Our People


Michael Wood
Chief Executive Officer

Michael has 30 years’ insurance experience. Starting as an insurance lawyer at Morris Fletcher & Cross in Brisbane in 1985, he moved to London in 1990. He became a Partner at Waltons & Morse in 1993 and a Partner of Eversheds in 1996, specialising in PI insurance. In 1997 he launched his own PI underwriting agency called PI Direct, later Martello Professional Risks. The agency was unique in its approach, writing business both direct and through brokers, with an inhouse claims model saving on defence costs. It grew to 50M pounds gross premium and was sold to Royal Sun Alliance in December 2006. Michael had purchased a wholesale Australian PI insurance brokerage called PI Direct Insurance Brokers in 2004. After returning to Australia in 2011, Michael started Woodina Underwriting Agency in January 2012 and sold PI Direct Insurance Brokers into Steadfast in 2013.


Rado Polic
General Manager – Sydney & Head of Casualty

(02) 9261 8752
rado.polic@woodina.com.au

Rado has in excess of 20 years insurance experience commencing his career with the Guardian Royal Exchange (GRE) in 1988. Rado held various positions at Brooklyn Underwriting including Operations & Liability Underwriting Manager & Commercial Underwriting Manager where he had overall responsibility for the Liability & Property portfolios. This included technical responsibility & portfolio growth. Rado was heavily involved in negotiating the successful procurement of capacity in both the London & Australian markets for Brooklyn Underwriting. Rado started with Woodina Underwriting in July 2014.


Raoul Basile
Professional Lines Underwriting Manager

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Skye Crawford
Professional Lines Underwriting Manager

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Felicity Wood
Administration Manager

Felicity joined Woodina Underwriting Agency in 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations) in December 2016 and has since commenced a Bachelor of Laws. Felicity manages the administrative side of the business and enjoys learning all about the insurance industry, in particular professional indemnity. Being the youngest of the team, she brings a motivated attitude and an enthusiastic approach to the office.


Carlene Freney
Administration Assistant

Carlene worked at Sawtell and Salisbury Insurance Brokers for four years as a receptionist/ administration assistant. She has many years experience in office roles. When she’s not at work, Carlene enjoys reading, spending time with her children, family and friends. Animals are also a large part of her life, she owns three cats, one dog and a bird.


Benjamin Farrell
Administration Assistant

Benjamin joined Woodina Underwriting Agency in 2017. Prior to joining the Woodina team, he had some data entry experience however has since developed an undefined passion for being an administration assistant. Benjamin is currently taking a break from University and adapting to the Brisbane lifestyle as he is originally from Armidale, New South Wales. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys exercising and is quite the red wine and cheese platter enthusiast. Also a fan of League of Legends.


Lorraine Jordan
Administration Assistant

Lorraine joined Woodina Underwriting Agency in 2017 and has in excess of 25 years office administration experience. Lorraine relocated from the United Kingdom in 2011 in search of a sunnier lifestyle. Since moving to Australia, Lorraine has worked in retail for brands such as Dior, Karen Millen and French Connection. In her spare time Lorraine enjoys walks on the beach with her family and her dog.


Nicholas Muir
Administration Assistant

(07) 3222 9400
nic.muir@woodina.com.au

Nic


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  • Your claims work is not only extremely appreciated by us, it is outstanding. The promptness and clarity you deliver to our clients is something that is simply unheard of in the PI market. This is just another reason why Woodina are our PI insurer of choice!!!
    — Tony Charman: Charmans Consultancy Services – Westcourt General Authorised Broker
  • Professional, responsive and friendly are the words that come to mind when I think of Woodina. The ease at which they handle claims with their in-house team makes the entire process quick and efficient. An absolute pleasure to deal with.
    — Daniel Webber: Director – Webber Insurance Services Pty Ltd