You can have complete confidence in our highly experienced client management team
Neil Austin / Managing Director
As Managing Director and founder, Neil leads our team of brokers and support staff who are firmly focused on meeting the needs of clients and providing tailored insurance solutions and policy coverage.
With over 30 years of experience, Neil has built a solid reputation in the insurance industry as a highly regarded insurance broker and risk advisor. He brings that experience to the staff and clients of Austinsure, which he founded in 2004.
He is known for innovation and delivering cost-effective and sustainable solutions to an ever-increasing client base. These include SMEs through to major enterprises across a wide range of sectors including the Aviation industry and launching Austinsure’s professional indemnity offerings to lawyers and valuers.
Neil has formed and nurtured strong relationships over many years – locally and internationally – and this has enabled Austinsure to access exclusive Lloyd’s facilities and other arrangements overseas. This means the world’s leading insurance products and services are available to New Zealand businesses through Austinsure.
Blair Dyer / Professional Liability Manager
As Professional Liability Manager, Blair works with clients to fully understand their risks and insurance requirements. He provides recommendations on insurance solutions, negotiates and arranges cover, and manages claims. He is also responsible for the development of customised liability insurance solutions and policy coverage.
Blair’s eye is firmly on the individual needs of the client’s business. He focuses on identifying and understanding risks and developing the most appropriate response from the insurance market to help his client protect against those risks.
Blair has nearly 30 years of experience, joining Austinsure in 2012. Prior to his current role, Blair was Professional Liability Manager for an insurer leading a team of 10 underwriters. He brings significant experience working in the fire and general insurance sector with a particular interest in liability, and products for professional services.
Blair particularly enjoys a challenge and often succeeds in getting cover for hard-to-insure risks or getting difficult claims paid.
As well as working with Austinsure clients, Blair assists other insurance brokers, insurance lawyers and insurers with liability issues
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management.
Outside of work, Blair enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen judge of good coffee.
Sharleen Attwood / Account Manager
Sharleen is passionate about working with clients to provide insurance solutions that fit with their individual needs and help to secure their assets and operations in the event of a loss or claim.
She works with a broad range of clients and takes pride in being readily available to discuss and advise on changes that potentially impact on their business operations.
Sharleen has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial sector, and as a former business owner brings empathy and a depth of understanding of the needs and the issues facing businesses. Previous employment with an NZRTA Affiliated Broker means she also has an enthusiasm and understanding for the transport and distribution sector.
Away from work, Sharleen is a keen traveller, enjoys singing and music, and has an interest in interior design.
Tim Flowers / Personal Risk Broker
As a Personal Risk Broker, Tim specialises in the assessment of risk associated with the loss of an individual, such as a family member, business owner or key staff member. He works with clients to fully understand their circumstances and the financial risks they are exposed to. He provides recommendations on insurance solutions that provide financial protection when income is at risk through death, disability, injury, illness or major trauma.
Tim provides well-rounded advice specific to clients’ needs, and places insurance that helps people to keep their homes and maintain lifestyles and helps businesses to survive when the unexpected happens.
After an early career as a Chef, Tim now has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has a special interest in personal risk insurance.
As part of his personal development journey, he has successfully completed several papers at Massey University, covering subjects such as personal finance, financial markets and investment, estate and tax planning, and property investment.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his family at his Taupo base from where he regularly travels to meet with clients in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and other locations across the country.