Leaders in life
Our management team have decades of experience in the life industry.
They live and breathe life insurance, and it’s this passion that has brought them together with the shared vision of setting a new standard in life insurance.
JOHN DE ZWART
John is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive positions in financial services businesses across Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has been a key contributor in creating market leading businesses during his career at AMP Corporate Super, TOWER/TAL Life and Centrepoint Alliance.
Brett is an actuary with more than 25 years’ experience in insurance and superannuation. He is a founding member of NEOS, joining the company in April 2017, and has also set up a life insurer in the United States in partnership with Swiss Re. Prior to this, Brett was a senior executive at TAL Life, where he developed and launched the Accelerate business and subsequently helped drive the transformation of that business into the leading life insurer in Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
David is a CPA with over 30 years’ experience in the insurance and superannuation sectors. Previously Head of Retail Product and Marketing and later Head of Market Development at TAL, David was responsible for implementing new products and services for the retail life market, including being project and operations executive for the Accelerate business unit.
Chief Operating Officer
Keith has over 20 years’ experience in life and general insurance and was previously Head of Product at TAL, where he was responsible for the management of the retail and direct product portfolios.
Chief Digital & Implementation Officer
Allen has over 20 years’ experience in life and private health insurance. Allen recently worked as COO in setting up a direct life insurer in the US. Prior to that, Allen was GM Digital for TAL and managed the company’s digital B2B assets.
CHARL DU PLOOY
Head of Sales
Charl has over 15 years’ experience in life and general insurance. He was recently NSW State Sales Manager for TAL where he helped the state achieve number one position. Charl was previously Head of Adviser Growth and Business Coaching at AMPFP.
Head of Operations & Underwriting
Gemma has over 25 years’ experience in life insurance, both in Australia and the UK. Most recently, Gemma was National New Business and Underwriting Manager at BT. Gemma was responsible for the end to end new business and underwriting service experience for advisers.
Head of People, Partnerships & Strategy
Martin is a chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience in life, general and mortgage insurance. He recently led Westpac General Insurance and previously ran the BT life insurance operations unit. He was also Head of M&A and Strategy at a leading Australian life insurer.
Head of Digital
Murray has over 20 years’ experience in systems development in the life insurance industry. Murray was previously responsible for managing TAL’s adviser portal and quote/apply technology. Before that he was Senior Business Analyst for the development and delivery of TAL’s Accelerate offer.
Kirshan is a qualified actuary with over 17 years’ experience in life insurance. He has spent most of his career at South Africa’s largest life insurer, Sanlam, and was the Chief Actuary for their retail insurance business. During his time at Sanlam, Kirshan was involved in actuarial reporting, product development and pricing, business intelligence, risk management and compliance.
General Manager - New Partnerships
Scott has over 30 years of financial service experience and joined NEOS from Colonial First State, where he was Head of Insurance. Prior to that, Scott worked at BT for 10 years where he held various roles across product, marketing, strategy, and operations. In 2017, Scott was named the FSC Industry Leader of the Year.