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Our Team

Our management team is the platform for our success.

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Accomplished & Experienced Leaders

We pride ourselves on providing a fun, energetic and inspirational working environment to nurture the development of our future leaders and enable them to share in the rewards of their own success, and that of the company. We strive to continue to be an employer of choice and this ethos flows through all that we do.

Management Team

Establishing & operating Insurance Brokerages for over 50 years with my excellent supportive team has rewarded us with a delightful clientele of many commercial businesses as well as private clients.

Throughout this time we have been highly regarded for initiating & designing Group Insurance Schemes for Insolvency Practitioners, the Hospitality Industry and Jewellers’ nationally, to mention a few.

To reflect on the many rewards quality brokers achieve by providing clients with specialised, tailored & customised insurance programmes, we have continued our focus culturally to deliver the highest level of professional expertise to all clients.

Kevin Whelpton


Phone 0418 444 944

With 35+ years experience in the insurance industry, I am privileged to be able to share my wealth of knowledge and experience with my clients and industry colleagues alike.

Starting my carer in insurance in 1981 in the claims department of Phoenix Prudential in Durban, South Africa I worked my way through underwriting and schemes business before being transferred to Johannesburg in 1984 and finally branching out into Insurance Broking in 1986 where I started my insurance broking career with a small independent suburban brokerage in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

I later moved into the Corporate Broking sector finally joining the Board of Directors at Lumley Insurance Brokers in 1992 followed by the appointment as Marketing Director, before joining Steve Lumley in Australia in 1995.

In 1996, I joined Finn Foster and Associates which later became Quattro Risk Services being an integral part of its growth from $5mil premium income to $65mil premium income over a 24 year period. Following a merger with IRS Steadfast in 2018, part of the Network Insurance Group, I had time to reflect what mattered most to me from a client relationship and business perspective and at the same time whilst keen to retain some of the history, co-founded Quattro Risk Solutions, now Ardent Insurance Solutions with my two co founding partners, Steve and Eliza.

Throughout my Broking career I have been fortunate to have had some wonderful mentors both personal and professional who have guided me and assisted in moulding and honing my skills in leadership and insurance requirements for an assortment of industries sectors ranging from Underground Mining, Aviation, Multinational Civil and Construction engineering through to National Retail and Property Development.

From an early stage in my career, I had a penchant towards business development enjoying the opportunity to work with business owners and managers in developing comprehensive and innovative ways for them to protect their businesses from risk through better understanding their ever changing appetite for risk as their business matured over time.

I am passionate about developing and enjoying long term relationships, to share my experience in business and life with others to assist and help them achieve their own growth and success by being an integral part of every one of their businesses, rather than just an advisor on the outside looking in. I have been part of the NIBA mentoring team for a number of years and enjoy sharing and learning from my experience in dealing with the industry’s future leaders.

Outside the office I enjoy collecting wine and the outdoors, playing golf, riding adventure and enduro motor bikes and love all water activities. I am privileged to be associated and honoured to be an ambassador for the Charity Challenge set up in 2003 and who now assist 17 separate independent charities throughout Australia.

Steve Brady

Managing Director

Phone 0417 752 986

I aim to ensure the right balance between coverage and cost is maintained for each and every client that I assist. All businesses face a range of risk exposures that can be avoided, reduced, transferred or retained. My role is to identify these options in context with your risk appetite and assist with placing insurance to transfer appropriate risks to your insurer.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the insurance industry for 17 years and during this time I have seen many changes. I've worked with clients ranging from sole traders to multi-national corporates, providing me with a wide range of experience and knowledge. This allows me to tailor an insurance program for any client with an emphasis on providing the correct coverage with value for money. I have a keen eye for process improvement to further enhance the customer experience.

I'm proud to have recently served as a committee member for the NSW NIBA Mentoring Program as well as being named an Elite Broker by Insurance Business Australia in 2018. I have achieved QPIB (Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker) status with NIBA, Senior Associate CIP status with ANZIIF, and have completed both my Diploma of Financial Services (Broking) and Diploma of Integrated Risk Management.

My interests include all types of motorsport, photography, football, hiking, camping and 4WDing, My greatest achievement is being the proud father of three.

Stephen Mison


Phone 0405 470 853

Throughout my insurance career I’ve had the opportunity to establish skills in most facets of the broking industry including claims management, personal insurance, small to medium business and corporate accounts. In my most recent role, prior to co-founding Ardent Insurance Solutions, I enjoyed the challenges of managing a portfolio comprising of ASX listed companies, Investment Funds, Lloyds specialty and international placements.

I'm passionate about my clients and their businesses, seeking to ensure my clients are armed with the knowledge to allow a collaborative approach to planning a comprehensive transfer of risk and risk management to meet their individual needs. I seek to develop strong and lasting relationships which allow me to work as 'one of the team', rather than just an ‘insurance advisor’.

As part of the Ardent Management team my focus revolves around developing and nurturing an organisation that not only strives to provide considered insurance solutions but is also driven by strong community connections and values.

Eliza Newson


Being an experienced Insurance Broker, with over 30 years involvement in the insurance industry both here and the UK, my goal is to forge long-term relationships that allows me to be a ‘trusted advisor’ to my clients and their organisations.

Working closely with my clients is important to me to identify areas of risk within a business to then determine the best method to deal with those risks, which then involves designing and implementing a fitting risk management strategy.

Sarah Richer


Phone 0402 008 089

Throughout my 45 years in the Insurance Broking Industry, I have always involved myself in forming strong relationships with my clients.

Working in recent roles as General Manager has allowed me to bring the experience and knowledge of both General Broking and Management skills.

Assisting staff and creating an environment of positivity which then follows through to our clients is what I aim to achieve.

Lynne Ibbotson


Phone 0419 041 000