Executive Team

John Anning

John was appointed head of the Regulation Policy Directorate in April 2007 and brings considerable experience in the areas of public policy and regulatory matters as well as in the areas of corporate and government relations.

John previously worked for the Financial Planning Association as General Manager Policy and Government Relations, and was responsible for providing strategic and technical advice on regulation, public policy matters and lobbying activities.

John has also held senior management positions in government and corporate affairs roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra. He was also with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where his roles included First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Paris.

John has a Master of Public Affairs, Bachelor of Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts.

Fiona Cameron

Fiona was appointed Head of Consumer Outcomes in July 2017. She was previously Senior Manager Government and Industry Relations and has worked at the Insurance Council since January 2010.

She is responsible for developing and implementing the Insurance Council’s policies in relation to consumer outcomes, the Consumer Liaison Forum, the General Insurance Code of Practice, state and federal statutory schemes.

Fiona has worked for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the then-Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union and the NSW Attorney General’s Department. She has held senior positions in research, policy, consumer relations, stakeholder relations, regulation and law across a broad range of industries.

Fiona holds an Arts/Law degree from University of New South Wales.


Adrian Dolin

Adrian joined the ICA in July 2015. He is responsible for financial reporting, governance and compliance obligations as required under the Corporation Law and other Statutes. His responsibilities include Board management and reporting, member services, finance, IT and industry data analytics.

Prior to joining the ICA he was country manager of a competitive risk consultancy. He is formerly Managing Director of Corporate Service Asia at Thomson Reuters and was Chief Operating Officer of Computershare Analytics, prior to which he was head of Strategic Planning at a UK private equity firm.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and has undertaken post-grad management studies at UTS and INSEAD.


Mathew Jones

Mathew joined the Insurance Council in November 2020 in the new role of General Manager Public Affairs, where he is responsible for the organisation’s communications and engagement with the community, media, stakeholders and government.

Mathew has more than 25 years’ experience in consulting, the media, government, and politics, including as a senior public and corporate affairs practitioner, journalist, ministerial advisor and chief of staff, and as the NSW Government’s lead communications executive.

He has run many successful communication and engagement campaigns, including for State Budgets, major policy initiatives and nationally significant corporate restructures, and sits on the board of Surrogacy Australia.

Anne Knight

Anne joined the Insurance Council in December 2020 in the new role of General Counsel.

Anne is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience in commercial and corporate matters with a focus on financial services and disputes, having worked in top tier law firms in Sydney, Singapore and London. Whilst Anne has primarily worked in private practice she has also worked in the Enforcement Directorate at ASIC, in house at PwC and more recently in Legal and Group Governance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she was Head of Disputes.

Anne is trained as a mediator with extensive mediation experience, both in respect of large disputes and disputes involving individuals. She has also held various academic positions at universities in Sydney and Hong Kong teaching a range of commercial and corporate subjects.

Anne has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW.

Kylie Macfarlane

Kylie joined the Insurance Council in September 2020 to help deliver a strategic plan to guide the organisation and its priorities.

Kylie has held executive positions in financial services over the past 25 years. She is a non-executive director and consultant dedicated to optimising public and private sector responses to rapidly changing environmental context with a focus on strategy, governance, innovation and value creation.

Over the past six years she has been at the forefront of Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), setting standards in organisational reporting conventions on climate, and developing multi-stakeholder approaches to social impact investment that are focused on producing shared outcomes and embed social license.

Kylie is a non-executive director for Commonwealth Bank Group Super and Greater Bank. She has a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology Sydney and is an alumna of the Institute of Sustainable Leadership at Cambridge University. 

Richard Shields

Richard was appointed Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations in June 2013.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in politics and public affairs, having worked for almost 20 years in senior government, private sector and party-related roles.

Richard is responsible for managing the Insurance Council's advocacy program and strategic lobbying across all levels of government.

Prior to joining the Insurance Council, he was the external relations manager of an ASX-listed company. He has previously worked as an adviser to two federal ministers, public affairs director for the Australian Hotels Association (WA), and deputy state director and director of party affairs for the Liberal Party (NSW).

Richard holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.