Kate has been running the general insurance arm of Goldsworthy since her mother – Katrina Goldsworthy – retired in 2010. It took Kate and her team less than four years to double the general insurance business, making Goldsworthy Australia’s fastest growing Resilium practice in 2013 and 2014. Her recipe for growth is easy: “If you do the right thing by clients and create an environment for your staff to grow in, the business will grow with them.”
Kate grew up on farming properties and raises her own family on 10 acres of land, surrounded by animals. She loves spending time with her son and daughter, country living, horse riding and netball. When she gets the chance, she’ll fit a good book into her busy schedule – preferably a biography.
Peter is in charge of our broking and commercial accounts. He has more than thirty years experience in the industry – the last twelve spent in Australia. Before migrating in 2003, Peter owned an insurance broking firm in South Africa. “My firm was based on the same values as Goldsworthy. We’re genuine people helping each other do the best we can for our clients. Individual service is rare in this industry but it’s what Goldsworthy is all about and I like that.”
Married with two kids and passionate about his job, Peter doesn’t have a lot of spare time. But when he gets the chance, he enjoys taking his motorcycle out for a spin to the beach or the mountains.
Promoted twice within her first year at Goldsworthy, Amie is now in charge of our personal insurance accounts. “It’s my dream job. I love helping people get the right cover for all their personal belongings – it’s easy to relate to because you have the same challenges yourself. All my days are different, there’s no real routine. Goldsworthy is a great family business and they treat you like you’re one of the family. They are professional but easy going…much like me.”
Although her job keeps her busy, Amie still finds time to study and soon she’ll have a Diploma of Management to show for it. Her spare time is spent walking her dog, socialising with friends and going to the occasional movie or rock concert.
It was a coincidence that led Casey into the insurance world. Working at a café in the city, she was invited to a job interview by an insurance manager. She started in claims, moved on to accounts, then underwriting and eventually broking – so she’s covered most bases. After a few years as a personal trainer on the Sunshine Coast, she came back to Brisbane for a full time job. “I chose Goldsworthy because it’s a small, family owned business. You get to know people at a personal level. Everybody is passionate about their job and works together to get the best outcome. That makes it easy to go to work every day.”
“I used to run marathons and do triathlons but I had to scale down a bit after I had a baby in 2013. I still use my gym equipment from my days as a personal trainer and I run regularly. When we’re not in a park or on the beach, my son and I often put on some music and dance around together – that’s good exercise and a lot of fun!”
As Personal Assistant, Leah keeps a close eye on the needs of the General Manager and the General Insurance team while balancing a range of competing priorities. Leah has a background in the legal profession and believes coming from a large law firm to a completely different industry – a family owned insurance business – gives her a good “external” viewpoint on a business. She knows her attention to detail and strong process driven work ethic will help her make the team thrive.
Moving from the UK to North Queensland as a teenager, Leah has spent roughly half her life in each country. The accent is well and truly gone but British traditions remain part of her heritage today.
Leah fuels her life on a diet of travel and good food – Italian is a favourite – generations of tradition and family imbued into her favourite dishes. Perhaps that’s why she loves working at Goldsworthy – Leah says she enjoys the close knit family atmosphere and like a fine family recipe, Goldsworthy still imbues the principles of the founder three generations later.
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With more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Pam is the one who dots the i’s and crosses the t’s in the paperwork you receive from us. Still, what she enjoys most about her job is the client contact – and working together as a team to make sure that the clients get the best possible outcome: “I like the fact that the clients always come first at Goldsworthy.”
Pam is a keen traveller and photographer. She can show you pictures from many countries in Europe, South America and Asia…but even more from Australia.
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Megan has diplomas in graphic design as well as fashion design – her first resort wear collection was bought by Myer and Sunburn in 1988. After a 20 year career as a graphic designer, she joined Goldsworthy in 2006. Her passion for organisation and efficiency improves our processes on a daily basis – to the delight of colleagues as well as clients.
Megan keeps fit by swimming, walking and lifting weights. She studies interior design in her spare time…when she’s not busy travelling. Megan has been to most countries in Western Europe and if she didn’t live in Australia, she would live in Rome.
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There’s a good chance Michele’s friendly voice will be the first you hear when you call Goldsworthy. A firm believer that a smile can be heard over the phone, she first started at Goldsworthy in 1992. After a few years off to raise her two boys, she worked for another financial planner before joining Goldsworthy again in 2012.
On her days off, Michele spends time walking with her girlfriends on the bayside or reading a good crime novel – preferably by James Patterson.