Invited Speakers

Session 1

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - The Honourable Helen Bowskill

The Honourable Helen Bowskill was sworn in as Chief Justice of Queensland on 22 March 2022, having served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 10 July 2017, and as the Senior Judge Administrator of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 24 August 2021. Her Honour previously served as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland from 10 November 2014, in that capacity also sitting as a Judge of the Children’s Court of Queensland and the Planning and Environment Court.

Her Honour holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology and was awarded the University Medal in 1995. In 2022, her Honour was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the Queensland University of Technology.

Her Honour served as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Drummond of the Federal Court of Australia in 1996 and completed articles of clerkship with Minter Ellison in 1997. Her Honour was admitted as a solicitor in January 1998, and as a barrister in July 1998. She commenced practice at the private Bar in Brisbane in July 1998. Her Honour took silk in November 2013. As a barrister, she practised widely in public, administrative and commercial law areas, with a particular focus on native title law.

Her Honour is a member and current Chair of the Judicial Council on Diversity and Inclusion and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Steve Carey
Director and Co-Founder, Delta Insurance

Selous Nyakunu
Senior Casualty Underwriter, Chubb

Session 2

Ben McKinnie
Account Director, BMS Group

Daniel Sirone
Executive General Manager, Sedgwick

Sharanjit Paddam
MA MSci Tech FIA FIAA , Principal, Finity

Sharanjit is a leading expert on climate change, and awarded Insurance Leader of the Year 2022 by ANZIIF for his work on championing action on climate change, Actuary of the Year 2023 by the Actuaries Institute, and Risk Manager of the Year by the Climate Alliance in 2020.

He co-leads Finity’s perils & climate practice and advises insurers, banks, investors and governments on perils and climate risk assessment, management, strategy and reporting.

In 2023 he authored a research report for the Actuaries Institute on Home Insurance Affordability, and In 2022 he gave a TEDxSydney talk on climate change and banks and insurers.

Prior to working at Finity he was Group Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk at QBE Insurance Group, where he developed QBE’s global ESG policies, risk management framework, and reporting on climate change.

Session 3

Gareth Beacham KC

Gareth’s principle areas of legal expertise, are in the building and construction law area. Included in this area are matters involving professional negligence (involving architects and engineers), and matters involving mining or engineering disputes more generally.
Gareth is also briefed in matters involving professional negligence on the part of solicitors, on behalf of Lexon Insurance.

He works generally in the area of commercial litigation, including disputes over contractual issues and other commercial disputes.
Gareth’s briefers include a number of the largest law firms operating in Australia. Gareth especially enjoys court appearance work in his areas of expertise. He is also briefed to attend mediations, and appears in arbitrations.

Gareth has been consistently featured in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading King’s Counsel in the area of Construction, most recently:

  • 2023 – Leading Construction and Infrastructure Senior Counsel – Australia (leading)
  • 2023 – Leading Construction and Infrastructure Senior Counsel – Queensland (pre-eminent)

He has also been featured in Chambers & Partners in the area of Construction & Infrastructure, Australia. Gareth has practised as a barrister in Brisbane since 1998.

Emma Davies
Underwriting Manager, Environmental Liability, AXA XL

James Tucker
Senior Claims Specialist and Technical Lead, Liberty Specialty Markets Australia

James is a Senior Claims Specialist and Technical Lead at Liberty Specialty Markets. He manages casualty claims including incidents under Liberty’s Environmental Impairment Liability policies. Environmental claims require a detailed appreciation of the insured’s business operations and expectations given the nature of first party clean-up costs in combination with third party liability claims. James practiced as a solicitor at an insurance law firm in Melbourne for 4 years before moving to Brisbane where he has worked in insurance for the past 12 years.

Andrew Cheetham
Partner, HWL Ebsworth

Katie Clark
Partner, Minter Ellison

Katie is a Partner in MinterEllison's Insurance and Corporate Risk team. She has been a regular presenter at the AILA General Insurance Law Review day in recent years and is delighted to be invited to speak at the national conference in 2024.

Katie leads the general insurance team in MinterEllison's Brisbane office. Her practise includes both front-end advisory and claims/disputes work. On the advisory front, she regularly supports commercial insurers, corporate clients and government clients in relation to project and contractual risk, contractual terms and insurance arrangements.

On the disputes and claims side, Katie is particularly sought after to advise clients in relation to matters that are sensitive due to content, public interest, precedent value or quantum. This includes catastrophic injuries or losses, cladding recovery claims, service interruption, property damage (including fire), and a variety of casualty claims (including institutional abuse and dust diseases).

