Our People

Our people are passionate about protecting fellow Australians

Board

Paul Sampson

Chairman and Non Executive Director

Stephen Harrison

Deputy Chairman and Non Executive Director

Anthony R Brown

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Kevin Hamman

Non-Executive Director

Emery Feyzeny

Non-Executive Director

Martin Edwards

Non-Executive Director

Keith Cohen

Non-Executive Director

Paul Sampson

Chairman and Non Executive Director

Paul has over 26 years of experience in Life insurance and wealth management. He was previously CEO of AXA Life Insurance Co. Japan, Non-Executive Director of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, and Chairman of National Mutual Funds Management. Paul has been successful in turnaround management, implementing customer-centric strategies, and developing alternate distribution channels. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from NSW Institute of Technology and has been a member of the Certified Practicing Accounts (COA).

Stephen Harrison

Deputy Chairman and Non Executive Director

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in financial services, funds management and private equity and accounting fields. He has held Director positions with Investec Funds Management and the Australian subsidiary of US-based fund manager Sanford C Bernstein. Stephen has been a founder and has held directorships in a number of listed companies, both in Australia and overseas. He was previously Director Financial Services for BDO Nelson Parkhill, Chartered Accountants and is currently a Director of The Gruden Group Limited.

Anthony R Brown

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Anthony has been CEO of NobleOak for over 4 years. He has over 25 years of experience in marketing, strategy, operations and distribution. He was previously COO at AMP Capital, Head of Strategy and Marketing at AMP, Head of Commercial Insurance Marketing at Suncorp, and Manager at KPMG. Anthony has completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston, has an MBA from the AGSM, and is a Chartered Accountant. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree (University of Sydney) and a Master of Commerce degree (University of NSW).

Kevin Hamman

Non-Executive Director

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry including senior management and Director roles in investment and private banking. Kevin currently holds several executive directorships in private companies in the financial services, property development and investment industries.

Emery Feyzeny

Non-Executive Director

Emery has over 42 years of experience in the superannuation industry, including 15 years as a partner at KPMG. He established and headed KPMG Superannuation Services Pty Ltd for 18 years and advised the Superannuation Senate Select committee on the taxation of superannuation funds in Australia. He is currently a Director of REI Superannuation Fund and Chair of the Fund’s Investment Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science and is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Martin Edwards

Non-Executive Director

Martin Edwards is the General Manager - Diversification of Avant Mutual Group and a Director of Doctors Financial Services Pty Limited and MyPracticeManual Limited. Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Other previous positions include MBF's Group Treasurer and leadership roles at Commonwealth Bank and Trowbridge Consulting. Martin attended the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science.

Keith Cohen

Non-Executive Director

Keith is a founder and the Managing Director of Freedom Insurance. Previously Keith was a founder and the Managing Director of Australian Life Insurance from September 2002 to March 2009 and prior to this was the Principal Executive Officer at Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited from April 1998 to August 2002. Before joining Westpac as the Chief Actuary in 1996, Keith was Deputy General Manager – Development Actuary at Sage Life Limited in South Africa. Keith joined the NobleOak Board in February 2016.

Management Team

Anthony R Brown

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Steve Hitchcock

Chief Operating Officer

Fiona Vella

Chief Business Officer

Phil Hill

Chief Underwriter and Claims Manager

Matthew Wilson

Chief Risk Officer

Sarah Ding

Senior Finance Manager

Anthony R Brown

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Anthony has been CEO of NobleOak for over 4 years. He has over 25 years of experience in marketing, strategy, operations and distribution. He was previously COO at AMP Capital, Head of Strategy and Marketing at AMP, Head of Commercial Insurance Marketing at Suncorp, and Manager at KPMG. Anthony has completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston, has an MBA from the AGSM, and is a Chartered Accountant. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree (University of Sydney) and a Master of Commerce degree (University of NSW).

Steve Hitchcock

Chief Operating Officer

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the Life insurance industry spanning direct, intermediated and group channels at InsuranceLine, TAL (formally Tower), Hannover Life Re and Financial Synergy. Steve was one of the first employees of InsuranceLine and was instrumental in building the business over many years. He has held a number of senior roles, including General Manager Products and Compliance at InsuranceLine and National Manager Direct Sales at Tower.  Steve has been with NobleOak for over 4 years.

Fiona Vella

Chief Business Officer

Fiona has over 15 years of professional experience, with 11 of those years within the Life insurance sector. Fiona is a specialist in consumer and business-to-business sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining NobleOak she worked for Aegon in Hong Kong, as Regional Director Marketing & Business Development, Asia Pacific. Fiona has supported Life insurance programs for leading Australian and Global brands including CBA, BT, Amex, MetLife, Suncorp and AAMI. She is currently completing her MBA through the Australian Institute of Business.

Phil Hill

Chief Underwriter and Claims Manager

Phil has worked in the Life insurance industry in Australia for over 40 years, both in reinsurance and with a number of major life offices including CommInsure and Tower.  He has worked in Senior Management positions in all areas of risk insurance including Underwriting, Claims, Product Development and Risk Management. His primary area of responsibility has involved Underwriting and he has held Chief Underwriter roles with various Life offices over the past 30 years. He joined NobleOak in 2014 as Chief Underwriter and Claims Manager and was appointed as NobleOak’s Head of Underwriting in 2016. He is a Senior Associate with the Australian and New Zealand Insurance Institute and holds a Diploma in Business Management. He is also a Senior Associate of the Australian Life Underwriters and Claims Association.

Matthew Wilson

Chief Risk Officer

Matthew is an experienced corporate lawyer and risk governance practitioner with diverse corporate experience across financial services businesses in Australia and New Zealand.  Matthew is a NSW legal practitioner and holder of an unrestricted practising certificate. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from UTS Sydney, and is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the Risk Management Institute of Australia. He is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and has a Diploma of Financial Planning.

Sarah Ding

Senior Finance Manager

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting) from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China and completed Commercial Law / Company Law / Taxation Law at The University of Southern Queensland, Australia. CPA qualified in Australia and China, Sarah has held past positions such as Company Accountant for an engineering firm in Australia and as Auditor (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Shanghai, China). She has been with NobleOak for over 9 years.

Other important team members

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Daniela Gosevska

New Business & Client Services Manager

“We have a genuine desire to look after clients and provide them with quality service”.

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Anne William

Senior Client Services Specialist

“We are passionate about providing the best service to Australians when they need it most”.

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Sandra Nathaniel

Digital Marketing Manager

“Our tailored offering provides comprehensive cover with award winning service”.

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Kiran Gill

Company Secretary & Executive Assistant

“I believe in our mission to better protect Australians and their families by providing more affordable and accessible Life insurance”.

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Jade Cooper

New Business Specialist

“I believe the quality of the NobleOak service team is second to none”.

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Mark Mollina

New Business Specialist

“The team is trained to provide the highest level of personal assistance. We complete your application for you over the phone and keep you up to date throughout the process”.