Our Team

Ocean Underwriting strives to be an authentically progressive workplace, we celebrate diversity and foster an inclusive environment where every team member’s voice is valued, and fresh perspectives are encouraged to be shared.

Together, we create a culture that promotes collaboration, fairness, and personal growth.

Our Management Team

Alex Shead – Chairman

Prior to Ocean Underwriting, Alex was the Executive Chairman of Lockton Pacific, where he spent 10 years overseeing exponential growth. Alex has extensive experience in the MGA space in the UK and Australia and was previously Chairman of Mecon Winsure.
Alex is the founding Chairman of Food Ladder an award-winning charity which provides infrastructure and education to schools and remote communities to help them grow sustainable, nutritious food, and address food security issues created by inequality and climate change. Learn more about Food Ladder here.
Contact: Alex.Shead@oceanunderwriting.com.au

Tim Fairbrother – Chief Executive Officer

Tim is a dynamic and accomplished leader with a passion for high-performance teams. With a background as a professional rugby player, Tim understands the importance of discipline, dedication, and teamwork in achieving shared success. Tim brings this mentality to his role as CEO of Ocean Underwriting, fostering a culture of excellence and supporting the careers and development of those within his team.
Contact: Tim.Fairbrother@oceanunderwriting.com.au

James Tuitavuki – Head of Liability

James is a seasoned professional with over 22 years of experience in underwriting and management within the corporate and MGA arenas. With a warm and approachable demeanour, James is well-known and respected for his expertise in the Liability underwriting space. James is also closely involved in the Pasifika Mentoring Program, a network of professionals and students across a wide range of industries with the aim of elevating and promoting the success of Pacific Islander peoples.
Contact: James.Tuitavuki@oceanunderwriting.com.au

Sebastian Allison – Head of Property

Sebastian has over a decade of experience as an Underwriter, and has demonstrated expertise in writing business for corporate, mid-market, and SME clients. Sebastian’s disciplined approach towards risk selection and extensive product knowledge has enabled him to provide high-quality services to his clients. He is a collaborative individual who is passionate about relationship management and customer service.
Contact: Seb.Allison@oceanunderwriting.com.au

Elizabeth Pace – Marketing and Communications Manager

Elizabeth is a skilled professional with 15 years of experience across Insurance and Financial Services. With a history of successful marketing strategy and campaign execution, her expertise in marketing, event management and strategic operational support has been honed through roles within high-profile organisations, both in Australia and the UK/EU. With her wealth of knowledge and considered approach Elizabeth is a key member Ocean team.
Contact: Elizabeth.Pace@oceanunderwriting.com.au

Wade Cadman - Head of Financial Lines

Wade is a seasoned professional in the Australian insurance sector with over 18 years of experience as a financial lines underwriter, product manager, and broker. He has a proven track record in multi-line product management, process improvement, and relationship management. Wade brings a robust approach to business development, leveraging his extensive tenure to nurture strong customer and client relationships.
Contact: wade.cadman@oceanunderwriting.com.au

Elizabeth Pace – Marketing and Communications Manager

Elizabeth is a skilled professional with 15 years of experience across Insurance and Financial Services. With a history of successful marketing strategy and campaign execution, her expertise in marketing, event management and strategic operational support has been honed through roles within high-profile organisations, both in Australia and the UK/EU. With her wealth of knowledge and considered approach Elizabeth is a key member Ocean team.
Contact: Elizabeth.Pace@oceanunderwriting.com.au

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Our Underwriters

Alexandra Merida - Liability Underwriter

Alexandra.Merida@oceanunderwriting.com.au
+61 2 9055 8453
Note: working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Glenn Burke - Property Underwriter

Glenn.Burke@oceanunderwriting.com.au
+61 411 430 059