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

Bruce Miller

CHAIRMAN, MAICD

Bruce is an LGNSW Councillor Director and joined the StateCover Board in March 2004. He is Chair of both the Board and the Nominations & Remuneration Committee. Bruce has served as a regional councillor on Cowra Council since 1991, with 14 years as mayor, and was also an Executive Member of LGNSW for 11 years.  Bruce has been a Director on the Board of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme for 9 years and following several terms as Chair, is currently Deputy Chair.

Linda Bostock

MBA, GAICD, ANZIIF (ASSOC), CIP

Linda, who has been with StateCover since 2010, is the Chief Executive Officer & 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.

Jann Gardner

BA LLB, MBA, GAICD

Jann joined the StateCover Board in 2012 as an Industry Director, and is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Investment and Nominations & Remuneration 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.

Paul Henry

PSM, B BUS (PUBLIC ADMIN), M BUS, DIP. LEGAL STUDIES

Paul is a Council Member Director and has been on the StateCover Board since it commenced operation in 2001.  He is the General Manager of Inverell, a large regional Council.  As well as over 20 years in the General Manager role, he has more than 20 years’ experience on the Boards of not-for-profit community organisations.  Paul is a member of the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

Denise Knight

Denise is an LGNSW Councillor Director who joined the StateCover Board in August 2016. She is a member of the Risk Committee. Denise, who is on Greater Hume Council, has had a long history in local government, having initially been elected as a regional councillor in 1987, and served terms as mayor and deputy mayor during that time.

Jerome Laxale

BA, GAICD

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 & Remuneration Committee.  Jerome has been a councillor at City of Ryde, a large metropolitan council, since 2012 and is currently also the mayor.  He has previously served as Vice President of the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Venture Café Sydney.  In 2019, he was appointed as a Director and Treasurer of LGNSW.

Norman Newbon

FAICD

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

BE (HONS), MPA, CPA, GAICD

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 StateCover’s Audit and Investment Committees.

Craig Wrightson

B BUS (LOCAL GOVT.)

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 a member of the Investment, Nominations & Remuneration and Risk Committees.