Executive Director And CEO
Robert Whelan joined the Insurance Council of Australia on March 22, 2010, after a highly successful career as a senior manager in a diverse range of roles within the insurance and banking sectors.
He has particularly strong experience in managing the corporate affairs and policy functions in major insurers including AAMI and Suncorp, as well as extensive general business management experience in broader financial services with companies including AMP, Legal & General and Colonial Mutual.
This is in addition to other industry experience in the healthcare sector, where he held a number of senior management roles, including general manager of pharmacy services at Mayne Group Limited, which is a business servicing 3000 pharmacy customers nationally and a retail franchise business supporting more than 500 pharmacies across Australia.
He is well regarded in the financial services industry as a leader in the development of public policy, and has worked extensively with regulatory bodies, government and consumer groups.
Rob's strong background in stakeholder management and his proven track record in delivering solutions to complex business operations ensure he is a driving force with the ability to deliver results for members of the Insurance Council of Australia.
Meet the CEO’s Executive Assistant
Christa joined the ICA in March 2009. She is responsible for supporting the CEO and the ICA Board to ensure the efficient management of the CEO office.
Prior to joining the ICA, Christa held assistant and assistant company secretarial roles at Consolidated Media Holdings (formerly Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, with interests in media (ACP Magazines, Channel 9) and gaming (Crown/Burswood casinos).
During her time at PBL she worked on significant projects including demergers/restructures to the change from print media to digital media.
Andrew is joining the Insurance Council of Australia in September from the Commonwealth Bank, where he served as the Executive General Manager for Corporate Affairs for seven years. At CBA he was responsible for the management of CBA’s corporate reputation, public affairs and sustainability.
He was previously Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for Woolworths Limited for six years, overseeing a similar portfolio and participating as a member of the Management Board.
Andrew’s professional career started as a journalist in regional New South Wales in 1994, before moving to Canberra in 1996 where he worked in federal politics for 10 years as a ministerial media advisor. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Federal Director of the Nationals, leading the party as campaign director for federal elections.
His expertise in the corporate affairs profession has been recognised with admission to the Arthur W. Page Society, recognition in the International Top 50 Corporate Affairs Professionals (Salt & Shein 2014) and in the inaugural award of Top 50 Outstanding LGBTI Leaders in Australia (Deloitte 2016) for his work in leadership roles, diversity and on the Board of Equality Australia for the marriage equality campaign.
He has extensive experience in governance, both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He serves on the boards of Rural Aid, and The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.