Who We Are

Sterling Insurance is a specialist underwriting agency offering a range of insurance solutions for complex and/or hard-to-place risks.

Established as International Underwriting Services in 2003 we have a strong track record in delivering niche insurance solutions to our clients. We pride ourselves on delivering quality service that adds value to your business. We service brokers all round New Zealand and Australia from our office in Sydney and team spread around Australia.

Leadership Team

With a combined experience of well over 80 years in the insurance industry, our leadership team has expertise that is envied by our competitors. You can rely on getting advice from Sterling that is based not only on a solid knowledge base but on strong working experience in advising brokers on how best to assist their clients with hard-to-place insurance.

Linda King

Dip.Fin.Serv., ANZIIF (Snr Associate)
Rank: Director / Liability Underwriter
Inception: February 2004
AKA: Linda

For the past 10 years she has been responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Demolition/Asbestos programme alongside underwriting numerous liability programmes. Linda has had experience with the Demolition/Asbestos Removal programme since its inception in 1986. She has held various roles within IUS, Heath Fielding and Heath Lambert.

Phone: 02 9950 4002

James Emerson

ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP, Dip GI
Rank: Director / Liability Manager
Inception: July 2007
AKA: Jamo

James has extensive experience handling Liability placements in the Lloyd’s market starting life as a Broker there in 1999, and has been involved placing Sterling business since 2004. James joined Sterling from Besso Ltd. in London and after a number of years in Sydney, now manages the QLD and WA team of remote workers from the Gold Coast. His prior Lloyd’s experience has been invaluable in building and maintaining relationships with both market brokers and our London underwriters, as well as underwriting both new and renewal business and managing the Sterling binder facility expectations.

Phone: 07 5601 9110

Anthony J A Parington

B.Chem.E., Dip.Fin.Serv., ANZIIF Fellow
Rank: Director / Underwriter
Inception: October 2003
AKA: Tony, TP

TP is involved in the technical aspects for all of our products as well as the management and operations of the company. Tony has been in the industry since 1994 and during this time he has gained experience as both an underwriter and broker.

Phone: 02 9950 4003


David Hayashi

Adv.Dip.Accounting., ANZIIF(Snr Associate) CIP
Rank: Senior Liability Underwriter
Inception: April 2010
AKA: Dave

David has been in the insurance industry since 2004. David’s background has predominately been claims whereby he specialised in Motor, Engineering, Contract Works and Contractors Plant and Machinery. David joined Sterling to underwrite contractors plant before moving to a pure liability underwriting role. David has previously held roles with AAMI, AIG and Lumley.

Phone: 02 9950 4020

Michael Stephens

Rank: Professional Risks Underwriter
Inception: April 2010
AKA: Mike

Mike is involved in underwriting and placements of professional indemnity and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. Mike has over 25 years experience in the insurance industry, initially underwriting general insurances in the UK and subsequently as a professional lines broker in the Sydney market before joining Sterling.

Phone: 02 9950 4022

Nicola Mercier

ANZIIF (Associate)
Rank: Professional Risks Underwriter
Inception: May 2011
AKA: Nic

Nicola has been in the insurance industry since 1995 and has held a number of roles including administration, processing, accounts, schemes and underwriting.  Nicola joined Sterling as a Professional Indemnity Underwriter.  Nicola has previously held roles with Pacific Indemnity, Commercial Union, CGU Insurance, Dexta Corporation, Stardex Insurance Group and Coverforce Underwriting.

Phone: 02 9950 4021

Elliott Nugara

Rank: Liability Underwriter
Inception: April 2012
AKA: Elliott

Elliott joined Sterling from university where he was studying a science degree. He quickly moved into the Liability underwriting team after proving himself in the Admin team. He is Brisbane based and handles Liability, & Environmental risks.

Phone: 07 5601 9113

Michelle Whalley

Rank: Liability Underwriter
Inception: June 2015
AKA: Michelle, Shell

Michelle originally joined Sterling to assist with the increasing workload. She quickly proved to be very effective and a valuable member of the Liability Underwriting team. Michelle has been in insurance since 2014.

Phone: 02 9950 4011

Andrew Condell

ANZIIF (Associate) CIP
Rank: Liability Underwriter
Inception: June 2018
AKA: Andrew

Andrew joined the Sterling admin team in 2018, where he gained a broad education in the products and coverage Sterling offers. This ground-up experience, along with Andrew’s keenness for external learning furnished him with the skills to become an assistant underwriter in the Liability team.

Working closely with both the QLD and Sydney teams, Andrew further developed his underwriting acumen and has now moved into his current role as a Liability Underwriter. In this role he has proved to be a valued member of the Sydney Liability team, where he is now located.

Phone: 02 9950 4017

Sharyn Gough

Rank: Senior Underwriter – Aviation
Inception: October 2020
AKA: Sharyn

Sharyn has been in the aviation insurance industry since 1991 where she has previously held roles with 360 Aviation, Swiss Re, Assetinsure, AIG, General & Aviation Underwriting, Aviation Office of Australia and Aviation Underwriters of Asia Pacific.  Based in Brisbane Sharyn is responsible for the underwriting and placement of aviation risks and heads up the Sterling Aviation team.

Phone: 0419 269 068

Karen Neate

B.Business Insurance, Dip.General Ins, Dip.Intergrated Risk Mgmt
Rank: Senior Underwriter – Aviation
Inception: June 2021
AKA: Karen

Karen has been in the insurance industry since 2001 with her insurance career beginning in London for a Lloyd's broker, and then in Australia with AIG, General & Aviation Underwriting, Insurance House Group and Community Broker Network.  Based in Brisbane Karen will work with the Aviation team and their clients to underwrite placements and strategically add value and support to the Sterling Aviation portfolio.

Phone: 0428 163 522

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