Meet our
Executive Team

Executive Team


Jarrod Sawers
Acting CEO

Jarrod was appointed Chief Risk Officer in September 2020, and acting CEO in October 2021.

He is an accomplished, adaptive and collaborative senior leader, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Specialising in insurance (life and health) and banking (institutional and commercial), he is an exceptional team builder with deep knowledge in the areas of risk management, operations and projects, and has achieved great success in driving transformational organisational outcomes.

Before joining DA, Jarrod was at AIA Australia where he served first as Chief Risk Officer and then as Head of Enterprise Delivery.

Jarrod lives in Melbourne and is married with 3 children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brett Miller
Chief Digital & Information Officer

Brett joined DA in July 2018. He is a highly accomplished, business professional with significant experience performing strategic roles in Australia and the USA.

 

Brett has a proven history of providing strategic leadership and making a difference across a broad range of areas including IT management and operations, cybersecurity, governance, risk management and control.

This experience has been gained working across industry sectors such as financial services, utilities, government, manufacturing, and energy and natural resources.

Based in Adelaide, Brett is a self-confessed Middle-Aged Man in Lycra (MAMIL), enjoying the physical and mental benefits that cycling offers. Brett also has an interest in home automation much to the chagrin of his wife, daughter and son.

Steve Favretto
CFO

Steve joined DA in November 2021. He has an extensive history in senior executive-level finance roles, in diverse commercial settings such as defence, agribusiness and financial services. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma of Accounting and is a graduate of the AICD and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants ANZ.

After almost a decade with KPMG Audit, specialising in Financial Services clients, Steve transitioned to the corporate sector at defence contractor BAE Systems Australia. He then moved to agribusiness Elders, serving as Commercial Manager before undertaking several CFO roles.

Steve returned to the Financial Services sector in 2009 as CFO of KeyInvest, an APRA regulated, member owned mutual providing property, financial and retirement services. Here, Steve was responsible for management of legal matters, funding transactions, property development, commercial contract reviews, and much more.

Steve lives in Adelaide with his wife and four children, all of whom are at university. Steve enjoys visiting wineries and sampling the great wines and good food on offer from the Adelaide Hills region near where he lives.

Melanie Seears
General Manager People & Culture

Melanie was appointed General Manager People & Culture in December 2019.

She has over 20 years’ of global experience in IT as an ERP Consultant, specialising in best of breed HR systems and program management. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Labour Relations and has held many roles within HR functional domains, from HR generalist to HR people and business strategy formation. Prior to joining DA, Melanie was a Senior HR Business Partner at Westpac where she oversaw a Group Operations division.

Having worked in various major international cities overseas, Melanie now calls Adelaide home, where she raises her 3 children alongside her husband, on a rural property in the Adelaide Hills. Outside of office hours, Melanie has a love of design and architecture, where she moonlights as an interior stylist and supports her husband with his property development portfolio.

Andrew McCleave
General Manager Growth & Customer Experience

Andrew was appointed General Manager Growth & Customer Experience in April 2020.

He is an innovative, digitally minded strategic executive with over 20 years’ experience across financial services, advisory, technology and digital automation.

Andrew has proven leadership and performance in executive roles in financial service organisations, global program roles developing and launching multiple successful digital business start-ups and executive leadership roles in SaaS businesses scaling across domestic and international markets. Andrew is passionate about innovation, wine, Liverpool Football Club and lives in Melbourne with partner Fiona and daughters Emily and Grace.

Rebecca Bennett
General Manager Transformation & Portfolio Delivery

Rebecca joined DA in January 2020 and is responsible for transformation activities and the enterprise Project Management Office and implementation teams to manage execution risk across the portfolio to ensure excellence in delivery for clients and stakeholders.

Rebecca is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is an experienced chartered global management accountant and Lean Six Sigma black belt and is passionate about working with companies to help transform and optimise operational performance using Lean processes and engaged leadership practices.

Rebecca has held senior finance and management positions in many industries including aviation and defence, manufacturing and property, where she has rolled out continuous improvement frameworks and ways of working to support transformation initiatives and organisational change.