Ken Horsley

Ken is a Brisbane-based barrister who has practised in the area of insurance law for more than 30 years.  Prior to transitioning to the bar, he was head of insurance practice at Minter Ellison.

His practice has included almost all areas of insurance.  He has focused primarily on defence work involving third party claims for most classes including Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Construction Risks, Directors and Officers, Statutory Liability, Marine, Aviation and Product Liability.  His extensive front-end experience includes drafting policy wordings for Australian and international insurers and advising corporate clients in relation to insurance programs as they relate to contractual indemnities, insurance obligations and limitations of liability.  He regularly presents on these issues at insurance industry events.

He has extensive experience in relation to coverage issues including fraud and arson.  He acted for the insurer who successfully defended a major arson claim in Cassa Bedding Pty Ltd v Insurance Australia Ltd [2022] QSC 001.

Session 4

Dallas Campbell
Manager, Strategic Partnerships Strategy & Performance, Suncorp

Nicola Mason
National General Lines Claims Leader, WTW

Pete Diskin
Chief Client Officer, Gallagher Bassett

Pete has worked in insurance for 26 years, starting as a licensed Surveillance Operative and Factual Investigator before joining the Gallagher Bassett Australian team as a claims officer in 2000. His experience spans across client service, claims management, team management, product, and sales management roles; and he was Gallagher Bassett’s National Business Sales Manager (General Insurance) in Australia for 8 years.

With key expertise in the London Market and Underwriting Agency sectors, in 2018 Pete moved to UK and was promoted to the role of Chief Client Officer as well as taking on an Executive Steward role for Lloyd’s of London. His expertise lies in helping clients minimise risk exposure, drive down claims costs and get the best outcomes through outsourcing and strong partnering. Pete works actively with professional groups including the Lloyd's Market Association DCA Committee, where he has piloted new advancements and been part of thought leadership groups tackling industry issues.

During his time in Australia Pete was a founding Committee Member of Australian & New Zealand Young Insurance Professionals (2011-2014) and a Queensland Committee Member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) (2012-2014).

In 2022, Pete returned to Australia to take on the role of Chief Client Officer - Australia with a wealth of international experience and knowledge to lead the Australian Client Solutions team, while retaining the Executive sponsorship for the Lloyd’s of London market.

Kylie Horton
Executive Manager Qld CTP Claims, Suncorp

Kylie Horton, Executive Manager, Suncorp QLD CTP Claims, has worked within the personal injury industry for over 20 years holding executive positions in both the private and government sectors. Kylie possesses an effective combination of industry knowledge and expertise, interpersonal skills, and strategic thinking to achieve great outcomes for injured claimants and her people. Kylie has been an advocate for the introduction ofartificial intelligence (AI) technologies within the claims process to optimise operational efficiency, reduce workload for her people and enhance the overall value delivered to injured customers. With the increased prevalence of secondary psychological claims, it has become even more apparent that early intervention and monitoring is necessary to ensure genuinely injured claimants gain access to the appropriate rehabilitation and treatment.

Janine Reid
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary, WorkCover Qld

Session 5

Rebecca Jancauskas
Director, JGA Saddler

Amanda Beattie
Partner, Wotton + Kearney

Rebecca Treston KC

Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1989. She worked between 1989 and 1996 as a solicitor specialising in insurance litigation. Rebecca was called to the Bar in February 1996 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013.

Rebecca’s specialised areas of practice include Wills, Estates and Trusts, Insurance, Common Law and Statutory Liability. Rebecca also has a particular interest in professional indemnity, medico-legal and regulatory matters. Over many years Rebecca has been recognised as Queensland’s only Market Leader, King’s Counsel, in estate litigation She is also consistently recognised as one of the pre-eminent Silks in estate litigation in Australia.. Between 2007 and 2010, and again in 2013, Rebecca held a position as a part time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Rebecca regularly acts as a mediator in estate, insurance and commercial disputes. Her diverse practice means she is also ranked as a leading silk by Doyle’s Guide in Insurance Litigation and as a Mediator.

In 2018, Rebecca became the first female President of the Bar Association of Queensland.

Rebecca is a member, and founding director, of Hemmant’s List.

Dr Katrina Kluss

Katrina has a broad commercial practice, specialising in the areas of estate and trust litigation, professional and medical negligence, defendant insurance, and public and product liability (including related insurance law matters of policy, contractual interpretation, indemnity and contribution).

She regularly appears in contested applications, trials, mediations and conferences. She is a member of Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association, and the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy.

Katrina holds undergraduate degrees in Law (Hons) and Psychological Science, an LLM (Applied Law), and a PhD in Law.

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