Our Team

Experienced insurance experts in Perth

Jason Barnes

Managing Director

My career in the insurance broking industry started in 1992 when I began as a 17-year-old Assistant Account Executive. Over the next few years, I learnt the art of insurance broking and progressed through the ranks at various insurance brokerages. 

I began working as an Authorised Representative in 2004, before taking over Westralian Insurance in 2008. Since then, we have purchased new offices and increased the business to employ seven staff. I have a Diploma of Financial Services and I'm a CIP (Certified Insurance Professional) with ANZIIF. The best part about working in the insurance industry is getting to know all about our clients businesses. I also enjoy watching our clients and their business grow and evolve over the years. Many customers have become great friends and consider me like family in their business!

Although owning your own business comes with its challenges, I enjoy the flexibility it provides. Having four young children, I am able to attend their school assemblies and sports carnivals, as well as after-school events. Outside of work I enjoy playing squash, Little Athletics (I'm currently a committee member for South Perth Little Athletics), AFL Dream Team and spending time with my family and friends.

One of my favourite sayings is “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Kerry Capps

Senior Account Manager

I’m one of the longest serving employees of Westralian Insurance, having started here in 2008, so I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to watch the business evolve.

I have been in the insurance industry for close to 20 years, in a variety of roles and across various sectors – such as insurance agencies, insurance companies and insurance brokerages. Having experienced all angles of the industry, I have gathered a wealth of experience. I also hold a Diploma of Financial Services in Insurance Broking.

I enjoy assisting my clients in providing them with complete insurance solutions and sound advice. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling the world and boating.

I live life by the motto ‘ Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.

**Kerry is currently on maternity leave**

Dominic Maratos

Account Manager

My career in the insurance industry began fifteen years ago in the UK, straight out of university.  I moved to Perth in 2009 after securing a position with an insurance broker in the city.  I’ve been lucky enough to insure businesses all over the world, from large multinational corporations to small retail shops and sole traders.  I love dealing with people from all walks of life and I like my clients to see me as an extension of their own business.

I am a Tier 1 qualified insurance broker and I also have a BA(Hons) degree in Historical Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.  When I’m not working, I enjoy running, playing soccer and spending time with my two daughters.

One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Jim Carey (believe it or not!) and it’s a motto by which I try and live my life every day – “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is”.

Diana Psaila-Borrie

Assistant Account Executive and Receptionist

I have worked at Westralian Insurance since 2010, however, have known the owners, Jason and Simone Barnes, for over 15 years.

I have been employed within the insurance industry for over 11 years and during this time I’ve enjoyed a variety of roles. My insurance education includes a Certificate III in Financial Services (Insurance) and a Tier 1 qualification.

My role is heavily customer service focused and I thoroughly enjoy the client interaction. I predominantly assist Jason Barnes (the Managing Director), which is a busy and challenging role, however, I also mentor and train new staff and keep the office running smoothly. My duties are quite varied and include manning reception, policy processing and claims management.

During my spare time, I enjoy reading and trying to keep fit!

A motto I live by is, ‘Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.’

Marie Henderson

Assistant Account Executive

I have worked at Westralian Insurance for three years as an Assistant Account Executive to one of the Account Managers. As an Assistant, my role is very varied. I liaise with clients, process renewals, lodge all claims and follow up outstanding paperwork. 

I have been in the industry for 16 years. Prior to working at Westralian Insurance, I spent two years with a large insurer as PA to the National Underwriting Manager and his team. This gave me a great insight into how underwriters access insurance risks and rate them accordingly. I also spent 11 years in various roles working for other WA insurance brokers. 

In my leisure time, I love to spend time socialising with family and friends. My hobbies are exercising at the gym or going for long walks along our beautiful coastline with friends. I love reading a good book and wind down watching a great movie.

I like to live by the saying, ‘Always treat others as you wish to be treated.’

Jade Grimwood

Account Executive

I started working at Westralian Insurance in February 2016, as an Assistant to Jason Barnes.  However, I began my career in insurance back in early 2012, when I started as a Broker Support Officer before being promoted to Assistant Account Manager in Broking.  After a few years, I decided it was time to develop some new skills and I moved into Underwriting. 

As I have been in a variety of roles over the past four years, this has given me a great understanding of the insurance industry.  I am Tier 1 qualified and I really enjoy building a good relationship with our clients. 

In my spare time, I enjoy all types of recreational activities such as fishing, snorkeling and hiking.  I also enjoy spending time socialising with friends and catching up on my favourite TV shows! 

A motto I live by is, 'Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't'.

Julie Miller

Assistant Account Executive

My career started in the insurance industry in 1980, when I was only 15.  I now have more than 20 years experience and have gained a huge amount of knowledge and understanding from the industry.  I have had a variety of roles working in both insurance companies and insurance brokerages.  My role with Westralian Insurance is Assistant Account Executive and I assist with renewal and endorsement processing and managing claims.

I enjoy working with clients to make their insurance experience as easy as possible and I enjoy building great relationships with our clients.  My goal is to let our clients know that I am here to help with any requests and be someone they can trust.

In my leisure time, I love to spend most of it outdoors, walking, finding new dining experiences and socialising with my family and friends.

My motto is: Live everyday as if it is your last and plan to live forever.

Simone Barnes

Administration, Payroll, HR and Marketing

I have worked alongside my husband, Jason since we began the business in 2004. My tertiary degree and career background are in the marketing and branding fields, however, my experience over the past nine years has been babies and children! I am the mum of four beautiful children and lucky to be able to work part-time around my children and their dreams.

I have taken on the many, varied roles which come with owning a small business, including administration tasks and ordering, staff payroll and superannuation, recruitment selection and performance management of all staff, and our marketing and online advertising campaigns.

I also manage our Compliance program and work closely alongside key partners to maintain and build a transparent, healthy, customer-focused business. In my spare time, I enjoy playing netball, running and reading.  I also manage my daughters' netball teams, am a Parent Rep and sit on the School Board for Hensman Street Kindy. 

As a customer-focussed business, I believe in the saying, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression.’

Kelly Shaddick

Assistant Account Executive and Receptionist

I have been at Westralian Insurance since 2013, and am currently working alongside Diana and Jade, processing renewals for Jason's portfolio. 

I started my insurance career working for seven years in Workers Compensation claims and Workers Compensation underwriting. I then took some time out of the industry after having my second child. Shortly after he was born, I headed down to Albany for six years where I worked in Private Health Insurance, before venturing into General Insurance and Broking. I have been working for various brokers since then, mainly in Commercial divisions. 

Outside of work, I am kept very busy being a mum of four children. I enjoy playing netball, going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.

I try to take the positive out of all situations, and believe everything happens for a reason. 'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.'

For more information or for a free quote, 
call our team today on  08 9302 1388

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For more information or for a free quote, call our team today on  08 9302 1388

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