Henry Clark – Head of Professional & Executive Risks
Joined Honan: January 2013
A quote capturing your approach to your role
“When you’re on top of your game, change your game” – The All Blacks.
This is a lesson in always improving, in never becoming complacent. We are always looking to raise the bar at Honan.
Tell us about yourself
I grew up on the Lower North Shore of Sydney with my parents and 7 siblings (5 brothers, 2 sisters). Most of my childhood was spent outdoors playing rugby, cricket, golf, basketball and enjoying the great beaches and Harbour Sydney has on offer.
I began my insurance career 15 years ago, managing general insurance claims. I then took an opportunity to live and travel around Europe by playing rugby in the Netherlands, which was a great experience. When I returned, I joined Marsh FINPRO, supporting a senior broker servicing large ASX risk managed accounts. I was recruited to Honan in 2013 by our now CEO Andrew Fluitsma to lead Honan’s NSW Financial Lines Portfolio. This role has since expanded across the Group and I contribute to the strategic direction of the company as a member of our Extended Leadership Team.
Outside of work, I spend as much time as I can with my daughter Madeleine and my amazing wife Katie where we live on the Northern Beaches. As an ex-player, I stay involved with the Mosman Rugby Club (Whales) as their Old Boys representative. The Whales are a successful rugby club, which Honan proudly supports.
What does the Head of Professional & Executive Risks do?
I have responsibility for the growth and retention our of Professional and Executive Risks Portfolio and managing a team of specialist brokers. My role includes negotiating our insurer agreements, placing our large and complex corporate risks, presenting results and market intelligence to boards, executives, and our wider Honan network, and mentoring our younger staff.
What are 3 things you find most motivating about your role?
THE VARIETY – We are fortunate to provide advice to a range of different industries, including financial institutions, technology and telecommunications, real estate, life sciences, healthcare, retail, construction, and professional services firms.
THE COMPLEXITY – As insurance and risk partners, we are given deep insights into our clients’ strategic direction and operational frameworks.
THE PEOPLE – I have been fortunate to meet and learn from many smart, passionate, and driven individuals who are experts in their chosen professions. What I might learn tomorrow from an existing or prospective client continues to motivate me each day.
Biggest learning from your time at Honan?
How to adapt to change.
We have been fortunate to have exponential growth at Honan. Over the years, this has included multiple office moves, setting up new locations (interstate and overseas) and staff changes, all of which brings a new set of challenges. Throughout this evolution, we have always stayed true to the fundamental characteristics that propelled us to this position.
Your core focus for the year ahead?
Visiting our clients and partners face to face as much as possible now 2020 is behind us!
The way organisations have adapted to flexible working policies has been refreshing to witness and I will be intrigued to see how it continues to develop. The trust employers have in staff to deliver – no matter where or what time of the day is excellent.
Despite this change in mindset, I still value collaborating and bouncing ideas around in the office environment and I am fortunate my team agree and still enjoy coming into the office regularly!
Recommended further reading/a great online resource/podcast?
The Hello Sports podcast: a couple of average blokes giving their views on weekly sporting events. It’s a great way to lighten up your day when travelling to and from work.