Professor Elaine Collins

Professor Elaine Collins

  • Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of the Actuaries Institute (Australia)
  • Master of Economics, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Sydney
Business School
School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Elaine has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. As a Professor of Practice  with the UNSW Business School, Elaine plays a key role enhancing linkages between the university and industry, as well as participating panel discussions with the industry and the AGSM.  

Elaine is also a Non-Executive Director with her current roles including nine years on the Zurich Insurance Board chairing the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee (predominantly underwriting commercial business insurance), seven years with the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation serving on the Audit & Risk Committee (government agency providing terrorism and cyclone reinsurance pools ), two years on the Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance Board of ANZ Bank, chairing the Audit Committee and serving on the Risk Committee (providing mortgage protection to lenders), one year on the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Insurance chairing the Risk Committee and serving on the Remuneration & Nominations Committee (underwriting home and motor insurance in Tasmania), past roles include two years on the RT Health (providing health insurance independently prior to a successful merger with HCF), three years on the Motor Accidents Insurance Board chairing the Audit Committee (government corporation underwriting compulsory third party motor vehicle bodily injury insurance in Tasmania).

Elaine’s qualifications include being a “double” Fellow: a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors of Australia.  She also served on the Actuaries Institute Professional Standards Committee for over ten years, overseeing professional practice requirements, including engaging with APRA to align prudential and professional standards. 

Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director in 2013, Elaine spent over ten years in Appointed Actuary roles, firstly with KPMG, then as a Partner of Deloitte. She is a passionate advocate for women in leadership roles and mentors female students to pursue opportunities coming their way. 

  • Date
  • Role
  • Event
  • Subject
  • 2021
  • Honorary speaker
  • UNSW Business School Graduation 12 May 10am
  • Occasional Address


  • Panel member
  • AGSM Operational Risk Symposium
  • The intersection of data analytics and risk


  • Panel member
  • UNSW Girls in Business
  • Industry Panel Q&A
  • 2020
  • Panel member
  • OICA International Conference
  • COVID-19 impact


  • Panel member
  • AGSM / The Career Lab
  • Building Operational Risk Capability
  • 2019
  • Panel member
  • Panel member
  • UNSW Business School / AGSM
  • International Women’s Day
  • “The Business of Risk”
  • “You Can…”
  • 2018
  • Professor
  • Co-Op Students Briefing
  • Actuarial Careers for UNSW graduates
  • 2017
  • Panel member
  • Marsh global Dive-In Festival
  • The Gender Leadership Gap


  • Keynote speaker
  • Women in Reinsurance / Institute GI Glimpse Seminar
  • My Career Journey (July 2017) / Importance of Soft Skills (August 2017)


  • Interviewee
  • Profile interview Insurance News
  • Profile interview on NED career path
  • 2016
  • Panel member
  • Institute GI Seminar
  • Panel member Actuaries of Tomorrow
  • 2015
  • Keynote speaker
  • Institute inaugural CRO Forum
  • Board member perspectives on risk.


  • Mentor
  • Zurich Insurance
  • Board Director Panel discussion for professional women at Zurich
  • 2014
  • Keynote speaker
  • Institute Insights
  • Presenter on getting a seat at the Boardroom table
  • 2012
  • Panel member
  • Institute Insights
  • Panel member The Actuary in the Boardroom
  • 2011
  • Keynote speaker
  • The Australian Insurance Summit
  • Invited to give the opening outlook address with 300 business leaders


  • Interviewee
  • Various media
  • 120+ mentions on radio, TV, six minute live telecast ABC TV Business Today 31 March, interviews on Sky News, ABC National Radio (Geraldine Doogue), 2GB and Channel 9 News (Ross Greenwood) on 17.4.2012 and A.M. Best
  • 2007
  • Member
  • Chief Executive Women (CEW) Scholarship
  • One-year leadership course with the association
  • 2002 onwards
  • Member of Actuaries Institute Committees
  • Professional Standards Committee, General Insurance Practice Committee, APRA Liaison
  • Oversight on professional standards, authored & presented papers, chaired seminars, aligned APRA and actuarial standards