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Discover the Executive Team leading MetLife Australia to help change the way Australians experience life insurance

Vince Watt, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Vince Watt joined MetLife in Australia as Chief Financial Officer in June 2014. Vince has over 15 years of experience in the financial services sector and has a proven track record of leading large teams in transformational change programs and successfully executing on business strategies. Vince is a fellow of the Australian Society of CPA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney.

Tim Batten, Chief Information Officer

Tim Batten was appointed as Chief Information Officer of MetLife in Australia in July 2015. With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge as an experienced leader of technically sophisticated businesses in Australia and internationally. Tim is responsible for promoting innovation by constantly being on the pulse of new technology trends and using them to fulfil customers' needs. He has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering from Melbourne University and a Masters in Engineering Science from Monash University.

Bradley Brandenburg, Chief Risk Officer

Bradley Brandenburg is the Chief Risk Officer at MetLife Australia. Brad is responsible for providing leadership in ensuring effective risk management and risk governance across the MetLife Australia business.  Brad has extensive risk management, compliance and corporate strategy experience having worked in Australia, Europe and Asia for leading global organisations, including BlackRock, Aviva, KPMG and more recently, AMP. Brad holds a Masters of Finance from FinSIA, bachelor degrees in both Economics and Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australian & New Zealand (CA).

Chesne Stafford, Chief Distribution Officer

Chesne Stafford was appointed Chief Distribution Officer of MetLife in Australia in January 2015. In this role Chesne is responsible for designing and implementing sales and retention strategies to achieve the ongoing growth of the Group, Retail and Direct lines of business. Chesne has over 15 years of experience in distribution and relationship management roles within wealth management with a strong track record of sales leadership. Chesne holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

Alison Lim, Chief of Staff

Alison Lim joined MetLife in Australia as Chief of Staff in December 2014, she is responsible for supporting the CEO and the ALT in the planning and execution of strategic initiatives, organisational change and leads Corporate Communications. Alison has over 15 years of experience in financial services holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Gerard McDermott, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer 

Gerard McDermott joined MetLife in Australia as Chief Strategy and Customer Officer in May 2018 and is responsible for leading the Strategy, Project Management Office, Customer, Digital, Marketing and Data functions. Gerard has over 20 years of experience in financial services including senior operational and business leadership roles and has a proven track record of leading successful business transformations, developing business strategies and building customer value propositions. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of New England and Northern Rivers  and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.


Gary Bailison, Head of Individual Insurance

Gary Bailison is the Head of Individual Insurance for MetLife in Australia. In this role, he is responsible for developing and driving MetLife’s Individual product and pricing strategies in the Australian market. Gary has over 12 years of experience in financial services, including senior roles in product, pricing, strategy and data analytics, and 8 years of experience in management consulting. Gary holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Finance) degree.

James Carey, Head of Group Insurance

James Carey was appointed Head of Group Insurance in June 2018, with responsibility for Group Product, Pricing and Reinsurance activities as well as leading the Regulatory and Government Affairs portfolio for the business.  James joined MetLife in Australia as Head of Reinsurance and Regulatory Affairs in May 2016. James has over 15 years of experience in the financial services sector including senior roles in distribution, product and marketing specifically within the life insurance industry. 


Allyson Carlile, Head of People & Culture

Allyson is the Head of People & Culture for MetLife in Australia, and is responsible for developing and executing HR strategies that are aligned to the business’ overall objectives. Allyson has over 15 years of HR experience in the financial services industry. Prior to MetLife Allyson worked with NAB Asset Management, Westpac, BT Financial Group and Barclays Global Investors. In addition to her broad HR generalist background, Allyson has extensive experience in Organisational Design, Talent Management and Leadership Development. Allyson has a Bachelor of Business, Management Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney.

Michael Rowe, Head of Legal

Michael Rowe is the Head of Legal at MetLife Australia and is a leading financial services lawyer with over 20 years of experience. Michael joined MetLife in 2013 and specialises in life insurance, superannuation and FSR and has worked for many years on successful product design and distribution, partner relationships and dispute resolution.

Board Members

Geoff Brunsdon
Geoff Brunsdon is the Chairman of MetLife in Australia and is currently Chairman of APN Funds Management Ltd, Sims Metal Management Ltd and IPE Limited. Until June 2009 he was Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking of Merrill Lynch International (Australia) Limited. Geoff was a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel between 2007 and April 2016. He is a Patron of Redkite.

Denis Wilkinson
Denis Wilkinson was General Manager, Diversified Institutions at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority until his retirement in 2011. Denis is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of London and the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Denis was appointed as a director of MetLife Australia in October 2012 and currently chairs both the MetLife Insurance Limited Audit and Risk Committees.

Brian Bissaker
Brian has over 30 years of experience in financial services having held senior positions as the CEO of Colonial First State and Virgin Money Australia and a Group Executive of the Bank of Queensland. He is currently a Director of MyState Limited, Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Brian was appointed as a director of Metlife Australia in August 2016.

Des Thomas
Des Thomas is Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary, Asia with MetLife, responsible for leading the firm’s Asian actuarial functions. He has previously held senior actuarial, finance, and risk leadership positions with MetLife, including Vice-President and Treasurer, Asia and Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, MetLife Japan. He has also held senior Asian finance leadership roles with AIG, Swiss Re, Towers Perrin, and Eagle Star Insurance. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in mathematics from Bristol University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK). He was appointed a board member of MetLife Australia in September 2018.

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