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JURGEN HELLWEG
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

- Masters of Finance (UK)
- Honours Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Business Studies and Finance (SA) 
- Bachelor of Economic Sciences, with majors in Business Studies and Marketing (SA)


Jürgen has degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of South Africa, a Masters of Finance from the University of Leicester UK, and more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Jürgen joined Western National Insurance in 2008, bringing with him extensive experience in building insurance brands and businesses from his years with Allianz in Namibia, South Africa and Germany, as well as Guardrisk.


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WERNER NEL
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

· Honours Bachelor of Accounting – University of Stellenbosch
· Bachelor of Accounting – University of Stellenbosch
· Chartered Accountant (SA)


Werner joined Western in 2022, previously having fulfilled the Head of Enterprise Risk for the PSG Insure division, which included Western.  He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with Honours in Accounting. He started his career at Deloitte, where he completed his articles and ultimately formed part of the Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services team. His years of experience include roles at both Santam and PSG Insure, including internal audit, risk management, and distribution management.  He is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Western Group, overseeing all operations and projects.


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JAN-HENDRIK BOTHA
HEAD OF UNDERWRITING AND ACTUARIAL

Jan-Hendrik has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the short-term insurance industry and joined Western in 2018. Having operated in, and managed various industry segments including Distribution,  Personal and Commercial Underwriting on a national basis for OMI, he brings a sound knowledge of the industry and the market. Jan-Hendrik is highly focused on driving consistent and sustainable service within an Intermediated distribution model. He brings a broad skill set and expertise to the business.


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JEAN NEL
Chief Financial Officer

· Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science – University of South Africa
· Bachelor of Accounting – University of Stellenbosch
· Chartered Accountant (SA)


Jean graduated from the University of Stellenbosch and obtained his Honours in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He joined Western National Insurance in 2014 after gaining experience in auditing and qualifying as a chartered accountant. He is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer for the Western Group, overseeing all group accounting, financial and regulatory reporting, taxation and financial planning and analysis functions.


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MADELEIN STOCKTON
Head of Distribution

Madelein joined Western National Insurance in 2023, bringing over three decades of experience and expertise to the business. Over this time, she was fully engaged in the dynamic insurance industry. Her 18-year tenure in the broking sector working with companies such as Price Forbes, Alexander Forbes and Aon in addition to her twelve-years of employment within the insurance industry included roles at HIC, Hollard, OMI and Guardrisk, significantly expanded her skillset to include underwriting management, product development, and sales and marketing.


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Megan Holliday
Head of Claims and Procurement

Megan joined Western in 2024 bringing vast experience built over 18 years.  Having held leadership roles in various large insurance companies including Santam and the Telesure Group she bring knowledge and expertise in a number of disciplines including the contact centre environment, claims processes including loss adjusting and procurement. Megan has a Senior management certificate from the University of Stellenbosch business school and a Business Management BA Hons degree from the University of Lincoln UK. She brings a broad skill set and expertise to the business.