Insurance Board

Insurance Board Members Profiles:

Mr Agnew was appointed to the Insurance Board in April 2015 and elected as Chair from July 2023. He also was appointed to the Mutual Board in July 2023. Mr Agnew has been a member of the MDAN Group’s Capital Committee since August 2015 and was appointed as the Chair in November 2016. He is also a member of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee, Remuneration Sub Committee (of which he is Chair), Audit Committee and Risk Committee. Mr Agnew was the Group CEO of RAC (Western Australia) until March 2019 and was previously Managing Director of SGIC Holdings Ltd, a general insurance and health insurance organisation in South Australia.

Mr Terry Agnew is a highly experienced CEO and non-executive director. He has worked across a range of industries including insurance, financial services, travel and tourism, education, disability and care and membership organisations.

Mr Agnew is the current Chair of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals and Chair of Edge Employment Solutions (a disability employment service). He is also a Director of RAA Insurance, HCF and Infrastructure WA, and was a Founding Member of CEOs for Gender Equity. He is member of the Curtin University Council and also the Chair of the Kalgoorlie Campus Council which includes the Western Australian School of Mines. Additionally, he Chairs the Expert Advisory Panel of the AAA Road Safety Research Program and is on the Advisory Board of Future Green Solutions.

Mr Agnew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.

Mr Agnew was educated in Adelaide, Perth and Boston and his qualifications include MBA, M.Sc., B.E. (Hons) and the Harvard AMP. He is an Honorary Doctor of Curtin University.

Gary was appointed to the Insurance Board in October 2023. Gary is currently Independent Chair of The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Chair of the Hollard Insurance Australia companies, a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, Chair of Emergence Insurance and was previously Chair of the NSW Government Ministerial Advisory Panel on Apartments Defects Insurance.

In his 35 years in financial services prior to pursuing a non-executive career, Gary worked primarily at Suncorp Group, Insurance Australia Group and St.George Bank, having held executive roles across a range of functional areas such as distribution, marketing, technology management, product manufacturing, operations and corporate affairs.

His most recent executive roles were as CEO of Suncorp’s Australian general and life insurance businesses, CEO of Suncorp’s Customer Platforms operations and CEO of Suncorp’s New Zealand general insurance businesses.

Gary is a past President, Deputy President and Director of each of the Insurance Council of Australia and Insurance Council of New Zealand, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Gannon was appointed to the Insurance Board in November 2020.

Dr Gannon is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in private practice in Perth. He is interested in medical problems in pregnancy, high risk pregnancy and stillbirth prevention.

Dr Gannon is Chair of the WA Perinatal and Infant Mortality Committee and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

Dr Gannon was appointed to the Board of Amana Living in 2021 and elected to the Board of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) in 2022. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Dr Gannon graduated from the University of Western Australia, before training at Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital, the Rotunda Hospital Dublin and St Mary’s Hospital London.

Dr Gannon was Federal President of the AMA from 2016 to 2018 and President of AMA WA between 2014 and 2016. He was Chair of the Federal AMA Ethics & Medicolegal Committee. He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) between 2018 and 2021.

Dr Gannon is also a member of the Mutual Board (since June 2018) and was elected as its President in November 2020. Dr Gannon has a long association with MDA National, joining as a medical student, serving as a member of the President’s Medical Liaison Committee, and as a member of MDA National Insurance's Cases Committee (Western/Central) since 2011.

Dr Gannon is also a member of the MDAN Group's Capital Committee, Nominations & Remuneration Committee (appointed as Chair in July 2023) and Clinical Underwriting Committee. Dr Gannon was appointed to the Board of MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd in November 2020.

A/Prof Hollands was appointed to the Insurance Board in November 2023. He is also a member of the Mutual Board, being elected in 2017 after having previously served on the Mutual Board between November 2013 and November 2016. A/Prof Hollands also serves on MDA National Insurance's Cases (Eastern) Committee, of which he is Chair.

A/Prof Hollands is a General Surgeon at Westmead Hospital (NSW) and is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery of the Western Clinical School of Sydney University. He has postgraduate training in gastro-oesophageal and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

A/Prof Hollands trained at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and later at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Guys Hospital in London. He then worked in Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston) and Queen Mary’s Hospital (Hong Kong) before joining the staff at Westmead in 1986.

A/Prof Hollands has Fellowships in surgery from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the American College of Surgeons. He was formerly Chair of the Early Management of Severe Trauma Committee and the NSW Regional Committee of RACS when he played a significant role in tort law reform in NSW.

He was elected to the Council of RACS in 2006, served as Treasurer from 2010 to 2011, and was elected President in 2012. He was the Chairman for the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges from 2012 to 2014.

Michael was previously the Chairman of the Health Care Quality and Safety Committee for Western Sydney Health District, having retired from the position in early 2021. He was recently a member of the Expert Advisory Group established by AHPRA to review revalidation in Australian medical practice. He also is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms O’Driscoll, a non-executive director of MDA National Insurance, was appointed to the Insurance Board on 20 February 2015. She has been Chair of the MDAN Group’s Audit Committee and Risk Committee since September 2015 and is also a member of the Remuneration Sub Committee.

Ms O’Driscoll is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Ms O’Driscoll has over 35 years of business experience gained primarily in public accounting practice and insurance companies. She worked on audit and advice for a range of clients in Dublin, London and Sydney, latterly with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She spent over thirteen years with Insurance Australia Group Limited in a range of roles and completed her executive career spending three years as the Chief Financial Officer of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited.

Ms O’Driscoll is currently independent Chairman of ASX listed FINEOS Corporation Holdings Plc. Ms O’Driscoll has also held various other Board roles as both an executive and non-executive director, including ASX listed companies Steadfast Group Limited (appointed 2013) and Infomedia Limited (appointed 2014) from which she retired in March 2023.