Executive Leadership Team

Tony Dudley, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Enablement  (Acting CEO 1 June to 3 July)

Tony was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2012 after spending 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority. The VMIA is one of the 3 Victorian State Government insurance entities that provide risk management and insurance services to all government departments and agencies.

Prior to this, Tony spent more than a decade as financial controller for Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank Private.

He currently heads a dedicated team of professionals who provide a wide range of support services for the TAC including capital management, financial services, procurement, business continuity planning, corporate legal, assurance and corporate secretariat, forensic analysis and investigations, risk and compliance services, project delivery, research, business intelligence and corporate oversight for information technology shared services.

Natalie McColl, Head of Strategy, Sectors and Research

Nat’s role as Head of Strategy, Sectors and Research started in May 2023. Passionate about service excellence, human-centred design and delivering meaningful outcomes for the community, Nat brings with her an established record in business transformation, exceptional people leadership and working with partners and stakeholders.  In 2020 she was recognised as one of the Top 50 Public Sector Women for her leadership, inspiration, accomplishment and for making a standout difference across the public sector.

Nat previously held the role of Head of Rapid Recovery at the Transport Accident Commission since 2019 delivering core services and support to injured Victorians.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Law) and is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), an accredited change practitioner and Executive Coach.  Prior to joining the TAC, she worked as a consultant supporting private and government organisations shape business functions, executing cultural change and delivering corporate outcomes.

Committed to the local community Nat currently serves as the Board Chair for the Y Geelong, a charitable, not-for-profit organisation delivering services and programs to build the health, happiness and connectedness of the Geelong regional community She is also a Board Director for Y Learning Communities and a Committee Member for Committee for Geelong’s Strategy & Policy Committee providing strategic leadership and influence to leverage the potential of the region.

Kylie Grzybek, Head of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs

Kylie Grzybek joined the TAC in 2011 having previously worked for a number of legal and not-for-profit firms.

In 2015 she was appointed the inaugural Chief of Staff to the TAC Chief Executive Officer, providing independent advice on a range of strategic and complex stakeholder issues.

In addition to her role at TAC, Kylie was an independent Councillor in the Windermere Ward at the City of Greater Geelong. She was first elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. She has held various Council Portfolio and Committee roles including the Deputy Mayor.

In mid-2022 she was seconded to Head of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs, with accountability for government relations and policy, marketing and communication activities.

She was a Board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) for 2 years, is a passionate member of the Lara Community and the Treasurer of the Lara United Football Club.

Damian Poel, Head of Complex Recovery and Serious Injury

Damian joined the TAC in 2007 and was appointed to his current role as Head of the Supported Recovery Division in November 2016. He has developed a track record for outstanding people leadership, working with partners and delivering for the TAC’s clients.

Prior to joining the TAC Damian worked as a Senior Speech Pathologist across Australia and Ireland in health, education and disability roles and has an education background in health, arts and leadership.

He has been a key contributor to the development of the TAC’s 2020 Strategy and is focussed on the reform needed to assist the TAC’s Supported Recovery clients and help create a world-leading offering for the Victorian community.

Damian has a Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) from the University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Flinders University and a Master of Business Administration (Management Specialisation) from Edith Cowan University.

Joanne Van Berkel, Head of Rapid Recovery

Considered an exceptional and respected people leader, Jo started with the TAC in 2008 and has extensive operational and leadership experience, having held Senior Leadership roles in Independence, Rapid Recovery and Trauma. Jo has recently returned to Rapid Recovery after a secondment to the Strategy Division, where she worked as the Senior Leader within the TAC 2025 Strategy Mobilisation Team, and is currently Head of Rapid Recovery.

Jo is a dedicated and experienced leader with a track record for leading others to deliver against corporate and strategic objectives. She has developed a reputation for building and maintaining a high-performing workplace culture, driving strategic delivery and is well-connected both internally and across the social insurance sector.

Before the TAC, Jo has experience working across many industries including health, disability, research and telecommunications. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (Hons) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Personal Injury Insurance.

Andrew Holt, Head of ITSS

Andrew was appointed Head of Information Technology Shared Solutions (ITSS)  in April 2023. In this role, Andrew oversees the provision of IT program and service delivery across both the TAC and Worksafe Victoria.

