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Appointment of new Non-Executive Chairman and Consumer Director to the Board of The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance

02 October 2015 The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance

The Office for The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance has appointed Martin Brassey as its new Non-Executive Chairman succeeding acting Chairman, Wendy Knowler. Diane Terblanche has been appointed as a Consumer Director.

Martin Brassey was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1995. During the nineties he was a professor and head of department at Wits University and remains a visiting professor at the University. He has served on the Johannesburg Bar Council and over the years has held various appointments as acting judge in the Labour Court and in the High Court. He has co-authored and authored several books on labour law and competition law and has published widely in the labour law field.

Diane Terblanche holds a BA Law and LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape and an LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania, United States of America. She was admitted as an attorney in 1986. She has extensive experience in legal practice, social justice and policy and law making as well as governance and oversight of various institutions. She is the Executive Chairperson of the National Consumer Tribunal, a position she has held since its inception in 2006.

Their appointments are each for a three year term. The Ombudsman’s Board of Directors comprises of industry, consumer and independent representatives. The Ombudman for Short-Term Insurance, Dennis Jooste expressed his gratitude to Wendy Knowler for her invaluable contributions and wise counsel during her tenure on the Board.

About The Office of the Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance

The Office of the Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance is an independent organisation appointed to serve the interests of the insuring public and the short-term insurance industry. By applying the law and principles of fairness and equity it resolves disputes between short-term insurance companies and their clients.

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