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

BA LLB, MBA, GAICD

Jann is the Chair of StateCover Mutual, having joined the Board in 2012 as an Industry Director.  She is also Chair of the People and Culture Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee.  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

MBA, GAICD, ANZIIF (ASSOC), CIP

Linda, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, has been with StateCover Mutual since 2010 and was appointed to the Board in 2011. She is a member of the Investment Committee. Linda’s experience includes over 30 years in the insurance industry in a range of director, executive and operational management roles, specialising in workers compensation and work health and safety. Linda is a Director of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals and is also a Director of another industry insurer.

Khal Asfour

BA, GAICD, JP

Khal joined the StateCover Mutual Board in April 2021 as the LGNSW-Chief Executive Director, and is a member of the Audit Committee.  He was a Councillor from 2004 and Mayor from 2011 at Bankstown City Council.  Following the merger of 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 Regional 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 Mutual 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 Mutual Board in April 2021 as an LGNSW Councillor Director, and is a member of the Investment Committee.  He is currently a Councillor of Tamworth Regional Council and 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

BA, GAICD

Jerome is an LGNSW Councillor Director who joined the StateCover Mutual Board in September 2018.  He is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the People and Culture 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 more recently became an Associate Director of Local Government Procurement.

Sue McGinn OAM

MBA, GAICD

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 StateCover Mutual Board in April 2021 as an LGNSW Councillor Director and is a member of the Risk Committee.  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

FAICD

Norman joined the StateCover Mutual 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 StateCover’s Investment Committee and a member of the People and Culture, and Risk Committees. He is also Chair of Eric Insurance Ltd.

Sam Ngai

BE (HONS), MPA, CPA, GAICD

Sam joined the StateCover Mutual Board in November 2019 as an LGNSW Councillor Director. Currently he is also the Deputy Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council, after being elected to Council in September 2017. Sam’s previous roles include Vice President of the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and a member of the Sydney North Planning Panel. His 16 years’ corporate experience includes 12 years at a national energy retailer in reporting and analytics roles. Sam is a member of the Audit Committee.

Craig Wrightson

B BUS (LOCAL GOVT.)

Craig is a Council Member Director who joined the StateCover Mutual 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 9 years and has experience on the boards of local government insurance pool companies.  Craig is Chair of StateCover’s Audit Committee, and a member of the People and Culture, and Investment Committees.

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