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Key managers leave ICA after restructure

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Several key executives will leave the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), following a strategic review.

The Government and Stakeholder Relations and Communications teams have been combined into one Public Affairs group.

As a result, the roles of Head of Communications Campbell Fuller and Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations Richard Shields have been made redundant.

Mathew Jones has joined ICA as GM Public Affairs. He was most recently the Executive Director Communications and Engagement for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet for more than three years.

Prior to that he held senior roles in the state’s Department of Planning and Environment, and was a Chief of Staff to a former NSW Treasurer. He has also been MD of the public affairs agency Parker and Partners.

ICA’s Head of Regulation Policy John Anning, who joined in 2007, will retire from his full-time position next month. He will work on a part-time basis next year on ICA special projects.

As insuranceNEWS.com.au reported last week, ICA Head of Risk and Operations Karl Sullivan has also left after 14 years.

ICA CEO Andrew Hall says the restructure “will better align our skills and capabilities” to the delivery of ICA’s strategic plan.

“After 10 years in his role … Campbell Fuller has stepped down and is moving to the next phase of his career,” Mr Hall said.

“ICA thanks Campbell for his advice, guidance and support over an extremely challenging decade for insurance and financial services.

“Richard Shields will be stepping down in early 2021 after assisting the team with the transition of major pieces of legislation currently before the Parliament.

“Richard has played a fundamental role in re-building the government relations function for the ICA and supporting members through several years of important reform to insurance and financial services.”

Head of Strategy Kylie Macfarlane is managing the Risk and Operations directorate while a review of member requirements takes place.

ICA has started an “internal and external search” for a replacement for Mr Anning.