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Our Team


Julian Sparkes, ANZIIF, FCII 

Executive Director

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A career insurance executive with more than 45 years in the industry, Julian began his career in the Lloyd's of London market sometime during the last millennium.

Fluent in both reinsurance and insurance, Julian considers the formation of a specialist Australian Underwriting Agency, that has thrived through the most challenging global economic conditions in living memory, as one of his greatest career achievements.

By their nature, Agencies specialise in select classes of business and within our chosen ‘insurance space’ Savannah is as innovative as we are responsive. If we had a call sign it would surely be: ‘We don't deal in problems, we only deal in solutions’.

The Agency has approached its 9th anniversary and apart from Savannah's insurance expertise, Julian believes that its biggest asset is its people.

Come and talk to real underwriters – visit Savannah today


Lema Najjar, ANZIIF, Snr Associate CIP

Senior Underwriter - Personal Accident

Lema is Savannah’s  Senior Underwriter for all Personal Accident (PA) classes and has overall responsibility for PA underwriting and product development.

With over 20 years experience working in the Australian insurance market, the last two-thirds of Lema's career have been focused purely as a dedicated Accident & Health Senior Underwriter.

Having joined Savannah in 2012, Lema thrives in the Agency environment and the innovative scope and creative space that is the Lloyd’s Coverholder market.

Lema is a Senior Associate of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance.


Emily Brazel

Underwriter - Schemes & Personal Accident

With a legal bias, Emily has flourished within Savannah’s creative environment since joining in 2012, and she occupies that pivot role as the Underwriter across all of the Agency’s insurance classes.

Coupled with her rapidly expanding knowledge on underwriting systems, rating matrix, policy wordings, binder presentations and that most mysterious of beasts – Lloyd’s Bordereaux – she has quickly become Savannah's go-to-girl.

Emily’s underwriting incorporates both the Personal Accident and Schemes & Affinity portfolios involving the following classes of insurance: Personal Accident (PA); General Liability; Professional Indemnity; Property & Business Interruption; Management Liability; Tax Audit and iCyber Liability.

As with her Senior Underwriter colleagues, she has been completely enthralled at the creativity and solution solving disciplines that underpin Savannah’s commitment to their distribution channels.