Prior to this, Andrew held the role of Chief Risk Officer at the TAC since 2018.

Andrew brings 25 years of risk management, internal audit and strategic leadership experience from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has held senior leadership positions across Australia, Europe and Asia in the financial services, higher education and retail industries.

He has a passion for advocating the rights of people with a disability and their networks and has been active in the disability sector since the inception of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Andrew is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance) from Monash University and is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia.

Jason Lardelli, Head of Scheme Performance

Jason joined the TAC in 2017 and was appointed to the Head of Scheme Performance in 2020.

He holds over 20 years of personal injury insurance experience from scheme design and management through to client outcomes, in both public and private organisations in New Zealand and Australia.

He spent 10 years with the New Zealand national scheme, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), culminating in his work as National Performance Manager, overseeing the claims performance of 1.6 million claims annually. Jason then accepted a role as General Manager of Claims and Liability Management for the Australian federal scheme, Comcare, based in Canberra.

Prior to joining the TAC Jason worked with Employers Mutual Ltd (EML) in Sydney as General Manager, NSW Workers Insurance Claims Division, followed by General Manager, Federal Government Services, where he led specialised personal injury claims initiatives with organisations such as the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the ACT Government.

Jason has also served as a board member for the industry’s Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF). He currently serves on several business boards in New Zealand.

Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Waikato University, NZ and a Master’s Degree in Health Management from Massey University, NZ.

Samantha Cockfield, Head of Road Safety

Samantha Cockfield is the Head of Road Safety at the TAC, responsible for the development and delivery of the TAC’s road safety strategy which spans road infrastructure, vehicle safety initiatives and a range of programs designed to improve road user behaviours.

Sam started with the TAC as a graduate economist in 1990, working through the claims areas before gaining a role in the newly formed road safety team in 1992. Her first role was developing the TAC’s first accident blackspot program. Since that time Sam has led the development and delivery of numerous behavioural programs including many of the TAC’s iconic public education campaigns.

The Accident Black Spot Program was transformed by Sam into the current Safe System Road Infrastructure Program. This ten-year project dedicated to systematically improving the safety of road infrastructure across Victoria is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world.

Sam has dedicated her career to the elimination of death and serious injury on the road - advocating for road safety both regionally and internationally. She has considerable experience in strategy development and is considered an international expert; mentoring road safety practitioners and providing advice globally.

She was awarded the 2017 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship in 2017 and in 2020 was a member of the Academic Expert Group providing recommendations to the United Nations for global road safety collaboration to 2030.

Peter Thomas, Head of People and Culture

Peter’s role as Head of People and Culture started in April 2023 following 9 years as Senior Manager People and Culture Operations.

During this time Peter instigated and implemented several key initiatives and cultural changes – these include the enterprise Health Safety Wellbeing (HSW) Strategy and Management System, people data and insights decision-making, as well as the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) informed talent acquisition.

He is passionate about building dedicated, engaged teams, applying his strong background in people leadership to build a division that supports the business with consistently strong results.

Peter joined the TAC in 2012 having worked in Australia and the UK in a variety of leadership roles across diverse industries, including telecommunications, facilities management, energy, and not-for-profit social housing. He brings over 20 years of experience in business partner, operations and leadership to his current position alongside a persistent track record of high employee engagement.

Peter has a Bachelor of Social Science and HR Management from RMIT University and is accredited in change management and coaching.

Sharon Wilkes, Chief Risk Officer

Sharon was appointed Chief Risk Officer in April 2023, having started at the TAC in 2010.

She has held senior roles within the Finance Division, Strategy and Innovation and Enterprise Risk, all contributing to her extensive knowledge of the TAC brand, values and comprehensive understanding of finance, risk management and compliance practices.

Sharon has championed risk for many years at the TAC and her passion is fostering a risk-aware culture through strong engagement and providing strategic risk management support to ensure confidence in the delivery of road safety initiatives and positive outcomes for TAC clients.

Prior to joining the TAC, Sharon worked in the public accounting sector specialising in taxation, estate planning and management accounting.

Sharon holds a Bachelor Degree in Business/Arts (Japanese) from Swinburne University and an Advanced Diploma of Risk Management. She is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Practising Risk Manager (CPRM) with the Risk Management Institute of Australasia.  Sharon also serves as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for 13th Beach Golf Links