Our people

Meet our team

John Austen

John set up and headed a specialist Financial Lines division at a listed brokerage before establishing Southern Cross Risk Management in 2003. During his career he has been the broker and advisor to the likes of Standard Bank, Central Securities Depository, Strate, Peregrine, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) and the Bond Exchange. In addition to his managerial role, John oversees the Professional Indemnity and Financial Lines aspects of the business.

Dave Axten

David is currently an executive director of Axfin Holdings Ltd, a Mauritian company offering Business Development and Marketing services to the financial services industry. Axfin Holdings Ltd is currently contracted to OCS to assist in the roll out of their group Business Development initiative. David is a Mauritian resident having initially arrived in Mauritius with Rand Merchant Bank 20 years ago. He has many years of capital markets experience having operated in the industry for 25 years. David also has a B.Com degree in Economics and Business Economics.

Lars Forssman
Strategic Consultant

Lars ​was an Executive Board member at a listed Insurance Company until 2008, when he joined Southern Cross Risk Management as shareholder and Joint Managing Director. He served as the president of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng in 2007. In addition to his managerial position, he oversees the corporate and general liabilities broking and heads up the new business development and Affinity divisions. Lars has developed bespoke affinity programmes for numerous clients including Vodacom, Tarsus, SABOA, Autopage, amongst others.

Brad Koen
Business Partner / Director AAIP

Brad Koen has over 25 years experience in emerging markets, in particular Africa. Brad spent the majority of his career as Global Head of Global Markets covering Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities and Equities, for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank, initially in Johannesburg followed by a 10 year stint in London. In 2011 Brad went on to co-found African Alpha Investment Partners.

Nomsa Mathega
Account Executive

Nomsa joined Southern Cross in 2022. She has vast knowledge from her time as an underwriter specializing in liability and property insurance. Her roles have included all aspects of the underwriting process, including portfolio management, risk evaluation and assessment, pricing and wording negotiations. She is skilled in Risk Management, Property & Casualty Insurance, and Analytical Work.

Busisiwe Khorommbi

Busisiwe has over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her career as a retentions consultant before moving into Commercial Crime and Cyber insurance in both an administrative and underwriting capacity. She has also worked as a technical broker handling SOEs and municipal accounts. She joined Southern Cross in 2023 and forms part of the Financial Lines / Open Market team.

Henning Germishuys
Legal, Compliance and Claims

Henning began his career as a legal officer from 2006 to 2013, dealing with recoveries and liabilities, and as a claims handler. He then started working in the credit insurance industry in 2014. He worked as a claims assessor at a leading specialist credit insurer and later moved into the role of credit insurance underwriter, further extending his knowledge in the field. Henning joined the Southern Cross Risk Management team in 2019 as head of the Credit Division, and also acts as the internal compliance manager.

Mia Steenkamp
Group Accountant

Mia graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with BCom in Economics and Financial Management, as well as Honours in Business Management. She began her career in the investment management field, before moving to a role as client relationship manager for an asset management firm. In 2018 she decided to move to Johannesburg where she started work as an account executive for Southern Cross Risk Management at SC Wealth. In 2021 she began a new role as Group Accountant.

Diane Gillespie
Board Member


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