The mission of Our Ark is to protect values-aligned organisations from sudden financial peril in a community they can trust.
Insurance wasn't originally all about profits, it started out as a way to share risk and retain value within a community. Fast forward to today, and customers have little choice other than large profit-driven institutions.
Our Ark Mutual has been designed by insurance experts in collaboration with customers to breathe new life into the proven, customer-owned mutual model.
Our Ark is backed by A+ reinsurance, meaning Members can be confident they are protected. It is managed by Our Ark Management using technology and systems licensed by Picnic Labs, the experts in member-owned insurance & risk solutions.
Chairperson & Independent Director
Rowan is a highly respected Company Director with significant experience in financial services including life insurance, general insurance, superannuation, and statutory insurance schemes.
In his executive career, he held the role of Chief Actuary with statutory responsibilities to the Board of Directors of Suncorp. Rowan has first-hand experience in the governance of mutual funds and protecting the interests of members of those funds including life insurance, superannuation, property funds management and another mutual discretionary fund.
His current directorships and commitments include Non-Executive Director of the National Injury Insurance Scheme Qld, QInsure, Integrity Life, and Chair and Non-Executive Director of LFI Group. He is also sits on the Insurance Commissioner’s Advisory Committee of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission QLD.
Rowan is a qualified actuary and brings expert understanding in liability assessment, risk-based pricing, risk management, capital management and reinsurance assessment.
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Melinda is a professional company director and has extensive experience in governance and audit and risk committees across a range of industries including property, wealth management, insurance and retail from over a dozen Board roles.
She has extensive investment management governance experience including with MLC Limited, NABInvest, Mercer Investment Management and ASX listed investment companies.
Melinda’s background includes 26 years’ experience in financial markets, including over 16 years in corporate finance investment banking roles at Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Sydney and New York. In her early career she was a corporate lawyer at Freehills, now Herbert Smith Freehills.
Director & Member Representative
Chris is the Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland. He was ordained in 1988 and for more than 20 years has been the priest in of the Kuranda district plus the region spanning from Cairns and Cooktown out to the Gulf of Carpentaria and taking in the Torres Strait Islands.
He has been Archdeacon of North Queensland since 2007 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 in recognition of his life-long contribution to the Anglican Church and the communities within his Diocese.
Chris is a director of Trinity Anglican school in Cairns, as a representative of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland.
In addition, he is the former chair of Tourism Kuranda and is actively involved with the local ambulance committee, as well as providing support to local schools and childcare services, and the Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre.
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Non Executive Director
David is a professional Accountant with specialist understanding of small businesses and primary industries accounting, business management and taxation. He is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and Tax Institute Australia.
He has extensive involvement in many community groups including Queensland Junior Cricket, Nepali Family Inc, The Anglican Diocese of North Queensland, Carpentaria Freemasons, and the Sandgate Home for the Aged in Brisbane.
In recognition of his governance and contributions to their communities, David is a life member of Queensland Junior Cricket, Cricket Far North, Cairns Cricket and Weipa Bowls Club.
CEO & Director
Charlie has over 25-years’ experience in General Insurance in Australia and is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia.
Prior to joining Picnic Labs as CEO, he was the Chief Actuary of Youi Insurance for 9 years. He has previously held actuarial roles at FAI and Suncorp, where he was the principal actuary for 10 years.
His extensive professional career has covered all aspects of insurance operations, pricing, underwriting, product design, reinsurance, plus capital and financial management.
Charlie is the designated CEO of Our Ark Mutual on behalf of the Board and CEO of Picnic Labs.
Mark is the Founder and Chair of Picnic Labs. Prior to founding Picnic, Mark founded and scaled a technology adoption company, Articulate, prior to its acquisition by EY.
Through building and leading his own company, Mark has gained extensive experience in business, technology, finance and startups. He is currently an advisory board member for Yarno, a startup workplace learning company that drives behavioural change.
Mark also serves as a director of Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, an organisation dedicated to driving clinical research, enabling access to treatments and improving the quality of life for children affected by the fatal childhood disease, Sanfilippo Syndrome, a type of childhood dementia.