Councillor profiles: Impact & Transformation portfolio
Neil Beaumont has served on the IIG Council since 2017, first as a co–opted member in the marketing portfolio and in the last 2 years, as head of the Impact & Transformation portfolio. Neil strongly believes in giving back to the industry that has been so good to him and is also a mentor for the second year in a row on the IIG Roots & Wings programme.
After 10 years and a few role changes, Neil Beaumont is currently the regional head for business development & major Accounts for the Chubb Insurance Eurasia & Africa region. Neil’s primary responsibility entails driving the business development & major accounts strategy for the Chubb operations in South Africa, Russia, Turkey & MENA, which includes the reinsurance operation in the DIFC (Dubai) as well as operations in Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia & Saudi Arabia.
Neil joined the company, previously known as ACE, in March 2009 after completing a BBA degree and started his career as a Junior Corporate accident & health underwriter and has grown within the business.
Neil is a firm believer that one needs to find a work/life balance and in saying this, Neil’s hobbies include playing golf, exercising regularly and spending time with loved ones. Neil also recently became a father for the first time to a beautiful baby girl and is happily married to his wife, Laura.
After being co-opted in 2018 as a council member Simphiwe Mtyali knew that she has made the right decision by running to be on the IIG council. Her need to share and multiply her story motivated her to run again in 2019 when she was officially appointed to the IIG Impact and Transformation portfolio.
She is currently the Africa Executive at MIRB Africa. Her role involves marketing and reinsurance placement for MIRB’s African portfolio. As one of the founding members of MIRB Africa, she is proud to witness the strides the company has achieved since its establishment in South Africa five years ago. “Our team is not only being recognized as one of the best servicing and technical brokers in the market, but our company is also becoming a place where people want to come and work.”
Simphiwe is a real-life example of the positive contribution made by the insurance and reinsurance industry to greater South Africa. Born from a township in Ekurhuleni, Simphiwe is now well travelled (going onto her third passport before the age of 35) and is evolving into a hybrid reinsurance broker, well versed in both facultative and treaty reinsurance. She holds three degrees, one of which is a Masters in Business Administration. “Empowerment and opportunity exists in our industry. As young people we need to work to position ourselves where we can gain access to these opportunities”
Simphiwe is an advocate of exercising regularly, “Not only does it enable me to maintain mental and physical health, but it has also broadened my social circle.”
Thabo Twalo joined the IIG council at the beginning of 2019 as part of the Transformation and Impact portfolio
He is currently the Head of Underwriting: Property at Munich Re of Africa. He joined Munich Re in 2008 as a treaty underwriter and in his time in Munich Re he has held several positions including the role of underwriting manager in the Mauritius branch, a position he held for 13 months before returning to his home country of South Africa.
Prior to joining Munich Re he worked for Swiss Re, who he joined straight after completing his Bachelor of Economic Sciences degree at WITS
“I was born and raised in reinsurance…” he likes to say and he has accumulated over 18 years of experience in the reinsurance industry. He cites the opportunity to see the world as one of the reasons he chooses to stay in the reinsurance industry. “My work has taken me to all parts of Africa, Europe and Asia. I love travelling, especially getting to know the different world cultures. Amazingly you learn so much about yourself from interacting with people from a different background…”
He has a love for the South African insurance industry and is passionate about driving transformation within the industry.
“Transformation is not just about demographics but it is also about changing the skills profile of the industry. Practices in insurance have changed since the time I joined and they are set to change even further going forward. Technology, digitization & cyber make up the new risk landscape. To remain relevant as an industry we have to attract, develop and retain skills that are aligned to the new risk environment”.
Sarah Moses is a co-opted member of the IIG Council and heads up IIG’s first ever Academic Program.
Sarah is zealous about the industry and is passionate about introducing and training the younger generation in our industry. Graduated as an Educator Sarah joined the industry as a Marine Claims technician 10 years ago, she is now a Business Development Manager that specialises in Marine Insurance Products. Committed to helping brokers/customers by offering comprehensive solutions, develop custom solutions where possible and work on expanding the business insurance customer base. She enjoys being able to offer products and services that helps businesses find success. She shares in the purpose of the industry in that insurance should be a career of choice and not chance. She also mentors several students and graduates.
Personally, Sarah is an animal lover and is passionate about church and travel. Family is also an important part of her life and this includes her 12 nieces and nephews.
On most weekends she is parading in Red supporting her beloved Anfield Team.