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Management Team

Tony Button, Managing Director & Chief Adjusting Officer

Tony Button, Managing Director & Chief Adjusting Officer

Qualifications

B.Eng (Hon) ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) FCLA, MAICD

Summary of experience

Tony brings over 25 years of loss adjusting management an experience to the Managing Director role. Tony joined Freemans Sydney in 1997 and was a board member of Freemans Australia for many years. Tony previously managed major commercial property and construction claims, specialising in engineering claims and claims involving industrial plant and machinery. Prior to entering the Insurance industry, Tony worked across various Army units in equipment management before being transferred to Malaysia as an advisor to the Malaysian Ministry of Defence. 

Ian Simpson, General Manager Strategy & Innovation

Ian Simpson, General Manager Strategy & Innovation

Qualifications

B.Ec.(Acc.), FCLA, ANZIIF (Snr Assoc.) CIP

Summary of experience

Ian is an inaugural director of Cerno and heads up the Strategy and Innovation portfolio.

Prior to the MYI Freemans merger, Ian was the Managing Director of McLarens Young Australia and has been part of the group for in excess of 23 years.

Since 2002, Ian served as Corporate Services Manager, then General Manager MYI Australia prior to the MD appointment in 2008 

As an Adjuster, Ian specialised in Business Interruption and other financial sector related losses, including fidelity guarantee. He also has a background in Information Technology and established a national technology unit for Insurance claims.

Angus Kench, General Manager Expertise and Assessing Services

Angus Kench, General Manager Expertise and Assessing Services

Qualifications

B.Bus, Exec Cert Ins, ANZIIF (Fellow), CIP, AFAIM

Summary of experience

Angus has over twenty five years of commercial experience in business operations, insurance, marketing, sales, finance and HR. He has owned and managed various businesses including most recently a specialist loss adjusting, investigation and claims management business. He has directly handled and supervised many complex insurance claims and has a wide industry following based on his attention to detail and client focused solutions.  

Tony Perkins, Chief Financial Officer

Tony Perkins, Chief Financial Officer

Tony has nearly 12 years in the Insurance Industry as Chief Financial Officer of Lumley General Insurance and Wesfarmers General Insurance. Prior to joining Cerno, he worked for Goodman Fielder as the ERP Director and was responsible for the roll out of SAP across the Australian and New Zealand business.

He has worked in a variety of businesses including Forestry, Retailing, Manufacturing Banking and Insurance.  He has been involved in several large acquisitions and the subsequent integration into the existing business 

Tony is CFO and has responsibility for IT and HR.

Nick Herford, General Manager Motor

Nick Herford, General Manager Motor

Nick is a Trade Qualified Panel Beater with an extensive background not only in General Assessing but also in General Motor, Heavy Motor and Machinery Assessing.

Prior to joining Cerno in 2001, Nick was part of the AAMI Assessment Team in Sydney.

With Nick's experience he is well positioned to lead our Motor Division into the future. 

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