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Head of Mental Health & Wellness, Zurich Financial Services
Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has tertiary qualification in marketing, law and econometrics. Having previously held roles in law, Maria started her career fifteen years ago in risk and compliance at OnePath.
Maria’s was also the Client Solutions Manager for OnePath’s group insurance business. In this role, Maria thrived on improving the member and customer experience with a particular interest and passion in mental health.
With mental health having a growing impact on our communities, in October 2017 Maria was appointed Head of Mental Health & Wellness for the life insurance business. In this role, Maria works with leaders across the life insurance value chain to ensure that our mental health customer value proposition is aligned throughout our business.
Maria is also responsible for addressing the changing needs of customers and market expectations including preventative tools and education.
In her spare time, Maria chases the sun and indulges in serious beach therapy with her family.
An Actuarial Studies survivor at university, Peita's first adventure in finance was set in the shark infested waters of Investment Banking. While proving a human can actually work over 100hrs a week, she also learnt the importance of translating the complex for her clients – smarts simply weren’t enough, storytelling was what made sure they were effective. When she moved into Financial Advice over 15 years ago this continued to ring true, & culminated in the release of her ‘Finance Action Hero’ book series in 2014 & 2016.
Over time she came to the conclusion that she also needed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset – with a focus on being nimble & constantly questioning the norm. Thus began her fascination with applied innovation – the adoption of innovative business models, the development of innovative products & technologies and the engagement of the public in more innovative ways.
As we all get smarter at the WAY we do things in the professional services world, Peita can’t wait to see what creativity & innovation does to the WHAT we do, and ultimately the breadth of WHO we can help
Risk Strategy Specialist, Zurich Financial Services
With over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Danielle Visser’s expertise encompasses insurance, financial planning and wealth management.
Danielle Visser is a Risk Strategy Specialist with Zurich, Life & Investments. She provides the dedicated focus, and delivers relevant insights and training to ensure Zurich’s advice partners remain leaders of best practice and engagement strategy.
Danielle joined Zurich in October 2016, with more than 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She was most recently a Business Development Manager with Macquarie Life, serving as the key contact for a number of Wealth Management businesses.
Danielle has also held underwriting roles with AIA and OnePath. This unique background ensures Danielle’s strategy is underpinned by a strong understanding that product nuances are critical for positive client outcomes.
Head of Savings and Investments, Zurich Financial Services
Matthew Drennan is the Head of Savings and Investments for Zurich Australia. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the Group’s unit linked investments business comprising 10 funds. Matthew is also a member of the Australian Executive Committee, the compliance committee and several investment committees within the group. Matt has worked in the finance industry for over 25 years holding senior positions at ANZ Bank, NSW Treasury, Deutsche Asset Management, Shadforth Financial Group and IOOF. He holds a B.Com in Economics, a Masters degree in Funds Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Matthew is also well known as an industry commentator.
Award winning Australian actor and director
Damon Gameau is an Australian actor and director. He has starred in several feature films, including Rolf De Heer’s critically acclaimed The Tracker, Darren Ashton’s Thunderstruck and Razzle Dazzle, Robert Connolly’s Balibo opposite Anthony LaPaglia, Patrick with Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance and Save Your Legs! with Stephen Curry and Brendan Cowell. Damon’s performance in Balibo earned him and AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His television credits include Underbelly, Howzat, Love My Way, Puberty Blues, Secrets and Lies, Gallipoli and The Kettering Incident.
As a director he wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, Animal Beatbox, which has now played at over 25 festivals worldwide. He was also a finalist in 2010 with his film, One, which he co-directed with Gareth Davies. That Sugar Film was Damon’s first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards and was a hit at the Australian box office. That Sugar Book is his first published book.