Since first opening our doors in 2006 the success and growth of Insurance Advisernet has been built upon one thing more than any other: smart and experienced people. Keep reading to meet some of the key members of our team.
DAVID CRAWFORD – Director, New Zealand
David joined Insurance Advisernet at the beginning in 2006 as CEO and subsequently became a director, having spent the majority of his working life as a corporate broker, in NZ, London and the Middle East. David has been instrumental in the growth of Insurance Advisernet in NZ and works closely with Australia to gain the most out of the synergies available in key areas such as systems and compliance. David’s goal has always been to establish NZ’s #1 network of quality independent brokers and become the network of choice for new brokers. His passion is in developing new brokers into the next generation of professional insurance businesses. David is a current Board member of IBANZ and has been so for a number of years, he is also the current Chair of PIQ College.
TRAVIS ATKINSON – General Manager, Operations
Travis joined Insurance Advisernet at the beginning of 2019 in the newly created role of General Manager, Operations. In his role Travis leads the New Zealand team and provides support and guidance to over 50 broker practices located throughout New Zealand. Travis has over 35 years' experience in the insurance industry in New Zealand and Asia, the majority of which was working closely with insurance intermediaries. His most recent role prior to joining Insurance Advisernet was Executive General Manager of NZI. Travis is a strong advocate of the part that insurance plays in supporting the sustainability and growth of businesses and to the greater good of the economy. A key component of his role with Insurance Advisernet is to contribute towards creating opportunities for brokers to thrive and ultimately deliver outstanding outcomes for their customers.
PAULA MILLS – Operations & Compliance Manager
Paula joined Insurance Advisernet in November 2011 and manages all of the operations including accounts, systems, compliance and education. Paula had previously worked for over nine years with Apex General in a variety of roles and has a very good understanding of life as a broker. Prior to Apex Paula had a short stint at AA Insurance and, before that, nine years at State Insurance. Paula’s passion is customer care and training, working alongside business owners and helping them achieve and grow.
SUE CRAWFORD – National Manager, Development
Sue Crawford joined Insurance Advisenet in September 2016 as National Development Manager. Sue’s primary role is the recruitment of new brokers into the Insurance Advisement family and the development of schemes and facilities to assist our brokers in growing their business. Sue has 25 years in the insurance industry with recent roles including, General Manager at Marsh McLennan Agencies running their underwriting agency and previously 12 years at Crombie Lockwood where Sue was General Manager Partnerships & Development looking after Marketing, Schemes & Key Accounts, Insurer Relationships and Product development.
LISA CHRISTENSEN – Business Systems Development Consultant
Lisa has been working with Insurance Advisernet in both New Zealand and Australia since February 2014. Lisa’s primary role is business systems projects involving continuous improvement, business efficiencies and change management. Lisa started in insurance in 1991 and has had a variety of management positions across both the broking, banking and insurer sectors. Her most recent roles being with Lumley General Insurance as National Sales Performance Manager and managing the broker key partner relationships.
HANNELI OLIVIER – Accounts & Administrator Officer
Hanneli joined Insurance Advisernet in 2012 as Accounts and Administration Officer. She is responsible for accounts administration including the day-to-day management of the Trust Account for client premiums. The Olivier family moved to New Zealand in 1999. From 2009 to 2012 Hanneli lived in the UK where she worked for the University of Surrey, managing claims for Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects. She previously worked as accounts assistant for Mike Henry Insurance Brokers and has worked in a variety of other roles including records management and training.
TINA LIEDEMAN – Systems Administrator
Tina started her insurance career with NZI back in 2010 as a Senior Adviser in Broker Support in Christchurch. Tina joined Insurance Advisernet in January 2016. She is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and has been living in Christchurch for the last 10 years. Tina decided to make the move to Auckland and we are happy to have her on board. Tina handles a number of functions, including overseeing our Helpdesk and general systems maintenance. She has great customer service skills and always happy to take on a new challenge.