Our People

Our People

Richard Longley /Aviation Director

Richard commenced his insurance career in 2003 with a New Zealand established broker as a Regional Insurance Broker, primarily concentrating on the general insurance; during this time Richard established a solid understanding of the insurance industry and completed his professional qualifications with ANZIIF.

For the last 14 years Richard has specialised in Aviation Insurance; initially working for a Lloyds of London aviation insurance and reinsurance broker, then moving back to New Zealand and providing services to Aviation and Space businesses in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific region.

Richard has worked with Airlines, Regulators, ANSP, Launch Service providers, General Aviation businesses and private operators, UAV operators and international cargo operations. This experience has provided Richard with an excellent understanding of the risks associated to these industries, the insurance solutions available and technical understanding of the numerous policy coverages and clauses.

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Blair Dyer / Professional Liability Manager

ANZIIF New Zealand Compliance for Advisers (General Insurance Broking)

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.

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Greg Boult / Account Manager

ANZIIF New Zealand Compliance for Advisers (General Insurance Broking)

Joining the insurance industry in 1980, Greg’s experience is vast. Prior to early 2018 his background was in relationship management, business development, sales and underwriting, including sales management, all with insurance companies dealing with Brokers.

Since early 2018 and after a year working in other brokerages, Greg went looking for a different challenge and found himself at Austinsure, looking after Professional Indemnity clients, Aviation clients and many others.

Greg’s friendly and talkative nature makes building trust and forming strong relationships easy. “The thing I really enjoy about insurance broking as opposed to working for an insurance company is that every day, you’re talking to real people, looking after their businesses. Working in insurance companies I got to know many, many brokers, and Austinsure is different to most. There’s a higher degree of professionalism, integrity, and genuine care for our clients.”

Apart from industry knowledge, relationship building is very important to Greg, who finds it incredibly satisfying when you achieve great outcomes for the client.

“I want to be able to go to bed at night and know that everyone I’ve dealt with that day has had the best possible result.”

If you watch closely, Greg can occasionally be seen on our TV screens, appearing as an extra. It’s another chance for him to interact with people in the real but slightly different world, not from behind a computer or phone. He also plays in the annual Insurers v Brokers rugby league challenge, something he’s been doing since the very first tournament in 2011.

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Ethan Clark / Account Executive

ANZIIF New Zealand Compliance for Advisers (General Insurance Broking)

Ethan Clark majored in Finance and Management at Auckland University and joined the Austinsure team on graduating. He has always been interested in business and taking on a role at Austinsure straight after university, enabled hm to soak up the knowledge from other team members and last year he completed the ANZIIF New Zealand compliance for advisers (General Insurance Broking). I love connecting and interacting with different people and learning about their business. It’s varied and fascinating.

Ethan enjoys social interaction and finds it easy to connect with everyone. He has an easy-going nature and his interest in business and communication will see him do well in this industry, where forming strong client relationships and knowing their business is critical. Outdoors is where you’ll likely find Ethan out of work hours – unless he is at the gym or watching basketball. And for relaxation, a week in Bali would be awesome.

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Brandon Cole / Commercial Broker Support

Starting his career in telecommunications, Brandon found his niche in business and finance and felt drawn to the challenges, intricacies and complexities of insurance.

Directly prior to joining the team at Austinsure Brandon was with Tower Insurance, so he built good solid foundations and knew what he liked about the industry, and decided that his particular skills would be best suited to a brokerage.

“One of the things I really like about insurance is that every day is different, every client is different, and there are always new and exciting challenges to conquer. I love helping clients develop their own understanding of the intricacies of insurance that so many people overlook simply because they don’t know. It’s not an annual set-and-forget job. It’s staying on top of industry changes and making sure that every client has the best, continual protection for their business, and processing any claims quickly and without stress.”

Brandon appreciates the experience and drive of the Austinsure team, as it suits his own goals. The environment invites open discussion to create tailored solutions for every client.

When the conditions are right, Brandon will be out diving or fishing, either around the back of Tiri Tiri Matangi, or in the beautiful Bay of Islands. When not in or on the water, he’s likely to be on the golf course or just hanging out with his mates.

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Giorgia Matthews / Commercial Broker Support

Ex-Tauranga local Giorgia has been working in insurance broking since 2018 and joined Austinsure in August 2022, fresh from a 6-month working holiday in Australia.

Giorgia is working towards gaining her Certificate of Insurance Level 5.

“I like helping people and being able to take the stress out of situations, and insurance is the perfect career opportunity to be able to do that.”

Giorgia has found that insurance is an industry in which every client and their business is different. “They all have varied requirements in terms of insurance and it’s great getting to know them and understanding their business. I love knowing that I’ll be part of the solution if or when things go bad for them and they have to make a claim.

In her spare time Giorgia potters around home – literally! She has her own potter’s wheel and is currently mastering the basics – mugs and vases. “It’s a messy hobby, but I’m loving it!”

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Deni Nersezova / Commercial Broker Support / CQIB

NZ Certificate in Financial Services

Deni joined Austinsure in May 2022 and has a wide range of experience from various roles in the corporate world and in insurance broking firms since 2006.

Deni has extensive claims handling experience gained over the last few years and has completed her New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services Level V (General Insurance).

Deni has an eye for detail, and a hunger for knowledge and new challenges, in particular aviation and commercial insurance broking.

“I’m really enjoying being in a supportive and driven environment. It’s great working in a team who all readily share their knowledge,” Deni says.

Originally from Bulgaria, Deni is a kiwi by choice and spends her excess energy in the outdoors kayaking, dragon boating, bush walking and hiking.

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