Our Team

You can be assured that the dedicated team at Steadfast Re are always available and will be responsive to your needs.

We are proud to set the benchmark in providing reinsurance solutions. We enjoy outstanding relationships, provide expert advice and exceptional value that our clients can rely on.


Simon Cloney
Chief Executive Officer

Phone +61 2 9291 3112
Email scloney@steadre.com.au

Simon Cloney has 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Since 2002, he has worked at the convergence of capital markets and reinsurance.

Simon joined Beach & Associates, London in 2005 and post Hurricane Katrina he led a team that put in place some of the first collateralised quota shares. Returning to Sydney in 2007, Simon was responsible for the creation of fully collateralised whole account stop loss protection that delivered earnings protection to a global client.

Simon was appointed Managing Director of Beach & Associates Australia in 2010, and in 2014 initiated a management buyout, followed by a joint venture with Steadfast leading to the formation of Steadfast Re.


John Palmer
Executive Director – Treaty

Phone +61 2 9291 3114
Email jpalmer@steadre.com.au

John Palmer started as a Lloyd’s Broker at EW Payne in London. In 1988 he was part of the team that started up Nicholson Chamberlain Colls, serving as a Divisional Director. John joined the board of Aon Re Australia in 1997, assuming responsibility for running the International inwards portfolio.

John formed Pacific Link in 2002 providing reinsurance underwriting representation, consultancy, Lloyds’ Cover holder audits, and regulatory advice (including claims auditing).

John joined Steadfast Re, then Beach & Associates Australia, in 2011 to head the Treaty business at Steadfast Re.


Ingrid Anderson
Executive Director – Facultative and Wholesale

Phone +61 2 9291 3119
Email ianderson@steadre.com.au

Ingrid has been in the reinsurance industry for over 19 years starting in the Treaty department of Minet Burn and Roche, Sydney.  She has worked for two and a half years in the London Market gaining valuable experience with Gallagher Read and Coleman.

Ingrid has worked at Aon Risk Services, Cooper Gay Sydney and Benfield.  She joined Steadfast Re, then Beach & Associates Australia, in 2009 where Ingrid progressed to be Vice President and Head of Facultative.

Ingrid has qualifications as Dip Financial Services (General Insurance) and is a Senior Associate of the ANZIIF.  She is responsible for the development of Steadfast Re’s facultative business, and wholesale service offerings.


Clayton Kasmar
Executive Director – Client Management

Phone +61 2 9291 3117
Email ckasmar@steadre.com.au

Clayton Kasmar began his career in the Group Reinsurance Team at FAI and later joined Minet Burn and Roche. He brings over 30 years’ reinsurance industry experience to Steadfast Re.

At Steadfast Re, formerly Beach & Associates Australia, Clayton works on complex global accounts. He is a specialist in the technical placement of collaterized reinsurance – insurance-linked securities. Following Christchurch, Yasi and the Brisbane floods, Clayton recovered over AUD $550 million in claims collections from ILS funds.

Clayton has responsibility for senior account management, treaty design, contract documentation, reporting timetables, claims collections and security analysis.


Gavin Li

Phone +61 2 9291 3115
Email gli@steadre.com.au

Gavin joined Steadfast Re, formerly Beach & Associates Australia, as an actuarial analyst in 2011 after completing an Actuarial Studies degree at Macquarie University.  He has been involved in the modelling of whole account aggregate treaties, retrocession and all forms of catastrophe reinsurance. Gavin is currently studying to become a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.


Sophie Lancaster
Executive Director – Treaty

Phone +61 2 9291 3116
Email slancaster@steadre.com.au

Sophie started her career in the insurance industry in 2008 as a broking assistant at Delaney Kelly Golding Insurance Brokers whilst completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney.

Sophie was the first new hire for Steadfast Re after the management buyout of Beach & Associates Sydney, joining the Treaty team in Sydney in early 2015. Sophie spent a year in the London in 2017 to support the build up of the Steadfast Re London operation, opened in November 2016.

She has been involved in broking and account management of property & casualty proportional and non-proportional reinsurance and retrocessional treaty accounts, ILWs as well as binding authority agreements for London market, Bermuda and Australian clients.


Sophia Cao
Account Manager

Phone m +61 406-640-581 t +61 2 9291-3126
Email scao@steadre.com.au

Sophia began her career in the insurance industry in 2017 with an internship at Steadfast Group whilst completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney.

In 2019, she joined the Steadfast Group Graduate program where she rotated through several core businesses, learning key aspects of the insurance and reinsurance industries.

At the beginning of 2020, Sophia officially joined the Steadfast Re team as an Account Manager working from the Sydney office. She has been involved in the account management of property & casualty proportional and non-proportional reinsurance and retrocessional treaty accounts, as well as facultative accounts.


Nick Porritt

Phone +44 (0)20 7347 5705
Email nporritt@steadre.com

Having first started in the industry in 1976 and now being based in the London office, Nick Porritt brings over 40 years of industry experience to Steadfast Re. He spent 11 years at Bland Payne, specializing in Non-Marine Retrocession before moving on to work as an executive director at Fraser Reinsurance and Blanch Crawley Warren for a combined 12 years. A further 14 years in the position of Senior Account Executive at Aon Benfield / Aon helped Nick tailor his expertise in reinsurance and retrocession.

Since 2016 Nick has been based in London, providing invaluable consultancy and support to the Steadfast Re teams in both London and Sydney. His extensive industry experience and intimate market knowledge see him well situated at Steadfast Re.


Ryan Springall
Director – Treaty (Asia / Pacific)

Phone +614 6617 9332
Email rspringall@steadre.com.au

Ryan joined Steadfast Re in 2020 bringing his 10+ years in developing treaty reinsurance and retrocessional relationships to the Steadfast Re team. Ryan began his reinsurance career at Aon Benfield in Sydney before moving to roles in Melbourne and then Tokyo. Upon returning to Sydney and prior to joining Steadfast Re, Ryan was General Manager at Australian based risk analytics firm, Risk Frontiers.

Through-out his diverse career, Ryan has been responsible for directing risk capital strategies, transacting reinsurance and client advocacy. This includes managing a team of brokers responsible for delivering the full suite of risk and growth solutions for Japanese insurers and international reinsurers.


Jake Swinn
Account Manager

Phone +61 2 9291-3111
Email jswinn@steadre.com.au

Jake joined Steadfast Re in 2019.

His background in Arts/Media and Law have been valuable assets in asssiting the Executive Director of Client Management with various aspects of Treaty and Facultative Reinsurance.

Jake’s previous experience was in very hand on, client facing rolls. He is involved in contract preparation, claims handling and all aspects of client management.