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PEOPLE. PASSION. PARTNERS.

TOGETHER WE DO

GREAT THINGS

The Unisure Group provides individuals, families and businesses with global solutions for their health and life insurance needs.

Three things drive our excellence:

People.

People are at the forefront of all our business strategies. In our line of work, we’re fortunate enough to see first-hand the power that health and life insurance have to save lives and change tomorrow. We strive to make work and home life better for all of our policyholders, and the same goes for our Unisure team members that dedicate their days to making the magic happen for our clients and members.

Passion.

We are passionate about delivering insurance solutions that are flexible, affordable, secure, and portable. Our clients all over the world trust us to cover them and their employees, wherever life (and work) takes them. Our unwavering belief in what we do drives our determination and keeps us striving to do great things every day.

Partners.

The insurance ecosystem is vast and complex. Every day, our partners – insurers, reinsurers, advisors, intermediaries and medical service providers – rely on us to perform crucial functions to ensure all our policyholders are informed, safe and secured with the cover they have in place. Our mission is to be a provider of choice that all of our policyholders and partners take pleasure in working with.

Meet the passionate people behind our brand

Every day, from our offices in four continents around the world, we come together to do great things. We might go by the titles of actuaries, underwriters and executives, but really we’re dreamers, thinkers, and doers.

Meet the brilliant minds that make up The Unisure Group’s management team:

DR GRAHAM WOOLFORD
CHAIRMAN
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EXPERIENCE

  • Over 35 years’ worth of experience running multinational corporations across numerous industries
  • Founding shareholder of The Unisure Group

EDUCATION

  • Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
  • Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary
  • Completed a Doctorate at Edinburgh Business School

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“True happiness comes from helping and being kind to others – every single day. This is the true ethos of The Unisure Group.”

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Obtaining my doctorate and actuarial qualifications, and being head of The Unisure Group, the most exciting global insurer with an amazing team behind it.

Stephen Conway
Deputy Executive Chairman
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EXPERIENCE

  • Over 28 years’ experience in the international life assurance business
  • Previously Head of Sales and Marketing of Lloyds Bank Offshore
  • Previously Regional Manager for Africa at Zurich International

EDUCATION

  • Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Member of the Personal Finance Society

BRAGGING RIGHTS

  • I can fly a plane!

PROUDEST MOMENT

  • Becoming a father.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

I am really proud of the young management team we have developed at Unisure, it feels so natural that our colleagues are empowered to lead.

NICK LOUW
GROUP CEO
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EXPERIENCE

  • A Chartered Accountant CA (SA) with more than 12 years’ professional experience in South Africa, the United States and Africa, across a broad range of industries
  • Joined the Unisure Group in 2015 as a financial manager, and was promoted to CFO in 2017
  • Became Group CEO in 2021

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting – University of Cape Town, South Africa

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Epitomise being better.”

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Being part of the Unisure Group’s journey thus far, with hopefully many more exciting times to come.

 

PROUDEST MOMENT

Seeing the growth and development of Unisures’ team members over the years.

Cristina Meixieira
Operations Director
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EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

  • 25 years’ industry experience
  • International Emergency Response Assistance Specialist
  • Evacuation Specialist
  • Patient and Client Management Specialist

WORDS TO LIVE BY

In the end, only 3 things matter:

  • How much you loved;
  • How gently you lived;
  • And how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

  • I’m passionate about delivering ‘Healthcare with a human touch’, every day
  • Triple evacuation involving 2 air ambulances and 3 critical patients
  • Successful long-range evacuation of 3 pre-term triplet new-born babies
  • I bought my own Harley Davidson after dreaming about and saving for it for 10 years

 

Aron Sharman
Managing Director – Life Solutions
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EXPERIENCE

  • Over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry
  • Worked for six years in audit services with Ernst and Young, followed by 3 years working as a financial adviser
  • Worked in insurance and financial products distribution in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia since 2004
  • Joined the Unisure team in late 2015 to lead the Asian distribution before being appointed Managing Director of the Individual Life division in 2019

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Fat guys are harder to kidnap.” – Anonymous

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Speaking to the widow of our first insured life to pass away. This short and simple conversation reinforced for me why we do the job we do.

Daniel van der Merwe
Head of IPMI
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EXPERIENCE

  • Spanning a career of close to 25 years, extensive experience in private healthcare financing, in South Africa and the broader African continent
  • Held various senior and executive positions, travelled and worked extensively across the African continent
  • Holds a particular interest and passion for medical insurance and making quality private healthcare accessible to the broader public

EDUCATION

  • Legally trained executive and graduate from the University of Johannesburg and University of the Witwatersrand
  • BA (Law), BA Hons (Employment Law) and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Ethics
  • Completed various regulatory and complimentary courses and studies advancing the scope of my knowledge and responsibilities

WORDS TO LIVE BY

I have always found inspiration in the words of Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

I have been fortunate to have several career highlights, but the proudest moments of my life are linked to my lovely wife, Anita and daughter, Pineki.

