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
Head of Casualty

(02) 9261 8752

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

Raoul has over 30 years’ insurance experience. Starting at Suncorp as an underwriting/accounts liaison before moving into commercial underwriting, and then into major client underwriting, Raoul progressed into Finance Lines Underwriting, specialising in Professional Indemnity and Directors and Officers Liability. Raoul then progressed to CGU Professional Risks. From there, Raoul went to AIG where he underwrote all facets of financial lines, from Management Lability for SME companies through to IMI for Multinational Financial Institutions. Broking called and Raoul spent three years as a Senior Account Executive brokering financial lines risks for a multinational insurance house, before moving to Woodina to specialise once again in Professional Indemnity. Raoul commenced with Woodina in August 2017.


Suzie White
Head of Accident & Health

Suzie has extensive Accident & Health industry knowledge and experience working in senior roles at ACE, Booker International and running the Managing Agent Beazley Australia. Suzie’s expertise includes product strategies, product development and implementation of bespoke programs in the Accident & Health space. She has a proven track record in management and underwriting with strong broker and coverholder relationships. Suzie joined Woodina Underwriting Agency to head up the Accident & Health Division in May 2018.

Terina Ngawaka
Accident & Health Underwriter

Terina’s insurance career began in New Zealand, working in the claims department for Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), whilst studying at University. Terina then moved into Health Insurance, working for one of the biggest providers in New Zealand, doing claims and auditing. In February 2009, she moved to the Gold Coast, Australia and fell into general insurance, supporting all profit centres at AIG in Brisbane. A few years later, Terina moved to QBE as an Assistant Underwriter working in the International Brokers team. This role exposed Terina to a range of products including Accident and Health. In 2012, Terina moved back to AIG and took the position as an Accident and Health Underwriter and has been writing this line of business ever since. Terina moved to Sydney in March 2017 and began working at Woodina in January 2018.


Skye Crawford
Professional Lines Underwriter

Skye has over 10 years insurance experience. Skye started her career at QBE Insurance as an Underwriting Assistant in the Financial Lines department in Sydney. Skye moved to Brisbane and progressed into an Underwriter before becoming a Senior Underwriter. Skye specialised in Professional Indemnity, Malpractice and Directors and Officers Liability lines. Skye moved to ACE Insurance where she underwrote all facets of financial lines for SME and larger multinational companies. Skye commenced with Woodina in July 2017.

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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