Meet Our Team
Quantum Underwriting Agencies are proud of our staff’s extensive industry experience and high level of professionalism. Meet our dedicated, committed team members.
ALEX THORNTON (WA)
P. +61 (0)400 518 528
Alex is the founding director of Quantum. His insurance career began in 1981 as a Claims Broker.
He later switched to the placing side of the business, before spending time working for a global insurance broker and then directing the Jewellers Block and Specie Division of Gibbs Hartley Cooper.
Alex left the Lloyd's Market at the end of 2003 to pursue new opportunities in Australia.
PETER STREAMES (WA)
P. +61 (0)400 510 665
Peter joined Quantum in May 2009, introducing Specie business throughout Asia.
Peter began his career in the London Lloyd’s Insurance Market in 1981, regularly moving between Broking Houses as a Claims Broker (focusing mainly on Marine Cargo and Aviation). In 1990, Peter joined Minet Fine Art & Jewellery team and remained with the same team that was acquired by Jardine Insurance Brokers. In 1996 Peter moved to Miller Group, introducing and developing Specie business within Asia, mainly Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
In 2003, he joined Oamps Special Risks UK and later moved to Besso Group in 2005 before migrating to Australia with his wife, Lisa, and four children to work with Alex at Quantum.
Peter is heavily involved in the Local Football (Soccer) and is proud that Quantum are the main sponsor of Eaton-Dardanup Football Club.
Neil joined Quantum in February 2018, introducing General and Financial Lines Insurance. He began his career in 1994 and brings extensive experience to Quantum as a technical underwriter and business manager. He has gathered his expertise working for Royal & Sun Alliance, CGU, AIG, Chubb and as a Lloyd’s Coverholder.
He is based in our Melbourne office. In his spare time, he enjoys being with family, running and gardening.
ROBERT BANKS (LONDON)
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M: +44 7925 798 436
Robert joined Quantum in December 2019, forming the Quantum London office alongside Alex and Peter.
Robert’s Insurance career began back in 1990, for a small Insurance broker in the City of London. He moved onto the Miller group 3 years later where he would eventually work for Peter Streames helping to develop Specie Business in Asia.
Robert followed Peter to both Oamps Special Risks UK and Besso Group, where he would maintain his relationship with both Alex and Peter, when they formed Quantum in Australia. Robert continued to work with Peter and Alex, for a further 6 years whilst at Gallagher, before eventually joining the Quantum family.
Robert is a keen golfer, and is currently a serving committee member of Boyce Hill Golf Club in his home town of Benfleet in Essex.
DAVID JONES (VIC)
NATIONAL MANAGER OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
P. +61 (0)424 271 214
David joined Quantum in April 2018, focussed on our Financial Institutions Business based in our Melbourne office. He brings over 22 years experience to Quantum in the insurance and banking industries. David has also worked in Financial Institutions insurance with Lloyds syndicate Talbot, AXIS Specialty Australia and Chubb Insurance.
Banking roles in financial markets were with Credit Suisse First Boston and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. David enjoys football, cycling, surfing, travelling and time with his family.
JOHN KING (VIC)
DIRECTOR OF QUANTUM UNDERWRITING AGENCIES VIC
P. +61 (0)422 291 996
John joined Quantum in January 2019 and brings over 35 years of experience in the Financial Lines insurance sector. He provides specific strengths in Directors and Officers Insurance and Management Liability.
John commenced his career in 1981 with Baillieu Bowring Marsh McLennan, moving to ACE Insurance in 1998 to focus on the development of a suite of financial lines products. This included roles such as Financial Lines Regional Manager – Asia Pacific. He went on to establish ACE Financial Solutions International – Asia Pacific in 2002, with a unique focus on alternative risk solutions. In 2005, he began the Victorian operation of Dual Australia, and in 2013 took on the Branch Manager role at Berkley Insurance.
John is based in Melbourne and in his spare time is a keen runner and bike rider. AFL football and skiing are his passions.
JOE MALPAS (WA)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS
P. +61 (0)447 672 770
Joe joined Quantum in February 2018. He brings to Quantum a strong background in compliance, operations and business development.
For almost 4 years prior to joining Quantum Joe provided compliance consultancy advice to WA’s AFS Licensees including General Insurance Brokers and Underwriting Agencies.
Joe has been involved in financial services most of his working life holding a number of business development roles within New Zealand and prior to his move to Perth, was a part owner of a boutique NZ financial services business. Joe and his wife Michele are active members of the Perth Bushwalkers Club and can be found most weekends between May and November in Perth’s hills wandering through the beautiful WA Bush.
Their real claim to fame, however, is being the No. 1 supporters of two delightful grandchildren.
VICTORIA WILES-DAY (WA)
UNDERWRITING MANAGER | AUSTRALIAN SPECIES BUSINESS
P. +61 (0)455 664 454
Victoria started work in the Lloyds market in the early 1990s with the Broker Harman Kemp N.A. Ltd working on a variety of different classes of business from North America. A short spell followed with Broker Dennis M. Clayton before a cross over from the Broking side to Novae Syndicates Ltd (formerly SVB) in 2001; firstly working in the service company team before heading across to the UK Liability Syndicate where she remained until 2011.
In 2011 she migrated to Western Australia with her husband and three young daughters, where after three years away from working to settle her Girls, she has happily returned to the Industry with Quantum.
She loves the laid back outdoor lifestyle, endless good weather and amazing food that WA has to offer. Spare time is spent enjoying the great outdoors with her Family and walking her Golden Retrievers.
HELEN GEERCKE (NSW)
P. +61 (0) 2 8350 9992
Helen joined Quantum in June 2019, as Claims Manager. Helen began her career in 1991 as a Claims Assistant for Kevin R Whelpton and Associates and quickly progressed to Claims Manager, working for Australia Pacific Broking Pty Ltd, Finn Foster and Quattro Risk Services Pty Ltd. Helen is based in Sydney. In her spare time she enjoys reading, taking walks and relaxing with her family
Felicity has had a diverse range of roles in her career from paralegal/conveyancing work in the nature conservation field to administration and business analysis for the then Norwich Union Navigator and later Aviva Australia. She worked as part of the Navigator Asia project team helping to bring similar investment systems to the Asia region.
Since February 2018 Felicity has delved into the fascinating world of specie insurance. She is enjoying the connection this brings with fine arts, antiques and all manner of collectibles and valuables.
LISA STREAMES (WA)
P. 08 9724 1555
Lisa’s first taste of the “working life” was acquired in several English restaurants after leaving school. Then, following a stint caring for the elderly, she turned to children, becoming the manager of a leading toy shop before starting her own family of four.
In 2009, she migrated to Australia with husband Peter and offspring in tow, to begin a new chapter in her life. In quick time she found herself behind a desk assisting Peter and fellow director Alex. Lisa thrives on invoicing, account balancing and keeping the paperwork in order.
In her spare time she and Peter manage their farm which is home to family, and a happy eclectic menagerie of animals.
Christopher Joined Quantum in December 2017 as an Accounts Executive for the Asia Specie Team.
Christopher spent 3 month’s working for Lloyd’s Syndicate AEGIS London during 2017, during an 8 month period exploring Europe. Now back in Australia he is looking to gain extensive experience in the Asian Specie Market alongside his Father.
In his spare time, he enjoys the Gym, Football and has a big passion for Travelling the World.