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Ian Ireland retires and David Cole appointed Chief Commercial Officer

March 20, 2023

After 14 years with Ansvar Insurance, Ian Ireland, General Manager, Client Solutions has decided to retire.  Ian joined Ansvar Insurance in 2008 as the Regional Manager, QLD becoming Deputy General Manager, Sales in 2013 and progressed to his current role shortly after.  During his time with Ansvar Insurance, Ian’s dedication and commitment has been unwavering, making a significant contribution and leading the national business development team since 2014, overseeing a more than doubling of gross written premium in that time.  Along the way, Ian has made many friends within Ansvar and across the industry and though his presence will be missed we wish him well in his well-earned retirement.

“I’ve had an amazing journey with Ansvar over nearly 15 years and very proud of what our team has achieved during this time and the contribution Ansvar has made to giving back to the community that it serves.  After spending nearly 40 years in the industry, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests” says Ian Ireland, General Manager – Client Solutions.

 Warren Hutcheon, Chief Executive Officer comments: “Ian has played an integral role as a key member of our Executive Leadership Team for many years.  We thank Ian for his significant contribution to Ansvar in his nearly 15 years with us and wish him all the best in his retirement”.

Upon Ian’s retirement, we are delighted to announce the appointment of David Cole as Chief Commercial Officer.  David will report into Warren Hutcheon, Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for strategic business development and distribution, heading the national Client Solutions and Risk Solutions teams at Ansvar.  David is well-known and respected within the industry and his extensive knowledge and experience will be a great complement to the breadth and depth of Ansvar’s executive leadership team.  David has over 30 years of insurance industry experience and has worked in a number of senior roles with Catholic Church Insurance, AON and Marsh.

“I’m genuinely excited to join the Ansvar team and inspired by the opportunity to make a real difference by growing the business to give more back to the community.  Being owned by the Benefact Group whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society and giving all available profits back to good causes, I’m looking forward to leading the Ansvar team through the next phase of growth and guiding our collective contribution of giving back to our local communities” says David Cole, Chief Commercial Officer.

Warren Hutcheon, Chief Executive Officer comments: “We are delighted to have David Cole on board as our Chief Commercial Officer.  David is highly experienced, well known within insurance broking circles and will be an invaluable asset and great complement to our senior management team. We look forward to David’s contribution as a new member of our Executive Leadership Team and guiding the business through the next phase of growth and supporting our goal of growing to give back”.

David will spend the next few weeks with Ian Ireland during a handover period before taking the reins of the new combined team in April.



Media enquiries:

John Morrow, National Marketing Manager, 03 8630 3192 / jmorrow@ansvar.com.au


About Ansvar

With over 60 years of experience in the Australian insurance industry, Ansvar has become a leading specialist provider of insurance and risk management solutions for the Care Services, Community Services (Not for Profits), Education and Learning, Faith Communities, Arts, Culture and Heritage and Commercial Property Owner sectors. Being part of the Benefact Group, Ansvar also has a long history of giving back to our community through donations, sponsorships and our own Community Education Program designed to help and support disadvantaged young Australians. For more information, visit: www.ansvar.com.au/community-education-program/

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