Public Sector

Stephen Penfold JLTStephen Penfold

Executive Chairman

ANZIIF (Senior Associate), CIP, QPIB

Stephen is the CEO of our Public Sector Division and specialises in the risk and insurance requirements of the Government sector including Local Government Authorities. 

We are the largest Local Government broker in Australia and service over 500 councils. Stephen provides traditional insurance products and self-insurance solutions to clients with a comprehensive range of services to manage their total risk exposure.

He has worked in the insurance industry for over 39 years' in a variety of roles including underwriting, client service and insurance broking.

T: +61 2 9320 2742 E: Stephen Penfold

Gary Okely JLTGary Okely

CEO, Public Sector

QPIB, Dip Financial Services (Broking), ANZIIF, MAICD.Fin.Serv, AICD

Gary has worked in various insurance and risk advisory roles throughout his career and became a Director of JLT Australia in March 2010.

Based in South Australia and having worked with insurance markets in Australia, Asia and London during a 30 year career, Gary has delivered sophisticated approaches for businesses, government and Not For Profit organisations to move from traditional insurance to a focus on risk management, self insurance and claims management.

Gary is a Board Member of the National Insurance Brokers Association and the Local Government Mutual Risk Scheme’s in South Australia. He is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker, Member of the National Insurance Brokers Association and Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

T: +61 8 8235 6410 E: Gary Okely

Russell DitchburnRussell Ditchburn

General Manager, QLD and NT

BBus, DipBus, DipFinSer, ANZIIF, QPIB

Russell is responsible for the management of our Public Sector operation in Queensland and Northern Territory. He joined JLT in 1993.

He has 14 years’ experience as an officer of the Brisbane City Council in the areas of finance, claims management and risk management. He has a further 22 years’ experience servicing local government, state government and semi government clients in Queensland and the Northern Territory as a broker and regional manager.

In addition to his management responsibilities, Russell undertakes daily hands on involvement and responsibility for the provision of client services to JLT customers.

T: +61 7 3000 5541 E: Russell Ditchburn

Bronson JustusBronson Justus

General Manager, VIC and TAS

QPIB, Dip Fin Serv, Snr Assoc ANZIIF, Lloyds Coverholder, ISMP

Bronson leads our Victoria and Tasmania Public Sector team. He provides a wide range of value-added support to Councils including risk management, workplace health and safety, claims management and return to work advice. These services, delivered within our Local Government mutuals, ensure Councils effectively mitigate risk, efficiently resolve claims and enhance the lives and experiences of their community stakeholders.

He commenced his insurance career in 1991 with a small insurer in South Australia. Bronson now has over 26 years’ experience during which time he has held various roles in underwriting, broking and claims.

As a manger of Local Government mutuals on behalf of members, he works closely with Councils to ensure the mutuals continue to uphold the highest standards of integrity and service.

T: +61 3 8664 9314 E: Bronson Justus

tony gray jltTony Gray

General Manager, South Australia

Grad Dip Bus & Mgmt, ANZIIF

Tony leads our South Australia team. Joining JLT in December 2015 as Executive Manager of Public Sector, he has worked closely with Councils to deliver on Local Government needs.

With over 15 years’ experience leading Commercial Operations, Tony’s background brings a depth of understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with effective enterprise risk management.

As the General Manager Public Sector in South Australia, Tony is responsible for all LGRS Schemes and continually working with clients to deliver tailored solutions to Councils.

T: +61 (08) 8235 6408 E: Tony Gray

jonathan seth jltJonathan Seth

General Manager, WA and CEO of LGIS


Jonathan Seth is the General Manager of our Public Sector operations in Western Australia and CEO of LGIS.

He has over 30 years' experience in risk management, insurance, reinsurance and account stewardship across a broad range of industries and professions including corporate, not-for-profit, local, state and federal government as well as managed self-insurance funds.

In 2013, Jonathan was appointed CEO of LGIS Western Australia, a member-owned mutual for WA Local Governments. He leads with a strong focus on governance practices and systems and is passionate about providing an innovative service and working together to deliver tailored risk solutions for LGIS members.

He holds Fellowship Membership with ANZIIF, an MBA from Deakin University, QPIB and has completed the AICD Directors program (GAICD). In 2011, he was recognised by the National Insurance Brokers Association, as the WA Qualified Practising Insurance Broker of the year.

T: +61 8 9483 8855 E: Jonathan Seth