is a member of the International Forum for Terrorism Risk (Re) Insurance Pools, where Chris is also President of IFTRIP for 2020.

Chris has a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, specialising in general insurance pricing and 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.

Janice Nand, General Counsel

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

Janice Nand is a lawyer with 30 years’ experience, specialising in employment and administrative law. Janice joined ARPC in February 2019. Janice has extensive experience in corporate governance.

Before joining ARPC, Janice’s previous roles included Director – Report for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry; Partner with HWL Ebsworth, Sparke Helmore and Moray Agnew Lawyers; and in-house counsel with Boeing.

Janice spent the early years of her career in various roles in the Australian Public Service. Janice is the General Counsel and Board Secretary and is also responsible for the governance and compliance function.

Janice holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours), Bachelor of Laws (honours) and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University, a Postgraduate Certificate in UK & European Law of Copyright from King’s College, University of London, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Janice is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, has an unrestricted practicing certificate in New South Wales, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Park, Chief Financial Officer


John Park 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 and insurance audit 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.

Michael Pennell PSM, Chief Underwriting Officer

BE AMP (Wharton) ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP GAICD

Michael Pennell 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 catastrophe 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.

Helen Williams, Chief Operating Officer

BA (Hons)

Helen Williams commenced her role with ARPC in October 2019. She has extensive multidisciplinary experience in strategy, technology operations and defence.

Helen joined ARPC from strategy consulting firm Strategy& (part of the PwC network), where she worked as a strategy consultant from 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 brings deep experience in leadership, technology operations and stakeholder engagement to ARPC.

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