Pierre Rossouw
Group Chief Risk Officer
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EXPERIENCE

  • More than 5 years’ experience working as a risk specialist with insurers and reinsurers across Africa and worldwide

EDUCATION

  • Completed an MSc in Financial Management (with distinction) at Edinburgh Business School (Herriot-Watt University)
  • Completed a BCom Mathematical Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”

 

BRAGGING RIGHTS

I have watched the Matrix trilogy in one sitting.

Kiara Liebenberg
Group CFO
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EXPERIENCE

  • Previously a manager in Business Restructuring Services (Corporate Finance) at PwC South Africa

EDUCATION

  • Completed an honours degree in Accounting at Stellenbosch University
  • Qualified as a Chartered Accountant while doing articles at PwC in Banking and Capital Markets

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

 

PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT

“To thrive on my journey through life whilst learning from my mistakes, embracing the joy and demonstrating humility, integrity and kindness in all that I do.”

Louis Hyatt
Head of Group Life and Disability
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EXPERIENCE

  • Over a decade in insurance ranging from operations, reserving and reporting to underwriting and risk management
  • Worked for Lloyd’s Syndicate 44
  • Experienced performance management analyst, operations and underwriting functions
  • Strategically developing Group Life and Disability divisions’ profitably

EDUCATION

  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business & Economics
  • Certificate in Insurance

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Unisure’s positive culture makes us stronger and more efficient, producing better results for our clients. I am proud to be part of a company where values drive results.”

 

BRAGGING RIGHTS

Cycling 129 miles from Birmingham to London Leadenhall Market for a mental health charity

Myles Woolford
Head of Strategic Partnerships
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EXPERIENCE

  • Over 10 years’ experience in health and life insurance
  • Lived and worked in South Africa, UK and Zambia
  • Worked in various parts of Unisures’ business – SES Unisure (Assistance and Insurance), SES Assistance (product house and underwriter on health insurance), and Unisure Limited (Group Risk underwriting)

EDUCATION

  • Currently studying an Executive MBA through City, University of London Business School (formerly Cass)
  • Completed a Baccalaureus with Honours at Lincoln University

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

It is a privilege to work with my fellow teammates, watching Unisure grow from humble beginnings into the business that it has now become today.

Loura Joubert
Head of Marketing
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EXPERIENCE

  • More than 13 years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industries (in marketing, branding and events)
  • Previously held a position as General Manager: Brand, Design and Events at a leading South African healthcare provider

EDUCATION

  • Honours degree in Graphic Design
  • BPhil honours degree in Marketing Management, through the internationally-recognised IMM Graduate School

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Everything happens for a reason.” – Anonymous

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Joining the group to start the Unisure Marketing Department in 2018 and seeing the immense successes and growth since then

Sarah Dransfield
Head of Legal and Compliance
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EXPERIENCE

  • 10 years’ regulatory supervisory experience at the FCA
  • 4 years’ post-qualification experience as an Insurance Litigation Lawyer at DAC Beachcroft
  • Previously Financial Services Lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright

EDUCATION

  • Solicitor, qualified in England and Wales

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“All I want is compliance with my wishes, after reasonable discussion.” – Winston Churchill

 

PROUDEST MOMENT

I am a trustee of Smile Train UK, the international cleft palate charity.

Niel Liebenberg
Head of Health Operations
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EXPERIENCE

  • More than 15 years’ experience in health operations and analytics
  • More than 10 years’ serving on various industry bodies

EDUCATION

  • MBA in Health Operations
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Technology
  • Currently enrolled for a Doctorate in health analytics

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Don’t burn the day away.” – Dave Matthews

 

10 SECONDS OF FAME

I am releasing my first studio album and have my very own YouTube channel.

 

BRAGGING RIGHTS

I am an Excel wizard (I think).

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Joining the Unisure team and knowing that I have the ability, and more so, the opportunity, to affect positive change.

Amanda White 

Head of HR

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EXPERIENCE

  • Having several years’ experience in Human Resources, I thrive on my passion of a people-centric approach to create a better business, a better world, and a better ‘you’. That innovation happens by attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent; as well as developing outside partnerships to empower such initiatives. My key purpose is to invigorate everyone at The Unisure Group to bring their purpose to life through the work that they do, all the while taking the company to greater heights.

EDUCATION

  • BCom in Human Resources

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Joining the Unisure Group and being able to position HR as a business partner leader for excellence and passion amongst our incredible people and partners.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

A famous Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” I love that it emphasises how much attitude determines success or failure.

 

Meet our new teammates and trailblazers

Amanda White

Head of HR

Penny Towers

Business Development Underwriter