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
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.


Will Leonhardt
Facultative Broker

Phone +61 2 9291 3121
Email wleonhardt@steadre.com.au

Will joined Steadfast Re in June 2015 as a Facultative and Wholesale Broker.

He began his Insurance career in 2013 in Perth, with JLT’s Construction, Mining & Energy team.

In 2014, he transferred to JLT’s Sydney office, where he assisted closely in servicing ASX 200 corporate accounts and had significant responsibility on a large global inwards real estate account.

Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australian National University.

In addition, he has completed the ANZIIF Tier 1 Insurance Broking Qualification.