Board of Directors

Our Board includes local government representatives to ensure the needs of Members and the challenges they face are represented, understood, and addressed. It also includes Directors with broader insurance industry expertise to bring balance and an external perspective on the industry we operate in.

Board of Directors

Jann Gardner


Jann is the Chair of StateCover, having joined the Board in 2012 as an Industry Director.  She is also Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit and Investment Committees.  Jann spent 27 years as a legal practitioner in the insurance industry, with 15 of those years as partner in a national insurance law firm.  She currently sits on the Boards of several other APRA-regulated entities.

Linda Bostock


Linda, who has been with StateCover since 2010, is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.  She was appointed to the Board in 2011.  Linda’s experience includes over 28 years in the insurance industry in a range of director, executive and operational management roles, specialising in workers compensation and work health and safety.  Prior to joining StateCover, Linda was the national claims and underwriting manager, across the privately underwritten jurisdictions, for one of the world’s largest general insurers.  Linda is a Director of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals and is also a Director of another industry insurer.

Khal Asfour


Khal joined the Board in April 2021 as the LGNSW-Chief Executive Director.  He was a Councillor since 2004 and Mayor since 2011 at Bankstown City Council.  Following the merger of the two councils, he was elected as the inaugural Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown Council in 2017.  Khal is currently on the boards of LGNSW and Bankstown RSL and is also the Senior Vice President of Southern Sydney Reginal Organisation of Councils (SSROC).  He also previously sat on the Board of Local Government Super.

Andrew Crakanthorp

JP, B Bus (Local Govt), Grad Dip Public Policy and Mgt, GAICD

Andrew joined the StateCover Board in November 2020, and is a member of the Risk Committee. Andrew is the General Manager of Riverina Water County Council, having begun his long history in local government in 1983. He is a JP, and a past Board member of LG Professionals NSW.

Glenn Inglis

M.Business, Grad Dip Legal Studies, Grad Dip Local Government Management, Dip Local Government Administration, GAICD

Glenn joined the StateCover Board in April 2021 as an LGNSW Councillor Director and is currently a Councillor of Tamworth Regional Council.  He has also held General Manager roles in a number of NSW councils over a period of more than twenty years. Glenn’s other positions include Director of AviSkills Limited and Managing Director of The Inglis Group, a Local Government consultancy business.

Jerome Laxale


Jerome is an LGNSW Councillor Director who joined the StateCover Board in September 2018.  He is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.  Jerome has been a Councillor at City of Ryde, a large metropolitan council, since 2012 and is currently also the Mayor.  In 2019, he was appointed as a Director and Treasurer of LGNSW, and then more recently, he became an Associate Director of Local Government Procurement.  He also sits on the Advisory Board of Venture Café Sydney.

Sue McGinn OAM


Sue was elected to Kempsey Shire Council in 2012 and brings over 20 years’ experience serving as a non-executive company director.  She joined the Board in April 2021 as an LGNSW Councillor Director.  Sue’s experience includes directorships in regulated authorities, fast-moving consumer goods, financial institutions and dairy industry research and development bodies.  Sue currently serves on the Mid North Coast Local Health Governing Board.

Norman Newbon


Norman joined the StateCover Board in 2003 as an Industry Director. He has over 30 years’ Board experience, both as Director and Chair, including at ASX level. He also has over 20 years’ experience in Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in workers’ compensation. Norman is Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Risk Committee. He is also Chair of Eric Insurance Ltd.

Sam Ngai


Sam joined the StateCover Board in November 2019 as an LGNSW Councillor Director, having been elected onto Ku-ring-gai Council in September 2017. Prior to joining StateCover, he was Vice President of the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and a member of the Sydney North Planning Panel. Sam’s 14 years’ corporate experience includes 10 years at a national energy retailer in reporting and analytics roles. Sam is a member of the Nominations and Remuneration, Audit, and Investment Committees.

Craig Wrightson


Craig is a Council Member Director who joined the Board in November 2017. He has over 25 years’ experience in local government. Craig has been General Manager of Lane Cove, a metropolitan council, for 7 years and has experience on the boards of local government insurance pool companies.  Craig is Chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration, and Risk Committees..

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