Our Team

At Bidvest Insurance, team work and the delivery of service excellence are our absolute focus.

Our internal teams are lead by our management team, all experts in their fields.

Phillip Donnelly

Managing Director

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Phillip Donnelly joined the business in 1992. During his time at Bidvest he has held a number of management positions in various businesses, including motor retail, sales and marketing, and insurance.

Phillip was appointed to both the short term and life boards in 2006. He previously ran the short term insurer in 2011, growing it from a single product business to a multiple product provider. He is committed to delivering value for customers, partners and shareholders which, together with his passion and energy, led to his appointment as managing director in 2017.

Alastair Petticrew

Financial Director

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Alastair is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and joined the business in 2018 with a wealth of local and international experience. He started his career at KPMG, prior to which he moved to Hulamin where he spent five years in management-level. Alastair is known for his positive outlook in often complex financial landscapes.

Alastair is currently the vice-chairman of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Eastern Region, a position he has held since 2018.

Devan Pillay

Head: Operations

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Devan started his career in 1991 with the Bear Group, which merged with McCarthy and was subsequently bought out by Bidvest in 2008. He has 11 years’ experience in furniture insurance and 15 years in personal lines and commercial insurance. He has a passion for finance, and previously managed the Bidvest Insurance finance division. Devan was appointed head of operations in 2018.

Imthiaz Yacoob

Head: Direct Channel

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Imthiaz joined Bidvest Insurance in 2010 and is one of our most charismatic employees. He started out as a telesales consultant and worked his way up to head of direct insurance, working for insurance companies such as Hollard, Imperial and Liquid. With 20 years’ sales and insurance experience, he is perfectly poised to grow this division and take it to new heights.

Riaan Van Straaten

Head: Affinity Channel

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Riaan joined the team in 2019 and is the head of our affinity channel. Riaan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA), who after completing his articles at Deloitte, spent the best part of 10 years in the insurance industry managing various functions including, finance, operational governance, claims, underwriting and heading up a segment of the insurance partnerships for one of the largest insurers in South Africa. He has utilised his broad experience in the Insurance Industry to effectively pursue his passion, which is building insurance partnerships to deliver a unique and value-added insurance offering to customers.

Ozzy Jacobs

Head: Human Resources

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Ozzy is a qualified Human Resources Professional with a wealth of experience in the HR field. He started his career at Independent Newspapers in 1994 before joining McCarthy Motors, now BidAuto, in 2002 where he spent 12 years part of which was at Bidvest Financial Services. He then moved on to RCL Foods, spending 5 years as an HR Executive before returning back home to Bidvest Insurance as their Head: HR on 01 July 2019

Dave Howell

General Manager: Motor

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Dave has been with Bidvest Insurance since 2011. His career started out in the financial services sector working for companies such as Barclays Bank, First National Bank and then onto the motor industry where he held a Sales Manager and then a Dealer Principal role at a VW / Audi dealership. He has performed various managerial roles in the financial sphere, including heading up McCarthy Finance a Joint Venture between the McCarthy Group and WesBank, before moving into the COO role for WesBank’s motor division.

He has performed various managerial roles in the financial sphere, where he eventually served as COO for WesBank’s motor division.

Roy Stephens

General Manager: Compliance

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Roy has been involved with compliance since the advent of the FAIS Act in 2004. Since then, he has been an active participant in regulatory development consultations with the regulator. He joined Bidvest in 2014 and has headed up our compliance division since then.

Owen Dixon

Senior Claims Manager

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Owen joined Bidvest Insurance in 2016 as our Senior Claims Manager, having spent his previous years at Mutual and Federal as their Claims Manager.

He boasts 29 years in the insurance industry, specifically in the claims area, so is the perfect person for the job.

Owen has also previously been a mentor on the IIKZN programme.

Theuns Prinsloo

Head: Actuarial

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Theuns worked for six years in the banking sector where he held a broad range of roles. These included calculating provisions and credit policy, enhancing loyalty programmes and, finally, auditing credit risk models. He has been in the insurance industry since 2011 where he focuses on predictive modelling to ensure accurate pricing as well as effective planning and decision-making.

Theuns joined Bidvest Insurance in 2016. He is a fun-loving person who enjoys finding optimal solutions to every problem

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We’re on the search for a talented, energetic and experienced people to join our innovative team at Bidvest Insurance!